6th May, 1:30pm-3:00pm, Online

Archives in Pandemic-stricken times, workshop 02

Digital archives: tools, ethics and issues of materiality

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Join Dr Eleni Liarou and an international panel of academics, Dr Emily Bell, Dr. Joseph John Viscomi and Dr. Nanna Bonde Thylstrup, will lead the second workshop and they will present their work in relation to digitisation and new research tools, the politics of data archives and the relationship between archives and historical materiality.

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5pm, 29 April 2022, Online

Decolonial Feminist Forum – Decolonising the Museum

In this session focussed on the recent lecture ‘Decolonizing the Museum?’ by  Françoise Vergès, a French political scientist, antiracist and decolonial feminist activist. She is the cofounder of the French association ‘Decolonize the Arts’ and the author of  A Decolonial Feminism (2021).  Her work focuses on postcolonial studies and decolonial feminism.


Archives in Pandemic-stricken times, workshop 01

11am-12:30pm, 4th March 2022, Online

The digital archive: definitions, challenges and implications

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Join Dr Eleni Liarou and workshop speakers, Hannah Ishmael (Black Cultural Archives, Collections and Research Manager)Mark Duguid (British Film Institute, Senior Curator), and Jake Berger (BBC Executive Product Manager, BBC Archive), who will discuss current challenges and opportunities for public archives such as the BCA, BFI and the BBC.

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5pm, 25 February 2022, Online

Decolonial Feminist Forum – ‘Love is an action: never simply a feeling’

In this session we reflected on the enormous significance of the work of the recently-departed American author, professor, feminist, and social activist bell hooks. Participants were sent several links and were invited to select a quote from one of the talks (or a text) and bring it to the session along with personal comments about their choice.  

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11 am – 2 pm, 24th February 2022, Online

The Friday Club

Welcome to The Friday Club. Join us every last Friday of the month for The Friday Club group writing sessions. Each meeting is designed to help the busy scholar dedicate time and focus to a piece of writing that stubbornly refuses to be written, a draft that is driving you crazy, a grant application that needs some finesse, or even that thesis that just won’t take form. For more info and to book.

4 – 6.30 pm, Friday, 11 February 2022, Online

Book Launch: What Will Be Already Exists – Temporalities of Cold War Archives in East-Central Europe and Beyond

BIRMAC in association with Artpool, is delighted to celebrate the launch of ‘What Will Be Already Exists’, an edited volume emerging from a conference organised around Artpool’s 40th anniversary, published by Transcript Verlag in 2021.

The book includes texts by Emese Kürti / Zsuzsa László (eds.) with essays by Zdenka Badovinac, Judit Bodor-Roddy Hunter, David Crowley, Lina Džuverović, Daniel Grún, Emese Kürti, Karolina Majewska-Güde, Kristine Stiles, Sven Spieker and Tomasz Zaluski. More information.

Invited respondents, art scholar, critic, and curator Ieva Astahovska (Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Riga, Latvia) and art historian and curator, Cristian Nae (George Enescu National University of Arts, Iasi, Romania), will offer their responses to the publication, which will be followed by a panel discussion with the editors and a number of contributors. Chaired by Dr Sophie Hope (Department of Film Media and Cultural Studies, Birkbeck College).

5pm, Friday, 28 January 2022, Online

Decolonial Feminist Forum

The Decolonial Feminist Forum resumes, meeting online in our usual slot at 5pm on Friday evenings. During the spring term we will take stock of the past two years in which the pandemic changed our daily lives, work patterns and ways of socialising beyond recognition, affecting different communities differently and affecting those already marginalised and disenfranchised the most. In our first event this year,  we will discuss the recent lecture by Professor Faye V. Harrison entitled ‘Reckoning with Dread: Dilemmas of Democracy – When All Lives Don’t Matter‘, delivered in November 2021.

Those who sign up to attend will be sent a link to the lecture in advance and we would like to ask you to watch it (duration: 1 hr, 45 min) prior to our meeting and bring one issue or question for us to discuss.  In the meeting we will discuss the issues everyone brought forward and will leave time to discuss ideas for future DFF sessions. We look forward to seeing you after a long gap. Book here.

11 am – 2 pm, 28th January 2022, Online

The Friday Club

Welcome to The Friday Club. Join us every last Friday of the month for The Friday Club group writing sessions. Each meeting is designed to help the busy scholar dedicate time and focus to a piece of writing that stubbornly refuses to be written, a draft that is driving you crazy, a grant application that needs some finesse, or even that thesis that just won’t take form. For more info and to book.