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Publishing Training Centre Diversity Scholarship

Giselle Regus, MA Publishing 2008-9, was awarded a bursary from the Publishing Training Centre. This diversity scholarship is awarded to a black and minority ethnic student studying for a Master's Degree in Publishing.

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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 (http://www.cesar.org.uk), it will illustrate different aspects of performing tragedy at the time.

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MA Publishing students at the World Bank in Washington

Daria Bierla and Phithizela Ngcobo, MA Publishing students, have commented on the three months they have just spent in the summer of 2008 in the Office of the Publisher at the World Bank in Washington. They won these interneships after being interviewed at the London Book Fair in April 2008.

You can read their comments on this web page.

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Ljubljana Book Fair 2008

Claire Squires, Senior Lecturer in Publishing at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, recently visited the Ljubljana Book Fair in Slovenia.

She was invited to deliver a lecture entitled 'Stories of Success: Marketing British Fiction', based on her book Marketing Literature: The Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain at the Book Fair. Fellow speakers in the Fair's programme of talks included Jason Epstein, author of Book Business: Publishing Past Present and Future, and Michel Bruillon of the Pôle Métiers du Livre at the Université Paris X-Nanterre.

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Guadalajara Book Fair, Mexico 2008

Held annually, the Guadalajara International Book Fair is the leading book fair in Latin America. In December 2008 the 22nd fair attracted representatives from 1,600 publishers from 39 countries. The fair, known as the FIL (Feria Internacional del Libro), is also open to the general public, who can buy books from the stands. It is a major cultural festival with a range of events from literary readings to concerts. Overall half a million people attended the fair, at which the guest of honour was Italy.

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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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Staff training is the way forward in the Economic downturn!

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies is pleased to announce its programme of short courses to be held in January 2009.

In October of this year, captains of industry, including CBI director General Richard Lambert and Marks & Spencer chairman Sir Stuart Rose, published an open letter in which they stated that despite the current economic downturn, cutting training budgets would be a false economy. The letter went on to say, "investing now in building new skills will put us in the strongest position as the economy recovers. From our experience in previous downturns, it was the businesses that did invest in their staff that saw the most dynamic recovery."

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