African Women in the Media conference – 27 July

Curzon Building, 10am-5pm

Register here for the conference.

The symposium aims to bring together African women working in the media, and academics in the field of media and communications concerned with media, diaspora, race, gender, representation, and African feminism. The objectives are to engage in debates on issues affecting African women in the media, provide an opportunity for the exchange of ideas between academia and industry, and opportunities for networking. With a focus on news media, the central questions the symposium will seek to answer are:
  • What challenges do African women working in the media face?
  • How are these challenges being addressed? How might they be?
  • How are African women represented in the media?
The long-term aim is to establish an action-orientated, supportive, and, empowering network that bridges academia and industry.

CSPACE education conference – 10 July 2017

City North Campus, Perry Barr, 9am-5pm

This year’s education conference is entitled Connecting Communities: Creating Spaces for Creativity and Collaboration in Education. The day will be filled with talks, discussions and debates about the many issues and aspects of Education Research particularly around partnerships, collaboration and the role of community in education. Colleagues from across the university are welcome to be involved.

For more information visit the Eventbrite page.

School of Art Research and PhD events – 19 July


ADM SOARS event and SoA PhD Research Seminar

19th July, 2017

The School of Art will be having two events as part of our SOARS and SoA PhD Research Seminar programme.

SOARS Event, 12:00pm-13:30pm

Venue: Lecture Theatre (School of Art, Margaret St.)

Contemporary Art and Social Activism: The Post-Revolutionary Economy of Image Production in the Middle East

Professor Anthony Downey

SoA PhD Seminar, 17:00-19:00

Venue: International Project Space (School of Art, Margaret St.)

Research as Practice: The Politics of Contemporary Visual Culture in the Middle East Today


Walter Armbrust (Associate Professor of Modern Middle Eastern Studies, at the Faculty of Oriental Studies, St Antony’s College, Oxford).

Dina Matar (Associate Head, Centre for Media Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London).

Oraib Toukan (Artist and Clarendon Scholar at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford).

Jonathan Watkins (Director, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham).

Tirdad Zolghadr (Director of the Summer Academy Paul Klee in Bern and Associate Curator at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin).

For more information contact Hiu Man Chan.

Print, Politics and Publishing conference – 21 July 2017

Hosted by the Centre for Printing History and Culture

Birmingham City University, 9am-5pm

This one-day conference considers politics (of all flavours) and the provincial press from the early modern to present day.

John Freeth was landlord of a celebrated Birmingham tavern and it was his custom to write songs about the news of the day, setting his words to popular tunes, which he sang nightly to patrons. This made Freeth’s Coffee-House one of the most successful in England. Freeth published nearly 400 of his songs, which offer a novel insight into the radical and nonconformist politics of late eighteenth-century Birmingham. In 1783 Josiah Wedgwood printed a series of political leaflets in Newcastle-under-Lyme. An address on the late riots was occasioned by corn uprisings at his factory, when Wedgwood summoned militia to disperse the mobs. Following arrests and one execution, Wedgwood’s leaflet warned against the folly of violence to redress social evils and recommended ‘peaceable’ alternatives, stressing the temporary nature of economic recession. On 27 October 1857, John Bright MP addressed a crowded Birmingham Town Hall. Already a famous politician and orator, expectations were he would deliver a news-worth speech. So much so, The Times chartered a special night train to deliver his text in time for the morning editions. His speech in the provinces, a call for universal suffrage, marked a turning-point in nineteenth-century electoral reform.


  • Dr Ian Cawood, Newman University, Birmingham’s Satirical Periodicals in the age of Chamberlain;

    Gail Chester, Independent Scholar, The influence of provincial publications in the radical movements of the 1960s-90s;

    Tor Clark, De Montfort University in Leicester, The Local Democratic Deficit – how the decline of the regional press has impacted on coverage of local government in the UK;

    Judith Davies, PhD Student, University of Birmingham, George Walters, Dudley’s radical printer;

    Dr Catherine Ferris, Dublin Institute of Technology, The Freeman’s Journal, Evening Packet and Saunders’s News-Letter: Musical Identities, Political Identities;

    Duncan Frankis, PhD Student, University of Birmingham, That Nefarious Newspaper: The Dublin Evening Post, 1789-1794;

    Prof Matthew Grenby, University of Newcastle, ‘Ye lovers of freedom, attend to my song’: Eighteenth-Century Election Ballads in Newcastle upon Tyne;

    Rachel Hobbs, PhD Student, University of Birmingham, Birmingham’s Biographers: Three Late-Victorian Histories And The Promotion of Civic Identity;

    Dr Lisa Peters, Chester University, Getting the boss elected to Parliament: the political campaigns of the Wrexham Guardian;

    Susan Thomas, PhD Student, University of Birmingham, ‘Munchausen Unmasked’? George Edmonds versus The Monthly Argus;

    Helen Williams, PhD Student, Edinburgh Napier University, ‘Mr O’Connor, famous Chartist, visits town’: reporting Chartism in south west Scotland;

    Dr. Paul Wilson, University of Leeds, Hopeful words and the neighbourly order of the world.

For more information and to book visit the website.

Black Education for Liberation – 2-4 November 2017

In September 2017, Birmingham City University will launch the first Black Studies degree in Europe. But Black Studies has been thriving in the Britain for decades, based in grassroots organisations with activist, artists, teachers and parents developing and sharing Black Studies knowledge to help survive and resist racism. Black Studies has never been, and will never be confined to universities and we are keen to remember and explore how Black education has been, and can be used to further the cause of Black liberation.

Connecting the struggle across the African Diaspora changes the nature of politics protecting us from developing too narrow a focus concentrated solely on the successes of failures within the countries we find ourselves in. Therefore one of the aims of this event will be to make connections to Latin America, a part of the Diaspora that has been underserved in our discussion of Black Studies. The region enslaved millions of Africans, and economy and social system is just as dependent on racism as the Americas, Caribbean, Europe or Africa.

For more information, visit the website.

CEBE Upcoming Research Seminars



Wednesday 14th June, 2pm

With Dr Mir Seyedebrahimi (Centre for Cloud Computing)

Radio Resource Management and Interference Control in Wireless Networks: Latest challenges, developments and future scopes

In spite of the enormous popularity of wireless-enabled devices in recent years, the utilization of their radio resources (e.g. RF spectrum, transmission power level etc.) has degraded due to the current dominancy of the decentralized radio resource management schemes. Few state of the art central control solutions are also applying the configurations in a way that the network-wide impacts of the involved parameters and their mutual relationships are ignored. In this seminar, we will talk about these challenges and the latest developments of the technology to tackle the problems (more specifically within the wireless networks and Wi-Fi). As an example, I’ll discuss my recent proposed analytical model and algorithm for jointly adjusting the transmission power levels and optimizing the RF channel assignment of APs in Wi-Fi. I’ll also talk about various stakeholders which are involved in deploying such a solution, the development process and the reason this kind of solutions are delayed and the scopes in the next generation of wireless networks.


For more information and to book your place at any of the seminars please contact Ian McDonald.