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Age of Distraction? – Conference Programme

Birkbeck Institutes Annual Graduate Conference: 8-9 June 2018 Are we Living in an Age of Distraction?   Programme   Friday 8th June 9.00-9.45am: Registration (Coffee & Tea provided) 9.45-10.00: Introduction by Esther Leslie (Birkbeck) 10.00-11.00: Keynote speech- Carolin Duttlinger (Oxford)... Continue Reading →


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:... Continue Reading →

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

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

Morbid Love in Late Nineteenth-Century France: Between Decadence and Degeneration

During a recent frosty evening, BiGS (Birkbeck Gender and Sexuality) visiting fellow Dr. Alison Moore gave a talk about the term ‘morbid love’ during late nineteenth century France. The event was kindly chaired by Dr. Tanya Serisier from the School... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →


This blog post was written by Ana Carolina Minozzo, a PhD candidate at the Department of Psychosocial Studies at Birkbeck, University of London. She has been lecturing on theory and contextual studies at the London College of Fashion, University of... Continue Reading →

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