Posts from October 2019

Opening evening for Techne doctoral applicants, Weds 6th November

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Wednesday 6th November 2019, 5.30 – 8.00 pm
University of Westminster, 115 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6UW

Techne: AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership
Open Evening for Applicants for 2020 entry

Looking to do a PhD in 2020? Come and meet with academics, including those affiliated with the IMCC, to find out about the AHRC-funded techne doctoral studentships and programme of development, training and networking opportunities. Academic staff from all techne universities will be available to discuss your research proposal. We can’t guarantee an expert in your specific subject area, but all will be experienced in guiding doctoral applications. Administrators will also be on hand to advise on the application process.

For further details on the techne scheme see: http://www.techne.ac.uk/

Book a place at the open evening via this eventbrite link. Please register for one of the 3 sessions at 5:30pm, 6:15pm and 7pm. There will be refreshments available throughout the evening.

Sophie Wahnich on the Yellow Vests, French Politics Today, Thursday 10th October, 5.30

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Thursday 10 October 2019, 5.30 – 7.00 pm
Room UG05, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B 2HW

Democracy Taken in Vice: Understanding the ‘Yellow Vests’ Event
Sophie Wahnich (CNRS/EHESS)

Sophie Wahnich is a Director of Research in History and Political Science at the French Institute of Scientific Research (CNRS) and the Director of the Interdisciplinary Institute of Anthropology of the Contemporary at the EHESS. She is a regular columnist for the daily newspaper Libération. Her work as an academic and public intellectual approaches contemporary issues facing Western democracies (terror, nationalism, globalisation, refugees, war, trauma, religion, collective memory), which she studies alongside the historical achievements and universal ideals of the French Revolution. Her book In Defence of the Terror was translated into English and published by Verso in 2012, with an introduction by Slavoj Zizek.

Part of the series French Politics: A Neighbour’s ‘History of the Present’, co-organised by the IMCC in collaboration with our friends in the Centre for the Study of Democracy, and with the support of the French Embassy and the Political Studies Association.

Free to attend, but booking via eventbrite is essential.

English Literature and Culture research seminar series, Oct – Dec 2019

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The latest series of English Literature and Culture research seminars for Autumn 2019 have now been announced, starting with a paper by the IMCC’s own Matthew Charles.

Wednesday 16th October, 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Room 201, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B

Examining Coleridge’s Bulls: Humour, Fancy and the Political Imagination
Matthew Charles (IMCC/University of Westminster)

Wednesday 30th October, 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Room 152, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B

A Thousand Words: Unpicking Dickens’ Pictures from Italy
Peter Orford (University of Buckingham)

Wednesday 13th November, 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Room 152, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B

A New ‘Form’ of Feminism: Mary Hays’ Female Biography (1803)
Susan Civale (Canterbury)

Wednesday 27th November, 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Room 152, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B

Processing Memory: Heritage, Industry and Environmental Racism in the American Gulf States
Lucy Bond (IMCC/University of Westminster) & Jessica Rapson (KCL)

Wednesday 11th December, 5.00 – 7.00 pm
Room 152, University of Westminster, 309 Regent Street, London W1B

Evil, Reborn: Remaking Disney and the Villain Intertext in Film and Popular Culture
Lorna Piatti-Farnell (Aukland University of Technology)

Pop and Politics at PCL, ‘Digging Deeper’ at the Soho Poly, November 22nd 2019

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Friday 22 November, 2.00 – 4.00 pm
Meeting point: University of Westminster reception, 4–12 Little Titchfield Street, London W1W 7BY

Pop and Politics at PCL

‘Pop and Politics at PCL’ is a specially curated event celebrating the relationship between Pop and Politics at the Polytechnic of Central London (PCL). PCL was the name between 1970 and 1992 of what is now the University of Westminster. The event includes a talk, musical performance and a small exhibition, and takes place on the anniversary of the day that Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) turned up unannounced to play an acoustic set for students who had occupied the Poly’s Regent Street site.

The event is free, but booking is essential via this Eventbrite link.

This event is part of ‘Digging Deeper: Art, Music and Memory at the Soho Poly’, which is, in turn, part of the nationwide Being Human festival. Adding to this celebration, the University of Westminster is also hosting two other events:

On Monday 18 November, join award winning poet Dr Hannah Copley for a lunchtime exploration of music and memory in a zine workshop in the venue’s revived ‘Arts Workshop’.

In honour of its early incarnation as a folk club, come and disrupt your day on Thursday 21 November with a lunchtime gig by Martin Stephenson, one of the UK’s most perceptive and best-loved songwriters . This will be the first live concert in the iconic basement space since the last ‘Polyfolk’ performance in 1970.