Our Team…

Meet the current Birkbeck Institute Interns Haroon Forde, Pauline Suwanban, Devin Frank, and Azzam Al-Kassir

‘A rewarding experience…’

Reflections on the Birkbeck Institutes Internship by Pauline Suwanban

Imagined Trials

By James Brown On Friday 18 May for Birkbeck’s Arts Week the Guilt Group invited the novelist Rachel Malik and Prof. Daniel Monk of the Law School to discuss the representation of trials in fiction with Sam Ashenden and James Brown. The title of our event was Imagined Trials, although Reimagined Trials might have been…

Call for Papers for Birkbeck Graduate Conference 2018

Call for Papers Are we Living in an Age of Distraction? Birkbeck, University of London 8 & 9 June 2018   Graduate Student Conference by Birkbeck Institute of Humanities, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research, and Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality Keynote Speaker: Professor Carolin Duttlinger, University of Oxford. Dr. Sophie Jones, Birkbeck. Deadline: 7 May 2018 (extended deadline) Please…

Between Life and Death: On Biopolitics, Necropolitics and other Contemporary Crises

by Antonella Patteri, MPhil Politics, Birkbeck On the 29th of January 2018, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) hosted a one-day conference on “Necropolitics, Biopower and the Crisis of Globalisation”. The event, organised by Prof Giuseppe Cocco (Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro and Birkbeck, University of London), and by Dr Raluca Soreanu (Birkbeck, University…

Myths of Menopause

French medicine of the turn of the nineteenth century invented menopause. Invented, that is, in the sense of a new word and concept that radically impacts corporeal experience and helps to form a new bio-psycho-social construct. It was first proposed in 1812 as the rather ungainly “la menespausie” by the Paris medical doctoral candidate Charles-Paul-Louis…

Visualizing Sex Research

A Birkbeck Symposium on the “Visual Archives of Sexology” 2 December 2017 How and why have images been used historically to support the scientific study of human sexuality? What does it mean to speak of a “visual archive” of sexology in modernity? These were some of the key questions framing a symposium of eleven scholars…

Exhibition: Conceiving Histories

Neatly tucked away in the School of Arts is a curious art collection that becomes increasingly eerie as you circle the petite space that is the Peltz Gallery. Grainy images, distorted photo-shoots of masked women and foreboding papier-mâché models of uteri hang and taunt the viewer. This is the fascinating ‘Conceiving Histories’ exhibition, a collaboration…

The New Nationalism: The Rise of the Populist Right in the West

On Wednesday 8 November a panel came together at the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) to explore the rise of the populist right in Western Europe and North America. The panel was chaired by Birkbeck’s Professor Eric Kaufmann, and the evening’s three speakers are renowned for their work on nationalism and populist right-wing politics. Professor…