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Would you like your story to be told?
Research students from ENCAP are running a workshop on community storytelling in collaboration with Butetown History and Arts Centre on Saturday 1st June, 10am – 3:30pm. The workshop’s theme is journeys & migration, with participants invited to come and share either their own or their family’s stories of migration with the wider world.
Participants will be encouraged to share stories using images and objects, and stories from the day will be captured and compiled into a ‘virtual book’ after the event and stored on the Travellers' Tales blog. The first part of the day will be spent story telling and learning about the research behind the project. After lunch, participants will get the opportunity to work creatively with visual artists and researchers to re-tell and record their stories.
Places are free and we will be able to cover travel expenses and provide lunch for people willing to share their stories with us. However, as places are limited, please get in touch with us to book a place.
If you’d like to find out more about the project or take part in it, get in touch with us through our website at www.travellerstalesbutetown.wordpress.com, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop is supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of ENCAP‘s Collaborative Skills Development programme.
The Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP)
Applications are invited for an eight-week research assistant post under the CUROP scheme. The successful applicant will work on a project called Stories of South Asian Settlement in Cardiff from the 1950s to the 1980s.
The project is to record on audio 8 oral history life stories of Cardiff people from South Asian Sikh, Muslim and Hindu backgrounds and combining these with family photos to create a digital exhibition. The focus will be on first generation settlers. Interviewees will include women and men.
Partitions: What are they good for?
The School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University and the School of English, University of St Andrews are delighted to announce the launch of an AHRC funded research network on comparative partitions. This is an international research network comprising cutting-edge, interdisciplinary and comparative research on political partitions across a wide historical and geographical span. For more information, and to join the network, please visit: http://www.partitions-net.com or email email@example.com
Nominees for the Enriching Student Life Awards Announced
Congratulations to Ellen Chistopher who has been nominated for the Most Helpful Member of Staff award. Congratulations also to Professor Martin Coyle on his nomination for the Most Effective Member of Staff in the annual Enriching Student Life Awards 2013.
Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes
This month, the University of Wales Press publishes an exciting new collection which reconsiders and rereads the significance of location in crime fiction.
Crime Fiction in the City: Capital Crimes, edited by Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps, expands upon previous studies of the urban space and crime by reflecting on the treatment of the capital city, a repository of authority, national identity and culture, within crime fiction.
The latest volume published in the European Crime Fictions series, this wide-ranging collection looks at capital cities across Europe, from the more traditional centres of power – Paris, Rome and London – to Europe’s most northern capital, Stockholm. Importantly, the focus is not just on the capital cities which have long been associated with the genre, but it also considers on cities such as Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin, which are more immediately concerned with emerging national identities.
The texts under consideration span the nineteenth-century city mysteries to contemporary populist crime fiction. The collection opens with a reflective essay by Ian Rankin and aims to inaugurate a dialogue between Anglophone and European crime writing; to explore the marginalised works of Irish and Welsh writers alongside established European crime writers and to interrogate the relationship between fact and fiction, creativity and criticism, within the crime genre.
Appealing to academics and non-academics with an interest in crime fiction, the collection has both academic rigour and popular appeal.
Lucy Andrew and Catherine Phelps are PhD students and postgraduate tutors at Cardiff University.
University praised for homework club support
The Children’s Commissioner for Wales has praised the work of University students in supporting a local community homework club.
Established by Adamsdown Communities First and the Adamsdown African Association, the club sees University students support and encourage children with their homework, exam preparation and other learning activities.
It aims to raise attainment and achievement with students in inner city schools and colleges, in particular children from families who have little or no history of going to university.
Ben Ford, a Cardiff University second year English Language and Philosophy student who is involved in the homework club said: "Having come from a widening access background, in a school with a difficult catchment area far from a university, extracurricular one-to-one help would have been a great help in encouraging unconfident children to persist academically and achieve their potential.
Professor Christopher Norris - Enigma Variations
Enigma Variations is to appear as part of a volume of philosophically themed verse-essays by Professor Norris, in mid-to-late 2013, from the University of Manila Press.
Professor Katie Gramich’s new co edited book with Kirsti Bohata Rediscovering Margiad Evans: Marginality, Gender and Illness will be available via University of Wales Press from April 2013.
Margiad Evans (1909–58) was an outstanding writer of the Welsh borderlands whose work was widely admired during her lifetime. She wrote novels, short stories, poetry, and autobiographical works of great originality and nuance. Her life was transformed in later years by epilepsy, followed by the diagnosis of a brain tumour that led to her early death. This major volume of essays sets out to rediscover the extraordinary work of Margiad Evans, from her use of folktale and the Gothic to the influence of her epilepsy on her creative work.
Richard III: “To Prove a Villain” by Michael Goodman
Shakespeare: the discovery of the bones of Richard III. This post is by Michael Goodman, a Cardiff PhD student, and the blog is run by another Cardiff PhD student Johann Gregory.
Drawing on Cardiff Research
A Cardiff academic’s research expertise in the educational use of comics has been used to help cut the spread of HIV/Aids in South Africa.
Whizzkids United (WU) is a small South African charity that educates teenagers about HIV/Aids. Using research by Dr Lisa El Refaie from the University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy on the educational uses of cartoon and comics, the charity has developed a new training programme where teenagers engage in drawing comics as a means of developing life skills and educating peers.
“My research has found that cartoons offer a good way of helping people grasp complex information and engage with different points of view,” said Dr El Refaie.
Recognising Academic Excellence
One of the University’s leading social scientists has been awarded one of the highest accolades in his field.
Professor Srikant Sarangi from the School of English, Communication and Philosophy has been appointed Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences for his outstanding contribution to the field of social sciences.
As an Academician Professor Sarangi will help support the Academy’s mission of promoting social sciences for the public benefit by helping to respond to Government consultations on behalf of the social science community, organise events and seminars and sponsor a number of schemes that promote the subject area.
The book offers a long overdue assessment of the key conventions, formal properties, and narrative patterns of this fascinating genre. The book considers eighty-five works of North American and European provenance, works that cover a broad range of subject matters and employ many different artistic styles.
Dr Melanie Bigold’s new book Women of Letters, Manuscript Circulation, and Print Afterlives in the Eighteenth Century: Elizabeth Rowe, Catharine Cockburn and Elizabeth Carter, tells the stories of these women's writing lives: the social and literary contexts which shaped their allegiance to manuscript circulation; the histories of their successful as well as failed forays into print; and their agency and/or diffidence in regards to their public careers. At the same time, the work also broaches larger thematic issues: the degree and significance of women's involvement in the English republic of letters—particularly in relation to their relevance and engagement in contemporary debates within Christianity; the evidence for a more robust climate of manuscript circulation in the long eighteenth century; and reception history—specifically the notion of print afterlives and the critical tradition.
Written Word in the Digital Age
An electronic street game based on characters from the Gothic thriller Jekyll and Hyde, where players will be wired up to bio-sensors, is one of three Cardiff projects to be funded by REACT, the Bristol-based creative economy knowledge exchange hub.
All three projects take innovative, digital approaches to engagement based upon the written word. Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the projects champion knowledge exchange, cultural experimentation and the development of innovative digital technologies in the creative economy.
Jekyll 2.0 sees Dr Anthony Mandal of the School of English, Communication and Philosophy working with games company SlingShot to produce a pervasive media adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde, using participants’ bio-data to shape a live game experience. Pervasive media use sensors, mobile and wireless networks to bring audiences content that’s sensitive to their situation – which could be where they are, how they feel, or who they are with. Dr Mandal is a leading expert in Stevenson’s work and in Gothic literature generally.
Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory
'Narrow Gates, Strait Ways: The Postmodern Sacred and the Icon'
Centre for Language and Communication Research
‘The Development of Reading Strategies: a longitudinal study on Chinese international Master's students’
‘Ideas of Books and Reading in English Literature, 1880 – 1914’
'Virginity and the Patristic Tradition; Spenser's Faerie Queene and the Reformation'
‘Avalon Recovered: The Arthurian Legend in British Women’s Writing, 1775-1845’
‘The Making and Remaking of History in Shakespeare’s History Plays’
Sustainable Development and Environmentalism: An Ethical Framework for Policy Decision Making in Developing Countries with special reference to Bangladesh
Congratulations to Dr Heather Worthington winner of the Excellence in Teaching award 2012.
Dr Heather Worthington is described as “a striking example of that modest dedication that so often goes unnoticed in large organisations, except by the students who value her support, encouragement, patience, help, advice, availability, sensitivity and her ability to turn their often ordinary ideas into inspirational enthusiasm”.
Heather’s English Literature modules, especially Children’s Literature and Crime Fiction, are unfailingly popular and successful. Their popularity is evidenced by the number of dissertations she is called upon to supervise; their research integrity by the linkage between her work on Crime Fiction and its research group (CNIC), but also by her successful PhD students who are getting published either in book or article form.
Another sign of her excellence is the Learning to Teach project and its resulting module for postgraduate tutors in the School. Developed out of her own Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning experience, the module helps tutors to develop their professional skills and understanding, giving them not only Higher Education Academy status but also the high quality training they will need to compete in the academic jobs market. At the HEA validation exercise it was clear that this stood out from the other universities for its sophistication and practicality.
The special features of Heather’s relationships with students are her emphasis on the individual; her unfailing support of students with difficulties, often personal and requiring the sort of insight only someone of exceptional calibre can possess; and for many years providing a focus and point of contact for the many women students in English Literature. Heather came late into the profession, initially on a part-time contract, and so provides a role model for mature-aged students in so many ways.
“Teaching, training, tutoring, all carried out with great understanding of the value and needs of the individual in the learning process: such is the contribution of Dr Worthington and its rare excellence”.
Victorian Study Day
In May, Laura Foster, Helen Mckenzie and Michael Goodman successfully applied for a £500 community engagement award to organise a Victorian Study Day for sixth form students. They recruited twenty-two students from six Cardiff-based schools to attend the event held on 9 November in the Glamorgan Building. The event was entitled ‘Reimagining the Victorians’ and, throughout the course of the day, the students took part in four workshops that each focused on a different aspect of Victorian culture and spoke to the overall theme of representation. The students worked in two groups and, in the morning, took it in turns to go to the ASSL for a workshop led by Alison Harvey on SCOLAR’s nineteenth-century print materials. This session gave them the opportunity to see and handle original Victorian texts. The second group of students participated in a session led by Laura Foster which examined constructions of poverty in both the Victorian period and the modern day. They then swapped over with the other group for their own session in the library. After lunch, each group took part in two further workshops. Helen Mckenzie led a session on reading and consumerism, focusing on advertising and sensation fiction. Michael Goodman and Alice Hunter Rowe together led a session on Shakespearean illustration in the Victorian period. All of the students contributed well in the workshops generating lively discussions. In their evaluations forms the students commented that they very much appreciated the opportunity to attend this event and that they had gained new insights into Victorian literature and culture.
Thesis title: The development of reading strategies: a longitudinal study on Chinese international Master's students
Date Completed: October 2012.
Thesis title: Narrow gates, strait ways: the postmodern sacred and the icon
Date Completed: October 2012.
Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies 2012
Carl Phelpstead's book 'Tolkien and Wales: Language, Literature and Identity' (2011) has won the Mythopoeic Scholarship Award for Inklings Studies 2012. This prize is awarded to books on J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and/or Charles Williams published during the previous three years that make significant contributions to Inklings scholarship.
Inspiring a generation
A Cardiff student competing in the London 2012 Paralympics has secured a personal best in the final of the 100m T37 race.
Jenny McLoughlin, a student at the University’s School of English, Communication and Philosophy, raced in the final of the athletics event on Sunday 2nd September 2012, finishing 7th overall in a time of 14.48 seconds.
A member of the University’s High Performance Programme, Jenny is also competing in the T37 4x100m relay on Tuesday 4th September and the T37 200m race on Wednesday 5th September 2012.
New Translation Launches at Eisteddfod
Professor Katie Gramich launched her new translation of Kate Roberts's novel, Feet in Chains on the National Eisteddfod field on Wed, Aug 8. For more information click here for English and here for Welsh.
Peter Gyngell was recently awarded a PhD in English Literature at the age of 82. Peter, who is based in Australia, wrote his thesis about the Argentine short-story writer, essayist and poet Jorge Luis Borges. This was his second degree at Cardiff, having completed his first, a BA in Philosophy, in 1953. More information can be found in the University newsletter. A copy of the article can be found here.
Thesis title: Do patterns of ellipsis in text support systemic functional linguistics' 'context-metafunction hook-up' hypothesis? A corpus based approach.
Wales Book of the Year Awards
The School is delighted to announce that Dr Richard Gwyn, Reader in Creative Writing, won the Creative Non-Fiction award at the Wales Book of the Year awards held on 12 July 2012.
Aidan Tynan, who received his PhD from the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory and who has edited a special issue of the Journal Deleuze Studies entitled Deleuze and the Symptom, has published a new book entitled 'Deleuze's Literary Clinic: Criticism and the Politics of Symptoms'.
Dr Marcelo Svirsky, A Marie Curie Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory, in association with Simone Bignall has edited a new book ''Agamben and Colonialism'.
Is Sport for Losers?
Dr Edgar talks on sport and the media, part of the Cardiff University lecture series at the Hay Festival.
As the countdown to the Olympics continues, Cardiff University's Dr Andrew Edgar asks as part of the Cardiff University lecture series at the Hay festival, whether the reduction of sport to entertainment, and the focus on our potential medal winners, demeans sport?
Postgraduate Research Award
The School is please to announce that postgraduate researchers Laura Foster, Michael Goodman and Helen McKenzie have been awarded a £500 grant from the University’s Community Engagement Team Small Grant Scheme 2012. Their project is a day of workshops for 'A'-Level students entitled 'Reimagining the Victorians' and is a collaborative activity between postgraduate researchers in English Literature and the University’s Special Collections and Archives.
The project will comprise of a day of workshops exploring the relevance of Victorian literature and culture in the twenty-first century and the day is designed for twenty 'A'-level English Literature Students, selected from several Cardiff-based colleges and 6th forms, who will participate in a series of four 45 minute workshops. In groups of 10 the students will explore a different aspect of Victorian culture led by the postgraduate researchers. The series of workshops have been designed to challenge students in how they think about reading, texts and culture, both in the nineteenth century and today.
Dr Edgar was described as 'incredibly approachable and friendly, truly inspiring everyone he teaches with his love for the subject.'
Enriching Student Life Awards
The School is delighted to announce that Dr Andrew Edgar, Reader in Philosophy, won the 'Most Effective Teacher' award at the second of Cardiff University's annual 'Enriching Student Life Awards' event held on 23 May 2012.
The 'Enriching Student Life Awards', organised by the Cardiff University Students' Union, are an opportunity not only for students to give formal recognition to staff but for the University to endorse the dedication and ingenuity of staff and students across the University. Over two hundred nominations were received this year from students wanting to recognise the difference staff members made to their university experience and we are thrilled at Dr Edgar's success!