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WIRED: New Sounds from the Sonic Art Research Unit

NMC have released a series of new works developed as part of the Sonic Art Research Unit (SARU) project WIRED including works by Paul Dibley, Paul Newland and Paul Whitty from Oxford Brookes and Composers from Goldsmiths College, Keele University, University of Sussex, and Trinity-Laban. The project was developed in collaboration with harpsichordist Jane Chapman and explores the unique cultural resonance of the timbre of the instrument from its Sixteenth-Century origins to its appropriation by avant-garde composers of the Twentieth Century and beyond. Many of the works developed for the project explore the relationship between the instrument and live electronics that create a transformed soundworld for the instrument.

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Post-War Italian Cinema: Dr. Daniela Treveri-Gennari

Post-war Italian Cinema: American Intervention, Vatican Interests (Routledge) by Dr. Daniela Treveri Gennari from Film Studies has just been published. The book investigates the decisive role that American production companies played in the development of the Italian film industry through an analysis of documentation from both the American State Department and the Vatican. A comparative analysis is proposed between American Political and Cultural Ideology and Roman Catholic Ideology in the post-1945 era alongside studies of policy-making and the development of regulations and procedures that affected the production and distribution of American and Italian films during the period.

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Puzzle Films: Dr. Warren Buckland

Puzzle Films: Complex Storytelling in Contemporary Cinema (Blackwell) by Dr. Warren Buckland from Film Studies have just been published. The edited volume investigates a number of films that employ complex storytelling - from Memento, Old Boy and Run Lola Run, to the Infernal Affairs trilogy and In the Mood for Love. Professor Geoff King (Brunel University) describes the publication as ' A timely and insightful guide to some of the more complex and labyrinthine currents in recent cinema, drawing on an admirable range of examples from around the globe'. The collection unites American independent cinema and European and International Art film, and certain modes of avant-garde film-making on the basis of their shared storytelling complexity.

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Shelley Sacks, at the ‘Assume Nothing’ Symposium at the University of Victoria, Canada

Shelley Sacks the director of SSRU is giving the keynote address at a symposium hosted by the the University of Victoria, Canada. The symposium is titled Assume Nothing: New Social Practice and is given in conjunction with the exhibition of the same name at the University of Victoria and the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria.

Further details are available here (PDF).

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Exhibition at the Oxford Playhouse (early March 2009)

To coincide with Cheek by Jowl's production of Andromaque at the Oxford Playhouse, Dr Sabine Chaouche and Monique Moreton will organise an exhibition on Early Modern French Theatre. Based on the CESAR collection of engravings (, it will illustrate different aspects of performing tragedy at the time.

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Outcome of RAE 2008 for the School of Arts and Humanities - ‘pleasing and positive’

Steven Matthews, Assistant Dean (Research and Consultancy) writes:

‘The outcome of RAE 2008 for the School of Arts and Humanities has been especially pleasing and positive. Everywhere, there has been a movement forward in the recognized standards of our research from the rankings in 2001. In several cases, including Art and Design, Art History, and Music, we have risen strongly up the national league tables. Much of our work has been scored as being of 'international quality' or above, with History, English, and Art and Design performing at over 90% on this measure. Particularly pleasing is the amount of our research which has been ranked in the highest two categories: 3* ('internationally excellent') and 4* ('world leading'). Taken department by department submitted, this is the breakdown of our work in these categories:

  • French 35%
  • English 40%
  • History 65%
  • Art 30%
  • History of Art 55%
  • Music 35%

We look forward to building ambitiously on these exciting results across the next phase of our research development'.

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Sound Diaries: Recording Life in Sound

Sound Diaries is an initiative of the Sonic Art Research Unit. The Project is focused around sound-recordings and sound-texts and the ways in which sound can be used to document our lives.

This project is designed so that anyone working with sound and the idea of sound diaries can share their projects online, talk about their ideas with other people working in this territory and contribute to discussions around how sound diaries are made and shared.

What is a Sound Diary? Why create a Sound Diary? What period does it cover: minutes, hours, days, weeks, years? How much of that period will it capture? How do Sound Diaries relate to written diaries, or photo albums? What is a sonic snapshot? These are some of the issues that will be addressed during the Sound Diaries project - do get involved!

Throughout December our Sonic Advent Calendar will be online with a new sound everyday. Hear the sounds now at:


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Alexandra Wilson to be interviewed about Puccini on Radio 4 and Radio 3

Alexandra Wilson (Music) will contribute to three programmes on BBC Radio this month marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of composer Giacomo Puccini. On Tuesday 16 December at 13.30 she features in a Radio 4 documentary presented by James Naughtie entitled "Puccini: Touched by the Little Finger of the Almighty". On Saturday 20 December she will take part in a special Puccini-focused edition of "Music Matters" on Radio 3 (12.15-13.00). Finally, on Radio 3 on 27 December (from 18.00) she can be heard in conversation with Martin Handley at a performance of Puccini's "La Fanciulla del West" recorded at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

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“Cultivating Britons” Conference held at Brookes

A one-day interdisciplinary conference took place at Brookes on 19 September 2008 entitled "Cultivating Britons: Culture and Identity in Britain, 1901-1936". The event was organised jointly by Alexandra Wilson (Music) and two historian colleagues: Alex Windscheffel (RHUL) and Ruth Clayton Windscheffel (Oxford). The aim of the conference was to examine ruptures and continuities in the social and cultural life of Britain in the first three and a half decades of the twentieth century and to explore the extent to which attempts to "cultivate Britons" (often regarded as a distinctively Victorian endeavour) continued into and metamorphosed during the early twentieth century. 33 delegates attended the conference and the range of disciplines represented included History, English Literature, Music, Theology, Art History and Publishing. The twelve papers presented covered topics as diverse as First World War propaganda; the interwar Dictionary of National Biography; gender and the politics of respectability; blackface minstrelsy in the British police; and Jewish youth work. The conference organisers hope to arrange future "Cultivating Britons" events.

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National Museum Workshop held in Oslo

Voksenasen, in the hills above Oslo, hosted the sixth and final workshop in the NaMu series on 17 - 19 November. Sally Hughes presented a short paper on museum guide books using material from her AHRC funded research in museum publishing. NaMu I is funded by the Marie Curie Foundation and the European Union under the Sixth Framework.


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