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Lecturer in Film Studies wins AHRC Research Leave

The School of Arts and Humanities is delighted to announce that Dr Alberto Mira  has been awarded a grant of £18,435 under the AHRC Research Leave scheme. The award will enable him to complete work on a book entitled Film Cultures and Gay Communities in Spain 1960-1980. This volume will assess the impact of film culture for the Spanish gay communities from the latter phase of Francoism in the early 1960s until the end of legal prohibition in the early 1980s. These dates mark a critical period for Spanish homosexuals, who went from a situation of illegality to acceptance. The book will build on the starting point that available cultural discourse (and cinema in particular) was part of the process of finding a sense of identity (definitely individual, perhaps social). Given this project is about responses to film and creation of cultural strategies through film, a number of interviews will be held with individuals living in large urban centres, addressing issues such as cinema going and socialising through film, films as examples of reality and films as individual fantasies.

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Publishing Lecturers at SHARP 2006

Jane Potter and Claire Squires, lecturers in Publishing, recently attended SHARP 2006.

SHARP (the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing) holds an annual international conference, this year in The Hague and Leiden, in The Netherlands.    Claire presented a paper on 'Marketing Literature, Making Value: The Literary Marketplace and Crossover Fiction in the UK in the 1990s and 2000s', while Jane spoke about 'A Record of Wartime Publishing: The Bookman, 1914-1918'.  Both lecturers also chaired other panel sessions during the three and a half-day conference.

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Sally Hughes, Senior Lecturer in Publishing awarded MA at University of Leicester

Two years ago, Sally returned to University of Leicester to complete a part time Master’s degree course in Museum Studies. Her dissertation, submitted in 2005, examined publishing by museums in the UK and brought her interests in collections, exhibitions and their catalogues. Sally is following up this research with PhD studies that will look in more detail at the process of producing books in the museum environment.

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MA student producing Department of Architecture’s Yearbook

Nathan Wiles a 2006 postgraduate on the MA in Publishing course is designing and producing 100+ page illustrated book. The yearbook showcases recent projects by the students in the Department of Architecture at Oxford Brookes. As Head of Architecture, Mark Swanerton’s brief to Nathan required a dynamic design showing the students’ quality drawing and innovative ideas.

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Publishing students help Pegasus Theatre

Publishing undergraduate student Son Do gains valuable experience helping The Pegasus Theatre produce their biannual student newsletter. The 16 page letter goes to all young theatre participants and is written, edited and produced by the young people themselves. Aiming for a streamlined and professional production, Pegasus Director Yasmin Sidhwa asked for student help from the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies two years ago. The latest edition of the news letter is produced electronically by the young players under the guidance of Son.

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Short Courses in Publishing

As part of a commitment to continuing professional development in Publishing, seven short courses have been held in June 2006 by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies.

Two new courses were piloted - Custom Publishing and Marketing to Libraries – alongside our popular software courses (which include Indesign and Photoshop). There was also a course on digital licensing run by two locally based industry professionals.

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New Awards from the British Academy

Professor Steve King (History) has been awarded a grant of £2060 by the British Academy for a project entitled ‘The economics of overseeing, 1750-1834’. The work aims to explore the local operation of the Old Poor Law in England, making use primarily of the accounts kept by the parish overseers who administered poor relief, a critical element in the history of welfare provision.

Dr Catherine Morley (English Studies) has been made an award of £500 by the British Academy to allow her to attend the 8th annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association in Tulsa, Oklahoma in October. Earlier this year, Catherine was awarded an inaugural British Association for American Studies Founders’ Award and a travel grant from the Rothermere American Institute, University of Oxford, to present her research at the Willa Cather Foundation conference in Red Cloud, Nebraska. Her paper, ‘Voice of the Prairies? Willa Cather and the International Modernist Scene’, will be published in the Spring edition of Cather Studies (University of Nebraska Press). Further to this, she has been invited as a conference fellow to contribute to the foundation’s international conference in Provence next summer.

Dr Jane Potter (Publishing) has also won a travel grant from the British Academy. Her award of £200 will support the costs of her attendance at the annual conference of the Society of the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing, to be held next month in The Netherlands.

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Visit from the BRIDGE Team from Moscow State University of the Printing Arts

The Publishing Department played host to the second visit to the Department by members of the BRIDGE Project Management from Moscow State University of the Printing Arts (MSUPA), as part of the on-going process of developing a dual-award Masters in publishing due open its doors in September 2007.

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Chinese Publisher’s Brookes Lecture featured in Chinese Journal

Li Peng Yi, Vice-President of the Beijing Foreign Language University delivered his lecture on English Publishing and Education in China: the impact of International Publishers in China at the University on 27 April.

An article has appeared in the Chinese Journal Publishing Today.

The lecture was structured around three connected themes: the history of English language learning in China from 1949 to the present day; the achievements and problems of English language learning; and the publishing opportunities that the increase in English language learning in China has brought about for Chinese as well as international publishers. 

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Publishing Lecturer wins book prize

Jane Potter is to be awarded The Women's History Network Book Prize.

The Prize is awarded for an author's first book which makes a significant contribution to women's history or gender history and is written in an accessible style that is rewarding to the general reader of history.  Jane's book Boys in Khaki, Girls in Print: Women's Literary Responses to the Great War, 1914-1918 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005) convinced the jury to make her joint winner of the Prize, which will be presented at the annual Women's History Network conference at the University of Durham in September.

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