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Arts Week 2012

— May 2012

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Birkbeck's annual Arts Week is nearly here

Join Birkbeck College, London University  for Arts Week 2012, running from Monday 14 to Friday 18 May. The week will include lectures, readings, concerts, film screenings, taster courses, performances and panel discussions and is our annual showcase of the varied enterprises of Birkbeck academics, on topics both public and scholarly. The programme of events reflects the liveliness of teaching and research within Birkbeck's School of Arts, whose internationally renowned academics address some of the most important issues that affect our society today. Birkbeck welcomes everyone with an interest in the Arts to participate in this year's events.      
 Arts Week 2012 programme 
 This year's Arts Week includes events from across the five academic departments within Birkbeck's School of Arts, with lectures, workshops, conferences and film screenings. Highlights include:

Monday 14 May
Benjamin Wood  reads from his debut novel The Bellwether Revivals, join a screening and discussion on ‘post-nostalgia’ in European culture and history, a chance to watch opera rehearsals, a taster evening for students interested in studying English and Humanities or Theatre studies at undergraduate level and more…  

Tuesday 15 MayMarjorie Trusted, Senior Curator of Sculpture at the V&A, presents a seminar on the relationship between the two great Spanish artists, Velázquez and Picasso, view a performance of Virginia Woolf’s play, Freshwater, take a class in contemporary dance technique and more…

Wednesday 16 May
Readings by contemporary women poets, a lecture on the character of the ‘gentle soldier’ in Crimean narratives, a screening and presentation by the award-winning Brazilian filmmaker, Sandra Kogut , a panel discussion on emerging theatre companies and more…

Thursday 17 May
Hear renowned literary critic George Steiner talk on the history of the Jews and Jewish identity, find out how the V&A and the Design Museum represent architecture as a stage for the display of design, Dr Nicola Bown discusses Victorian sentimentality, while Julia Bell explores the pros, cons and future of self-publishing and more...

Friday 18 May
Professor Shaw-Miller’s inaugural lecture on the dynamics between image, music, text with the acclaimed Kreutzer String Quartet, a screening and book launch looking at cross-dressing in German film comedies and more…

 Arts Week Competition: Lost and Found in Translation 
 For the 2012 Arts Week Competition Birkbeck wantsw to know where you have been… What do you find in Paris or in Tokyo, in the daytime or after dark? We want to read your travel writing or see your photographs from: Japan, Portugal, Spain, Latin America, France or other French-speaking countries, Germany or other German-speaking countries. These need not be holiday snaps (though they can be) – the aim is to show how travel makes the familiar strange, or the unknown domestic.  It does not have to be literal travel: it can always be the travel of the imagination… To enter, please send:
1. Up to three photographs (jpeg format, maximum file size 2MB per image); or
2. A piece of travel writing (750 word limit); or
3. A combination of the two

Send entries to: [email protected] Winners will be announced at 7.30 p.m. on Friday 18 May at the World Cinema Series event. Prizes will be £100 each, held for winners to spend at the LRB Bookshop, where they will also have tea for two.      


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