Publishing News

British Academy Travel Awards

Alysa Levene and Viviane Quirke (History) have been awarded overseas conference grants by the British Academy. An award of £300 was made to Alysa, for travel to the biennial conference of the Society for the History of Children and Youth, being held in Norrköping, Sweden, at the end of June 2007.

Viviane’s award of £500 enabled her to attend the annual conference of the American Association for the History of Medicine, held in Montreal in May 2007.

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Jon Snow visits the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies

The Chancellor of Oxford Brookes, Jon Snow, visited the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies on Friday 27 April. The Centre has recently moved to the Buckley Building, the University’s new research building, opened in 2006. He met with staff from the Centre and heard about the range of activities carried out in the areas of teaching, research, and consultancy.

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Publishing News Issue 1

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies have issued their first print newsletter. This is available as a PDF from here.

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Latest Awards from the British Academy

Three members of the School have been successful in the most recent round of the British Academy Small Grants scheme: Rachel Buxton (English Studies) has been awarded £2357 for her project on the poet Elizabeth Jennings; while Nancy Jachec (History of Art) won £4160 for her project ‘The Société Européenne de Culture, 1946-1964: Dialogues with the East, the West, and the World'; and Anne-Marie Kilday (History) was awarded £3750 towards her research on ‘Infanticide in Northern Scotland, 1720-1820'.

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Publishing students feature on HarperCollins blog

From this week, students on the MA Publishing programmes at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies will be featuring on the HarperCollins blog, Fifth Estate.

Students will be contributing regularly to the company's collective blog, which also features contributions from publishers, authors and HarperCollins CEO and Oxford Brookes honorary graduate Victoria Barnsley.  Students have been invited to contribute to the site by its creator and editor-in-chief, Kate Hyde, who is a senior editor at HarperCollins's Press Books.  She is also an alumni of Oxford Brookes Publishing programme.

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Police visit Publishing!

Today, the Publishing Department was visited by two police officers from Thames Valley Police.

The crime?

Trying to write a detective novel...

The two officers were invited to speak to students on the first year undergraduate module Authorship and Creative Writing.  Students in the class are set the assignment of writing the opening chapter of a crime novel, and then thinking about how to get their work published.

The two police officers told the students about procedure when answering 999 calls, entering a crime scene, finding dead bodies, detection and investigation and giving evidence in court, as well as painting a picture of the life of the police both on and off-duty.  Students asked questions relating to their writing projects, to help their work be as authentic as possible.

Other visiting speakers on the module include Carolyn Caughey, an editor who commissions crime writing at Hodder Headline publishers, and the crime novelist Veronica Stallwood, whose series of Kate Ivory books are set in Oxford.

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New Undergraduate Brochure

A new brochure for Undergraduate Publishing is available for download

The new brochure, can be downloaded from here. The PDF is approximately 150k in size and has colour illustrations.

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Working in Publishing Day

The 2007 Working in Publishing Day was an even greater success than last year’s. The biggest turn-out ever of publishers and alumni gathered at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies’ new home in the Buckley Building on Thursday, 8 March.

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Music lecturer wins research grant from the AHRC

Dr Paul Whitty, Senior Lecturer in Music, has been awarded £39,199 for Vauxhall Pleasure [2]: Interrogating the Sonic Archaeology of Vauxhall Cross Gyratory, London - former site of the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens.

This project will investigate the ephemeral and oneiric qualities of live performance and interrogate the relationship between political protest and entertainment, traffic and pedestrians, pollution, breathing and song via two practice based outputs: a composition and a film. VP[2] will extend the scope of the proto-discipline of Sonic Archaeology, examining and testing new methodologies with a view to enabling new modes of investigation in the development of site-specific art practice.

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Another large award from the AHRC to Oxford Brookes historians

Professor Paul Weindling and Dr Marius Turda, both of the History Department and Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, have been awarded £403,232 (inclusive of two doctoral studentships) to do a detailed, Europe-wide study on the victims of Nazi medical experiments. Although coercive human experiments are among the most notorious features of Nazism, there is no overview as to their extent, or guide to the fragmented literature and sources. Estimates of the overall numbers of experiments vary greatly. Recent historical opinion that the number of victims was relatively few is contradicted by the unexpectedly high number of compensation claimants by victims of experiments over the past five years.

This project,  entitled 'Human Experiments under National Socialism: Victims, Perpetrators, and Post-war Trials', aims to provide a biographical analysis of the persons who were experimented on or otherwise abused for medical research in National Socialist Germany and in territories under German occupation 1938-45. The basic task is to identify how many victims and perpetrators there were, and develop biographical profiles, by comprehensive trawls through war crimes and Holocaust archives. The analysis will establish a structural history of the unethical experiments in terms of when and why they occurred. The outputs of the project will be a comprehensive database, a monograph on the perpetrators and victims of Nazi coerced experiments, and a biographical dictionary concerning the victims, and the reasons why they were experimented on or otherwise abused. Two PhD dissertations will examine records and the political policies shaping institutions for war crimes documentation in Central Europe, and the Soviet Union.

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