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Friday, 30 March 2012

Plus ca change!

The Art Design Media Higher Education Academy Subject Centre, based at the University of Brighton, has been in a period of transition since 1 August 2011 and our funding from the HEA ends on 31 March 2012. 

As from Monday, 2 April, a small team in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Brighton (Jenny Embleton, Debbie Flint and Stephen Mallinder) will endeavour to maintain the network of colleagues in art, design and media higher education through quarterly publication of Networks and regular publication of news updates from the sector on this blog. 
We are currently very busy preparing Networks issue 17, due to be published in April. 
As you will know we are also organising Drawing on All Resources, developing open educational practice in art, design and media at the University of Brighton, on 16 May 2012; we hope to see you there!
We look forward to continuing working with you, please contact us if you would like us to disseminate news items that relate to teaching and learning in art, design or media higher education. See About us for more information.

FROM THE ARCHIVE - Finding your ‘voice’ as postgraduate tutor: Some thoughts and provocations

Finding your ‘voice’ as postgraduate tutor: Some thoughts and provocations 
Lauren Anderson and Kerstin Leder, Aberystwyth University

In this article, published under the ‘Student Voice’ section of Networks magazine, Lauren Anderson and Kerstin Leder, who were doctoral students at the time, discuss the issues facing postgraduates who teach within the media studies context, including negotiating a complex, threefold identity as students, researchers, and teachers.

Published in Summer 2008: Networks, Issue 4, pp. 22 - 24.

To access the article

CALL - for papers to student-led symposium

Practice Makes Perfect: theorising method in visual research
Swansea Metropolitan University
6 - 7 September 2012

Deadline for abstract proposals: 31 May 2012

This two-day, student-led, symposium will bring together post-graduate, post-doctoral and independent researchers to present and debate the issue of methodology in practice-based and practice-led research in art and design. This is an opportunity to theorise methods within a methodological framework in order to generate dialogues and synthesise potential models that move the debate forward. To contribute to this they hope to publish papers from the symposium in a peer-reviewed publication.



EVENT - Equality and diversity in the curriculum in Scotland: Embedding your changes and making them sustainable
Stevenson College, Bankhead Avenue, Edinburgh
24 April 2012

This workshop, organised by Scotland's Colleges, the Higher Education Academy and the Equality Practitioners’ Network in association with the Scottish Funding Council, will build upon an existing three year programme of work examining equality and diversity in the curriculum in Scotland. In Scotland every institution in further and higher education must acknowledge and accommodate the diversity of students and staff.
EVENTS - HE in FE/QAA Joint Regional Workshop: Engaging with the new process for reviewing higher education in further education (RHEFE)workshops
See below for locations and dates

The revised QAA methodology for reviewing higher education in further education (RHEFE) is coming on stream in the 2013 summer term. The recent White Paper has put the student experience at the heart of the system and the QAA process and judgements will be key factors for institutions in assuring students and other stakeholders of the quality of their higher education provision. In view of these wide ranging changes in the sector, QAA and HEA are jointly delivering workshop opportunities in England for HE in FE staff to come together to engage with the revised process at an early stage. The workshops will held at:

Sheffield College
3 May 2012

Solihull College
12 June 2012

Kingston-upon-Thames College
27 June 2012

Bristol Radisson Blu
5 July 2012
EVENT - External Examiners Conference
10 May 2012

The HEA and QAA are jointly organising a conference on external examining. This will disseminate the new QAA guidance for external examiners within the UK Quality Code for Higher Education, and also the HEA external examiners handbook. Participants will be able to explore the new QAA and HEA guidance and consider the impact on their practice.  There is no charge to attend this conference.
For more information
EVENT - Widening Participation in Higher Education: A New Direction for Fair Access
Central London
15 May 2012

The Government’s White Paper, ‘Higher Education: Students at the Heart of the System’ outlines a new framework to encourage fair access, focusing on the outcomes rather than the inputs and processes, and placing greater responsibility on higher education institutions. With the Government’s radical reforms due to take effect in 2012, this symposium offers an opportunity for local widening participation practitioners, universities, FE colleges and schools to assess the impact of the latest developments in the higher education sector on fair access and the widening participation agenda. The organsiers are offering a 20% early registration discount for all bookings received by 13 April 2012.
For more information
CALL -  for submissions to the HEA/SEDA conference 2012: Open Horizons: Sharing the future
Aston Conference Centre, Birmingham
20 July 2012

Deadline for proposals:  27 April 2012

Following three years of funding from the Higher Education Academy and JISC, a wide range of programmes and projects have explored the creation, development, use and reuse of open educational resources. Globally, the open resources movement is changing polices and the development needs of staff and students alike.  This timely conference will explore answers to the question: Where next for open practice and staff development? It will feature contributions from funded projects and new directions in thinking on this exciting and challenging area of developing academic practice.

For more information

Thursday, 29 March 2012

CALL - for papers Animation Studies

Call for papers - Spring

Deadline for papers: 15 June 2012

The Society for Animation Studies members are invited to submit conference papers from conferences they participated in, especially SAS conferences past and present in the growing subject area of animation studies. Non-members are welcome to submit papers, but must join the society before an accepted paper can be published. (Membership details available at animationstudies.org).

All papers are subject to peer review and presentation; acceptance of a paper at a
conference is not a guarantee of publication. If a paper is accepted for a conference but not presented it can still be considered.

For more information:  http://journal.animationstudies.org/submission-guidelines/

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

CALL - for papers for MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2012 Conference

MeCCSA Postgraduate Network 2012 Conference
Loughborough University 
17 - 18 September 2012

Deadline for Abstracts: 15 June 2012

The Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association Postgraduate Network (MeCCSA-PGN) invites submission of abstracts for its annual postgraduate conference. 

MeCCSA is the subject association for the field of media, communication and cultural studies in UK Higher Education. The field includes film and TV production, journalism, radio, photography, creative writing, publishing, interactive media and the web. It includes higher education for media practice as well as for media studies. 

This interdisciplinary conference, sponsored by the ADM-HEA (Art Design and Media Subject Centre) and supported by the Loughborough University Graduate School, gives an opportunity to Masters and PhD students, as well as early stage postdoctoral researchers, to share their work on any topic related to the areas mentioned above. Submissions from within other disciplines in the humanities and the social sciences that engage with media, communication or cultural practices are also welcome.
In addition to panel presentations, the conference will include keynotes from prominent scholars in the field, as well as academic workshops. The organisers are happy to announce that Prof. Liesbet van Zoonen and Prof. David Buckingham have provisionally confirmed their participation in the event as keynote speakers. 

For more information:

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

CALL - for papers for workshop 'British Society on the small screen?'

British Society on the small screen? The Historian, Television and History
University of Leicester
16 June 2012 

Deadline for abstracts: 30 April 2012

Changing media platforms, most notably digitisation, have meant that written and visual material originated by British television production companies since the late-1940s are increasingly available for historical research. This workshop will discuss the implications of this for the historian in terms of research methods and enquiry, and how this affects historical understandings of the relationship between British society and the 'small screen'.

The aim of this one day workshop is to bring researchers together to discuss the specific challenges involved in researching television and writing history, to encourage social and economic historians to bring their own perspective to this highly significant, but in many ways underexplored phenomenon.

The organisers are calling for twenty minute papers from both established scholars and post-graduate students.

For more information:

CALL – for papers to Communicating Climate Change III

 – The Audience Perspective 
(Changing Climate, Changing Media & Changing Audiences)
Pre-Conference to ECREA 2012
Plato College of Higher Education, Istanbul

23 October 2012

Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2012

This event is organized by the Institute of Journalism and Communication Studies, University of Hamburg, hosted by the Plato College of Higher Education
and organized in collaboration with the ECREA thematic sections 
Audience and Reception Studies 
Science and Environment Communication

Over the past two decades global climate change has emerged as one of the most intensely researched and discussed environmental and socio-political issues. Like other disciplines, scholars from social and behavioural sciences have spent a large amount of time and resources to understand public perception, attitude and behaviour regarding climate change and related issues.

It is against this background of changing communicative landscapes that the organisers propose to re-examine climate change from the perspective of audiences and media/audience relations in both western and non-western countries. They expect that this conference will bring scholars from different scientific disciplines and geographical locations together for a critical assessment of existing knowledge of relations between climate change, communication and audiences. 

They invite scholarly contributions on the following topics, but other aspects of the overall conference theme are also welcome: 

  • Methodological approaches for studying audiences in relation to climate change within the changing communicative landscape 
  • Climate change, communication and media: what influences public perceptions and behaviour? 
  • Changing climate, changing media and changing audiences 
  • Public understanding of climate change in western and non-western countries 
  • Scientific uncertainty, risk and audience views on climate change 
  • Climate change, media and politics 

For more information

Monday, 26 March 2012

NEWS - the Paul Mellon Centre's Archive Catalogue Goes Online

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art *  has launched its archive catalogue online - revealing to a wider audience the research material compiled by some of the most significant art historians of the twentieth century.  Highlights include the papers of W.G. Constable (1887-1976) first director of the Courtauld Institute and museum director; and Sir Brinsley Ford (1908-1999) collector, art connoisseur and editor of the Burlington Magazine.  The catalogue launch is an important stage of an ongoing project to make the collections more widely available.

The Paul Mellon Centre has been acquiring archive material since 1977 and now holds twenty collections.  These consist primarily of the working papers of art historians, but also include the papers of museum directors and curators, dealers and significant individuals working in the field.

For more information:

* The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art  is an educational charity set up to promote and support the study of British art history and architecture. The Centre (which is a member of the Association of Research Institutes in Art History ARIAH) has two complementary purposes: to contribute to the understanding of British art and architecture and to act as a research centre for scholars working in this field.