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Research and teaching opportunities The Department of Psychosocial Studies is currently looking to recruit two new fixed-term members of staff to contribute to our teaching and research. Lecturer B in Psychosocial Studies/Sociology We are looking for a Lecturer in Psychosocial Studies/Sociology, for a fixed-term contract of three years starting in September 2017. The post has […]

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Creative Writing and Mental Health: A Seminar Series

What can writers and teachers of Creative Writing learn from psychiatry, neuroscience, and other medical disciplines about the links between creativity and mental illness? Richard Hamblyn, Toby Litt and Lily Dunn, from Birkbeck, University of London, have organized an exciting series of dialogues, culminating in an ambitious one day conference on ‘Creative Writing and Mental […]

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Theatres of Contagion: Infectious Performance, Birkbeck 11-12 May 2017

Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre, London Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 2:00 PM – Friday, May 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM (BST) How have theatre and performance represented, examined or been implicated in the transmission and circulation of medical and psychological conditions? How has our understanding of these relationships and phenomena changed over time, across […]

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Mr A Moves in Mysterious Ways: Selected Artists from the Adamson Collection – Peltz Gallery, 15 May – 25 July 2017

The Adamson Collection is one of the world’s largest collections of artworks made by psychiatric patients. It consists of approximately 6,000 paintings, drawings and sculptural objects, produced between 1946 and 1981 by the residents of Netherne, a long-stay British mental hospital, under the guidance of art therapy pioneer Edward Adamson. This exhibition displays selected works by […]

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Reading Group: Portraiture and Illness, Thursday 23 March 2017

This reading group explored the relationship between portraiture and illness, and was led by the artist Tim Wainwright. It met on Thursday 23 March, 3-4.30pm in Room BO2, Birkbeck School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD.   Set texts: Transplant & Life digital guide: http://www.transplantandlife.uk/en/ Tamar Tembeck, ‘Selfies of Ill Health: Online Autopathographic Photography […]

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Fluid Physicalities: day conference, 10th March 2017

Blood; ejaculate; spit & phlegm; tears; mucus & pus; urine; diarrhoea; milk; vomit; sweat. Sometimes the body seems to be a leaky collection of liquids, a porous and productive entity, a body that repeatedly transgresses its own boundaries through seeping and oozing, or even gushing. During 2016, Fluid Physicalities has been running as a seminar series, convened by Anthony Bale and Esther […]

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