Flock to the Crown News Bulletin 1st – 6th July
News bulletin on what’s going on at Birkbeck University and the Bloomsbury area.
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1 July (6pm – 9pm)
Department of Applied Linguistics Summer Party
If you have applied or have an interest in applying for a programme within Birkbeck – Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication then you are cordially invited to our end of year summer party. Celebrations will take place from 6pm to 9pm on 1 July 2014. Drinks and snacks will be provided at 6:30pm.
For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/department-of-applied-linguistics-summer-party
How to Become a Barrister
Birkbeck Law students interested in a career at the Bar are invited to an informal talk by three Birkbeck Law alumni: Heath Jamal (LLM QLD ’12) and Alicia Metzger (LLM QLD ’12), who have recently completed the BPTC course, and Kevin Gordon (LLB ’11), who was called to the Bar last year.
For more information, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-to-become-a-barrister-tickets-11915753339
Financing your University Course in 2014 (Stratford Campus) – July
This free workshop will give you the facts on undergraduate tuition fees and student loans. By the end of the session you will know what loans and financial support you may be eligible for and how to apply for it, as well as being comfortable with the finer details of the repayment process. The Financing Your University Course workshop is one of a series of workshops to support prospective students throughout their application to Birkbeck.
For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/financing-your-university-course-in-2014-stratford-campus-july
Eila Campbell Lecture 2014
Speaker: Professor Sarah Radcliffe
Title: The Trouble with Territory: Reconciling statehood and difference in the Andes
Lecture Summary: Driven by technological and social pressures, the purpose and meanings of cartography have been transformed over recent years in the Andean republic of Ecuador. Rather than representing a singular state-centred project, mapping has lain at the heart of projects to reorganise governance and re-imagine the nation. After outlining these transformations, the talk focuses on the extent to which cartography and mapping can resolve issues of justice and recognition.
For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/eila-campbell-lecture-2014
Redesigning biology: engineering safer genetically modified organisms
Speaker: Dr Vitor Pinheiro This talk will discuss some of the recent developments in synthetic genetic materials (XNAs) and the engineering of the genetic code – exploring how life may have begun on Earth and how these advances can be used to further increase the safety of genetically modified organisms.
For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/redesigning-biology-engineering-safer-genetically-modified-organisms
2 July (10am – 5pm)
Deconstruction is/in Law
This event is hosted and supported by The Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities and the Birkbeck Centre for Law and Humanities. This year marks the tenth anniversary of Jacques Derrida’s death. From the earliest days of Critical Legal Studies to contemporary scholarship, Derrida’s thought has provided a rich resource for critical engagements with the law. From his provocative assertion that “deconstruction is justice” to his important interventions on questions of sovereignty, hospitality and (through his posthumously published seminars) the death penalty, Derrida has become essential reading for any critical approach to law and legality. This event brings together Derridian legal scholars and theorists for renewed reflection on the enduring legacy of deconstruction for the study of law.
For more information, please go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/deconstruction-isin-law-registration-11669709415
Lab tour: X-Ray crystallography: what can crystals tell us about the molecular world?
In this demonstration you’ll see how protein crystals are grown and used to discover their 3D structure, thereby helping us understand how they fold, interact and function as the machinery of the molecular world. Participants will view crystals on the microscope and see diffraction patterns, electron density maps and 3D protein structures.
For more information, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lab-tour-x-ray-crystallography-session-1-tickets-11139413285
2 July 2014 (7pm – 8pm)
Crystallography: the past and the future, always in fashion
Crystallography is the subject, which has contributed more than any other to the elucidation of structures at a molecular level, from protein molecular machines to industrial materials. This talk will trace the history of the subject from its beginnings, over 100 years ago, to the present and beyond. Drawing on archival material, the talk will describe the role that Birkbeck has played in the development and use of crystallography in the past 60 years.
For more information, please click here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/crystallography-the-past-and-the-future-always-in-fashion-tickets-11151854497?utm_source=hootsuite&utm_campaign=hootsuite
3 July (6pm-7.30pm)
Preparing for Higher Education (Central Campus) – July
At this free workshop you will find out all you need to know about returning to undergraduate study. This interactive workshop is a great way to explore the benefits of returning to study, identify what may be possible challenges and find realistic solutions to ensure you make the most of every opportunity. Discussion on what will be expected of you as a student, and give you information about Birkbeck student support services including study skills and disability support. By the end of the workshop you will be able to put the necessary plans in place to ensure you hit the ground running when you start your course.
For more information, please go to:http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/preparing-for-higher-education-central-campus-july
The hidden complexities of routine behavior
Speaker: Dr Rick Cooper Much of our everyday behaviour consists of routine sequences of actions, such as those concerned with dressing, grooming, and eating. This behaviour is subject to minor slips when our attention is diverted, and to more bizarre disturbances following some forms of neurological injury. This talk will consider how computer simulation techniques can help to understand the cognitive processes underlying routine action selection and its impairments. The implications of this work, including for recovery of function following brain injury, will also be considered.
For more information, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-hidden-complexities-of-routine-behaviour-tickets-11166985755
3 July – 25 July
Family Memories and Family Ties by the Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community
What is a ‘family’? What is a ‘community’? What is a ‘couple’? What is a ‘nation’? What is a ‘tribe’? And how do we picture them? How might we read memory in relation to the family, and how might we enact these memories in visual form? This group exhibition addresses the representation of family memory through the lens-based works of six artists.Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community (BRAKC) exists in order to bring together academics from a range of disciplines (literature, philosophy, film and visual culture, fine art, sociology, linguistics, history, psychology) to discuss these questions and to engage in crucial debates around what constitutes ‘belonging’ in the so-called post-modern era.
For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/brakc/
What can asteroids tell us about the Earth?
Speaker: Professor Hilary Downes Asteroids are formed of material that was left over from the early days of the Solar System. Studying asteroids gives us a window into those violent times when planets were formed. Pieces of an unknown asteroid arrived on Earth as a spectacular fall in Sudan in October 2008. This talk will examine the history of this asteroid and discuss what we can learn from it about the formation of planets.
For more information, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/what-can-asteroids-tell-us-about-the-earth-tickets-11166955665
3 July (18:00 – onwards)
Publics and participation in early modern Britain
Tim Harris is Munro-Goodwin-Wilkinson Professor in European History at Brown University. His early work pioneered new ways of thinking about crowds, popular political engagement, and political processes in early modern England. In an acclaimed two-volume study of political culture in the second half of the seventeenth century – Restoration (2006) and Revolution (2007) – Prof. Harris demonstrated how an investigation of political interactions between England, Scotland, and Ireland could generate the richly-textured ‘British’ narrative advocated, yet rarely achieved, by many scholars. Prof. Harris’s new book, Rebellion: Britain’s First Stuart Kings, 1567-1642 is available now.
Book here ASAP on: https://www2.bbk.ac.uk/history/ppemb/
Histories of Prejudice: Persecuting Others
With key speakers, this round-table discussion considers the histories, connections and disconnections between groups and peoples which mainstream society frequently classes as ‘outsiders’. Taking Becky Taylor’s new book Another Darkness, Another Dawn, A History of Gypsies, Roma and Travellers as its starting point, speakers will explore the experiences and prejudices that have shaped the lives of marginalised groups in twentieth century Europe including Roma, Jews, refugees and homosexuals. Through a wide-ranging discussion they will explore societies’ omnivorous appetites for prejudice, the different kinds of prejudice that have existed over time and ask, why is opposition to prejudice so selective?
For more information, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/histories-of-prejudice-persecuting-others-tickets-11776976253
Discover the benefits of postgraduate study
Come along to this event dedicated to finding out more about the benefits of postgraduate study at Birkbeck. The evening will begin with a panel discussion with successful alumni, employers and academics who will share their experience and knowledge of studying at postgraduate level.
For more information, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/achieve-your-ambition-the-benefits-of-postgraduate-study-tickets-11915825555
MA Contemporary Literature & Culture Taster Evening
Click here for more information: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ma-contemporary-literature-culture-taster-evening-tickets-12050398065
‘Critical Geographies of Film’ in collaboration with DocHouse
In collaboration with DocHouse Birkbeck present: ‘CRITICAL GEOGRAPHIES OF FILM’ plus a special showing of ‘A World Not Ours’ (2012) + Q&A with producer Patrick Campbell. Join for an afternoon showcasing research within the GEDS department, exploring themes of identity, power and representation through film:
- Kate Maclean on ‘Film, masculinity and the financial crisis’.
- Penny Vera Sanso on ‘The working elderly in India’.
- Karen Wells on ‘The melodrama of being a child: NGO representations of poverty’.
For more information, please click here: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/critical-geographies-of-film-tickets-11661390533
MSc Career Management and Coaching Taster Day
Come and find out more about the Department of Organizational Psychology’s MSc in Career Management and Coaching at our Taster Day. This new programme reflects the increased demand for coaching and consulting. At the Taster Day you will hear more about the new programme, meet the staff who will be teaching, talk to some of our alumni and get the chance to participate in discussions with potential fellow students.
Please click here for more information: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/msc-career-management-and-coaching-2
Careers in science: decision making workshop session 1
How do you make a career decision? This workshop will help you analyse your strengths, skills and preferences so you can make successful choices. We’ll also look at risk and self-confidence and do some exercises in planning. (This workshop is repeated at a later time on this day 7-8pm).
Careers in science: one to one advice
Spend fifteen minutes with one of our careers consultants discussing your future in science and how to be successful in your field. All career questions welcome and the consultant will show you how to find useful resources.
Book your appointment here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/careers-in-science-one-to-one-advice-tickets-11167027881
Artists’ Film Biennial 2014 Symposium: Aesthetics of the Non-visible
More information, can be found here: http://www.ica.org.uk/whats-on/artists-film-biennial-2014-symposium-aesthetics-non-visible
Try it – Saturday
If you decide you would like to apply for any of Birkbeck’s undergraduate degree courses we will be on hand to help you with the next steps. Come along to our Try It workshop where we will outline fees and funding, provide practical tips on writing an application and explain what will be expected of you as a Birkbeck student.
For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/try-it-saturday-july
Family Ties: Birkbeck Cinema
Peltz Gallery: Artist talk in gallery and short film screening in Birkbeck Cinema, featuring work by Suze Adams, Rosy Martin and Sally Waterman. This rolling 35-minute programme will feature work that deals with key themes such as ancestral connections to place, the parental home, mother-daughter relationships, the family album and mourning and loss.
For more information, please go to: http://familytiesnetwork.wordpress.com/events/
7 July 2014
Digital Dickens: A Dickens Day Workshop
Senate House, London: This free, one-day workshop will provide an opportunity to reflect upon and develop a number of digital Dickens projects, including a sequence of online serial reading projects and Dickens Journals Online (DJO).
For more information, please go to: http://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/events/ies-conferences/DigitalDickens
25 July (6.30pm – onwards)
Family Ties: Birkbeck Cinema
Lizzie Thynne, On the Border film screening and Q&A – A daughter’s exploration of her Finnish family’s history, prompted by the letters, objects and photographs left in her mother’s apartment.
For more information, please go to: http://familytiesnetwork.wordpress.com/events/
Academic Workshops at Birkbeck this week (Wednesday 2nd July) include
For more information please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/mybirkbeck/global/workshop_timetable?orgunit=GLOBAL
Other News at Birkbeck, Bloomsbury and University of London
International Office Merit Scholarships
Birkbeck is offering an unlimited number of merit scholarships to suitably qualified students from Thailand,Vietnam and India who accept offers to do Master’s degree programmes at Birkbeck, University of London, starting in September 2014.
Please click here for more information: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/prospective/international/fees-money-and-scholarships/scholarships-and-loans/international-office-merit-scholarships
Post for International Callers at the International Office
The International Office is looking to recruit a number of Campaign Assistants to take part in the International Telephone Campaign 2014. This is an exciting opportunity to gain some work experience as part of the University’s External Relations Department.
For more information, please click here: http://jobs.bbk.ac.uk/fe/tpl_birkbeckcollege01.asp?s=4A515F4E5A565B1A&jobid=53932%2C2335766561&key=81112561&c=332376763412&pagestamp=sewgvfoegsvtiidglk
For more information on current vacancies at Birkbeck University, click here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/jobs/
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