Friday, 30 September 2011

SPoRT 2011/12

Salford Postgraduate Research Training (SPoRT) programme for new PGRs now available; info here

Fantastic training sessions, on writing, teaching, time organisation etc, and strong social element too!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Events at the Anthony Burgess Foundation

Adam Boulton: Anthony Burgess and politics

4 October, 6.30pm

Free; booking advised via or 0161 235 0776

Anthony Burgess wrote extensively on the issues of the day, covering subjects as diverse as immigration, Libya, Thatcherism, the European Union and more in a journalistic career spanning four decades. Join Adam Boulton, political editor of Sky News and champion of Burgess's writing, for an engaging insight into a little-known aspect of Burgess's work. Free, booking advised via

Raise Your Voice Ensemble / Trio Atem / 265 Quartet

7 October, 7pm

Free, booking via
Raise Your Voice Collective present an eclectic evening of music from Trio Atem, the Raise Your Voice Ensemble and Efpi Records’ 256 Quartet at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation. In performances featuring music from Manchester, France and America, hear contemporary classical music mingle with jazz as experimental scores meet improvisation. Including music by: Steve Reich, Morton Feldman, Gérard Pesson, Chris Swithinbank, Tom Coult, Ian Vine, Martin Iddon, Georges Aperghis and Michael Mayhew.

Reading: Roma Tearne

14 October, 6pm

£5/£3; booking via or 0843 208 0500
Sri Lanka-born artist and novelist Roma Tearne discusses her latest novel The Swimmer, which was longlisted for this year’s Orange Prize and adapted for a collaborative film project presented at the Venice Biennale. Set on the Suffolk coast, this captivating story of love, loss and what home really means explores the relationship between 43-year-old loner Ria and Ben, a young illegal immigrant from Sri Lanka who is awaiting a decision from the Home Office on his asylum application. Theirs is an unconventional but deeply moving romance, defying cultural boundaries and the xenophobic residents of Orford. Roma Tearne is the author of acclaimed novels Brixton Beach, Mosquito and Bone China. In association with Manchester Literature Festival.

Tour: Anthony Burgess in Manchester

15 October, 11am

£15; booking essential via or 0843 208 0500 Following on from last year’s sold-out Elizabeth Gaskell Tour, Ed Glinert (of New Manchester Walks and author of the Manchester Compendium) now takes us on a journey round the local landmarks that featured in the varied and bohemian life of Anthony Burgess. The coach and walking tour will finish at the International Anthony Burgess Foundation with a special talk given by the centre’s director and Burgess's biographer, Dr Andrew Biswell. Book early as places are limited.
Starting at Manchester Cathedral, Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1SX
Part of Manchester Literature Festival.

Manchester Literature Festival

The Burgess Foundation is delighted to be the hub venue for the 2011 Manchester Literature Festival. We'll be hosting events every night of what promises to be the most ambitious festival yet, with everything from Nordic crime and dub poetry to Arabic fiction and a literary quiz. Details of the events at the Burgess Foundation are here, and the full festival programme is here.

Autumn concerts at the Burgess Foundation

Anthony Burgess was a prolific and accomplished composer, but his music has been largely - and unjustly - neglected. Join us for a season of concerts, including a programme of songs curated and conducted by Gavin Wayte on 3 November; and newly-discovered chamber music curated and performed by the leading contemporary ensemble Psappha on 16 and 23 November. Look out for more details here.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Jason Manford and Peter Kay and Salford University

“I didn’t have enough qualifications to get into university [," Manford observed, "and] so Peter spoke to the dean of the university and he rang and said: ‘Do you fancy going and doing that course?’ and I said yes!

“I went on to do the two-year HND course in media and performance and they were so pleased with me they let me do the full degree. There you go, that’s your headline!” laughs Jason.

Full story here

Monday, 26 September 2011

MD of UK Google speaking in MediaCity

Info and sign-up link here

Matt Brittin is the first digital industry leader to address colleagues and students at MediaCityUK and everyone has the opportunity to sign up to attend the event, which will take place between 11.30am and 12.30pm at the BBC’s Quay House, MediaCityUK.
Matt will be talking about his views on the digital sector and will be taking part in a question and answer session – all at the new home of the BBC, our neighbours at MediaCityUK.

Morrissey book launch

Morrissey: Fandom, Representations and Identities will be launched at Waterstones, Deansgate, Manchester on October 7th at 7pm.

There will be a panel discussion on Morrissey and an 'unplugged' performance of some Morrissey/Smiths songs by These Charming Men.

Admission is Free. Contact Waterstones at Deansgate to get a ticket.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Emergency Accommodation update

emergency accommodation arrives at BLANKSPACE & IABF on Saturday 1st October 2011 from Midday FREE - both venues located along Hulme Street, Manchester
Get a taste of what's in store and a map of the area by clicking here

In the wake of the closure of greenroom the long running emergency platform has fled the safe confines of its black box home in search of new shelter.

Live art, durational performance, one-on-ones, performance lectures,

Intimate moments + powerful presence, playful interjection + verbal banter

Walk hand in hand down a desolate street, re-imagine the landscape as a suburban vista - A woman pours her heart out and Roy Orbison sings for you - Table top sci-fi and the naked truth, neighbourhood stalking and a crusading fool - Double talk on the edge of a kiss - Learn to weave, become a life model, take a shower, play with fire...

Participating artists (subject to change)--
Anais Lalange, Andy Nizinskyj, angel club (north), Angst Performance, Chris Fitzsimmons, Cutteruption, Dani Abulhawa, {digame}, Façade Theatre, FallenWall Arts, Four Cats Theatre, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, Jessica Lee, Julieann O'Malley, Katherina Radeva, Krissi Musiol, Laura Bradshaw, Lowri Evans, Lucy Hutson, Matt & Nath, Nicola Canavan, Pinkorange Project, Rebekka Platt, Robin Sidwell, Shona Harrison/Nicola Ellis, Small Acts, Stella Dimitrakopoulou, Sturgeon's Law, Wayne Steven Jackson, Zoe Washington

Due to the nature of the spaces, many pieces will be very limited capacity.

Draft schedule online at:

Produced by hÅb & Blank Media Collective

Supported by Contact, IABF, UCLan, LanWest, Arts Council England

A greenroom legacy project.

Black History Month at Salford


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Dr Robert Beckford will be speaking at a Black History Month event on Wednesday, 26 October
The University is proud to announce its annual celebration of Black History Month as part of Listen!, the University’s commitment to equality and diversity.

This year’s activities will focus on the theme of Racism(s): Discrimination, Displacement and Home and will offer staff, students and local communities the opportunity to participate through dialogue and debate.

Black History Month at the University will launch with an event on Wednesday, 5 October, between 12noon and 2pm, in the International Life Centre, University House. Representatives from the various staff networks will make short presentations on the months theme and music students will perform. Refreshments will be provided.

Other highlights include Who do you think you are?, an exciting and hands-on workshop led by Malaysian-born Sri Lankan playwright and actress Rani Moorthy. Part creative writing, part drama and part genealogy, each participant will be encouraged to journey into their family history to find the unexpected and the surprising.

Who do you think you are? takes place on Wednesday, 12 October, between 5.30pm and 7pm, at Salford Museum & Art Gallery, Peel Park.

On Wednesday, 19 October, colleagues will have the opportunity to explore the month’s themes in more depth through discussion, presentation and debate. Racism(s): A Symposium on discrimination, displacement & home, takes place at Think Lab, Maxwell Building, between 12.30pm and 5.30pm.
Dr Robert Beckford – educator, author and award-winning broadcaster in the field of religion, culture and politics – will host a closing lecture and film screening in Lady Hale Lecture Theatre, Lady Hale Building, at 7pm on Wednesday, 26 October.

In his film, Empire Pays Back, Dr Beckford believes that Britain should pay reparations to the descendents of slaves and hires a team of experts to put a monetary figure on the amount owing.
A more detailed programme will be available in the next few days here: or by contacting or 59003.

"Fresh Meat" at the Salford King's Arms

Our very own local, the King's Arms in Salford, where we often retire post-Grad Programme, is featured extensively in the first episode of Channel 4's new comedy drama, "Fresh Meat".

The "Peep Show" writers take a "Skins"-like posse into Higher Education, and the King's Arms is cast in the unlikely role of a pick-up joint, buzzing with sexual tension and fresh-faced university students...

Available to watch now at 4OD:


Thursday, 22 September 2011

Graduate Programme 2011-2012

I'm hoping to publish the full programme for 2011-2012 by the end of this month, to begin mid-October. Watch this space!

70s gay porn, backwards disco, Nomadic cultures

new at Salford's Islington Mill:

Exhibition Opening and Backwards Disco // Thursday 29 September// 6pm to 9pm

Exhibition continues until 30 October // Opening times Wed to Fri 10am to 5pm

As September draws to a close we are in the midst of installing our next exhibition American Bodies by current artist in residence David Wojtowycz. Opening on Thursday the 29th September it will be a chance to see his new work and learn a little more about our future residency plans.

David uses Gay porno magazines from the 70s and 80s, film posters, magazine images and trailers of old black and white movies to generate products that are even more glamorous, pornographic, artistic, emotional and idealistic than the originals. Through the reflections of bodies, lines of text, logos and architecture, hybrid images arise that conjure up imprecise memories, emotions, fears and longing.

Following the exhibition opening we will be hosting a Backwards Disco where you are invited to bring along 45s from your own vinyl collection and play them on a record player that plays backwards created by David inspired by his fascination with the myth that Led Zeppelin's Stairway To Heaven played backwards has the phrase “Oh I never will be saved, because I live with Satan”. David created this player along with 20 inverted record sleeves, which are all centered around the word 'Boy', as part of AND festival and we are very excited to see it here at Islington Mill as well.

Enkhbold Togmidshiirev // Friday 7 October // 6pm
We are pleased to announce that we will be hosting the Mongolian artist Enkhbold Togmidshiirev as part of Manchester’s Asia Triennial. In partnership with The International 3, Enkhbold will be staying at Islington Mill’s B&B throughout the launch of the Triennial and working at Manchester Museum.
During his time at The Mill Enkhbold will give a public performance which will reveal and reflect on nomadic culture and its traditions followed by a talk about his practice on Friday 7th October.
Based in the capital city, Ulaan Baatar, Enkhbold is a lecturer in Fine Art at the city’s university and an active member of the Blue Sun Group, an artist-led network and artspace.
Enkhbold’s visit to Manchester has been made possible through the support of Shisha and Visiting Arts. For more information on the Asia Triennial visit their website at

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Reading Seminar in Popular Music Studies, 2011-2012

APG-03 Adelphi Building
Tuesday evenings; 5-7PM

David Sanjek, Professor of Music
This is a reading seminar designed for students and staff – from any interested background – who wish to join together to discuss whole works devoted to the study of popular music. The seminar will endeavour to situate each book in its specific background and publishing history before engaging in a group analysis of the thesis, evidence and usefulness of the approach. Emphasis will be placed on the methodologies employed and their transposition to other projects.

October 18
Greil Marcus, Mystery Train: Images of America in Rock ‘n’ Roll Music

November 15
Albert Murray, Stomping the Blues

December 13
Nelson George, The Death of Rhythm and Blues
Scott DeVeaux, “Constructing the Jazz Tradition”

January 31
Christopher Small, Music of the Common Tongue

February 28
Ben Filene, Romancing the Folk: Public Memory and American Roots Music

March 27
Diane Pecknold, The Selling Sound: Country Music, Commercialism and the Politics      of Popular Culture

April 24
Tricia Rose, Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America

May 22
Keith Negus, Popular Music in Theory

Monday, 19 September 2011

Events at the Working Class Movement Library

1. As part of the Manchester Peace Festival, Greater Manchester CND are holding an event, Words for Peace, on Tuesday 20 September at 7pm in the Working Class Movement Library annexe.

How does a person like Betty Tebbs (93) successfully combine the roles of mother, wife, grandmother, worker and peace activist for 60 years? Maxine Peake (Silk, Shameless) will be reading excerpts from Betty's autobiography, aided by Betty herself.

Tickets £5 in advance from 0161 273 8283. Proceeds to Greater Manchester and District Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

2. Anyone just starting at the University of Salford? We're having an Open Day for Salford students, Wednesday 21 September, 11am to 4pm. Drop in any time to see our displays about campaigns from Peterloo to suffragettes to more recent protests. Free refreshments. Tours available.

3. On Monday 17 October at 7.30pm the Plaza Community Cinema in Liverpool is holding a memorial event to those who fought in the Spanish Civil War. The evening includes a screening of Land and Freedom plus a message of support from Ken Loach, songs from the Spanish Civil War by the Liverpool Socialist Singers, a speaker from the International Brigade Memorial Trust, and exhibitions of photographs and artwork made by children evacuated during the war.

The cinema is at 13 Crosby Road, North Waterloo, Liverpool L22 1RT. Tickets £5 including a glass of wine and tapas. Further details from or at

4. Heritage Footsteps is a new Heritage Lottery Funded project to create a digital history trail along Salford's Chapel Street and Crescent. The project is seeking volunteers to get involved from October onwards in the creation of a Web-based, freely accessible trail. With digital mapping, video, pictures, audio and text, the trail will illustrate and promote some of the heritage of the Chapel Street area.

Volunteers will be involved through research classes, media skills training, digital content creation or by simply relating their memories of the Chapel Street area.

Further information at

Saturday, 17 September 2011

Salford's Prof George McKay on Radical Crafts and Gardening (19/Sept)

Crafts and gardening: the new frontiers of radicalism?

Monday 19 September 2011

Kate Day, Professor George McKay, Barbara Hastings-Asatourian and Rob Lyons will discuss the impact crafts and gardening are having in society.

Kate DayThe current wave of interest in craft, and in particular in the process of making things for yourself, surely has its roots in recent social, political, and economic developments. It is often argued that the fashion for creative activity can be regarded as a backlash against an increasingly virtual and corporate world that promotes the passive consumer - albeit a Web 2.0 one. Alongside the grow-your-own allotment movement, the make-your-own approach enables craft participants to experience shaping their material world, creating objects that have an individual stamp and a narrative in their production. Is this just a repeat of the rural craft revival of the 1970s for a new generation, or perhaps a new twist to the fashion for eco doom-mongering?

At the Manchester Salon

Friday, 16 September 2011

Social Sciences postgrad training programme 11/12


 MMP PGRs -- if you wish to attend any of the below, please let Mary Byrne know (

MODULES – 2011-2012  (All modules are held from 6-9pm)


Philosophy of the Social Sciences (CRN 22176)

Gaynor Bagnall

Tuesdays, weeks 1-6

Room 914, Maxwell

Contemporary Social & Political Theory (CRN 22178)

Phoebe Moore

Tuesdays, weeks 7-12

Room 914, Maxwell

Conducting Research (CRN 22175)

Jim Newell

Thursdays, weeks 7-12

Room 824, Maxwell

Issues in Research Design (CRN 22177)

Gaynor Bagnall


weeks 2-6, Room 806, Maxwell

Note: week 1 session will be held in Room 209, Clifford Whitworth Building.  Students must have their Username and Password with them.


Ethnographic Methods (CRN 22182)

Andrew Clark

Thursdays, weeks 19-24

Room 201, Maxwell

Qualitative Research Practice (CRN 22180)

Neal Hazel

Thursdays, weeks 25-27,31-33

Room 819, Maxwell

Introduction to Statistical Analysis (CRN 27997)

Jocelyn Evans

Tuesdays, weeks 19-24

Clifford Whitworth Training Room (209)

Advanced Secondary Analysis (CRN 22179)

Jocelyn Evans

Tuesdays, weeks 25-27,31-33

Clifford Whitworth Training Room (209)

Extremity and Excess conference report

Extremity and Excess Conference

2011’s Arts, Media and Social Sciences Postgraduate Conference took place in the Old Fire Station building on the 8th and 9th of September. This year’s conference was based around the theme “Extremity and Excess” which, as predicted, drew interesting and varied postgraduate papers from around the world.
With such a wide range of subjects represented – from Japanese erotic horror to counter-terrorism through Victorian criminology and internet spam – debates were lively and truly interdisciplinary.
Interspersed between the panels were three excellent keynote speakers. Robert Eaglestone, Professor of Contemporary Literature and Thought at Royal Holloway, gave a fascinating paper on kitsch representations of the Holocaust; the debates following which carried on well into lunch. Joanna Hodge, Professor of Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University, contributed a talk on extremity and excription that helped to ground many of the conferences recurring themes philosophically. The conference then concluded with a screening of a documentary by Xavier Mendik (Director of the Cult Film Archive at Brunel) documentary about Dario Argento’s 1977 film Suspiria, complete with Q&A session chaired by Salford’s own Professor Erik Knudsen.
The thought-provoking papers delivered over the two days shall undoubtedly resonate amongst those who attended for some time to come. Literary interventions included engaging reflections on Shakespeare's twins and Thomas Chatterton's poetics. Meanwhile the panels on visual culture and cinema also featured impressively original contributions and provoked rewarding discussions.

The conference’s convenors will shortly be inviting presenters to submit full-length papers in order to create an edited collection of the conference proceedings for publication.
-- Elinor Taylor

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Recreation, Leisure and Heritage Research Group

The Recreation, Leisure and Heritage Research Group is an interdisciplinary research group, which draws on the many existing research strengths in relevant academic fields at the University of Salford.
Our first meeting will be on Tuesday 20th September @ 12.45 pm; venue tba

Academic staff, support staff and research students all welcome

The research group aims to:

1. Build on our success in winning the 2013 Leisure Studies Association Conference for Salford;

2. Provide a context for discussion of Leisure, Sport, Travel, Tourism, Heritage, Creative Industries , Music, Hospitality and Well-being, across the University of Salford;

3. Promote dialogue about methodological, epistemological and theoretical issues relating to these areas;

4. Raise the profile of these research strands and to support the development of an interdisciplinary research culture

For details, please contact: Dr Carolyn Downs, Salford Business School, University of Salford

Wave Composition

Message from Michael Yates:
Check it out: New Lit./Crit. journal being run out of Oxford and they're always looking for submissions. You might want to post a link to any students in your department that are looking to publish.
Table of Contents: INTERVIEWS• Christian Bök • China Miéville • ESSAYS • A Retroactive Manifesto for Late-Twentieth Century Pop Music • The Concept Is Interesting • Time, Space, and the Ghosts of Form: Giorgio de Chirico’s Hebdomeros • CREATIVE • Rachel Abramowitz – Four Poems • Ian Pindar – Four Po...

Issue two here

Saturday, 10 September 2011

MediaCityUK LinkedIn

Message from Mark Whitfield:

Hello at the University of Salford,

Prior to the first students arriving at MediaCityUK University of Salford on October 4th, here is a quick reminder of the MediaCityUK LinkedIn community now at nearly 7000 members. 

Here is the link to the free MediaCityUK ITV BBC North UoS LinkedIn group where media members post the latest photos, news, discussions, comments, movies, jobs (ITV 2012 apprenticeships just announced) etc. about the development... spread and forward the word... We have nearly 7,000 members to date (many UoS, ITV and BBC staff included) and local academic and media professionals.

We are the largest internet discussion forum for this Media Hub in Greater Manchester and are growing by 80 - 100 members a week.

Best Regards
(MediaCityUK timeline of 16,000+ photos since May 2007)

Friday, 9 September 2011

Salford's "Extremity and Excess" conference --- pics

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Lydia Brammer (Oxford Brookes), Richard Whitby (London Consortium), Hiu M Chan, with watermelon (University College London) and Laura Wilson (University of Manchester): Visual Extremity panel --- torture porn and tentacle sex, reading auteur theory pace Kenneth Anger, watermelons and/as genitalia, and new lexicons of extremity and excess

Salford's Professor Erik Knudsen chairs post-keynote discussion with Dr Xavier Mendik (director of Cine-Excess Film Festival), who presented his new documentary on Dario Argento ("Fear at 400 Degrees"): knowledge transfer, DVD extras, and the ideological contexts of Suspiria

Salford PGR Elinor Taylor, one of the conference's convenors

Benjamin J Raymond (Villanova University) and Daisy Garofalo (The Shakespeare Institute), with Multiples panel chair, Salford's Dr Yu-Wei Lin --- phallic uncertainty in Wilde, and the changing idea of twins from Shakespeare to the early modern era; cloning as reproducing ancient fears of the evil other?

Patrick Wright (Manchester Met): "Critical Intimacy: Lowry's Seascapes and the Art of Ekphrasis" -- the painting as psychoanalysing the viewer
Prof Joanna Hodge's keynote - "Varieties of Excess": Intruders and heart operations

Salford PGR and conference co-convenor Joseph Darlington (right). Greg Bevan and Daniel Cookney also co-convened.

On the REF and the variety of outputs possible: research, documentary, critical writing...

Poster contribution, and the artist Marc Boward (University of Derby) in person. (With apologies to Barthes and Foucault...)

Islington Mill positions vacant

We are looking in the next few months to hire people with skills in Bar Management, Arts Administration and Management PA. These jobs will be advertised on our news page so keep an eye out for updates on there. If you would like to register your interest in these roles then simply email us at

Academic writing courses for Postgrad Researchers

(This one is for Salford Uni PGRs only) --

Are you interested in improving your academic writing?

Dr Carson Bergstrom is running a ‘Wordscope’ course for PhD students, starting on Monday 26 September at 11:00 – 12:30 and running for 10 consecutive weeks. These will take place in Newton Building room 238/9

In each 90 minute workshop, participants undertake writing exercises so as to can experience an immediate “hands-on” application of new skills. Students are also asked to undertake short homework assignments, and receive detailed feedback from course tutors on these exercises. The first workshop introduces two key concepts: the complete sentence and the importance of writing consciously. After that, each workshop builds on previous ones, the level of complexity and sophistication increasing as the programme proceeds.

If you are interested in attending, please confirm your place by emailing Please state that you are a postgraduate researcher and that you are interested in the Monday course at 11 – 12.30.

Please note, this course is aimed at researchers whose first language is English. If you speak English as a foreign language and are interested in improving your writing, you can make use of the ‘English for Academic Purposes’ programme (see for more details)

Please keep an eye on the Postgraduate Studies website for more details of forthcoming research training – the full 2011 – 2012 will be available online very soon!

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

MMP PGR conference: Extremity and Excess --- programme

Schedule: Extremity and Excess, 8-9th September 2011

Location - Old Fire Station, Salford

September 8th

9-9.45 AM
Registration, Coffee & Welcome
(Prof Brian Longhurst)

10-11.30 AM
Panel 1: Digital

Panel 2: Spectacle


Keynote: Professor Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway.
“Extremity & Kitsch”.
Chair: Prof. Antony Rowland


Panel 3: Social
Panel 4: Literature

Panel 1: Digital

Patrick Scott (Carleton University): Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam, baked beans, Spam, Spam, Spam and Spam: Spam as Communicative Excess.

Marc Bosward  (University of Derby) Manifest Destiny.

Rob Gallagher (London Consortium): Larger than Life: Morbidity, Megapixels & the Digital Body.

Panel 2: Spectacle

Michael Heitkemper-Yates (University of Edinburgh). Towards the Threshold of Experience: Myth, Mode, and Postmodern High Irony.

Daniel Cookney (University of Salford). The Robots and Showroom Dummies: Stealth versus Spectacle.

Rory Harron (Glasgow School of Art). Exodus

Panel 3: Social

Guy Woolnough (Keele University). “I saw the defendant on Brough Hill. His movements were suspicious” How the Police in Victorian Cumbria Identified and Dealt with Problems.

Will Jackson (University of Salford). Counter Extremism Strategy and The Politics of Security.

Luis Rodrigues (University of York). Anarcho-multiculturalism in Education.

Panel 4: Literature

Nages Montakhabi (Shahid Beheshti University). Jeanette Winterson’s The Passion  

Erin Whitcroft (University of Exeter). Hysterical Poetics: Chatteron’s excessive desire for a ‘real’ world of words

Victoria O’Neill (Keele University). Isaak Babel’s Red Cavalry

September 9th


Panel 5: Cinema

Keynote: Professor Joanna Hodge, MMU.
“Varieties of Excess”.
Chair: Elinor Taylor


Panel 6 Visual
Panel 7 Multiples
Keynote/ Screening:
Xavier Mendik.
Chair: Prof Erik Knudsen

Panel 5: Cinema

Hiu M Chan (University College London): Watermelon Sex: Imagining Sexual Extremity In the Wayward Cloud.  

Lydia Brammer (Oxford Brookes University). Ero-Guro and Contemporary Japanese Cinema

Richard Whitby (London Consortium). Excessive Expenditure in Illusion City

Laura Wilson (University of Manchester) The Language of Extremity and Excess.

Panel 6: Visual

Patrick Wright: Critical Intimacy: Lowry’s Seascapes and the Art of Ekphrasis.

Asmita Sarkar (Gray’s School of Art): Excesses of Expression in Visual Culture; the Norm and Anomalies

Patrick Holden (London Consortium): On "Absolutely Raping" Giotto; or, what Duchamp's not been saying about our femmes de chambre.

Panel 7: Multiples

Benjamin J. Raymond (Villanova University). Between Critics: Dorian Gray and the Phallosocial Intellect.

Daisy Garofalo (the Shakespeare Institute). Shakespeare’s Twins.

Gonçalo Cholant (University de Coimbra). Curious notes in the margin of the private mind: Virginia Woolf’s “Monday or Tuesday”, écriture féminine and stream of consciousness.

Lines of Flight: Everyday resistance along England’s backbone

A film by Sal Brown and Martin Wood
Tuesday, October 11 · 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Manchester Lecture Theatre, All Saints Building, Oxford Rd


Insightful with a little frisson of fear, Lines of Flight invokes the connection between industrial towns and the barren wilderness of the northern English Pennines. Incorporating Deleuzian concepts of smooth and striated space and deterritorialisation, the film counterpoises our world of mass-culture with the captivating experience of free solo rock climbing.
The screening will be preceded by a presentation from one of the directors of the film, Martin Wood, who will be discussing the film with particular reference to its Deleuzian influences.

After the film, Martin will be taking part in a short interview with a fellow climbing enthusiast, and then taking questions from the audience. The aim of the event is to bring together Deleuze, film and outdoor enthusiasts to explore the conjunctions and ideas brought together in the film. The event will also be filmed for future inclusion in the MMU Deleuze Studies journal, Actual/Virtual.

The full programme of activities is as follows:
7.15pm – Presentation by Martin Wood
7.35pm – Film screening
8.00pm – Interview
8.20pm – Questions from the audience
8.40pm – Move to Sandbar for further informal discussion

This event is an exciting opportunity to experience the thrill of free climbing and the intellectual stimulation of philosophy combined. Featuring footage of stunning regional scenery and climbing classics such as The File, Flying Buttress Direct, Demon Rib, Western Front and Wellington Crack, the event is open to all and should appeal to anyone interested in the north of England, the city versus the country and what freedom means in the modern world.

“really beautiful…gets into what climbing is all about” – Graham Hoey
“A film for any thoughtful person, whether you climb or not” – Reel Earth
International Film Festival Award Winner

Organised in conjunction with:
MMU Deleuze Studies:

2 x Anthony Burgess Foundation events

PN Review: a celebration
September 8, 5:30 pm

Free, no booking required

PN Review, the highly-respected journal of new poems in English and in translation, interviews, news, essays, reviews and reports from around the world, has reached its 200th edition. We're delighted to welcome Carcanet Press for an evening of discussion, debate, provocation and poetry to celebrate this magnificent milestone. Including Patrick McGuinness, Booker-prize longlisted author, lecturing on Donald Davie and the editing of PN Review; a discussion about poetry magazine publishing now and in the future, chaired by John McAuliffe (Manchester Review) and featuring panel members Rory Waterman (New Walk), Carol Rumens (Guardian) and James Byrne (The Wolf); and poetry readings by Tara Bergin and Jeffrey Wainwright. Drinks at 5.30pm for 6pm lecture.

Performance: poetry, dance, sound and installation

September 25, 4:00 pm

Free, no booking required

A new collaborative work by Gavin Osborn, Jennifer-Lynn Crawford and Lisa Gorton, tracery web of movements tracery weaves dance, sound, text and installation art together to explore relationships between art forms, performers, spaces and audiences. Each performance will begin with an introduction to ideas behind the work and end with a Q&A with the performers. Rehearsals can be observed from 2pm before the event starts at 4pm.

Poetry: Other Room 28

September 26, 7:00 pm

Free; booking advised

We're delighted to welcome The Other Room, who present Phil Hall, Vanessa Place, and Alan Halsey and Mick Beck performing poems by Hugo Ball.

Vanessa Place writes poetry, prose and art criticism; she is also a criminal lawyer and co-director of Les Figues Press. Her most recent work is available in French as Exposé des Faits, and in English as Statement of Facts, Statement of the Case, and Argument (Blanc Press 2010-2011). A work of non-fiction, The Guilt Project: Rape, Morality and Law, was published by Other Press in 2010 and Notes on Conceptualisms, with Robert M. Fitterman, by Ugly Duckling Press in 2009.

Phil Hall is a Canadian poet whose work has been nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize (2006) & the Governor General's Award (2001). His most recent books of poems are The Little Seamstress (2010) and Killdeer (2011). Over the years, he has collected two decks of playing cards from single random cards found on the streets.

Alan Halsey and Mick Beck will perform their arrangements of the sound poems Hugo Ball wrote for the Cabaret Voltaire in 1916. In all his work Halsey's 'strategy is to subvert our expectations of poetry, to make us look at the moon from the dark side' (Ian Seed). Beck's uninhibited versatile tenor sax and his pioneering work with the under-used bassoon add a startling emotional dimension to Ball's 'verse without words'.