Publishing News

New Short Courses Available

2 new short Courses are now available. The Short Course web site is showing the details for 'Book Binding' and 'Portfoio Preparation for Foundation Art and Design'.
Further Information can be found on our Short Courses web site

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Long Live the Book

The International Book Conference finished today with presentations from a range of speakers. The overall conclusion was that the Book will not die and in fact is flourishing. Yes, we heard about problems in the Book Trade on the High Street, Academic Publishing and even the death nell of the monograph. But still the book is even more accessible through new channels and technologies.

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Jari Silomaki at The Winchester Gallery

Fotonet and The Winchester Gallery are very pleased to be able to exhibit the two new bodies of work that Jari Silomaki was developing during his residency in Oxford this winter. Silomaki was hosted by Fotonet and Oxford Brookes on an International Research Residency.

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Book Conference Opens

The Annual Book Conference, hosted by the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies has got off to a good start.

During the first day of The Book Conference the delegates and attendees enjoyed a good range of speakers including Juliet Gardiner, Carole Blake and Peter Mayer (all seen here). Their perspectives on the relationship between authors and publishers sparked a lively debate during the second plenary session.

During the first plenary session of the conference, Antony Beever of the Society of Authors (UK), set the scene with a comprehensive review of the threats to authors' rights. 

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Publishing Students at the World Bank

Three students from the MA in Publishing at Oxford Brookes have spent the summer as interns at the World Bank in Washington DC. Xu Yanmei, Wai Sum Cheung and Jan Kasprzycki-Rosikon have been working in the Office of the Publisher at the World Bank. In July they were visited by Angus Phillips from Oxford Brookes, who discussed arrangements for the internship scheme with Richard Crabbe from the World Bank.

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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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