Feb. 8th, 2013

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From Anglia Ruskin (where I work now)

Mary Humphrey, graduate of the BA Photography and now studying on our MA programme has been shortlisted for the Aesthetica Art Prize in York and will be exhibiting her work on Roma:Transilvania ( her work produced for the Major Project on the BA Photography) at York St Mary's. This is a wonderful achievement! Please see below some information about the exhibition:

Exhibition 8 March – 28 April 2013

The Aesthetica Art Prize culminates in a major exhibition, showcasing innovative and outstanding works of art from across the prize, in spring 2013. Hosted by Aesthetica Magazine, the Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition is held in partnership with York Museums Trust, The Hepworth Wakefield, York St John University, Prestel, AWOL Studios and Lawrence Art Supplies, and presents shortlisted works from eight artists in the following categories: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing, and Video, Installation & Performance.

Running from 8 March until 28 April 2013 at the stunning York St Mary’s, York Art Gallery’s contemporary art space, this show highlights artistic talent from locations as diverse as the USA, South Korea, Australia, Denmark and the UK. The prize supports and brings the work of emerging artists to a wider audience. From thousands of entered artworks, the top eight have been chosen for exhibition and a further 100 will feature in the accompanying publication. The winner will be announced at the opening night on 7 March by a panel comprising influential art figures including curators, artists and the Editor of Aesthetica Magazine.

All longlisted works are featured in the accompanying publication, which, as well as being dedicated to the commended works, will also include essays that discuss relevant topics in today’s artistic milieu.

Aesthetica Art Prize Exhibition, York St Mary’s, Castlegate, York, YO1 9RN. Free admission.

Kerstin Hacker

Course Leader BA (Hons) Photography
Convenor MA Photography (2013 Start)
Employability Champion for the Cambridge School of Art
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Grand Gestures, Gateshead's elders dance company, want to work with a biomedical scientist in the devising of their new performance work, 'Croak', which will explore the art and science of breathing. They'll be making an application to the Wellcome Trust for an Arts Award, designed to 'Support imaginative and experimental arts projects that create new artworks to investigate biomedical science.' It's a public engagement opportunity for a friendly and open-minded scientist, ideally someone with an interest in breathing. I'll be working with the project as an ethnographer.

Here's a link to some to a video of Grand Gestures:

And the Wellcome Trust Arts Awards:

If you know of anyone who might be interested in discussing this, please do forward this email on. They can contact me in the first instance.


Dr Trish Winter
Senior Lecturer

Winter, T. and Keegan-Phipps, S. (2013, in press) 'Performing Englishness: identity and politics in a contemporary folk resurgence'. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

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In honour of the donation of Robert J. Sawyer's papers and archives to McMaster University, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, that institution is hosting an academic conference entitled “Science Fiction: The Interdisciplinary Genre” Friday, September 13, through Sunday, September 15, 2013.

The call for papers is attached, as is a flyer about the conference, and more information is here:

The CFP is also available online here: http://sfwriter.com/mcmaster-sf-conference-cfp.doc

And the flyer is here: http://sfwriter.com/mcmaster-sf-conference-flyer.pdf

Special guests at the conference are Hugo Award-winning author Robert J. Sawyer, Order of Canada member John Robert Colombo, Aurora Award-winning author Julie E. Czerneda, Hugo Award-winning editor David G. Hartwell, Aurora Award-winning author Élisabeth Vonarburg, Hugo Award-winning author Robert Charles Wilson, and Chris Szego, manger of Bakka Phoenix Books, the world's oldest extant science-fiction specialty store.

This is sure to be the largest academic conference about science fiction in Canada in 2013, and the biggest academic conference on Canadian science fiction ever held. The conference will be open to the general public.
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WRITING FOR CHILDREN (a full day of talks, workshops and conversation)

Saturday 23 February 2013 10.00 am-4.00 pm
Ty Crawshay, University of Glamorgan Treforest Campus, CF37 1DL
Tickets: see below

A scintillating celebration of Welsh children's authors and illustrators . On Saturday 23 February 2013, Literature Wales will be holding the Writing for Children Conference as part of the South Wales Literature Development Initiative.
Experience a full day of talks, workshops and conversation including: exploring author and illustrator collaboration; rugby zombies, dystopian writing, speed dating for authors and illustrators, digitizing children’s publishing to name but a few. There will be plenty of chances for you to get involved with writing and drawing too.
The conference will be held in collaboration with the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Tŷ Crawshay, the University of Glamorgan, Treforest Campus. Philip Gross and Phil Carradice will introduce an exciting day featuring a wealth of talented authors, illustrators and publishers including: Bardd Plant Cymru - Eurig Salisbury, Young People’s Laureate - Catherine Fisher, Ruth Morgan, Chris Glynn, Ifor Thomas, Thomas Docherty, Mike Jenkins, Dan Anthony, Huw Aaron and Mike Church. There will be a presentation on digitizing Children’s Publishing by Kate Wilson, Director of Nosy Crow and the unique opportunity of eight one to one sessions with Viv Sayer, editor of Gomer.
The Conference aims to attract and celebrate the creative writing talents of people of all ages and abilities. It will be an ideal event to showcase a particular genre of literature which is gaining more popularity and interest and will help to promote its enjoyment and relevance today.
Day Tickets to the conference are now available at the following prices:
Under 16’s Free
Students/Members £10 with lunch £6 without
Non members £14 with lunch £10 without
For more information and to book your place contact Literature Wales on: 029 2047 2266 or email post@literaturewales.org
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'Fast/Slow: Intensifications of Cinematic Speed', which Neil Archer & I are currently organising. The symposium will take place at Anglia Ruskin University on April 4-5.

In addition to an exciting programme of talks and events, the symposium will include keynote addresses by Professor Sean Cubitt, and Professor Karen Beckman (see below for bios).

We warmly welcome members of staff to attend. Further details may be found here: www.anglia.ac.uk/fastslow

Kind Regards,
Tina and Neil

Prof. Sean Cubitt is currently researching the history of visual technologies, media art history, and relationships between environmental and post-colonial criticism of film and media, three strands that converge around the political economy of globalization and aesthetics. His publications include EcoMedia (Rodopi, 2005
), The Cinema Effect (MIT Press, 2004), 
Simulation and Social Theory (Sage, 2001), Digital Aesthetics (Sage, 1998), Videography: Video Media as Art and Culture (Macmillan,1993), 
and Timeshift: On Video Culture (Routledge, 1991).

Karen Beckman is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media in the department of the History of Art. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (Duke UP, 2003); Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke UP, 2010), and is now working on a new book, Animation and the Contemporary Art of War. She is co-editor of two volumes: Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography with Jean Ma (Duke UP, September 2008) and On Writing With Photography (forthcoming, Minnesota UP) with Liliane Weissberg, and is currently editing a book entitled Animating Film Theory, which explores the marginalization of animation in film theoretical discussions. She has published articles on a range of subjects, including feminism and terrorism, death penalty photography, the animated documentary, and the relationship between cinema and contemporary art. She is a senior editor of the journal Grey Room.
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Our Treadmill has broken and needs a new motor (cost £139) so we've decided to take this moment to get a cross trainer (I have bad knees so low impact matters).

Before we send it to the junk yard, is there anyone out there who would like it? It folds flat and can be stored against a wall. It's about four years old. Has very basic programmes. Originally cost around £300.

(I've already put it on Freecycle and not had so much as a nibble).
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