Events Bulletin at Birkbeck and Bloomsbury 17th October – 8th November 2014

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October 17th- 24th

October 17th

Aesthetics, Politics and Violence: A Reflection on Practices of Political Art

9:30am- 5:30pm

Room B04, Birkbeck Main Building

(Booking and payment required)

This BISR research colloquium aims at providing a platform for the encounter between academics and artists working on collaborative projects around issues of memory, violence, the post-colonial condition, current democratic struggles and other forms of contemporary aesthetic-political interventions in a variety of contexts including Europe, the USA, post-apartheid South Africa and Latin America. In particular we are interested in analyzing the different experiences of what can be called ‘political art’ from a philosophical perspective inspired by interdisciplinary theoretical developments in the fields of critical and political phenomenology, deconstruction, critical legal theory, psychosocial and post-colonial studies.

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‘Au Pairing After the Au Pair Scheme’ – ESRC Research Project Dissemination Event


Keynes Library, Room 114, 43 Gordon Square

(Booking required)

In November 2008 the UK government deregulated au pairing, removing all official guidance about what an au pair could or couldn’t do and all protections for au pairs in terms of working hours, pay and living conditions.  This event reports on findings from a two-year ESRC funded research project that has been investigating the effects of this deregulation and considers the importance of au pairs to UK families.  Au pairing is a significant form of low-paid domestic labour that is depended upon by tens of thousands of households in order to balance the demands of work and family life.

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BiGS Event: Hate Crime Awareness Week – Film Screening and Panel Discussion

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Room B35, Birkbeck Main Building

(Free entry, booking required)

The screening will feature ‘Clapham Junction’ (2007), written by Kevin Elyot and directed by Adrian Shergold.

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Launch: Story of a Death Foretold, by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, shortlisted for Bread and Roses Award

6pm – 9pm

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

(Free entry, booking required)

Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image in collaboration with the School of Law presents:

The Birkbeck launch of Colombian writer and philosopher Oscar Guardiola-Rivera’s acclaimed Story of a Death Foretold (paperback edition), shortlisted for the Bread & Roses Award.

Screening: Chile’s Student Uprising (Roberto Navarrete, Chile 2013)

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October 18th

Pan-African Cinema, Negritude and the Archive

10am – 4;30pm

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

(Free entry, booking required)

BIMI in collaboration with Movements: The June Givanni Pan-African Cinema Archive and the University of the Arts London (Chelsea)

A day event at Birkbeck
Pan-African Cinema, Négritude and the Archive

This is part of a series of events running over October and November – you can see what else is on here:

For further information regarding this event, please visit:

Circular: 3rd Brazilian Youth Film Festival

1pm – 5pm

Birkbeck, University of London, Torrington Sq., Main Building, Room B34


The Centre for Iberian and Latin American Visual Studies (CILAVS) is delighted to host Circular: 3rd Brazilian Youth Film Festival bringing to London the best films made in Brazil for young audiences.

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October 20th

Developing Your Research Career – Leverhulme Research Fellowships: Advice and Tips on Writing Successful Applications

1:30pm – 3:00pm

Room B04, Birkbeck Main Building

(Free entry, booking required)

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research

In the first BISR Developing Your Research Career workshop of 2014-15,Professor Davina Cooper, who is a member of the Leverhulme Trust panel that awards research fellowships, will offer an insider’s perspective on what makes an outstanding fellowship application. You get most out of this workshop if you study the Leverhulme funding guidelines in advance and come along with specific questions.


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Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Public Seminar Series

6pm – 8pm

Bloomsbury Campus, Malet Street, B20 Lecture Theatre, Main Birkbeck Building, Torrington Square, London, WC1E 7HX


Greek Professional Football: An Analysis of the Organizational and Economic Issues & Challenges

A seminar as part of the Sport Business Centre Seminar Series

Given by:

  • Dr Panagiotis Dimitropoulos

For more information, please visit:

October 23rd

Phil Cohen – Our Kind of Town? Citizen Social Science, Participatory Mapping and the Struggle for a Just City

12pm – 2pm

Room B04, 43 Gordon Square

(Free entry, booking required)

The emergence of Citizen Social Science (CSS) has challenged many of the claims staked by academic sociology to possess a methodology giving unique access to social reality. But under what conditions does the active participation of citizens in social research actually improve the quality of data and its interpretation, and how far does it exercise what C. Wright Mills called the ‘sociological imagination’?

The question has been posed with special clarity by projects which make use of participatory mapping techniques to elicit, record and analyse real and imagined communities of engagement with contemporary issues of urban policy. In this lecture I will explore the tension between the desire to validate locally situated structures of feeling and knowledge, and the need to construct a space of critical reflection or ‘deconstruction’, looking at a number of historical precedents of CSS, including Mass Observation, Bill Bunge’s ‘expeditionary geography’, and various attempts to construct public ethnographies in which informants have a material stake.

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Skylines: The Aesthetics of Ascension

2pm – 5pm

Keynes Library, School of Arts, Birkbeck, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

(Free entry, online booking application required)

A symposium, hosted by the Architecture, Space and Society Network, exploring the aesthetics and politics of height, skylines, and views from above, across periods and geographies.

For more information and to complete the online booking form, please visit:

Black History Month: Attack the Block – film screening and panel discussion

8:30pm – 11pm

Stratford East Picture-house

(Free entry, booking required)

Attack The Block

UK 2011. Directed by Joe Cornish. Running time 88 mins. (15)

Attack the Block is a fast, funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of savage alien monsters. It turns a London housing estate into a sci-fi playground. A tower block into a fortress under siege. And teenage street kids into heroes. Leader of the youthful gang, Moses, (John Boyega) attacks a common alien enemy with the residents. It’s inner city versus outer space in this stylish sci-fi romp from the producers of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

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October 24th

Higher Education Admissions Fair


Central Hall Westminster, London SW1

(Free entry, booking required)

This HE Admissions Fair takes place on 24 October 2014 at Central Hall Westminster, London SW1 and 3 November 2014 at Birmingham Town Hall.  It is provided exclusively for students on QAA-recognised Access to HE courses, giving them the opportunity to talk directly to representatives from a wide range of higher education (HE) providers, and learn more about the HE applications process, to help them make fully informed choices when applying to HE and give them the best possible chance of successful progression.

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Black History Month: ‘Beyond Empire’: the Black Experience in World War One

6:30pm – 8pm

Birkbeck University, University Square Stratford – Room TBC

The upheaval of the First World War witnessed the enlistment of thousands of Black British men from across the empire in the British armed forces. The men who emerged from this terrible experience had their eyes opened to possibility of breaking the bonds of empire. Alongside of the millions of African American, French African and South Asian soldiers the Great War marked the beginning of a journey away towards freedom. This master class will introduce you to this important period in Black history and how it shaped the twentieth century world.

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BIMI Film Club Screening at Birkbeck

6pm – 9pm

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

(Free entry, booking required)

Cuba, An African Odyssey (Jihan El Tahri, France, 2007, 60 mins)
This documentary, made by Egyptian filmmaker, Jihan El Tahri, using film archive material, tells the little-known story of Cuba’s support for the African liberation movements. Hakim Adi, author of Pan-Africanism and Communism: The Communist International, Africa and the Diaspora, 1919-1939, will respond to the film after the screening.

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Judicial Conversations: Niilo Jaaskinen on the right to know

6:00pm – 7:30pm

Room MAL541, Birkbeck Main Building

(Free entry and booking required)

What do we have the right to know? The case law of the European Court on fundamental rights in the age of the internet: Niilo Jääskinen, Advocate General of the European Court of Justice.

For more information and booking details, please visit:

Literature in Times of Exception: Dictatorship and the Chilean Novel

6pm – 7:30pm

Room 112, School of Arts, Birkbeck, University of London, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD


What to read and how to read Chilean novels of the dictatorship? From non fictional to fictional narratives, an argument in favor of the political power of aesthetics.

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Jussi Parikka Lecture – Media Fossils and the Anthropocene: A Production of an Archaeological Future

6pm – 9pm

Keynes Library, School of Arts, 43-46 Gordon Square

(Free entry, booking required)

The talk focuses on the growing amount of future ruins: the media technological waste we are producing as the underbelly of the contemporary fascination for the new. This production is also one of multiple temporalities, drawing on the materiality of the earth and engaging with a future that is radically changed by the presence of the humans. The talk engages with this topic through discussing fossils as well as some examples from contemporary art.

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Celebrating Chinua Achebe’s Legacy

Starts: 24th October at 9:30am

Ends: 25th October at 7:45 pm

Institute of English Studies, University of London, Senate House


An international conference to commemorate Chinua Achebe’s work and influence, and to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Arrow of God, which many consider Achebe’s greatest novel.

Featured speakers include Akachi Ezeigbo, Harry Garuba,Simon Gikandi, T. Vijay Kumar, Okey Ndibe, Femi Osofisan (presenting a dramatisation of Arrow of God).

For further information and booking details, please visit:

25th October – 8th November

October 25th

Transitions 5 – New Directions in Comic Studies

10am – 5pm

Birkbeck, School of Arts, 43-46 Gordon Square


We are pleased to announce details for the forthcoming 5th annual Transitionssymposium, promoting new research and multi-disciplinary academic study of comics/ comix/ manga/ bande dessinée and other forms of sequential art.

Part of Comica – The London International Comics Festival, this is currently the only regular academic comics event based in London. Transitions is devoted to promoting new research into comics in all their forms, aiming specifically to provide a forum for research by postgraduate students and early career lecturers/researchers.  By deliberately not appointing a set theme, we hope to put together a programme reflecting the diversity of comics studies.

For more information on how to register please email:

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Ghosts of Amistad

7pm – 9pm

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Sq.

(Free entry, booking required)

The film chronicles a trip to Sierra Leone in May 2013 to visit the home villages of the people who seized the slave schooner Amistad in a famous revolt of 1839, to interview elders about local memory of the case, and to search for the long-lost ruins of Lomboko, the slave trading factory where their cruel transatlantic voyage began.  The film uses the knowledge of villagers, fishermen, and truck drivers to recover a lost history from below in the struggle against slavery.

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Moving Portraits Exhibition

Starts: October 25th at 1:25pm

Ends: November 9th at 1:25pm


Holocaust Memorial Day Trust presents an exhibition of Moving Portraits of six survivors of genocide who now live in the UK. The collection draws upon the significance of memory, photographing survivors holding a belonging that is evocative for them.

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October 27th

Anniversary Talks – Tasks vs. Conditions: Influences on second language performance

6pm – 8pm

London – Bloomsbury

(Free entry, booking required)

Second language task based performance has been the focus for intensive study over the last couple of decades. One line of research has focussed on tasks themselves, looking at task characteristics such as task complexity, structure, information type, and so on, and how they influence performance. Another strand of research has focussed on the conditions under which tasks are done, and examined influences such as pre-task planning, the time pressure under which a task is done, whether there is opportunity to repeat the task, and also what impact a post-task activity might have. The talk will examine the comparative impact of these two sorts of influence on second language task performance, to explore what respective contribution each of them makes and to evaluate whether one has greater utility than the other. Then the talk will move on to explore whether the research which has been covered can shed light on models of second language speaking, and how this might resemble or be distinct from first language speaking.

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Birkbeck Food Group – Demon Drink: Temperance and the Working Class (Annmarie McAllister)

11:30am – 1:30pm

10 Gower Street, Paul Hirst Room

(Free entry, booking required)

Birkbeck Institute for Social Research – Birkbeck Food Group 

In the first Autumn term meeting, Dr Annemarie McAllister (University of Central Lancashire) will explore the surprising history of the nineteenth- and twentieth-century temperance movement. Why was alcohol consumption seen as a problem, what did working-class people do about it, and when did a tenth of the population end up signing the pledge? What impact did this movement have on policy, culture and society? Annemarie will discuss her recent public history project and book on ‘Demon Drink?’ and there may be some singing, too…

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October 28th

Rome in Bloomsbury Seminar series: New Approaches to Roman Small Finds from London

1pm – 2pm

202, 28 Russell Square, WC1B 5DQ


Michael Marshall, Museum of London Archaeology

Part of the Rome in Bloomsbury Seminar series.

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October 30th

Economics and Finance Seminar: Javier Coto Martines (University of Brunel)

12:30pm – 2pm

Room 745, 7th Floor, Malet Street, Birkbeck Main Building, London WC1E 7HX


Most Thursdays during term time, from 12.30 to 2.00pm, the Department holds seminars in Economics and Finance. Presentations are given by staff or invited external speakers. All are welcome to attend. The seminars are held in Room 745, Malet Street Building (unless stated otherwise).

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Black History Month: Black Studies – Where is it?

6:30 – 8pm

Birkbeck University, University Square Stratford, Main building – Room TBC

In the US, black students see their lives and their history reflected in their studies. Black Studies, Africana Studies or African-American Studies, as they are now variously named in different institutions, are taught across the states. But, there are still no equivalent Black Studies degree programmes and academic departments here in the UK.

For more information, please visit:

Black History Month: Anomaly – film screening and panel disccuion

8:30pm – 11pm

Stratford East Picturehouse

(Free entry, booking required)


UK 2014. Directed by Noel Clarke. Running time 97 mins. (15)

Set in the near future a former soldier is taken captive and awakens in the back of a van with no memory of how he got there. Accused of kidnapping a child Ryan tries to put the pieces together but nine minutes and forty seven seconds later he loses consciousness again. Under impossible circumstances he has no choice but to search for the answers to the mystery behind his memory losses.  Anomaly is a unique sci-fi thriller, directed and starring Noel Clarke (Doctor Who, Star Trek into Darkness, Adulthood), that explores the idea of mind control. Also featuring Ian Somerhalder, Brian Cox, Alexis Knapp, and Luke Hemsworth.

For further information and booking inquirers, please visit:

October 31st

BiGS Event: Book Launch: After Legal Equality: Family, Sex, Kinship ed. by Robert Leckey

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Gay’s the Word Bookshop, 66 Marchmont Street, London WC1N 1AB


Groups seeking legal equality often take a new law or a judicial judgment as the end of the line. Policy makers too may assume that a troublesome file is now closed. This collection arises from the urgent sense that law reforms driven by equality call for fresh lines of inquiry. In unintended ways, reforms may harm their intended beneficiaries or worsen the disadvantage of other groups. With an international array of contributors this book pursues an interdisciplinary consideration of efforts to advance equality in the areas of sexuality, kinship, and family relations.

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BIMI in association with the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research Guilt Group presents, Guilt Series Workshop Screening

6pm – 8pm

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD

(Free entry, booking required)

Georges (Daniel Auteuil), Anne (Juliette Binoche) and their young son lead comfortable, cultured lives. Then videos showing hours of surveillance of their home start to arrive.
Georges thinks he knows who is responsible: an Algerian man called Majid (Maurice Benichou). When Georges and Majid were children, Majid’s parents had worked for Georges’s. They had been killed in the Paris Massacre of 17 October 1961. Georges’s parents cared for Majid until Georges tricked them into expelling him from the family home.
Whoever shot the videotapes, they become, like Priestley’s Inspector Goole, a device to make the secure and privileged betray themselves.

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Leverhulme lecture I: Constitutionalism, Globalisation and Etnho – religious conflict 

6pm – 8pm

Room B35, Birkbeck Main Building

(Free entry, booking required)

Michel Rosenfeld is Professor of Human Rights and director of the Program on Global and Comparative Constitutional Theory at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, New York; and the co-editor (with Susanna Mancini) of Constitutional Secularism in an Age of Religious Revival, OUP (2014).

His visit to Birkbeck School of Law is courtesy of a grant from the Leverhulme Trust, whose support is gratefully acknowledged.

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Dr Danny Rye’s Political Parties and the Concept of Power: A Theoretical Framework – Book Launch and panel discussion 

6:30pm – 8pm

Room 101, 30 Russell Square, London WC1B 5DT

(Free entry, booking required)

Dr Danny Rye is an Associate Research Fellow in the Department of Politics, Birkbeck. His PhD dissertation, upon which the book is based, won the Political Studies Association 2012 Sir Ernest Barker prize for best dissertation in the field of political theory.

Panel Discussion on the themes of the book

Chair: Professor Diana Coole (Birkbeck)

Dr Danny Rye (Birkbeck)

Professor Paul Webb (Sussex)

Professor Alan Ware (UCL and Worcester College, Oxford)

For further information, please visit:

November 3rd

A Life, a Death, a Legacy: Writing the History of Ritual Murder

6:30pm – 8pm

Birkbeck, University of London, Bloomsbury, London, WC1E 7HX, Room B34, Torrington Square entrance.

(Free entry, booking required)

The Life and Passion of William of Norwich, written in the twelfth century by Thomas Monmouth, a Benedictine monk, contains the earliest accusation that Jews killed a Christian child for hate of Christians and their beliefs. Such accusations were repeated over the centuries, in Europe and beyond. Believed by some and dismissed by others, they sometimes led to violence.

Miri Rubin’s lecture demonstrates the involvement of scholars, monks, bureaucrats and opportunists in attempts to make the accusation work. The story of child murder – first told in Norwich around 1150 – is as revealing about Christians as it is about Jews, both in the Middle Ages and since.

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The Monarchy of Political Theology and the Prohibitive of Monotheism

6pm – 8pm

Room B18, Birkbeck Main Building

(Free entry, booking required)

Speaker:  Stathis Gourgouris

In this talk, Gourgouris argues that political theology obeys a monarchical logic, no matter what it otherwise purports to be, and produces imaginaries of monotheism even outside strictly theological boundaries. Both the terrain and the object of inquiry in this discussion is the political, not the theological.

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November 4th

Are there just wars? The history and philosophy of vellum justum

6:30pm – 8:30pm

Room B33, Main building

(Free entry, booking required)

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities in collaboration with BeBirkbeck

Speaker: Costas Douzinas

In 1914, at the beginning of WWI, Cardinals Mercier of Belgium and Billot of France had a heated argument about the sacred nature of pro patria mori. For the Belgian, a soldier who dies defending his country is assured eternal salvation. Such martyrdom is the highest form of love and cleanses a life of sin making the sinner a saint. The French Cardinal disagreed: this is to forget what god sin and forgiveness are. Forgiving sins through secular heroism is theologically indefensible. Their argument is a modern expression of a much older debate about the justice and goodness of war. This talk will offer a brief the history of bellum justum and then examine the contemporary legal, political and cultural aspects of causta justa and jus in bello. Are there any just wars today?

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November 5th

Starting Out: short course for those interested in finding out about university study


University Square Stratford

(Free entry, booking required)

Starting Out is a short course offered by the University of East London and
Birkbeck, University of London. The course develops knowledge and skills to
enable students returning to education to apply to university with confidence.
The Starting Out course runs on five Wednesdays, starting on 5th November.
Please see below for dates and times. The course will be based at University Square Stratford, 1 Salway Road, E15 1NF -Room US.3.08.
This is a new campus in the heart of Stratford, which will offer a range of University of East London and Birkbeck courses.
November 6th
Beyond the Skyline: Addressing London’s Housing Crisis
6pm – 8pm
The Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD
(Free entry, booking required)

The first of a series of talks on London’s housing crisis, organised by theCentre for the Study of British Politics and Public Life.

Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of Shelter, in conversation

November 7th
50th Anniversary Talks – A multilingual approach to analysing test results and the role of languages spoken in a bi-/multilingual community
6pm – 7pm
Birkbeck, University of London, Malet St, WC1E 7HX ,United Kingdom
(Free entry, booking required)
Multilingual contexts are environments where individuals are exposed to more than two languages in the living community. Hearing or using several languages outside of the school context raises the question of whether students’ language learning is affected by this kind of exposure. I examine the question by focusing on the multilingual context of South Tyrol, Italy, where several languages are spoken on a daily basis. The long-established ethnic groups in the area are speakers of German (69%), Italian (26%) and Ladin (4%). These speakers are not uniformly distributed across the region and differing population distributions give rise to situations where students may hear or use different languages in the home, at school and in the community. In order to evaluate the relationship between population distribution and learners’ school progress, I examine two types of evidence: (1) the influence of the German L2 on English texts written by Italian L1 learners of English L3 and (2) first and second generation immigrants’ school performance in the Italian language of instruction, as measured by standardized tests. The discussion focuses on the role of the languages spoken in the community and how these may account for some of the differences identified in students’ school performance.
BIMI Film Club
6pm – 9pm
Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PD
(Free entry, booking required)
June Givanni presents the screening of two early films by award-winning Mauritanian filmmaker, Abderrahmane Sissako, whose most recent filmTimbuktu (2014) is nominated for the official competition at the London Film Festival. Sissako has become known for his quiet feature films minimal in dialogue and pace, yet visually stunning and effective in its storytelling.
Global Politics lecture 2014 Professor Christopher Coker: Is a World Without War Possible?
6pm – 8pm
Room 421, Main Building
Professor Christopher Coker, from the LSE’s Department of Inetrantional Relations will be introducing his new book, Can War Be Elimimated? (Polity Press).
November 8th
The Legalities of Eating and Drinking
10am – 4:30pm
Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Sq
(Free entry, booking required)

Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities & School of Law

Various academic disciplines are increasingly engaging with the question of what, why and how individuals, groups and communities eat and do not eat. For the discipline of law, the fundamental principle that the human can be killed but not consumed structures many social customs and conventions around food. The refusal to eat carries socially and legally transgressive potential in the context of national struggle and resistance: food practices reflect wider ideological, political and legal struggles.

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The Flickering of Darkness (Revisited) Juan delGado

2pm – 5pm

Birkbeck Cinema, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD

(Free entry, booking required)

Artist Juan delGado will present his recent commission The Flickering Darkness (Revisited) alongside the work by Agata Lulkowska. A panel will analyse and reflect on his audiovisual work to improve the understanding of current food policies and their impact in society and art by elaborating on the political and economic factors that promote them.

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