Friday, 20 December 2013

Welcome event for New PGRs 3/2: Full programme.

University PGR Induction Programme – 2013-2014
3rd February 2014 – Conference Room - Clifford Whitworth Bldg

2PM - 4:30PM

1. Welcome
Dr George Baxter
Director, Research & Innovation
2.00 – 2.15

2. Introduction to Regulations / timescales / handbook in the form of a talk through the ‘Salford S’
Dr Alison Brettle
PGR Co-ordinator
College of Health and Social Care
2.15 – 2.45

3. Overview of the Supervisory Relationship and PGR support within the College
Dr Alison Brettle
PGR Co-ordinator
College of Health and Social Care
2.45 – 2.55

4. Introduction to SPoRT Training
Janet Lloyd
Head of Academic Development
2.55 – 3.10
Break – 3.10 – 3.20 - 10 Minutes

5. Library & Library Facilities & 24hr PGR Facility
Helen McEvoy
Academic Support Manager (Research), The Library
3.20 – 3.40

6. Student Life Support
Lawrence Perrins – Head of Student Communication & Induction - Student Life
3.40 – 3.55

7. Students’ Union
Jasmine Pokuaa
SU Vice President
3.55 – 4.05

8. Q & A with current/recent students
Current PGR Students from all Colleges
4.05 – 4.20

9. SA UKBA Compliance Team
Laura Dixon – Student Administration

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

What's To be Done with Slang (talk 11/12)

Date: Wednesday 11th December, 2013
Location: Room 2.20, MediaCityUK
Time: 4.00-5.30pm
What's To be Done with Slang: The Counter-Language in the Age of the Internet

Jonathon Green, christened by the author Martin Amis 'Mr Slang', is the world's leading lexicographer of English-language slang. His most recent work, Green's Dictionary of Slang, appeared in the UK in 2010 and won America's Dartmouth Prize for the best reference work of 2011. The dictionary runs to 6,200 pages, and offers over 110,000 slang words and phrases. Since then he has continued to research and over 20% of the book has been changed, improved, corrected and otherwise brought up to date. The work continues. Other language-related books include the Chambers Slang Dictionary (2008), Slang Down the Ages (1993) and Chasing the Sun, a history of lexicography. Language! The Story of Slang will appear in 2014 as will Odd Job Man: Some Confessions of a Slang Lexicographer.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Grad Prog talks (5/12): Design Research Impact // Accelerationism in the Present Moment

Thursday 5 December, Media City Room 2.20

Internal Speaker: Mik Pienazek (Design); 3-4pm.

Three Themes of Impactful Research in Design
This presentation will present a number of successful research projects in the field of design:
1.                  SME Innovation strategies: with reference to graduate business start ups
2.                  Co-design as a strategy for advocacy, representation and inclusion of marginalised groups
3.                  Future 'assisted living' scenarios: with reference to the applications of ambient technology
Each of the research themes have been driven by a rigorous process and disparate methodologies. In addition, the 3 themes have achieved quantifiable impact relative to user groups, enterprises and curriculum.  


External Speaker: Benjamin Noys (University of Chichester); 4-5pm.

Days of Phuture Past: Accelerationism in the Present Moment

The claim of accelerationism is to a dynamism that can break the stasis of the present. In classical accelerationism – the work of Nick Land – this dynamism was located in the fettered forces of capitalist deterritorialization, which had been unlocked and realized in a virtual future. In the retooled forms of contemporary accelerationism dynamism is located in the epistemological possibilities of rational inhumanism, Promethean politics of maximal mastery, and sociotechnological hegemony. I dispute that this accelerationism can truly grasp the present moment. Poised between images of past encrypted dynamisms and future realized dynamisms the present moment is missing. This occlusion detaches claims of epistemic acceleration from any referent. Contemporary accelerationism cannot grasp the political and technical compositions of capital, including how the so-called “forces of production” are bound-up with “relations of production” and so “moulded” by capitalism (Panzieri). While true to a certain Marx, the resulting exaltation of a metaphysics of forces (political, economic, aesthetic, and epistemic) is nothing but an exultation without an existent object.

Benjamin Noys (Bsc, MA, Dphil) is Reader in English at the University of Chichester, and the author of Georges Bataille: A Critical Introduction (Pluto 2000), The Culture of Death (Berg 2005), The Persistence of the Negative: A Critique of Contemporary Theory (Edinburgh University Press 2010), and editor of Communization and its Discontents (Minor Compositions 2011). Benjamin has published widely in contemporary theory, aesthetics, psychoanalysis, film, literature and cultural politics. He is on the editorial boards of Film-Philosophy, S: Journal of the Jan Van Eyck Circle for Lacanian Ideology Critique, and Anarchist Developments in Cultural Studies, and is also a corresponding editor of Historical Materialism. He directs the interdisciplinary Theory Research Group at the University of Chichester (