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

Participants:

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.

SPEAKERS

  • 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.

Health PhD student wins prestigious grant

Well done to Laura Maguire, a third year PhD researcher in the Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences who has been awarded a prestigious grant from the British Sociological Association to hold a postgraduate research event next year. The bidding process was very competitive and the grant is a considerable achievement.

The event will be called ‘It’s a Family Affair: Researching with Families,’ which will reflect on the dynamics of researching with families and/or while with family of your own. Laura herself is a mum of 3.

More details about the event will be announced in the new year.

CEBE Research Spotlight – 13 September

CEBE research spotlight returns!

Tuesday 13 September, 1pm-2pm, MP490

Presentation by Louis Durrant (Centre for Resilient Environments)

These sessions are informal meetings of postgraduate research students where a presenter will discuss their experiences as a research student, their current research, challenges they are currently facing, and give away some tips as to how to succeed as a research student. There will be lots of opportunities to ask questions, discuss etc. – these are informal sessions which give you the chance to share experiences. For those who are less confident, these sessions are great opportunities to practice speaking in front of an audience.

Please contact Ian McDonald for further information.

CEBE research seminar – 28 September

CEBE Faculty new staff research seminar

Wednesday 28 September, 12.00-1.30pm, MP203, Millennium Point

With Dr Franco Cheung (Centre for Integrated Design & Construction)

Dr Franco Cheung’s seminar will explain the work he has done in the recently completed research project, Collaborative BIM-enabled learning platform for low impact schools, funded by InnovateUK. He will explain the background of pre-designed school market and how the application of BIM in pre-designed schools improves the model development process, the services and products including the development of an energy usage comparator tool to give feedback for actual energy use.

For more information and to book your place please contact Ian McDonald.

CEBE Research Seminars – presentations by visitors from Kazan Federal University

From Tuesday 23 August our CEBE faculty are hosting four research seminars in four days featuring speakers from Kazan Federal University. The topics are as follows:

Tuesday 23 August, Dr Max Talanov: Affective Computation Part 1

Wednesday 24 August, Dr Alexander Toschev: Marvin Minsky approach in Artificial Intelligence and its application in the IT Software Maintenance Domain.

Thursday 25 August, Dr Max Talanov: Affective Computation Part 2

Friday 26 August, Dr Alexander Toschev: Advances in Key Enterprise Systems Design.

For more information contact Ian McDonald.

Two Exchange Collaborative Projects awarded to researchers

The round two recipients of The Culture Capital Exchange’s Collaborative Research Awards have been announced, and there are two winners from Birmingham City University.

Jacqueline Taylor and Jacob Salder have each won funding of £5000 to pursue a research project in collaboration with industry partners.

If you are interesting in applying for Round 3 visit the Exchange Website.

Project details

Project name: Rearrangements

Director: Caroline Horton

Academic partner: Dr Jacqueline Taylor, Birmingham City University

Caroline Horton is a theatre maker, writer and performer, an associate at Birmingham Rep and BBC Birmingham Writer in Residence.

Caroline’s research partner is Dr Jacqueline Taylor, Birmingham City University, whose research critically examines relations between visual art, poetics and philosophy with a particular focus on the textual concept and practice of l’écriture féminine.

Their collaborative research project ‘is a critical, practical and creative interrogation of narrative, form and structure and how this affects meaning-making when encountering/interpreting artistic practice. ‘Rearrangements’ opens up a site of exchange between Caroline’s expertise as a theatre-maker who experiments with form in her work and Jacqueline’s academic specialism of l’écriture féminine, which proposes alternative linguistic structures, narratives and forms to create ‘other’ languages.

Project name: The creative business – enhancing business practices in arts-based creative industries

Director: Antonia Beck

Academic Partner: Jacob Salder, Birmingham City University

Antonia Beck is an independent artist and creative producer specialising in performance-based work that spans theatre, live literature, outdoor arts, live art and other interdisciplinary performance practices.

Antonia’s research partner, Jacob Salder, Birmingham City University, is an economic geographer and economic development specialist through qualification and experience. He has spent a number of years researching different sectors, including the Creative Industries, in various Economic Development roles for local and regional government.

Their collaborative research project ‘The Creative Business – Enhancing business practice in the arts-based creative industries’ will look at business practice in this sector, focusing on arts / performance-based creative industries (ABCIs) and examine this against orthodox understandings. They will consider how applicable these understandings are to ABCIs and how they can be refined to support business development in this sector. The project will produce key outputs in the shape of intensive guidance for a set of ABCIs alongside creating an analysis and support framework specific to this sub-sector, enabling creatives to develop their businesses.

Full STEAM Ahead? The Creative Economy and Higher Education – 13 July

Parkside lecture theatre, 7pm-9pm, Wednesday 13 July. Drinks at 6.30pm

Register on Eventbrite

Supported by Creative Advantage Fund and Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

Full STEAM Ahead?  The Creative Economy and Higher Education

What are relations like between the creative economy and universities in the Midlands? What expectations do businesses, creatives, educators and students have of each other for innovation, work and reward in exchanges between them and their collaborations? What are the opportunities or impediments for exchange and for sustaining and growing the creative sector?

This symposium brings together a range of individuals representing experience in the creative sector and HE to discuss some of these questions in light of current issues and challenges for the economy, society and culture of the Midlands.

Discussants include: Thomas Dillon (CAF); Professor David Roberts (Pro Vice Chancellor Executive Dean of Art, Design and Media); Rebbecca Hemmings (Strawberry Words); Suriya Roberts-Grey (cultural entrepreneur); Matt Davidson (CAF Prizewinner); Amahra Spence (founder of MAIA Creatives). Chair: Professor Paul Long, BCMCR.

This event is supported by the Creative Advantage Fund (CAF).

The founding of CAF in 2000 was the first step in the UK’s experiment with venture capital as a funding mechanism for cultural production, reflecting a new approach in government to what became known as the “creative industries”, defined as “those industries which have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent and which have a potential for wealth and job creation through the generation and exploitation of intellectual property” (DCMS, 1998). Despite success stories, the conditions under which policy goals can be achieved through the interaction of cultural practitioners and commercially-oriented finance remain uncertain.

The event will also see the announcement of the winner of the 2016 CAF-BCU Prize. 

The CAF-BCU Prize of £500 is awarded for the best dissertation on the creative industries submitted for degree purposes by a student at BCU.

All welcome. Register on Eventbrite.

Conservatoire researcher’s grant win featured in Times Higher

Professor Deborah Mawer of Birmingham Conservatoire has been featured in the Grant Winners section of the Times Higher Education for her successful bid for an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) grant.

The grant, worth £461,583, is to lead a three-year project: ‘Accenting the Classics: Durand’s Édition classique (c. 1915-25) as a French Prism on the Musical Past’, in collaboration with Graham Sadler (Birmingham Conservatoire), Barbara L. Kelly (Royal Northern College of Music) and Rachel Moore (University of Oxford). This project will blend analytical, cultural and historical musicology with music performance to investigate the nature of the varying ‘French accent’ (Ravel’s ‘accent singulier’) given to earlier European piano music (the ‘Classics’) within Durand’s multi-volume edition, on the occasion of its centenary. The repertoire comprises music by well-known and since-forgotten composers, which was edited by well- and lesser-known early twentieth-century French composers, together with musicologists and teachers at the Paris Conservatoire.

Investigation will start with detailed analytical case studies of edited music. An initial group will include Ravel (editing Mendelssohn) and Debussy (Chopin); Emmanuel, Garban and Roger-Ducasse (Bach and Burgundian folksongs); balanced by music of the eighteenth-century French harpsichordists, including Couperin (edited by Tiersot) and Rameau (Diémer). Secondly, using blended archival, historical and interpretative skills, assessment of the role and wider cultural network of the Édition classique will offer new insights into early twentieth-century French cultural identity (for example, incipient neoclassicism); relations with twentieth-century French composers’ own music; canonic issues; Conservatoire pedagogy; wartime publishing, in the context of editions by Henry Expert, Saint-Saëns and Heugel. The project will also embrace how today’s users – students, scholars, musicians and the wider public – can benefit from (test out and inflect) this knowledge, including alternative interpretations for pianists and the promotion of ‘lost’ repertoire. ‘Accenting the Classics’ will run from summer 2016-2019.