A Dialogue on Louis-Ferdinand Céline
23 May 2022
Damian Catani’s biography of the controversial French novelist Louis-Ferdinand Céline was published by Reaktion Books in September 2021. Damian is in conversation with acclaimed French novelist Michaël Ferrier, on the question of whether it is possible to separate the art from the artist when the artist has as abhorrent political views as Céline had, especially considering the fact that his novels drew so much on his own life. However, the debate does not focus solely on this aspect of Céline; it will also explore the literary impact of the novelist.
What can Poetry do for Community? – Roundtable discussion 5 July 2021
What discourse does current poetic practice generate on community? Each guest speaker gives a five-minute talk. This is followed by a discussion and then by questions and comments from the audience .
Guest Speakers are poets Sarona Abuaker, Kayombo Chingonyi, Jérôme Game, Fran Lock, Matt Martin
Jean-Luc Nancy à BRAKC – Un trop humain virus (2020) – Discussion
17 December 2020
Roundtable discussion with French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy about his latest book and the coronavirus pandemic. With Irving Goh (NUS, Singapore), Ian James (Cambridge, UK), Rémi Astruc (Université de Cergy-Pontoise, France) and Nathalie Wourm (Birkbeck, UK).
Podcast of Fire Walk with Me: Trauma, Catharsis and the Fantasy of Fantastical Kinship
23 May 2014
Andrew Asibong (author of Mameluke Bath, 2013) and Hannah Eaton (author of Naming Monsters, 2013) discuss the impact of David Lynch’s frequently dismissed 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me on their work, and consider Lynch’s importance for imaginative reponses to trauma, fantasy and catharsis.
Podcasts of Animal-Human Kinship and Community in French Literature
Featuring Andrew Billing, Macalester College, St Paul, Minnesota, “Political Anthropology and its Animal Other in Rousseau” and Shirley Jordan, Queen Mary College, University of London, “Hospitality and the Animal World in Marie NDiaye”
Friday 5 July 2013
Videocast of Ron Peck and Paul Hallam, directors of 1978 British film classic “Nighthawks“, in conversation with Dr Andrew Asibong and audience, 25 January 2013, Birkbeck Cinema.
Podcast of BRAKC Poetry Reading & Discussion
Acclaimed Welsh poet Samantha Wynne-Rhydderch reads from her brand new collection of poems, Banjo (Picador) and anwers questions about the art of writing on the themes of kinship and community.
13 June 2012