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January 2022



  • London: Portrait of a City exhibition
    The millions of images of the capital in the collections at London Metropolitan Archives are testament to the allure of London as a subject for artists – its buildings, traditions and its people. London : Portrait of a City delves into archives to explore the formats chosen by artists and surveyors since the eleventh century to create their representations of the capital. From simple wax seals to intricate engravings; elegant watercolours to digital prints, the exhibition reveals the visual history of one of the great cities of the world.
    Opens 10 January 2022 – London Metropolitan Archives
  • Sound Voice Installation
    A unique performance installation exploring powerful stories of voice loss and identity through surround-sound, audio-visual, and settings of three works from the Sound Voice Project, featuring Lucy Crowe and Roderick Williams.
    13-15 January – Kings Place
  • Co-existent Ruins: Exploring Iraq’s Mesopotamian past through contemporary art
    SOAS’s Brunei Gallery presents this collaborative visual research project by Hanaa Malallah with Iraqi artists: Rayah Abd Al-Redah; Betoul Mahdey; Fatimah Jawdat, Rozhgar Mustafa and Michael Rakowitz. Co-existent Ruins seeks to address how it might be possible to re-generate an engagement with four identified Mesopotamian ancient heritage sites (Ur, Babylon, Nippur, and Nimrud) by local Iraqi artists in post-conflict Iraq.
    Opens 18 January – Brunei Gallery, SOAS
  • The Winston Machine
    At the height of the Blitz, Charlotte is in a passionate affair with a Spitfire pilot, fighting fascism in red lipstick and living each day like her last. An epic, intimate family saga, The Winston Machine is an unmissable new state-of-the-nation show from internationally-renowned Kandinsky (Dinomania, Trap Street, Still Ill), recently hailed by The New York Times for their deeply intelligent, emotionally arresting and beautifully realised theatre.
    25 January – 19 February – New Diorama Theatre
  • Bach, The Universe And Everything: Schooled By Randomness
    The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment play J.S. Bach’s BWV 81 Jesus schläft, was soll ich hoffen? (Jesus sleeps, what shall I hope for?), and the BBC’s Tim Harford discusses how random obstacles and frustrations can inspire us to be more creative.
    Sunday 30 January, 11:30 – Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment


  • What does ‘Decolonisation’ look like in human health?
    There have been numerous conversations about ‘decolonisation’ in global health and international development, but these conversations are only just beginning within the veterinary sector. There are many ways in which the veterinary sector needs to consider decolonisation. This event will focus on how the relationship between vets / animal health professionals in the global north and the global south has been impacted by colonialism and the impact this has on animal health and disease.
    Thursday 13 January, 13:00-14:15 – Royal Veterinary College
  • Elizabethan England and the Islamic World
    The Elizabethan era saw a flowering of cultural and political exchanges with the Muslim world, as England forged new relationships with non-Christian allies – from merchants, diplomats and adventurers to Islam’s influence on the works of Shakespeare. Chaired by journalist Shafi Musaddique, this fascinating event includes a talk from award-winning writer and historian Professor Jerry Brotton, author of This Orient Isle, following by a Q&A.
    Thursday 13 January 2022, 19:00-20:15 British Library
  • Corruptible: Who Gets Power and How It Changes Us
    Does power corrupt, or are corrupt people drawn to power? Are entrepreneurs who embezzle and cops who kill the result of poorly designed systems or are they just bad people? Are tyrants made or born? To answer these questions, Brian Klaas draws on over 500 interviews with some of the world’s top leaders—from the noblest to the dirtiest—including presidents and philanthropists as well as rebels, cultists, and dictators. Combining those interviews with the latest social science and scientific research, Klaas explains why the phrase “power corrupts” is just the tip of a far more complex iceberg.
    Tuesday 18 January, 13:00-14:00 – UCL
  • Experiences of Recovery
    Join GP and author Gavin Francis in conversation with philosopher Havi Carel and oncologist Sam Guglani. They’ll be discussing their personal and professional experiences of living with illness, getting better and the importance of convalescence. The event is inspired by Gavin Francis’s new book, Recovery: The Lost Art of Convalescence.
    Thursday 20 January, 19:00-20:00 – Wellcome Collection
  • Singing and the Sea
    With music historian Oskar Cox Jensen, immerse yourself in songs of the sea from the time of Trafalgar and learn about the popular ditties of patriotism – and protest and press-gang – that the seafaring foundling George King would have known.
    Friday 21 January 2022, 19:00 – Foundling Museum
  • Thinking On Sunday: The Hidden Case Of Ewan Forbes And The Unwritten History Of The Trans Experience
    Ewan Forbes was born in 1912 and assigned female at birth. Nevertheless, his true identity was clear. Zoe Playdon reveals the life story of a Scottish trans man — whose secret 1968 legal case had a profound impact on trans rights for decades.
    Sunday 23 January, 15:00-16:30 – Conway Hall
  • When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People: In conversation with Steven Nadler & Lawrence Shapiro
    Authors Steven Nadler and Lawrence Shapiro argue that the best antidote for bad thinking is the wisdom, insights, and practical skills of philosophy. When Bad Thinking Happens to Good People provides an engaging tour through the basic principles of logic, argument, evidence, and probability that can make all of us more reasonable and responsible citizens
    24 January 2022, 21:00-22:00 – Humanists UK
  • Holocaust Memorial Day Event 2022
    Join Kindertransport Refugees Ann and Bob Kirk BEM and survivor of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, Eric Murangwa Eugene MBE, as they share their testimonies. The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 is ‘One Day’. The speakers will each reflect on one day when life changed. Following their testimonies there will be a Q&A. The evening will conclude with a candle lighting led by the Mayor of Camden.
    Tuesday 25 January, 19:30-21:00 – Jewish Museum
  • Birkbeck Knowledge Lab Seminar: Artificial Intelligence In Video Games-Past, Present And Future
    The video game sector has employed artificial intelligence techniques since the late 1990s in an effort to craft non-player characters and interactive experiences. But what impact, if any, are the major trends in deep learning having on the sector today? This talk gives an overview of the historic influences of AI in games, the unique challenges the sector faces and how academic and corporate research in machine learning is impacting game productions in ways not previously envisaged.
    Wednesday 26 January 2022, 14:00-15:00 – Birkbeck, University of London
  • Exponential Technology for the Wellbeing Economy with Azeem Azhar
    Exponential: How Accelerating Technology is Transforming Business, Politics and Society argues that given transformative technologies in AI and computing, biology, renewable energy and manufacturing, we’re entering a new era of human history. How can we navigate the disruption caused by such technologies and harness them for good? Join Impact Hub to discuss the main findings of the book, apply them to the wellbeing economy and ask the author your questions.
    Wednesday 26 January 2022, 18:00-20:00 – Impact Hub
  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2022: The Day of Deportation
    The Wiener Holocaust Library marks Holocaust Memorial Day 2022 with the Mayor of Camden Sabrina Francis and Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller.This year’s event will focus on the experiences of victims of Nazi genocide on the day that they were deported to ghettos and camps and will include readings from the Library’s collection of eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust on this theme. The event will also feature a talk by Dr Christoph Kreutzmüller exploring the significance of the contemporary photographs taken of deportations of Jews during the Holocaust.
    Wednesday 26 January, 18:30-19:30 – Wiener Holocaust Library
  • What Makes An Activist?
    To mark World AIDS Day, George Severs discusses his work on AIDS activism in the 1980s and 1990s with fellow historian of sexuality, Matt Cook. George’s work expands our sense of what activism meant in the context of the epidemic in the UK – running the gamut from radical direct-action campaigns to the less visible moves for change in workplaces, universities and religious organisations. More people were activists in this period than we tend to think; this conversation, chaired by Julia Laite, will reveal how varying forms of activism looked, felt and functioned during the last decades of the twentieth century.
    Monday 31 January 2022, 18:00-19:00 – Birkbeck, University of London


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