The Birkbeck Institutes’ (Birkbeck Institute for Social Research and Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities) Graduate Conference is an annual conference that brings together research on important current issues in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. It is typically attended by upwards of 80 graduates and has included such eminent previous speakers as Professor Sasha Roseneil, Professor Veena Das, Dr Liz Kelly and Professor Illan Rua Wall.
The 2016 conference will run from 13th- 14th May, and examines the intersections of memory, identity and place. In particular, we seek to examine to what extent identities are performed in response to political, social and cultural pressures, including historical circumstances leading to the construction of acceptable and unacceptable identities.
The conference aims to capture the complex overlaying of identities in time and space, and the agency of individuals and communities as they address their own complex understandings of the temporality of identity. Conversely, we hope the conference will highlight how space and time are influenced and shaped by everyday life, sociabilities, mobilisations and processes of subjectivation.
With an emphasis on direct application, we are particularly interested in receiving contributions from artists and practitioners in education, the heritage sector or related fields to participate in this interdisciplinary conference.