Thursday, 26 April 2012

Sheila Rowbotham talk (28/4)

Location : Old Fire Station, Crescent, Salford
Start date : 28th April 2012

We are pleased to announce that socialist feminist writer and activist Sheila Rowbotham will give the third annual Frow lecture, which is entitled 'Dreamers of a new day: British and American women's alternative economic visions in the late 19th and early 20th centuries'

Sheila Rowbotham draws on her most recent book, 'Dreamers of a new day: women who Invented the twentieth century' to show the range of ideas and plans women devised for a better society. While some have entered our daily lives many are yet to be realised and are still relevant today

Sheila Rowbotham is the Eccles British Library in Residence and an Honorary Fellow at the Universities of Manchester and Bristol.
2pm, all welcome, admission free.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Haçienda 30 XXX at Manchester Photographic (2-29 May)

In May 2012, Manchester's Haçienda will be 30 years old!
As a build up to the celebrations, Manchester Photographic Gallery will be hosting

‘Haçienda 30 XXX

The Haçienda's Thirtieth Anniversary Exhibition

This exhibition will feature: rare and seldom seen FAC51 – Haçienda memorabilia from Peter Hook's private collection, an incredible model of the Haçienda interior, created by Nick Hardy and some historical photographs taken from inside the Haçienda by Ian Tilton,

Nick Hardy's incredible model of the Haçienda
Further ‘Haçienda 30 XXX celebrations will include:

X1 – Haçienda 30 @ The Haçienda Apartments Car Park

Monday 21st May 2012
To Benefit Nordoff Robbins.
Check fac51theHaç for further details
X2 – Haçienda 30 @ Sankeys

Saturday 2nd June 2012

Laurent Garnier L.B.S. Show
Justin Martin, Oli Furness & Special Guests TBA

X3 – Haçienda 30 Classics @ Sankeys

Monday 4th June 2012

ç - Graeme Park, Kevin Saunderson, Allister Whitehead, Tom Wainwright
Hot – Jon Dasilva, 808 State DJ’s, Peter Hook, Mc Tunes
Temperance Club – Dave Haslam, Dave Booth, Jason Boardman

For more information on the above three events - www.fac51theHaç /

Monday, 23 April 2012

Lady Rock / Bradford Film Festival

Two events of interest:

Manchester "Lady Rock" festival -- comedy, music, debates etc: website here

18th Bradford International Film Festival (til 29th April): website here

Sunday, 22 April 2012

TV dinners en masse?

The Spinningfields outdoor cinema programme has commenced. Take your own blanket / chair / bit of newspaper, or rent a deckchair (£2 a throw last year; entry is £1). All screenings start at 8pm on Thurs nights, and there's a bar and a number of eateries for supper.

26th April - Senna (12A)
3rd May – Romeo and Juliet (12)
10th May – Transformers (12A)
17th May – Strictly Ballroom (PG)
24th May – Labyrinth (U)
31st May – Becoming Jane (PG)
7th June – How to Marry a Millionaire (U)
14th June – Beaches (12)
21st June – Chicago (12A)
28th June – Wimbledon (12)
5th July – Big (12)
12th July – Motorcycle Diaries (15)
19th July –
[sic] Singin in The Rain (U)
26th July – Notting Hill (15)

Friday, 20 April 2012

HotchPotch Manchester

HotchPotch Manchester is a free unique monthly performance art and multi-media event held at the Thirsty Scholar and Attic (Oxford Road), organised to promote some of the most diverse talent within Manchester. It is for everyone who is interested in improving and developing knowledge about visual art, live performance, film and music. HotchPotch provides a platform for all kinds of budding and established artists as well as offering audiences something completely fresh, eclectic and exciting.

We're continuously looking for artists to participate for future events so if you feel that you could be part of HotchPotch Manchester, get in touch! So far we've exhibited music, poetry, comedy, theatre, photography, installation art, workshops, dance and film. We literally are looking for all creative acts. Or you could just come along and see the work.
Best regards,

Sophie Labrey
HotchPotch Manchester

MMP Grad Prog talk this Weds: "The 'C' is for Christ: The Beatles, Arthur Unger and Datebook Magazine"

Professor Brian Ward:

“The ‘C’ is For Christ”: The Beatles, Arthur Unger and Datebook Magazine

While much has been written on the “more popular than Jesus” controversy which engulfed the Beatles in 1966 during their final US tour, little attention has been paid to Arthur Unger, the man whose decision to re-print an English interview with John Lennon in his magazine Datebook sparked the furore. This talk explains that, contrary to conventional wisdom, Datebook was not a typical teen magazine, but a vehicle for the progressive politics of its publisher-editor Unger who had been using it for years to expose various kinds of intolerance and bigotry to American teens. Moreover, the Beatles had known Unger and supported his magazine's covert politics long before 1966. Indeed, far from cynically ripping Lennon's quote on religion—and an equally important one from Paul McCartney on racism—out of context and without permission to make a quick profit, it was the band’s own management which initially encouraged Unger to use the interviews. Ultimately, the argument here is that it is impossible to understand impossible to understand the genesis, evolution, or cultural significance of the “Jesus” controversy without attention to Unger.

Brian Ward is Professor of American Studies at the University of Manchester, UK, having previous taught at the Universities of Florida and Newcastle upon Tyne.

His major publications include Just My Soul Responding: Rhythm and Blues, Black Consciousness and Race Relations (Berkeley: U of California P, 1998), Radio and the Struggle for Civil Rights in the South (Gainesville: UP of Florida, 2004),
and The 1960s: A Documentary Reader (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2009).

He is just completing editorial chores on a three volume series of books devoted to new directions in the study of the American South, is just starting a book on pre-World War Two Artists and Repertoire men, and is perpetually working on a book about the relationships between the American South and the world of British popular music from Delius to the Kings of Leon.

2nd floor lecture theatre, Adelphi House, 4.10 - 5pm; Weds 25 April

MIRIAD event

Opportunities for Postgraduate Researchers and Early Career Researchers
at MIRIAD, Righton Building, 10.00 am - 5.00 pm, 23 May 2012

PARC North West is holding an exciting regional event to give PGRs, ECRs and their Supervisors the opportunity to generate a series of funded, cross-institutional events for the rest of this Academic Year. If you have an event idea already, or would like to be involved in one, this is your opportunity to develop it with your peers. These ideas can be topic or disciplinary based, specific or broad in nature, PARC North West is here to support your events.

With lunch and refreshments, the event will feature:

1) The 'Event Generator' is a creative process to develop the new events

This creative activity is based on 'Open Space Technology' to generate ideas. It is a powerful way to lead any kind of organisation in everyday practice and extraordinary change. All who participate will be able to develop their own ideas or join with others. Together we will then transform these ideas into one or more events in the coming months.

2) Introduction to what PARC NW is and what it can offer

3) Introduction to the Skills Development Programme

Designed for and by the region's students, the programme aims to support PGRs and ECRs working with non-academic partners to build their skills, expertise and networks. It will help them to identify new knowledge exchange opportunities, disseminate their research findings and enhance their long-term career potential. The programme will run between October 2012 and and September 2013, and is open to any postgraduate or early career researcher from the North West region and beyond.

Please email RSVP to, headed 'Opportunities'

Salford Sonic Fusion Festival 2012 (26/4 - 29/4)

The Music Department of the University of Salford is delighted to announce the first Salford Sonic Fusion Festival which will take place Thursday 26 April – Sunday 29 April. The intention of the festival is to bring cutting-edge international experimental contemporary music to Salford.
This is a new festival curated by University of Salford’s Head of Music Stephen Davismoon.
The festival will include seminal works by John Cage, Luciano Berio, and Cornelius Cardew, as well as works by current staff and students of the University of Salford, including Dr Alan E. Williams, Stephen Davismoon, and Jan Kopinski. Genres spanning contemporary art music to jazz and folk will be included, and audio-visual works will also be featured.
Artists from around the world will be visiting and performing at the university, so this is a wonderful opportunity to hear world-class contemporary music. For example, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, legendary jazz bassist from the USA, will be performing in Simon Best’s work Tort . Federico Sanguinetti from Italy will be here to perform the narrator’s role in Berio’s Laborintus II, which will be conducted by Marco Visconti-Prasca, also from Italy. Lithuanian concert pianist Lauryna Šablevičiute will be performing a John Cage portrait concert on Sunday night.

Thursday 26th April
Evening concert: Listening Cities
Featuring works by artists from Italy, Greece, France, Austria and Salford.
Start: 7:30pm
Venue: MediaCityUK 0.11 Digital Performance Lab
Later Event: Audio-visual works I
Music with digital systems
Start: 10:30pm
Venue: MediaCityUK 0.11 Digital Performance Lab

Friday 27th April
Evening Concert: Cornelius Cardew’s Treatise
Featuring the virtuoso flautist Richard Craid and clarinetist Alex South
Start: 7:30pm
Venue: MediaCityUK 0.11 Digital Performance Lab
Later event: Jan Kopinski “Mirrors”
With his jazz ensemble, Jan Kopinski will perform his latest work ‘Mirrors’ currently gaining considerable press coverage and awards.
Start: 10:30pm
Venue: MediaCityUK

Saturday 28th April
Evening Concert: University of Salford Sinfonietta & guests
Performance of Luciano Berio’s Laborintus II and Simon Best’s Tort, by the University of Salford Sinfonietta featuring students from UoS along with national and international artists.
Conducted by Marco-Visconti Prasca; Featuring ‘soloists’ Jamaladeen Tacuma (internationally acclaimed jazz bassist) and Federico Sanguinetti (son of the famous Italian poet Edoardo Sanguinetti who composed the text for Berio’s work), who will narrate his father’s text, for the first time in the UK.
Start: 7:30pm
Venue: Maxwell Hall, Salford University
Later Event: Audio-visual works II
Including improvised music with digital systems and a presentation of Kelman Stories featuring the actor Gordon Munro.
Start: 10:30pm
Venue: Lower Maxwell Hall, Salford University

Sunday 29th April
Evening Concert: John Cage Centenary
Featuring pianist Lauryna Šablevičiute, who will present works by Cage interspersed with works by Mozart (often referred to by Cage as a favourite composer of his from the past).
Start: 7:30pm
Venue: Maxwell Hall, Salford University
Later event: Adelphi Contemporary Music Group concert
A concert involving music students from the University of Salford in the Adelphi Contemporary Music Group – the programme will feature several surprising works by Cage.
Start: 10:30pm
Venue: Islington Mill
All events are free. To register, please visit

Monday, 16 April 2012

Creative Hive Live 29 May

Just a quick note to tell you that the programme for Creative Hive Live 29 May (2pm – 9pm) is now live at:
The event is a celebration of storytelling, media, music, performance, art, design and technology from the University and beyond. There will be wine tasting and a chance for free meals for you and your friends at Wagamama next door to the space. The event has an afternoon and an evening session and is free to attend for anyone that registers at:

Friday, 13 April 2012

CfP: Feminist Critical Analysis

Call for Applications for the upcoming Feminist Critical Analysis course, which will take place in Dubrovnik (Croatia) from May 28 to June 1. Note that the extended deadline is April 28, but we urge you to apply as soon as possible.

We would also like to draw your attention to the stipends offered to doctoral/PhD students by the Inter-University Center in Dubrovnik. You can find more information here:

Center for Gender Studies Jove Ilića 165 11000 Belgrade


Feminist Critical Analysis
Inter-University Center (IUC), Dubrovnik
May 28th to June 1st, 2012

The Center for Gender and Politics of the Belgrade University (Political Science Department), Womens and Gender Studies at Rutgers of the State University of New Jersey, and the Department of Gender Studies of the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest are pleased to announce the next annual postgraduate course in

Feminist Critical Analysis: Science, Bodies and the New Materialism.

The course will be held at the Inter-University Centre, Dubrovnik ( from May 28 to June 1 (2012).

The course is co-directed by Dasa Duhacek, Center for Gender and Politics, University of Belgrade, Ethel Brooks, Womens and Gender Studies Department, Rutgers University and Anna Loutfi, Gender Studies Department, Central European University (CEU).

The course is built on the intellectual dialogue among a diverse body of scholars from different geographical locations and the participating faculty is drawn from different universities.


The seminar invites discussion of a key issue currently bringing together disciplines from across the humanities, social, physical and life sciences: the nature of materiality. What are the significant philosophical and theoretical contributions to materialism, past and present? Why does it become necessary for political or social theory to engage with particular ideas of materialism or materiality at certain historical junctures? What does it mean to speak of the social, cultural, political and historical meanings of natural or material concepts? How might the natural sciences incorporate social theories of ontology and agency, and how might the social sciences incorporate issues around materiality as they surface in, say, neurobiology or physics? How can knowledge help situate and make sense of embodiment and lived experience? We encourage explorations of ecological frameworks that challenge reductionist, mechanistic, and exclusively molecular approaches to life and living systems. We encourage reading and debate around the work of contemporary thinkers in the fields of biopolitics who interrogate the politics of life itself? (e.g.Giorgio Agamben). We also invite discussion around the work of the new materialists. This is a rich field that takes on a wide range of modern philosophical traditions. These include, but are not confined to, vitalistic theories (e.g.Henri Bergson, Gilles Deleuze), neo-Marxian materialisms (Bourdieu, Balibar), phenomenological accounts of agency and materiality (Merleau-Ponty, Heidegger), theories of psychic power as a materialist force in the world (Nietzsche, Freud), feminist re-engagements with materiality, lived experience and biology (Moira Gatens, Elizabeth Wilson, Coole and Frost, Elizabeth Grosz), as well as social scientific investigations of problems in the neurosciences, such as the problem of consciousness or the mind-brain relation (Fernando Vidal).


IUC courses are conducted at a postgraduate level. All postgraduate students interested in the topic may apply for participation. Participants should seek funds from their own institutions to cover travel and accommodation costs. Limited financial support is available for participants from Central and Eastern Europe. All meetings are conducted in English.


A short narrative (up to 250 words) explaining your interest in the topic and your C.V. with your current complete contact information should be submitted by e-mail;

Final deadline for applications is April 28, 2012

Please send your applications to the Center for Gender and Politics University of Belgrade, Faculty of Political Sciences, at with Dubrovnik 2012 in the subject heading.

Proposals are now invited for Hazard 2012

Deadline 6pm Friday 31 May 2012:
Hazard 2012 – Saturday 21 July 2012 – Manchester City Centre

Presented by Word of Warning, produced by hÅb and Larkin’ About in collaboration with the participating artists.

A micro-festival of incidental intervention and sited performance, with a hint of mischief! Chance encounters and random occurrences… cheeky, thought-provoking and sometimes raunchy sprees of eccentricity…

In a 2012 Britain, seemingly obsessed with the notion of games and playing, Manchester’s unique micro-festival of all things bizarre and mischievous returns for its fourth outing and is inviting you to come and play with the city… and to see if it will play along with you..!

So far we’ve wrapped Cathedral Gardens in fluttering hazard tape, given the image of banking a makeover, circumnavigated the city by canoe and created a wheelchair moonlanding… Look out for a flash of yellow and black to see what 2012 will bring…!

To date Hazard has produced three micro-festivals of sited performance and intervention - over 60 artists have taken to the streets of Manchester including: Action Hero, Alex Bradley, Angel Club North, Richard DeDomenici, Eggs Collective, Jordan McKenzie, Michael Pinchbeck, Mkultra, Shahram Entekhabi and the vacuum cleaner.

For a glimpse of previous city onslaughts go to

In 2012 we are seeking to do it all again, once more incorporating an outbreak of pervasive gaming courtesy of Larkin' About.

We are also looking for generous people to help support the project – so if you can spare a fiver (or more!) please have a look at our pitch here

This year we are using St. Ann’s Square as our focal hub, with projects happening in, or radiating out from there.
We are now looking for proposals for work that intervenes in public spaces, for a daytime event (12-5pm) on Saturday 21 July in Manchester City Centre.
A small honorarium/expenses is available.
For details and to submit a proposal please go to
Closing Deadline 6pm Friday 31 May 2012

Slipknot ~ Exhibition and talk: Manchester Photographic Gallery

Paul Harries is Britain’s pre-eminent photographer of rock bands who play their music at volume! Over the course of more than two decades, if a group has emerged that are loud and proud of it, chances are its members have stood in the frame of this man’s lens. Paul has amassed a portfolio that amounts to nothing less than a rock fan’s dream. From an apprenticeship served in the photo pit at London’s legendary Marquee Club, he has risen to occupy the position of leading lensman for Kerrang! magazine, the world’s best-selling music weekly. Paul has closed his shutter on such groups as Nirvana, Muse, Green Day, Metallica, AC/DC, Biffy Clyro, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Hot Chili Peppers and, of course, the mighty Slipknot.

In celebration of Paul’s work with Slipknot for over 13 years ~ we are pleased to announce that an exhibition of his incredible photographs of the band, will take place at Manchester Photographic Gallery from Friday 13th April – Wednesday 2nd May. This exhibition was first held at The Strand Gallery, London in 2011 and was both a critical and commercial success.

This is the perfect opportunity to display Paul Harries’ fascinating work that has taken him all over the world. This includes Slipknot’s hometown of Des Moines, Iowa and as far away as Australia. Over sixty photographs will be on display, including behind the scenes and previously unseen images, only possible due to the trust and respect Slipknot has for Paul, allowing him exclusive access.

‘Paul Harries ~ In Conversation’

Friday 13th April, 6pm

(2hrs Approx)

Come and see what it takes to occupy the position of a leading lensman for Kerrang! Magazine, Paul will show images and discuss his work that has span more than two decades.

This discussion will be followed by questions from the audience, and a Photographic Exhibition Book signing- Tickets £5 (Redeemable off the Photographic Exhibition book)

Tickets available - 6 Tariff Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M1 2FF - 0161 236 7224 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 0161 236 7224 end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Email:

Salford "Skills and Enrichment" programme

The Careers and Employability Service are pleased to announce an exciting 2 day workshop run by two of our Enterprise Mentors, Naomi Timperley and Ketan Makwana, who were part of this year’s Enterprise Futures event, which we co-hosted with the Universities of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan.

Skills Enrichment Programme: Enhancing Employability, Encouraging Enterprise
Monday 30th April – Tuesday 1st May, 9am-5pm
Location: Careers & Employability, University House, University of Salford

This “Skills Enrichment Programme: Enhancing Employability, Encouraging Enterprise” is a 16 hour programme in enterprise and entrepreneurship delivered by the Enterprise Lab. It includes sessions on idea generation, pitching and social media. It is delivered by Naomi Timperley who appeared on BBC’s “Dragon’s Den”, serial entrepreneur, Ketan Makwana and 2010 Future 100 “Future Young Entrepreneur” winner, Sabian Muhammad. For more information, please visit:

If you are interested in attending this event it is free to attend but places are strictly limited, attendees must book a place and only register if they can attend on both days, 9am-5pm. Please email to register your interest.

Salford's Kirsty Fairclough

Salford academic Kirsty Fairclough has established a new blog, with updates and links on her areas of expertise -- including celebrity studies, feminist theory and media, and Reality Television.

Link here

University of Salford Radical Studies Network: first two talks

Lord Heseltine to deliver next in VC’s Lecture Series

High-profile politician Lord Heseltine will be visiting the University on Thursday, 3 May, to deliver the fourth in the 2011/12 Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series entitled UK Competitiveness.

Tickets are limited and registration is recommended for the lecture, which will take place in the Lady Hale Building from 6pm.

More information / booking here

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Wall of Sounds conference (13/May)

Manchester's Band on the Wall hosts this free conference on all aspects of the popular music business. Talks and live performances; info here.

Monday, 9 April 2012

Talk: ‘New Post Study Work Visa rules for Researchers’ (8/May)

Tuesday 8th May – 2.00-3.00pm

Derwent Room, University House

Tahira Majothi, Careers Consultant and Dave Robinson, Visa Advisor

This is a additional workshop added to the SPoRT programme, in light of recent changes to the Post Study Work Visa, which came into effect in April 2012. It is aimed at international students who are interested in working or setting up a business in the UK upon completion of their PhD. Run jointly by Careers & Employability and an Specialist Visa Advisor from Student Life, this session will give a general overview of the legal framework around working in the UK. It will outline recent changes to the Post Study Work Visa rules, how they may affect you and how you can access support from services within Student Life.

To book, please use the SPoRT online booking system:

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Benjamin Halligan on Michael Reeves

Salford's Dr Benjamin Halligan will be at the BFI Southbank this Thursday night, introducing two films from the subject of his 2003 critical biography, "Michael Reeves" (Manchester Uni Press, 2003): a rare early short, "Intrusion", and a classic of Swinging London horror, "The Sorcerers" (with Boris Karloff, Ian Ogilvy and Susan George). Tickets via here and trailer here