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September 2016

The View from Nearby

The Annual Gold Lecture and 30th Anniversary of the Department of Anthropology

You are cordially invited to attend the 2016 Annual Gold Lecture, which this year marks the 30th Anniversary of the Goldsmiths Anthropology Department.

Founded as an academic unit in 1979 by Professors Brian Morris and Pat Caplan, who were soon joined by Olivia Harris, Stephen Nugent, Victoria Goddard and Nici Nelson, the Anthropology Department was officially established in 1986 and has become synonymous with a critical approach to anthropology and a strong commitment to public engagement.

For this year’s milestone public lecture we are delighted to welcome Professor Les Back from the Department of Sociology with a lecture entitled: ‘The View from Nearby’.

Not only a valued and illustrious colleague, Professor Back was recipient of the Anthropology Department’s first PhD award. Join us as we hear his views on the future of our craft.

Please join us on Thursday 20 October 2016
6.00 – 8.00pm
Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre, Whitehead Building

The lecture will be followed by a reception.

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Multicultural Conviviality in the Midst of Racism’s Ruins

Les Back and Shamser Sinha have co-authored an article that argues that the idea of multicultural tools is the best way to approach the understanding of conviviality.

What is the value in a university education?

Missed hearing Professor Les Back talking about his latest book ‘Academic Diary: Or Why Higher Education Still Matters and whether a university degree prepares you for life?

Fear not, you can now listen to the podcast.

The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger + Exclusive Q&A

Thursday 17 November
6.30pm
Curzon Goldsmiths

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Zed Books is proud to collaborate with Curzon Goldsmiths to celebrate John Berger’s 90th birthday.

Join us for an evening of film and discussion on Berger’s work with Professor Vikki Bell and Dr Yasmin Gunaratnam, both from the Department of Sociology as well as contributors to A Jar of Wild Flowers: Essays in Celebration of John Berger (Zed, 2016).

A screening of The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger (directed by Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth and Bartek Dziadosz) will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.

 

 

Connected Histories of Neoliberalisation

17 October 2016

0930 – 1330: PSH LG01
1430-1800: RHB 309

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Les Back On The Radio

Professor Les Back’s book ‘Academic Diary: Or Why Higher Education Still Matters‘, published by Goldsmiths Press, has been a huge success over the summer.

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Professor Back will be discussing his work in an hour-long special this Sunday [25 Sept] at 8:00pm on Talking Books, the literary programme of Irish radio station NewsTalk.

GOLDSMITHS 2nd HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL: Blood in the Mobile

A SEASON OF FOUR FILMS
OCT 13th – Nov 24th 2016

THURS NOV 24th
PSH LG01
6-8.30pm 

Blood in the Mobile (2010) by Frank Poulsen, Q and A by Skype.

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Documentary looking at illegal mining in the DR Congo of cassiterite, which is then processed in East Asia for use in mobile phones. Conditions are highly dangerous and many of the workers are children, not allowed out of the compound. The film has sought to change the conduct of Western companies regarding the industrial use of minerals of unknown origin.

GOLDSMITHS 2nd HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL: Fuocoammare

A SEASON OF FOUR FILMS
OCT 13th – Nov 24th 2016

THURS NOV 10th
PSH LG01
6-8.30pm 

Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) (2015) by Gianfranco Rosi followed by discussion on the refugee crisis led by speaker from Migration Research Network.

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Multi-award-winning film shot on the tiny Sicilian island of Lampedusa during the European migrant crisis, The film sets the migrants’ dangerous Mediterranean crossing against a background of the ordinary life of the islanders, including a teenage fisher boy and the local doctor who receives the new arrivals.

GOLDSMITHS 2nd HUMAN RIGHTS FILM FESTIVAL: How to Change the World

A SEASON OF FOUR FILMS
OCT 13th – Nov 24th 2016

THURS OCT 27th
PSH, LG01
6-8.30pm
 

How to Change the World (2015) followed by Q and A with director Jerry Rothwell

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A documentary film from writer-director Jerry Rothwell which chronicles the adventures of an eclectic group of young pioneers who in 1971 set out to stop Richard Nixon’s nuclear bomb tests in Amchitka, Alaska, and end up creating the worldwide green movement with the birth of Greenpeace.

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