Birkbeck Institute for Social Research Blog


Our Statement

The theme for the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research this year is ‘Crossing Borders’. It is an injunction to think the social, cultural, and philosophical impact of the planetary entrenchment of physical and symbolic boundaries; and an urgent call to produce... Continue Reading →

Featured post

British Caricature and Queer Fashioning (1750-1900)

On 16 January 2017, Birkbeck Gender & Sexuality (BiGS), hosted a public lecture by Professor Dominic Janes on British Caricature and Queer Fashioning 1750-1900. Here, Kathryn Hallam-Howard, a History of Art student at Birkbeck reflects on the event. One of... Continue Reading →

Leading the Way: English Women Doctors and Contraception in Transnational Perspective (1930-1970)

BISR Visiting Research Fellow, Dr Caroline Rusterholz, discusses her research on English women doctors. “It is surely time that members of the medical profession should cease to make such rash statements about birth control and should weigh this matter from... Continue Reading →

Revolutions in a Warming World: Lessons from Syria

On 14 November 2016, the BISR Population, Environment and Resources Working Group hosted a talk on ‘Revolutions in a Warming World’: Lessons from Syria’ by Andreas Malm, Lund University. Here, Jonas Dudonis, an MSc student at Birkbeck, reflects on the talk.... Continue Reading →

Births, Deaths and Democracy

On 7 November 2016, the BISR Population, Environment and Resources Working Group hosted a talk on ‘The Demographic Basis of Democratization’ by Professor Tim Dyson from the London School of Economics. Here Rachel Pinto, an MSc student at Birkbeck, reflects... Continue Reading →

Risk and Vulnerability in Prison Populations – a Global Crisis

On 21 October, the BISR in collaboration with the Institute for Criminal Policy Research hosted a colloquium to discuss Risk and Vulnerability in Prison Populations. Here, Carmel Kavanagh, an intern at the ICPR, reflects on the discussion. On 3 November, the... Continue Reading →

Black Scholars in Critical Dialogue: Confronting Racism in the Academy- Reimagining the Disciplines

On 13 September 2016, BISR hosted the event Black Scholars in Critical Dialogue. Here, one the organisers, William Ackah, reflects on his journey into academia and its current state with regard to issues of ‘race’ inclusiveness and engaged academic excellence.... Continue Reading →

At the Borders of Flesh: A Secret History of Race and Technology Race and Robots: A New Curiosity Shop?

On 13th October, 2016 Birkbeck Institute of Social Research (BISR) presented speaker Louis Chude-Sokei from the University of Washington, Seattle to talk on a ‘secret history of race and technology.’ This talk was the first of the series of talks... Continue Reading →

Blog at

Up ↑