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…

Jessica Benjamin, Beyond Doer and Done To (2017)

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 the Arts London since 2013, as well as acting as the culture correspondent for Vogue…

Welcome to Bluebeard’s Castle: The Whistleblowers Colloquium

On Saturday 10 June 2017, the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) Guilt Group, in conjunction with the Centre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life, convened its fourth annual colloquium. It was devoted to whistleblowers. In previous years, we’ve done on a larger scale what we do in research workshops throughout the year:…

“Methods on the Move” with Professor Maggie O’Neill

“Methods on the Move: Experiencing and Imagining Borders, Risk & Belonging” is the title of Professor Maggie O’Neill’s research project as part of her Leverhulme Research Fellowship with a specific focus on borders, risk and belonging. On the 22nd March, she was the presenter of BISR Methods Lunch to talk about her project and research methodology….

Adult Relationships Outside the “Sexual Family” Paradigm: A Socio-Legal Project

This post was contributed by Frederik Swennen, honorary research fellow at the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (Birkbeck Gender & Sexuality). The contributor wishes to thank Daniel Monk of the Birkbeck School of Law, and Madisson Brown, BISR’s manager. A podcast with the presentation leading to this blog will be available soon. What legal consciousness, behaviours and expectations exist…

Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Human Dignity and Biophysical Violence

On 29 March 2017, Birkbeck Institute for Social Research (BISR) presented speaker Dr Vicki Squire from the University of Warwick to talk on “Crossing the Mediterranean Sea by Boat: Human Dignity and Biophysical Violence”. As a scholar working in the field of migration and border studies, Vicki is concerned with the ways in which people…

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 the great things about Birkbeck is the sheer diversity of the modules on offer and…