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The story of regeneration in London is one of gains and losses, community and hostility, and opportunities and barriers. Assessments of local reaction to regeneration – and the seemingly inseparable process of gentrification – have tended to focus on adult concerns – the middle-class protest groups against the professional developers or the long-term residents against the creative ‘hipsters’. New #BBKresearch led by Birkbeck's Dr Melissa Butcher drawing on the experiences and understanding of young people who came of age during the regeneration of Hackney reveals how they understand and negotiate the pressures created by rapid change in their area. Dr Butcher seeks to understand how it feels to imagine your future in an area where the familiar is changing at unprecedented speed and the new can seem strange and inaccessible. Read more - bit.ly/2kNcOsA
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[ #BBKblogs ] Dr Justin Schlosberg from Birkbeck’s Department of Film, Media and Cultural Studies discusses digital giants and media barons: "We are living in an era when vast sections of our media, both “old” and “new”, are controlled by a tiny number of giant corporations, most of which dominate their particular sectors and face minimal competition. UK’s supposedly competitive national newspaper market where five companies – largely presided over by tax exiles and media moguls – control 90% of daily circulation. The major problem facing our democracy isn’t the subterranean digital activities of Macedonian teenagers corrupting a supposedly pure news environment. Instead, it’s the fact that we have a media culture that is dominated by billionaire proprietors and elite insiders and a political culture that is too fearful of this media power ever to challenge it. “Fake news” may be grabbing the headlines but we shouldn’t forget about the concentrated market power that has allowed it to thrive." Read more - bit.ly/2kX0bOK

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Birkbeck's Sarah Marks and Daniel Pick explore the difficulty in pinpointing how radicalization works in practice.

Jesse Morton was 16 when he ran away, trailed a Grateful Dead tour and scraped a living from the proceeds of drugs peddled outside concerts in the mid-90s. Caught and jailed for drug offences, he was radicalized in a prison in Virginia. Bin Laden became an idol and he himself a notable recruiter for Al-Qaeda. Following a process of so-called de-conversion and work for the FBI, it is widely reported that today he pursues a new career to win back the hearts and minds of the kind of people he previously cultivated to fight the West. Talking to The New York Times in August, he declared himself ‘100 per cent de-radicalized’. Read more - bit.ly/2lrHGmw

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From Vertov's memorial to Lenin to the new-style Soviet cinema of the 1930s, Birkbeck's Ian Christie has curated films for the Royal Academy's REVOLUTION! exhibition, which runs from 11 Feb to 17 April. One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art. He is also doing a talk as part of the exhibition programme on Sat 18 Feb. Read more - bit.ly/2lrBmen
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Alarming numbers of cancer doctors experience high levels of burnout, stress, sleep problems and depression, with some resorting to alcohol or sedatives to cope, #BBKresearch suggests. Meta-analysis of 43 existing studies, published on Friday in Psycho-Oncology, revealed that many oncologists were struggling with the burden of dealing with suffering patients, distressed relatives and heavy workloads. It found that a third of cancer doctors were suffering from high burnout, defined as high emotional exhaustion, and a quarter had mental health problems. The authors, from the Department of Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, stressed that patients were not at risk but urged doctors to be kinder to themselves. Read more - bit.ly/2l06DnP
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A new exhibition at Birkbeck's Peltz Gallery runs 3-25 March. 'Decolonising witchcraft' portrays the women whose livelihoods play a central role in the culture and health of Bolivia. Sidelined as ‘witchcraft’ or ‘folklore’ by Western approaches to medicine, their stories are explored in the context of President Evo Morales’ decolonisation project, which challenges the systems that have marginalised indigenous knowledge. The exhibition is accompanied by a programme of free events. For more info and to book your free place - bit.ly/2lPeqD9
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[ #BBKblogs ] Birkbeck's Professor Patrick Tissington continues his advice series for students: "Amongst the nasty habits your lecturers have is setting this particular piece of torture. Group assignments be they assessed collectively or individually are a minefield for the student so I have summarised my survival tips here. I won’t promise these will mean you have a fun time, but following this advice will give you the best chance of doing well and completing the assignment with the least amount of stress. There are seven things I have found to be important." Read more - bit.ly/2kBVqqE

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Dr Simon Pooley, a specialist in human-wildlife conflict in Birkbeck's Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, is calling for a fundamental rethink of how we study and manage human-predator relations, particularly where conflicts have emerged over damage caused by animals like crocodiles, jaguars, lions, tigers and wolves. Dr Pooley has been working with a select group of experts from diverse fields, including anthropologists, conservation biologists, critical social scientists, geographers and environmental historians, who have just published a position paper in Conservation Biology. Read more - bit.ly/2l5nUui
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[Discover our research] Birkbeck's Dr Tim Markham asks whether, when it comes to social media and political uprisings, we’re just seeing what we want to see: "When I travelled to Cairo last April, one of the first things I did was to visit Tahrir Square, scene of some of the most evocative and stirring events of what came to be known as the Arab spring of 2011. An awful lot has been written about the Arab spring (it’s okay to use this phrase in Cairo – everyone does, though it’s lathered in irony) by journalists, activists and academics, and much of it has been freighted with a combination of ideology and wishful thinking. Yet my trip wasn’t an attempt to scythe through the fictions swirling through academia and the twittersphere to get at the real truth of the Arab spring.Not really. It was part of a broader project aiming to better understand how we think about protest, political change and the role that different kinds of media play." Read more - bit.ly/2kSUBMI

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Birkbeck's Dr Christina Julios has been nominated for the Iranian and Kurdish Women’s Rights Organisation’s (IKWRO) True Honour Awards 2017 for her research and educational work on ‘honour’-based violence (HBV). The annual awards celebrate inspirational individuals and groups who take a stand against ‘honour’-based violence. Dr Julios, author of the recent book Forced Marriage and 'Honour' Killings in Britain: Private Lives, Community Crimes and Public Policy Perspectives, has been doing research on #HBV over the past five years. Her volume, published in 2015, is the first scholarly book to examine the extent of HBV in the UK, while chronicling contemporary public policy and legislative developments over time. Read more - bit.ly/2kmkx4M
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