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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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OICPS in China

The 11th China Communication Conference was held at Peking University on the 9th and 10th July 2010. The overall theme was New Media, Diverse Cultures and Global Communication, and Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies (OICPS), was a plenary speaker. With the overall title, ‘The Future of the Book in the Digital Age’, he spoke in particular about how publishers need to change their way of thinking to develop content which can be delivered on different platforms, and how new media can be used to promote reading and the sale of books, whether in print or digital form.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 15 Jul 2010 around 12pm

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Music lecturer to speak about Verdi at the Proms and on Radio 3

Senior Lecturer in Musicology Alexandra Wilson will be one of the speakers taking part in the BBC Proms Intro event on Sunday 18 July at the Royal College of Music. Together with fellow musicologist Roger Parker (King's College London) and Radio 3 presenter Louise Fryer, she will be discussing Verdi's 1881 opera Simon Boccanegra, exploring its music, historical contexts and performance history. The opera will be performed at that evening's Prom by the Royal Opera, conducted by Antonio Pappano, with a cast that includes Placido Domingo in the title role. The concert will be broadcast live on Radio 3, and highlights from the Proms Intro talk can be heard during the interval.

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Honorary doctorate for Felicity Bryan

The literary agent, Felicity Bryan, was awarded an honorary doctorate by Oxford Brookes University at a ceremony last week. She started her agency over twenty years ago and represents a range of famous writers including Karen Armstrong, Penelope Hobhouse, and Rosamunde Pilcher. Through a recent management buy-out two fellow directors now share ownership of the business.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02 Jul 2010 around 12pm

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Creative Writing student wins Deddington Short Story Prize

Gwilym Scourfield, currently studying for an MA in Creative Writing, has won the short story prize at the 2010 Deddington Festival. He scooped the £100 cash prize with his story titled ‘Cuckoo’, which he wrote as a part of his postgraduate studies.

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Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 29 Jun 2010 around 8am

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Florence Summer School

During two weeks in May, OICPS students and staff took part in a summer school at the Villa Finaly, the University of Paris’s exquisite base in Florence. 

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Research Co-operation Between Oxford Brookes University and Florida Atlantic University

Dr Christina Horvath Senior Lecturer in French has been awarded a £1500 travel grant by the British Council to visit Florida Atlantic University in early September 2010. The aim of the proposed visit is to initiate a new interdisciplinary research co-operation between researchers from Oxford Brookes University, UK, and Florida State University, US. The research expertise of Dr Christina Horvath and Dr Frederic Conrod lie in the field of suburban culture in contemporary France, a fast-growing and dynamic research area in French studies which demands to be explored from a variety of point of views combining approaches in comparative literature, film studies, urban sociology, cultural studies and architecture. Infamous for the riots in November 2005, the most serious civil unrest France experienced since the Algeria war, ‘banlieues’ are troubled suburban communities. Isolated from the centre, these huge housing projects built in the 1950’s and 1960’s to relieve housing shortage, have gradually become ghettos containing a dense concentration of minority ethnic populations. These disadvantaged neighbourhoods are suffering from high unemployment and crime rates and insufficient social services. Narrative works concerned with their representation are today a vibrant part of the rapidly growing field of post-colonial culture in France.

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ePublishing Students win Pearson Education prizes

Pearson Education came to judge the work of the students taking the epublishing module, a part of the Publishing MA at Oxford Brookes University. Students taking the course worked on proposals for new online educational resources and developed websites based on Pearson's Secondary school range of books.

The course culminated in students presenting proposals for their new digital products while demonstrating their prototype websites. Marc Bloche, Head of Digital Publishing for the Secondary Division and Dr. Liz Marchant, Head of Publishing for Science choose first and second prize winners.

Both judges said they were very impressed with the standard of work the students had created and commented on their professional presentations.

The first prize of £350 went to Innocent Aguwuom, Michelle Ravey and Adam Wakeling for their Mira! website. This was based on the Mira! GCSE Spanish course book. The judges from Pearson commented that the students really understood their market, and had produced a beautifully designed, interactive site.

Second prize of £150 went to Renada Arens and Ilse Gey van Pittius for ChemistryQuest website to accompany a book aimed at teaching chemistry to 11-14 year olds. The judges loved the game-like interface, set in the labs of Antarctica, of this website. Users had a mission to save the world using their chemistry knowledge gained in this adventurous learning environment.

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Cambridge Publishing Scholarship

Charlotte Armstrong was awarded the Cambridge Publishing Scholarship for the year 2009-10. She writes about her experience on the MA Publishing at Oxford Brookes. To find out how to enter for this year’s scholarship, and the other awards available, please visit here:

During my undergraduate degree in English Lit, I became interested in getting into publishing. I had always loved books, and really enjoyed the publishing-related activities I had been involved in at uni, such as being involved in the student newspaper. However, I realised that I actually had little practical understanding of the publishing industry, or indeed any real business acumen, and decided to apply for the Brookes Publishing MA to address these shortcomings. I cannot emphasize enough how much the course has helped me develop my early enthusiasm and experiences into more practical, career-focused aims. ...

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