Research Collections

The Library as Human

Can a library be human? Perhaps the first association might be in the books, manuscripts and articles we hold, for they allow us to connect with the wonders of humanity’s ideas. Maybe it is the reflection of our physical presence in that space, which projects our common humanity into the library.
13 Nov 2015
Colin Homiski

The Arcane and the Archive – Symposium between the Warburg Institute and the Senate House Library

Detail of Khunrath Amphitheatrum sapientaie aeternae, 1595 This one day symposium is a joint collaborative event between the Senate House Library and the Warburg Institute. It will explore facets of the world of the occult, by bringing together speakers alongside physical materials from both libraries. The occult, by its very nature, is other worldly and mysterious. As human beings are innately curious, it is hoped that this symposium will begin to reveal and unravel its secrets.
10 Nov 2015
Colin Homiski

Discover ways of seeing with Prof Jules Davidoff (Goldsmiths) on 2 November

Jules Davidoff, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Centre for Cognition, Computation and Culture (CCCC) at Goldsmiths, University of London, comes to Senate House Library on Monday, 2 November to give a talk from 18.00-19.00. The author of several books including the seminal  Cognition through Color  (MIT Press, 1991) and numerous articles, Davidoff’s research centers on the mental representation of objects and clarifying the relationship between our perception, retrieval and memory.
29 Oct 2015
Colin Homiski

Dr James Vigus to talk on Henry Crabb Robinson’s Bildungsreise (29/10)

This Thursday, 29 October 2015 from 18:00 to 19:00 Dr James Vigus (Queen Mary, University of London) gives a talk on Henry Crabb Robinson’s Bildungsreise. Bringing together the literary and the historical with the philosophical, Vigus’ analysis of Robinson’s travel diary shows how some of its visual elements contribute to our understanding of the text. Henry Crabb Robinson (Photo in public domain)
26 Oct 2015
Colin Homiski

Paul Bogle, George William Gordon, and the Morant Bay Rebellion, 1865

October 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of the Jamaican Morant Bay Rebellion, and as October is also # BlackHistoryMonth [image: The Weekly Gleaner, October 22-28, 2015, p.6] , it seems appropriate to mark the anniversary of this significant event in the relatively recent histories of both Jamaica and Great Britain. [Morant Bay banner. Gleaner 0ctober 2015] [image: The Weekly Gleaner, October 22-28, 2015, p.6]
25 Oct 2015
Christopher Josiffe

Dr Claudia Wedepohl to lecture on Aby Warburg’s Cosmology (20 October)

Dr Claudia Wedepohl , Archivist of the  Warburg Institute , will be giving a talk on the ideas of the famed founder of the Institute which bears his name on Tuesday 20 October from 18.00-19.00 in the Library’s Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room. Courtesy of the Warburg Institute Her talk  From Cossa to Kepler: Aby Warburg’s cosmology  will explore the following:
15 Oct 2015
Colin Homiski

Sarah Turner, EcoArist-in-Residence on Saturday 24 October.

As part of the Bl oomsbury Festival this year, the Senate House Library is pleased to announce that Nottingham-based EcoArtist and Designer,  Sarah Turner  will be in residence on Saturday 24 October leading a hands-on workshop  Transforming Art-make your own plastic bottle creation in an upcycling workshop  from 13.00-15.30.
15 Oct 2015
Colin Homiski

Albert Gallatin and the Early American Republic, 1781 – 1842

The decades following the American Revolution were a turbulent and transformative time in the United States as the citizens of the new republic wrestled with the meaning of their revolution and attempted to build a society that lived up to its principles.  How was this new society going to be structured and how should its government and economy be structured?
12 Oct 2015
Dr Benjamin Bankhurst

Archive of Americana database trial

The Library has a new database trial “Archive of Americana” .  This contains searchable monographs, pamphlets, broadsides, government documents and ephemera. Available here: African History and Culture, 1540-1921; Black Authors, 1556-1922; Caribbean History and Culture, 1535-1920: Imprints from the Library Company of Philadelphia. The trial runs from 5th October to 6th November 2015. Please take a look and send us your feedback
5 Oct 2015
Research Collections

Parapsychology holdings in the Library

The Voices In the Dark season of events in the Library exploring the supernatural is a welcome reminder that Parapsychology – the science of the paranormal – has entered the twenty-first century along with all the other ‘rational’ and ‘irrational’ disciplines. On which side of rationality parapsychology stands at this crossroads still remains a matter of lively debate among scientists and ‘pseudo-scientists’.
15 Sep 2015
Mura Ghosh