Flock to the Crown Weekly News Bulletin 8th – 14th July

WELCOME to Flock To The Crown’s weekly news bulletin on what’s going on at Birkbeck College and the Bloomsbury area. If you want us to announce your event, please contact us on flocktothecrown@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @FlockToTheCrown

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/

8 July

Choosing the Right Course (Undergraduate degree courses only)

Are you unsure about which undergraduate course will suit you best? This 2-hour workshop, run by a qualified careers advisor, will help you evaluate your course options in a clear and considered way.  We will look at your motivations for study in terms of career development and change, your decision-making style, and your interest in particular subject areas – while focusing on your long-term goals. We will also consider practical issues such as your personal circumstances and which mode of study might suit you best.

For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/choosing-the-right-course-8-july

July 10

Picturing the Family: Media, Narrative, Memory

Conference organisers: Dr Silke Arnold-de Simine, Dr Nathalie Wourm, Dr Joanne Leal in conjunction with BRAKC (Birkbeck Research in Aesthetics of Kinship and Community)

This conference will set out to explore how concepts of family have been acted out, reinvented, or deconstructed, through various media including the visual arts, literature, and museum exhibitions, across the centuries. The family picture will be considered both in its figurative and artefactual forms. We will look at the significance of the family picture in literary works or films (e.g. W.G. Sebald, Georges Perec’s W, or the Memory of Childhood, or Pedro Almodovar’s All About my Mother), and we will consider alternative concepts of family and kinship as pictured in paintings, photographs, graphic novels, and other visual media.

For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/brakc/conference.html

11 July

The Michael Field Centenary Conference: New Directions in Fin de Siècle Studies – Senate House

Professor Joseph Bristow (UCLA) and Professor Margaret D. Stetz (University of Delaware)

Michael Field (Katharine Bradley and Edith Cooper) occupies an increasingly central role as one of the most fascinating figures of the fin de siècle. Following ground-breaking revisionist scholarship of the 1990s which rediscovered Bradley and Cooper’s poetry, the last twenty years has seen a major resurgence in work on Michael Field – reflecting Bradley and Cooper’s own belief that their work would not be appreciated until sometime in the distant future.

For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/the-michael-field-centenary-conference-new-directions-in-fin-de-siecle-studies

11 July

Colours of Memory: an International Conference on the Writing of Geoff Dyer

A conference will be held dedicated to the writing of Geoff Dyer—novelist, essayist, art and photography critic and travel writer. Particular attention will be given to the place of photography and of photographic criticism in Dyer’s work.  Geoff Dyer will be in attendance throughout the day and for a Q&A session at the end of proceedings.

For more information, please go to:  http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/colours-of-memory-an-international-conference-on-the-writing-of-geoff-dyer

11 July

Thomas Harriot Seminar 2014

Room 124, 43 Gordon Square

The Thomas Harriot Seminar celebrates the life and times of the mathematician Thomas Harriot (1560-1621), and welcomes papers on Harriot himself as well as on the history of mathematics and science in the late sixteenth and seventeenth century more generally. We particularly welcome papers on subjects of interest to Harriot, which included: pure and applied mathematics, the new world, astronomy, natural philosophy, alchemy, optics, linguistics, and the art of war. This year’s seminar will include a keynote address by Matthias Schemmel, author of The English Galileo: Thomas Harriot’s Work on Motion as an Example of Preclassical Mechanics, Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science, vol. 268 (Springer, 2008).

For more information, please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/events-calendar/thomas-harriott-seminar-2014

July 11

The Birkbeck BEI Summer Mixer – Hosted by Smarter Networking

(18:00 to 20:00)

Designed to help improve your professional skills, increase employability and hone business performance; what better way to spend the final day of term mixing with your fellow Birkbeck students in a comfortable and professional atmosphere?

A networking specialist will be guiding you through the skills you can develop throughout the evening, whether you are a nervous novice or a seasoned extrovert, with plenty of time to mingle, drink and nibble. It will be a great opportunity to reflect on your studies this year with other students.

For more information, please go to:


July 18 and July 19

Blake, the Flaxmans, and Romantic Sociability

Starting from the world of An Island in the Moon, this conference illuminates Blake’s relationship with the ‘Sculptor of Eternity’ and his circle from the early days to the ‘Regions of Reminiscence’, from the 1780s to the 1820s, following the Flaxmans across the channel, into the cosmopolitan networks of the Grand Tour, in order to recover the material cultures, sites, and dynamic forms of their Romantic sociability.

For more information, please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/blake-the-flaxmans-and-romantic-sociability-tickets-12089715665?invite=&err=29&referrer=&discount=&affiliate=&eventpassword=

July 18

London Critical Summer School – Friday Debate 2 (14:00 – 16:00)

This debate takes place at end of each week’s teaching. The speakers are the academics who have been teaching all week on the course. Each debate is open to the public – please register separately for each one.

Speakers include: Stephen Frosh, David Harvey, Esther Leslie & Slavoj Zizek

Books tickets now while they are available! https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/london-critical-summer-school-friday-debate-2-tickets-11900303127

July 23

Department of Organizational Psychology Summer Seminar Series

Speakers include: Professor Patrick Tissington, Dr Chris Dewberry, Dr Katrina Pritchard, Dr Kate Mackenzie Davey, Dr Andreas Liefooghe, and a keynote address by Professor Kevin Daniels. Come along and join us on Wednesday, 23 July 2014 to hear about the latest research taking place in the Department of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck. This is a wonderful opportunity for alumni and current students to hear about the latest developments in the fields of Occupational Psychology, Organizational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. There will also be time to network with alumni, current students, academics and staff from the department during the day and at the wine reception following the seminar. This event is free to extend and is open to all alumni, current students and professional colleagues engage or interested in the field of organisational behaviour, HRM and beyond.

To join us at this event please register on EventBrite

24 July 

“Blowin in the Wind” -Imaging the Counterculture. The rise of Eco-Protest

Kensington Central Library

1960’s Week 2014

An introductory workshop to discuss the visual culture of ‘eco-protest’ as emerging in the 1960s. How can we study this influential aspect of a transformative decade using a range of visual material, including some related film and music?  As well as looking at the American scene there will be a focus on activities and activism in urban and rural England including marching and singing, fayres and festivals, sitting in and dropping out.

Liz will give a short talk followed by an informal workshop and is looking forward to meeting anyone who would like to bring a visual work that they feel represents the spirit of the 1960s ecology movements, protests or Flower Power in general. This may be a photograph old or new, an image from a film, an album cover, T-shirt or button badge. This may be from a photocopy or a page from a magazine, a newspaper or from the internet. The image may be from the 1960s or since then, including contemporary items that are based on the original ideas or items.

Liz Johnston Drew is staff from the School of Arts (History of Art, including Photography , Architecture and Museums)

Click to BOOK HERE

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  include

July 8 (19:00 – 21:00)

Student Union: Council (full plenary) A meeting of the Council in full plenary (For all enrolled students)

July 15 

Introduction to Panopto

For more information please go to: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/mybirkbeck/global/workshop_timetable?orgunit=GLOBAL

Employment News and Birkbeck College Vacancies

Associate Lecturer A: Financial Management & Advanced Management Accounting
Associate Lecturer A: Marketing Principles & Practices
Associate Lecturer A: Mathematics for Business
Associate Lecturer A: The Creative Industries: Theory & Context (part 1)
Head of Strategy and Policy
HR Operations Manager
Learning Support Officer (Academic English)
Lecturer A in Theatre and Performance
Lecturer in Renaissance Art
Lectureship in Management
Lectureship in Sports Management
Library Access Support Coordinator
Research Laboratory Manager (Two Posts)
Researcher – Level 3
Teaching Laboratory Manager

For more information on current vacancies at Birkbeck University, click here: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/jobs/

If you want us to announce your event, please contact us on flocktothecrown@gmail.com or following us on Twitter @FlockToThecrown


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