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Stunning success in AHRC Research Leave competition

Five members of the School have been awarded grants under the AHRC Research Leave scheme. Nationally, the scheme attracted a 49% success rate, but at Oxford Brookes the rate jumped to over 60%.

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Visit from Higher Education Press, China

A delegation of 20 publishers from Higher Education Press in Beijing visited the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. Over a two-week period, the delegates attended training sessions on campus and met with local publishers including OUP, Elsevier, and Blackwell. The visit ended with a morning of presentations in Headington Hill Hall. This is the fourth visit from HEP and it is hoped to welcome a further delegation next year. Adrian Bullock and Angus Phillips will be meeting HEP at the Book Fair in Beijing later in the summer, when they accompany the UKti trade mission to China.

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History lecturer wins research grant from the Wellcome Trust

Dr Andrew Spicer, Senior Lecturer in Early Modern European History, has been awarded a grant of £19,918 by the Wellcome Trust for his one-year project on 'Medical Provision and the Huguenots'. This pilot study will examine the medical assistance provided for immigrants in the context of poor relief during the early modern period. Consideration of the medical contribution made by the Huguenots in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries has tended to concentrate on the work of individuals such as Sir Theodore Turquet de Mayerne or families such as the de Launes or Chamberlens. Exploiting the unique survival of two sets of Huguenot records, this project intends to examine practical medical provision in the French-speaking communities established in London and Sandwich between 1568 and 1573. These sources allow us to assess the medical assistance provided by these communities in the wider context of their social welfare programmes. By engaging with the actual experience of medicine within immigrant communities, the study will provide a unique perspective on the Huguenot contribution to early modern medicine in England. Although the immigrant communities were thought by contemporaries to have a superior system of welfare, its significance and influence has so far not been considered by historians.

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Oxford artist Roma Tearne to take up research fellowship

The School of Arts and Humanities is very pleased to announce that from October 2005 renowned Oxford artist Roma Tearne will hold a 3-year AHRC Fellowship in the Creative and Performing Arts, hosted by the Department of Fine Art. Her project, entitled 'Investigating and accessing narrative and memory through artistic practice in a Museum context', will explore the relationship between museum and archival collections and artistic practice. The working theory is that the artist, by revealing the hidden history of objects, is able to stimulate the imagination of museum audiences and curators into new and fresh responses. Two principal sites have been identified: the Imperial War Museum and Pompeii, because each is a memorial to disaster. The various means by which the research will be undertaken include installation, photography, narrative text and film and will be assessed through interactive methods including a web site and audience discussion in seminars.

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History Professor wins AHRC Research Grant

Mary Chamberlain, Professor of Caribbean History, has been awarded £65,918 by the AHRC to carry out research on a project entitled 'Culture, Migration and Caribbean Nationhood: Barbados and Empire, 1937-1967'. Based on oral history and using Barbados as a case study, Professor Chamberlain's research will explore decolonisation from the West Indian and British perspective. West Indians were faced with a particular dilemma: how to build a nation when, unlike British colonies in Africa or Asia, there were no authentic indigenes on which to build, nor a clearly defined sense of territorial integrity. The British characterised the West Indies as lacking in history, society and culture. Yet the cultures of survival, including migration, honed in post-Emancipation society, refined in the twentieth century and denigrated by the British became crucial to developing nationhood.

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AHRC Grant Successes for the Art Department

Lecturers Dominic Rahtz and Craig Richardson have been successful in their applications for research funding from the AHRC. Dominic Rahtz has been awarded over £3,000, which will allow significant periods of travel to American archives in order to retrieve and recreate the dialogue between Robert Smithson and Carl Andre during a crucial period of American Minimalism and Conceptual Art. The research will question how the materiality of the art object and the materialism of art practice was interpreted in relation to the work of both artists. Craig Richardson has won £17,971 for a curatorial concept resulting in a confrontational pairing of the Victorian painter Sir Edwin Landseer (1802-1873) and the contemporary Scottish artist Ross Sinclair (b.1966). By commissioning new work alongside curatorial recontextualisation of works from the Victorian period this experimental project juxtaposes and conflates their separate acts of representing Scotland. Comprising a series of documented 'interventions' by Sinclair addressing specific Landseer works within their present environments, such as The Wallace Collection, the research will articulate contemporary Scottish cultural identity by explicit acts of curation, providing a model for innovative re-interpretation of existing Museum collections.

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Cowley Road: A History by Annie Skinner (Brookes Alumni)

Many former Brookes students will have memories of Cowley Road. Over the years the profile of the area has changed beyond recognition. In my book, Cowley Road: A History, I have attempted to create an original perspective of this dramatic transformation over half a century. Cowley Road nowadays is well known as a vibrant street, full of character, bohemian, multi-cultural, buzzing with political activity, interesting people and a thriving nightlife. While its history can be traced back for centuries, it became an established community from the mid-1850s onwards, but it is particularly after the post-war period that the most spectacular changes occurred. Cowley Road is within half a mile of the centre of one of Britain's most famous cities and has played an important role in Oxford's history and development, yet little has been written on it and its past is mostly untold. This is what I wanted to redress.

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From Electronic to Interactive

The new web site is up for a new masters programme in Publshing - MA Interactive Media Publishing. Several months into the preparations and loads of meetings and a revalidation - the new programme sees a change of name and a closer integration with the MA Publishing Programme delivered in the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies. This Autumn, the MA Electronic Media will be replaced by the MA Interactive Media Publishing - 10 years after the Electronic Media course was started in the then, School of Art, Publishing and Music.

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epublishing Prizes

Harcourt Education, a publishing company with local offices in Oxford, have been involved with the MA epublishing module for the fourth year running. Small teams of students have developed new electronic prototype products based on Harcourt's Heinemann secondary school books. At the end of the module the prototype websites were presented and in addition to each one being graded as normal, a representative from Harcourt was in attendance to choose first and second prize winners. Ian Cavey, e-Learning and Online Manager for Harcourt Education, was impressed with the students and reported that "all the presentations were of a very high standard. All the groups had obviously carried out a large amount of research and came up with some original and innovative ideas." The first prize of £350 went to a group of three students, Julian Littlewood, Junwen Deng and Lisa Morgan who produced a web site based on the Heinemann Eureka Success in Science course material. Second prize of £150 went to Helen Moreno, Sara Porter and Bethan Thomas for their website based on the Heinemann Themes in RE: Learning from Religions, a book targeting key stage 3.

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What ever happened to Cool Britannia? Publishing Lecturer responds…

While the UK was voting in the general election, Claire Squires (Publishing), was invited to speak at the conference 'What ever happened to Cool Britannia? The UK after eight years of Blair', held in Montreal from 4-6 May 2005. Claire gave a paper entitled '"Young, Gifted and Very Good Looking": British Literature and Publishing in the 1990s and 2000s', on a panel which focused on Contemporary British Culture. The conference was hosted by the Centre d'Etudes et de Recherches Internationales at the Universite de Montreal in Canada. Papers from the conference, which included the keynote speakers Anthony Seldon, Geoff Mulgan and Theodore Marmor, are available as video online.

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