October 23, 2006
This is just a quick reminder that we are scheduled to meet a week on Friday (3rd November) at 4pm in Birkbeck College, room 261.
As well as reading Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History” we would like everyone to reflect a little on what they would like to get out of this group and perhaps bring some idea of what they might like to read in the future.
Since this is our first session we are aiming to keep things fairly general in order to get a sense of what our mutual interests are as we decide where to go next.
Any questions, or if you can’t make it, please get in touch.
Daniel & Charlie
October 11, 2006
A small but eclectic group has now formed. We will have our first meeting on Friday 3rd November at 4pm, at Birkbeck College, room 261, in which we will discuss Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History”.
It is a very short but intriguing text. The standard Harry Zorn translation is available, among other places, in the Illuminations collection published by Random House. The full text is also available here with plenty of background links (whose reliability I cannot vouch for) and here is more background, for those like myself who are new to Benjamin.
I know that one of you definitely can’t do Fridays so we may try to rotate the day, but it seemed like the day that most people can do. Also since the British Library closes at 5, it seems like a good slot for us.
261 is the History seminar room and is on the second floor of the extension building, next door to the History faculty office. Enter Birkbeck’s main building from either Malet Street or Torrington Square, take lift B to the second floor and follow the signs. If you don’t know, Birkbeck is  on the map below.
October 2, 2006
Seeking participants for a new reading group on the Philosophy of History to be hosted by Birkbeck College. Exploring the theory, practice and meaning of history we plan to begin with Walter Benjamin’s “Theses on the Philosophy of History” to be followed by other readings from the Frankfurt School and beyond.
The School of History have generously offered to provide a room and refreshments for participants who could be research students, staff or associates of the Schools of History, Philosophy, the History of Art or the London Consortium.
We anticipate meeting three times a term on an informal basis with readings to be kept short wherever possible. If you are interested in joining please get in touch for more information.
Daniel Wilson & Charlie Miller