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The Chark Speaks…

Richard Charkin, Chief Executive of Macmillan and author of the most influential blog in the publishing world, visited Oxford Brookes University on 31 October 2006 to give a talk at the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. Mae Dagre, MA in Publishing student, reports on his talk: 'Richard Charkin's creatively-titled research seminar - 'The Elephant and the Rat: Innovation in Publishing' - explored areas surrounding the impact of size and ownership of publishing houses on innovation, the different strategies pursued by editors when developing new titles and Charkin's extensive industry contacts and personal experience surrounding innovation.

 

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Marielle Sutherland presents ‘Sound and Silence in Rilke’s “Sonnets to Orpheus�’

On Thursday October 19th Marielle Sutherland, Lecturer in German Studies, gave a paper as part of the Cultures of Modernism Research seminar series, at the Institute for Historical and Cultural Research at Oxford Brookes University.

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Dr Dervila Cooke at the International Workshop on “Le Conte�

Dr Dervila Cooke recently attended the International Workshop on “Le Conte – Oral and Written Interfaces” held at Queen's University, Belfast.

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History Lecturer wins European Funding

Dr Marius Turda, Marie Curie Fellow and Academic Fellow in Twentieth Century Central European Biomedicine in the History Department, has been awarded a large conference grant by the Fritz Thyssen Stiftung.  Together with Dr Sevati Trubeta (Osteuropa Institut der Freien Universität Berlin) and Dr Christian Promitzer (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz, Institut für Geschichte/Abteilung für Südosteuropäische Geschichte) he will be organising an international meeting on  "Hygiene - Health Politics - Eugenics: Engineering Society in Twentieth-century Southeastern Europe", to be held at the Osteuropa Institut der Freien Universität Berlin on 31 May - 2 June 2007. He was awarded 10,000 EUR towards the costs of the conference. 

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Publishing’s First Podcast

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies' first podcast is now online!

Laura Atkins' session in the Publishing Research Seminar Series, 'Editorial Reflections: Cultural Expression and Children's Publishing', is now accessible to everyone as a podcast, along with an accompanying Powerpoint presentation.  In the talk, Laura Atkins reflects on her experiences editing multicultural picture books, and discusses her research on how the publication process has affected children's books written by non-white authors in the UK.

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Frankfurt Book Fair

Students and staff from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies recently returned from the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Thirty-two postgraduate students and three members of staff attended Frankfurt Buchmesse 2006, which is the biggest book fair in the world.  Students met with a variety of publishing companies, including Berg, Nelson Thornes, Infinite Ideas, Attwooll Associates, Usborne Publishing (pictured, with Elizabeth Wright of Usborne) and Pearson Education.  They also had the opportunity to discuss work experience and career opportunities, and to discover more about global trends in the publishing business.

During the trip to Germany, students and staff also went back in publishing time to visit Mainz, home to the fifteenth-century printing press and its inventor Gutenberg.

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The book and its future

Angus Phillips, Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies, was interviewed for an article in the Times Higher Education Supplement about the book and its future (29 September). Together with Bill Cope, he has edited a collection of papers, The Future of the Book in the Digital Age, published this month by Chandos.

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Postgraduate Publishing Open Day

Potential postgraduate applicants to the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies are warmly invited to attend the Postgraduate Fair on Wednesday 18 October 2006.  Find out more about the MAs in Publishing, International Publishing, Publishing & Language, Interactive Media Publishing and the European Master in Publishing.

Please join us at the Arts & Humanities stand from 4.30pm to 6.30pm.  At 5.30pm, there will be a Q&A session with the MA Course Leader.

For general information about the Postgraduate Fair, please call 01865 484848, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or see the Postgraduate Fair website.

 

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Recent grants awarded to historians of medicine

Two members of the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society, based in the History Department, have recently been awarded grants by the Wellcome Trust.

Dr Alysa Levene was awarded £1990 towards the costs of her project on ‘Children and hospitals in eighteenth-century provincial English and Scottish towns', in which she will undertake a pilot project to establish the feasibility of a larger-scale investigation into child health and the hospital movement in eighteenth-century English and Scottish provincial towns. This is a significant topic given the almost total neglect of children as a category of the sick population in this period, and especially outside London.  

Professor Steve King has won £3600 to fund the expenses of a PhD Training Programme in the History of Medicine. This national programme seeks to engage students with the process of writing a PhD, obtaining funding, getting published, doing a viva and presenting seminar papers. The ultimate aim is to bolster completion rates for Wellcome Trust students and to more constructively underpin their entry into the academic job market. This will be the first national training scheme of its kind in the arts and humanities. 

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Historian wins large Research Grant from ESRC

The School of Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce that Dr Virginia Crossman, Senior Lecturer in History, has been awarded the sum of £454,965 by the ESRC towards the costs of her three-year research project, entitled 'Welfare Regimes under the Irish Poor Law 1850-1921'.

The project focuses on the history of poor relief in Ireland from the end of the Great Famine to the establishment of the Irish Free State. Using qualitative and quantitative data, the project will explore the character, organisation and operation of the poor law in Ireland and will trace national and regional patterns in the provision and distribution of relief. Irish experiences of the poor law system will be examined in relation to welfare provision within the United Kingdom as a whole. At the same time, the impact of factors such as religion, national identity and regional economics on the scope and character of welfare practices will be assessed. By analysing both general trends in relief policies and the micro-politics of relief, the project will provide a historical context for contemporary debates on the position of the poor and marginalised in Irish society, and will facilitate the integration of Ireland into the international history of European welfare.

Dr Crossman is one of a number of experts on the history of welfare provision based in the History Department at  Oxford Brookes, and her award confirms the growing importance of this area of research.  

 

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