Punk Now! The 2nd Annual Punk Scholars Network Conference and Postgraduate Symposium

Thursday 29 October, 9am-5.30pm and Friday 30 October 9am-5pm, The Shell, Parkside building, City Centre Campus

Following the dynamic emergence of punk in the UK, USA and Europe in the 1970s, the subculture spread widely. As punk and new wave gained commercial and critical success, together with an attractive notoriety, it soon began an ongoing journey around the globe – both as a product and as an ideology.

Punk, then, despite its omnipresence in contemporary underground and popular cultures, is clearly more than legacy music.

More than forty years after the proto-punk progenitors of Detroit and New York unconsciously launched an underground revolution, to continue what some of the 60’s and 70’s anarchic counter culture propagated, and after untold premature obituaries, it appears that punk – in terms of music, philosophy, and identity – remains in rude health.

This joint conference and postgraduate symposium seeks to illuminate the current landscape of contemporary punk in all of its global, musical, political and (sub)cultural manifestations.

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8th Annual CCVA conference: Transdisciplinary China: Research in Practice

Thursday 22 October, 10am – 7pm, The Shell, Parkside building, City Centre Campus

The Centre for Chinese Visual Arts (CCVA) presents Transdisciplinary China: Research in Practice – a one-day symposium that seeks to interrogate the nature and significance of transdisciplinary research and arts practice in and about contemporary China, its arts and culture.

Jonathan Harris, Professor in Global Art and Design Studies at Birmingham City University (BCU) will deliver the keynote address entitled The Global Asian Contemporary Art World: Analytic Perspectives. 

Shen Xin, CCVA and Chronus Arts Centre fellow will present Shoulders of Giants with Prof Johnny Golding, Philosopher and Director of the PHD/Post-doctoral Centre for Fine Art Research, alongside presentations and panel discussions from established and emerging researchers, artists, curators and academics from UK, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, USA, Russia, Poland, Italy amongst others. Collectively these will serve to generate discussion and enable us to identify common areas of interest and communities of practice; to share, encourage and support new research as it happens with a global audience

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CEBE Research Cafe: Time Management

Don’t be late! How to manage your time more effectively

With Professor Peter Larkham

Friday 16th October 2015, 12:30pm – 2pm, MP203 (CEBE Boardroom)

Time management is a vital but mysterious activity.  Usually we don’t make time to manage our time, let alone to deliver what we need to do effectively.  Although this session will explore some of the issues, it can’t provide solutions for everyone!  Expect to be challenged about what you do, why you do it and when you choose to do it.

Come along to this café, join in the debate and learn!

To register your interest please e-mail Ian.McDonald@bcu.ac.uk.