Modernities: new reading group launched

Monday 11 October 2010

The School is pleased to announce a new reading group, ‘Modernities’, convened by Dr Carlos Lόpez Galviz of the Institute of Historical Research. The idea of Modernities is to promote a dialogue across disciplines, within the vibrant intellectual environment of the School, focusing on the question of modernity or modernities in relation to particular intellectual projects, e.g., the Enlightenment, methodological questions in the practice of history and particular tendencies of literary and artistic production. The theme of the first series is ‘Cities and Modernities’.

Meetings will take place every 5-6 weeks on Thursday evenings (5:00-6:30pm) and sessions will consist of a 15-20 min. introduction of the text by a guest speaker followed by a seminar discussion. The meetings are open to all with an interest in the topic.

The first meeting will take place on Thursday 21 October 2010, 5:00-6:30pm, (room G35, Senate House, South Block). The group will be reading a selection of Charles Baudelaire’s Paris Spleen, first published in 1867. The reading will be introduced briefly by Dr Damian Catani (Birkbeck) followed by a seminar discussion among the participants. Please contact Dr Carlos Lopez Galviz ( for further information.

The next ‘Modernities’ meetings are planned for 20 January and 24 February 2011.

Reading materials:
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen 1 (PDF)
Charles Baudelaire, Paris Spleen 3 (PDF)