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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:

www.sound-diaries.com

 

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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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Claire Squires judges a book by its cover for the Financial Times

Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University, recently wrote an article for the Financial Times on the cover design of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons.

Writing for a series in the FT called 'How to Judge a Book by its Cover', Squires explains how the design pictured here did not appear until 1938 (8 years after initial publication of the book). Ransome only started illustrating his own work with the third in the Swallows and Amazons series, Peter Duck, as a textual joke: the pictures were supposed to have been drawn by the children in the book.

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Alexandra Wilson receives prestigious award from the American Musicological Society

Alexandra Wilson (Music) has been awarded the prestigious Lewis Lockwood Award by the American Musicological Society for her monograph The Puccini Problem: Opera, Nationalism, and Modernity (Cambridge University Press, 2007). This award honours a musicological book of exceptional merit by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career (defined as being within ten years of completion of the PhD). This is the first time that the prize has been awarded to a scholar from outside North America. Dr Wilson received her award on November 8 2008 at the 74th Annual Meeting of the American Musicological Society, held in Nashville, Tennessee. She also presented a paper at the conference on the subject of ‘Puccini the modernist’.

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Project B: sebilj - Art & Architecture community project

Project B: Sebilj  Project: Well Being

This article written by Helen Bonar, Arts & Humanities Manager for Great Ormond Street Hospital, London, references the recent initiative led by artists Françoise Dupré (Birmingham City University) and Dr Myfanwy Johns (Oxford Brookes) in collaboration with architect Sabina Fazlic.  Project B is a Birmingham-based trans-national collaborative public art community project referencing the functionality of ornament and its transformative quality on architectural space.

More than a simple public art project with exquisite artistic outcomes, the article focuses on the ways in which individual and collective ‘well being’ has been affected as a result of engagement and participation. The therapeutic and social benefits of art and creativity are key elements of discussion within the text, celebrating and communicating the value of surprising and unplanned outcomes often inherent within arts projects of this nature.

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History lecturer appointed as a Fellow to the ASKe Centre

Dr Alysa Levene (History) has been appointed as a Fellow to the ASKe Centre, Oxford Brookes University's Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

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Reinvention Centre Academic Fellowship awarded to Dr Anne-Marie Kilday

Dr Anne-Marie Kilday, Assistant Dean for Teaching and Learning in the School of Arts and Humanities has recently been awarded a two-year Academic Fellowship from the Reinvention Centre worth £10,000.

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Publication of essay by Craig Richardson during Woy Hoy Cheong Exhibition

Craig Richardson's essay 'Pale Rider' on Wong Hoy Cheong's practice includes a detailed study of Hoy Cheong's residency at Pitt Rivers Museum as the 2004 Oxford Brookes Pitt Rivers Museum Fellowship.

The essay is included in "Shifts : Wong Hoy Cheong 2002 - 2007", published on the occasion of the exhibition Bound For Glory: Wong Hoy
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organised by NUS Museum (National University of Singapore) with catalogue co-publisher GALERI PETRONAS (Malaysia).

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