Birkbeck Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

🎭Creative Arts, Culture and Communication
🏛️ Historical Studies
🌏Social Sciences

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Join us online on the 29th of February at 6pm for a captivating exploration of art and strategy of winning an election. 🗳
An insightful conversation with the accomplished Claire Ainsley.
Don't miss out and book your place:


Unlock the Minds Behind Machines!
Join our Philosophy of AI Short Course and dive into the foundational debates shaping the future of artificial intelligence. Explore ethics, consciousness, and the very essence of intelligence. Enrich your understanding of AI's philosophical landscape.

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Join us today virtually for the next Criminology Series where we provide a platform for critical, path-breaking interdisciplinary research on crime, criminal justice, and related themes by scholars within and beyond Birkbeck.

⭐️This month’s series is focused on The Post Office Scandal: Professional Pathologies and Legality Illusions and Professor Richard Moorhead, University of Exeter will be the speaker at the event.

Book your place and don’t miss out on how organisational culture and the construction of crime, can be instantiated by the professional logics that construct, encourage and shield abuse, irresponsibility, and dishonesty

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Join us for the upcoming information session for our Postgraduate Social Research programmes!

⭐You will have a chance to ask any questions about these iconic programmes to find out which Social Research programme is ideal for you.

Book your place via the link below:


Join us Birkbeck, University of London tomorrow to hear from Nissa Finney, Professor of Human Geography at the University of St Andrews on ‘Contemporary Jewish identities and experiences of racism’. What can ‘big data’ tell us about Jewish experiences of discrimination and how are they distinctive? Full details and to book:


📢Birkbeck Centre for British Political Life quick updates!

1/2 Book launch 📚Dermot Hodson Circle of Stars - A History of the EU and the People Who Made It
Yale University Press, London

In this event, Professor Dermot Hodson will talk about his new book on the history of the European Union since 1992. He will be joined in conversation by Dr Ben Worthy (Director of Birkbeck’s Centre for British Political Life).

🗓️Book your place for the 12th of December, this event will take place in 📍Bloomsbury (room TBC)👇👇👇


A Library without Books Is like a Fish without Water: join us on Tuesday 28th November for the final talk in our series! Professor Joanna Bourke will be joined in conversation by Philippa Dolphin, Birkbeck’s Librarian from 1994–2004.


Join us on Friday for:

An Open Mind (Peter Nestler, 2022) with Q&A

A fascinating documentary film about artists from the Sinti and Roma minority, whose works address the painful experience of persecution in the 20th century.

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Welcome everyone!
There have been some exciting changes this year, this was formerly the Birkbeck School of Arts and is now the new Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Facebook. We will be posting the latest events and programme updates. 🎭🏛️🌏💬

New art exhibition opens, exploring the intersection of art, music, composition and sound design 30/06/2023

It's not too late to visit our free public exhibition 'From Signal to Decay: Volume 3' at Peltz Gallery Running until 7 July, find out more :

New art exhibition opens, exploring the intersection of art, music, composition and sound design Running from now until 7 July 2023, Birkbeck's Peltz Gallery presents From Signal to Decay: Volume 3. The free public exhibition is an ongoing and iterative research project into artist, musician, composer, sound designer and recordist Trevor Mathison's rich and varied body of work.


Love Art History? Join one of our taster sessions in June

This month, join one of our tasters sessions for Art History lovers. Hosted by our Art History academics, these events will allow you to dip your toe at Birkbeck. They'll explain what you can expect to study when you enrol with us in the 2023/24 academic year. They will also be available to answer any questions you might have about studying at Birkbeck.

So pick the course that is the right level or interest for you and book your place!


Join us for a triple bill of research-led films from the Derek Jarman Lab: The Plastic Phoenix (about the now-defunct Bakelite Museum), Aerial Bodies (about female barrage balloon operators) and Submerged Reliquary of a Kentish Saint (about Derek Jarman’s archive). Book your place:


Arts Week 2023 has started! Have a look at our fabulous programme of events this week, and get booking! - See you there!

Reproduction NOW 20/04/2023

Birkbeck Arts Week starts next week! So many highlights, including a panel with three Birkbeck researchers on the topic of fertility, reproduction, policy, possibility and the future. Book now:

Reproduction NOW A panel exploring fertility and reproduction. It is time to take stock. Have promises been delivered?


Arts Week 24-28 April 2023
Arts Week returns with discussions, workshops, tours, performances and readings. Events include a walking tour of the lost world of Westminster, a conversation on the contemporary experience of crossing borders, and a talk on what happens when places achieve celebrity status online. Find out more:


We offer a number of and to Master's students who are applying to study for a postgraduate degree in our School of Arts! 🎉 Find out more 👉

Most have deadlines of 9th September 🥳


Step In to Undergraduate Study in Arts is a short course that will prepare you for undergraduate study! This summer the course is free of charge & open to anyone who has applied for an undergraduate School of Arts course with us beginning in Oct 2022 or January 2023! Sign up:


Join us in July for our next offer holder day, where you'll have the opportunity to chat with staff & students, take a tour of our campus and find out more about our programmes! 🎉 Sign up:

d'n events: exploring dramaturgies 30/06/2022

Join playwrights Anastasiia Kosodi, Lena Lagushonkova & Ukrainian theatre specialist Dr Molly Flynn - Lecturer in our Department of English, Theatre and Creative Writing - for an online discussion of theatre’s role in shaping political agency, supporting resistance efforts & community organising in Ukraine:

d'n events: exploring dramaturgies find out about our series of events, discussing practice with dramaturgs from around the world.


Arts Week 2022 provided a fantastic celebration of the latest creativity and research from
Birkbeck School of Arts and beyond.
Missed out on a talk or workshop? Do not worry - recordings of many of the events that took place are now available on our website!


A showcase of doctoral research. ✨

Join us tomorrow with the Institute of Contemporary Arts from 5-7pm for our Postgraduate Research Showcase, where PhD students and alumni share and present their creative practice, part of their doctoral research.🎉 Sign up;


Creative Healing: Artistic Practice as a Reparative Act convenes a panel of academics and artists to discuss the notion of creative practice and art-making as a reparative act of healing and self-preservation.

📅 Tuesday 24 May

Book your place now 👉


Arts Week 2022 is finally here! 🎭

Join us across the next 10 days for a number of inspiring talks, workshops, performances and screenings from Birkbeck, University of London academics, artists and associates.

Register to attend an event, read the Dean's welcome to the festival and explore a variety of exciting content now:


Five x 15 shares five fifteen-minute interviews with new writers from the Creative Writing programme: JJ Bola, Valentine Carter, Lily Dunn, Nadia Wassef and Saba Sams.

Available online from 23 May as part of Arts Week 👉

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