Wednesday 3 December 2014, Roundtable on the Our Mutual Friend Reading Project

When: Wednesday 3 December 2014, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Room 112, Birkbeck School of Arts, 45 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD Come and join us for a panel discussion about the Our Mutual Friend reading project and other digital Dickens projects. Panellists include Emma Curry (Birkbeck) on the Our Mutual Friend tweets project, Pete Orford (University of Buckingham) on The …

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Friday 28 November 2014, Sophie Thomas: ‘A strange and mixed assemblage: Sir John Soane, Archivist of the Self’

Sophie Thomas (Ryerson) When: Friday 28 November 2014, 6:30 – 8:30pm Where: Room G10, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD The house-museum of the architect and collector Sir John Soane in Lincoln’s Inn Fields is one of the only London museums still in existence that dates back in its present form to the early nineteenth century. During …

sitemanagerFriday 28 November 2014, Sophie Thomas: ‘A strange and mixed assemblage: Sir John Soane, Archivist of the Self’

How We Read: A Sensory History of Books for Blind People

Monday 17– Sunday 23 November This free exhibition of assistive technologies designed to help blind people read will introduce visitors to a range of formats beyond the conventional book. Curated by Heather Tilley (Birkbeck) and Matt Rubery (Queen Mary, UL), and held at Birkbeck’s Peltz Gallery, a variety of books will be on display in the form of embossed print, talking …

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Wednesday 29 October 2014, Paul White: ‘The Evolution of the Blush’

Paul White (Cambridge) When: Wednesday 29 October 2014, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD The blush is an elusive expression, and one of the most intriguing. It is manifest in a wide range of emotions, even those that seem antithetical: a sign of shame or innocence, a vehicle of amorous attraction, …

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Dickens Day 2014: Dickens and Conviviality

Saturday 11 October 2014 Institute of English Studies, Senate House, Malet St., London, WC1E 7HU Dickens Day, now in its 28th year, is looking at how conviviality features in Dickens’s life and work. Dickens’s works are famously convivial, depicting sociability in myriad forms: from the famously boozy Pickwick Papers, through the Crachits’ sentimental festive celebrations in A Christmas Carol, to the …

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Thursday 23 October 2014, ‘Women Writing Art History in the Nineteenth Century: Looking Like a Woman’

Roundtable with Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck) and Birkbeck colleagues When: Thursday 23 October 2014, 6:00 – 8:00pm Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD The first event of the autumn term for the Birkbeck Forum for Nineteenth-Century Studies will feature Hilary Fraser (Birkbeck) in discussion on her new book ‘Women Writing Art History in the …

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Birkbeck postgraduate student runner-up in book prize

Kayleigh Betterton, an MA student at Birkbeck,  is runner-up in the first Anthony Davis Book Collecting Prize at the University of London for her collection of Oscar Wilde material. The prize was won by Hazel Wilkinson, a PhD student in English Literature at University College London, for her collection ‘The everyday canon from Tonson to Penguin’. The Prize is funded …

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In Harkness’ London: A Symposium on the Life and Work of Margaret Harkness

When: Saturday, 22 November 2014 (Registration opens 9.30am) Where: Keynes Library, Birkbeck School of Arts, 46 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PD This event will be the first to bring together scholars interested in Victorian writer and social activist Margaret Harkness, who published under the pseudonym John Law. The symposium will highlight the importance of Harkness’ work to our understanding of …

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London Nineteenth Century Seminar: Autumn 2014

Transported: Edward Gibbon Wakefield and Charlotte Bronte Moving People in the Era of Print Professor Josephine McDonagh (King’s College, University of London) Responses: Professor Isobel Armstrong (Birkbeck) and Dr Ruth Livesey (Royal Holloway, University of London When: Friday 17 October 2014, 17:30 – 19:30 Where: The Senate Room (Senate House, First Floor) Victorian Miniature I: The Moral Theatre of Insects’ …

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Carolyn Burdett awarded Leverhulme Fellowship

Carolyn Burdett, Senior Lecturer in Victorian Literature and Culture, at Birkbeck, University of London, has been awarded a Leverhulme Research Fellowship in 2012-13 to pursue a project entitled ‘Coining Empathy: Psychology, Aesthetics, Ethics 1870-1920’. The Victorians didn’t empathize. Instead they sympathized, valuing sympathy as a moral capacity to think about others. ‘Empathy’ was not coined until the twentieth century (in …

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