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Training in Urban Photography

From 2nd-14th August 2010, Dr Christina Horvath attended a Summer School in Urban Photography, offered by Goldsmith College in London. This highly intensive two week-course developed in collaboration between Urban Encounters and the Centre for Urban and Community Research (CUCR), provided participants with practical and theoretical training in key aspects of urban photographic practice. Designed for artists and researchers who address notions of urban space and culture, the program explored how the practice of making urban images might inform the development of a reflexive and critical research perspective. The course was particularly relevant to the research and teaching of Dr Horvath who currently works on representations of Paris in contemporary French literature and cinema and offers modules on urban narratives. Funded by the Stuff Development Fund, this training opportunity enabled Dr Horvath to establish a link between her scholarly research in the field of urban theory and her photographic practice and helped her develop new inventive research methods with a strong orientation towards the cultural and the visual. Her pictures were shown at Goldsmith College along with other participants’ photographic work in an exhibition inaugurated on the 14th August 2010. 

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New members of Industry Advisory Board

New members of Industry Advisory Board

We are delighted to welcome six new members to our Advisory Board at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS) at Oxford Brookes. They are Mary Cannam, Commercial Director at Faber & Faber;  Jacob Pienaar, Managing Director at Pearson Heinemann; Nigel Roby, Managing Director and owner of The Bookseller; Ian Russell, Chief Executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP); Rebecca Smart, Managing Director of the Osprey Group; and David Taylor, Group Managing Director of Lightning Source UK.


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Philip Pullman and Colin Dexter launch Oxford bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital

Oxford has formally launched a bid to become UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014. Since 2001 UNESCO has nominated a World Book Capital City to acknowledge the best year-long programme proposed by a city to promote books and foster reading. Successful programmes involve cooperation with local, national and international professional organizations representing writers, publishers, booksellers and librarians as well as communities and groups which encourage and promote reading. Oxford and its surrounding county of Oxfordshire have unparalleled resources and world renowned publishing and bookselling enterprises in place to support a programme of this kind, and there are probably more major, culturally diverse, authors based in or around Oxford than in any comparable city in the world.

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Blog to the Future?

A variety of current developments are creating questions over present models of publishing and scholarly communication. Will new journals continue to be launched? Will open access developments such as subject or institutional repositories reach a tipping point at which libraries will start to cancel journal subscriptions? Is the journal article too static a mechanism, by comparison to the ways in which scholars are able to interact using blogs and wikis? Steadily emerging is a new future for the journal as part of an overall network of knowledge creation and scholarly communication.

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes, has published an article entitled ‘Blog to the Future?’, about the future of journals publishing, in the October 2010 issue of the Journal of Scholarly Publishing.

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PMT walk the Thames

Jonathan Davis and Gareth Watkins (MA Publishing 2008-09) write about their charity walk along the Thames in the summer of 2010.

On 17 July 2010, four members of publishing Men Together (PMT) - established on a crisp autumnal induction day at Oxford Brookes in 2007 - set off on a 100-mile, 7-day walk along the Thames Path. Journeying from London to Oxford, they raised money for and awareness of Booktrust UK ( and their programmes to support literacy at all levels of development. It also helped that their charitable activities are vaguely publishing-related, as there’s nothing better than helping support the readers of the future! As publishers we all believe in the importance of higher levels of literacy: not just to sell books, but because it is a lifelong skill that some children (and adults) never get to experience fully.

Further details on our Alumni page

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SHARP conference, Helsinki

The 10th Annual Conference of the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (SHARP) took place in Helsinki last week, 17-20 August 2010.  Themed 'Book Culture from Below', the conference sought to explore new perspectives on book and publishing history by focusing non-canonical and marginal books, readers, authors, and publishers over the centuries.

Jane Potter of OICPS gave a paper entitled 'A Certain Poetess': Recuperating Jessie Pope (1878-1941)', the much-maligned 'friend' of Wilfred Owen's 'Dulce et Decorum Est', whose patriotic verse in periodicals such as Punch and the Daily Mail sit in glaring opposition to the work of the celebrated 'soldier poets' of the First World War. Potter drew on and expanded her Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ( entry on Pope to argue for a more subtle consideration of this writer's life and work.

Podcasts of the plenary talks and photographs from the daily events may be found at:

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Diversity in Publishing

Unber Sheikh, a student on the MA in Publishing, writes about her time at Oxford Brookes and her participation in initiatives to encourage greater diversity in publishing:

When I applied for the MA in Publishing I underestimated the profound impact it would have on both my personal and professional development. Before applying I, like many, had felt the effects of this country’s worst economic downturn through an unexpected period of unemployment. During my job search, I came across the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes University and applied hoping that it would help improve my situation. It’s one year on and I can honestly say that I have no regrets.

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The future of books – PM programme BBC Radio 4

 Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies at Oxford Brookes, was interviewed on the PM programme on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 20 July about the growth of ebooks and the future of the publishing industry. He was interviewed alongside John Sutherland, Emeritus Lord Northcliffe Professor of Modern English Literature at University College London. The discussion was in response to the news from Amazon in the US that for the last three months, sales of books for the Kindle outnumbered sales of hardcover books.

You can read some of the comments in response from listeners at the PM blog here:


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Survey about Publishing Skills - Play Your Part in Shaping Future Skills Now

Play Your Part in Shaping Future Skills Now

Skillset, the Sector Skills Council for Creative Media, are running a Workforce Survey to help them produce the most comprehensive profile of working life in the UK's Publishing and Creative Media Industries. Play your part in shaping how they support the training you need to survive and thrive in these challenging times. Whether you are an employee or a freelancer working in UK publishing, tell them about your skills needs, experience of training and recruitment, future plans and working patterns.

Click here to fill in the Skillset Creative Media Workforce Survey:

The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Please feel free to forward on to other friends and colleagues working in the industry.

(If you are an Internet Explorer 6 user, click here for instructions on instructions that will help you gain access: )


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Sonic Art Research Unit visit STEIM

During 2009-2010 members of the SARU from Fine Art and Music have been collaborating with International Visiting Fellow Jos Zwaanenberg on the creation of a series of new works. Efthymios Chatzigiannis, Paul Dibley and Paul Whitty from Music visited STEIM in Amsterdam in June to work with Jos Zwaanenberg on a performance of their new works. STEIM is a centre for the research and development of instruments & tools for performers in the electronic performance arts. Early Career Fellow in Sonic Art Stephen Cornford has also created a new work for Jos which will form part of a CD release featuring all of the works... watch this space for more news!

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