Thursday, 24 February 2011
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
This spring brings a theatrical explosion to Manchester, the Manchester In-Fringe Theatre Festival 2011. Nine Stunning student productions, with something for everyone; ranging from political satire with Posh Oxford Boys, fantastical new writing, mad monkeys, jazz, domestic violence, a post-apocalyptic world and everything in between. Come support the Arts and be entertained by the finest from the University of Manchester’s Drama Society.
Check out the trailer for this year's festival and come along if you like what you see...
Tickets £4.50 for students, £4.00 for Drama Society members. Tickets available from the Union box office on Oxford Road. Limited number of tickets may be available on the door. For more information visit www.umdramasoc.co.uk.
Monday, 21 February 2011
Borgia in 3D
Friday, 18 February 2011
Heritage Lottery Fund award set to transform Whitworth Art Gallery
The Whitworth Art Gallery has been awarded £8million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) towards the long-awaited extension designed by leading architects MUMA.
This development will transform the gallery - one of The University of Manchester’s best-loved cultural treasures - creating a new experience that can be shared by visitors from across the local community with those coming from further afield.
At the heart of the project is an elegant 21st-century extension that will double the size of the public space at the gallery. An art garden will be created and new main entrance will welcome visitors directly from Whitworth Park.
Images here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/whitworthartgallery/sets/72157625245684426/
PhD Studentships in Romanticism and Gender Studies
There are two studentships in English Literature; one in Romanticism, and one in Gender Studies. For further information, please visit http://www.northumbria.ac.uk/researchandconsultancy/graduateschool/prospectivepgrs/studentships/sass/
Informal enquiries can be directed to Professor Allan Ingram: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Basement Lecture Theatre, Dover Street Building
This is a reminder about the Ordinary General Meeting on the 9th March.
The purpose of this meeting is to discuss motions for Congress 2011.
The Branch Executive Committee will be proposing four motions, which can be viewed at the following link: http://www.umucu.org.uk/ucu/exec_motions_for_congress_2011_final.pdf
Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey Results
This reflects the efforts made over the past years to improve the student experience, although there is still much work to do. The University as a whole scored 77.36 overall (number one was Loughborough University scoring 84.90). The University scored particularly well on questions relating to High Quality of Staff and Lecturers, Good Library, Good Campus Environment and Good Social Life. On a 7-point scale the average respondent scored 6.1 for 'I would recommend my University to a friend'.
Whilst such surveys are blunt instruments at analysing and gauging the student experience this does demonstrate that we have been striving to improve things over the past years, and have a set of plans in place to continue and sustain these changes.
Surveys like this and the upcoming National Student Survey are influential in encouraging applications from school and college students. They also affect the standing of the degree programme and the perception of the University nationally, and you should consider this when undertaking them.
Why Allegory Now? A One-Day Interdisciplinary Conference
Wednesday, 16 February 2011
Shakespeare Study Day
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
LGBT Month events at the Central Library
A FREE quiz night with a twist!
A fun, fascinating visual journey through Manchester’s LGBT social history. From politics to partying, Canal Street has seen it all.
Manchester Archives is now on Flickr featuring photos from our city’s LGBT history. Add YOUR images, comments and reminiscences online now at: http://alturl.com/pg3me
Join us at the launch for a special retro-slideshow-quiz night with some stops along the way to share your experiences and stories.
Fabulous Prizes to be won!
No booking required!
View Bar, Canal Street, Manchester M1 3HW
Thursday 17th February, 7.30pm - 9pm
2). MANCHESTER PRIDE LGBT HERITAGE TRAIL
The popular Manchester Pride LGBT Heritage Trail returns with the special addition of items from Manchester Archives relating to the city's Queer History. See some of the documents & publications that gave Manchester's LGBT community a voice, then walk round key locations relating to the history & culture of local gays, lesbians, bisexuals & trans-gender people.
Don't miss this rare event!!
No booking required.
Meet in the Becker Room, 1st Floor, City Library, 151 Deansgate.
SATURDAY 19th FEBRUARY 2.30pm - 5pm
Contact Jonathan on 0161 234 1939 or email email@example.com for more details.
PREVIEW/CONSULATE OF CORNERHOUSE: A PROJECT BY ARCHIPELAGO
Fri 18 February 17:00
CONSULATE OF CORNERHOUSE: A PROJECT BY ARCHIPELAGO
Fri 18 Feb, 5pm, Triangle Shopping Centre, Manchester
The Electronic Superhighway: Inter-art Practice, Reality and the Information Age Postgraduate Research Forum
The presentations and discussions will be chaired by Dr Charlie Gere, Reader in New Media Research at Lancaster University.
Stachniewski Memorial Lecture, 16 February, 5pm - a reminder
The speaker this year is Professor Kate Chedgzoy, from the University of Newcastle. Her title is ‘Boys’ own stories: Children as poets and storytellers in Shakespeare’s England’. All welcome.
Monday, 14 February 2011
I am very sorry to have to tell you that Rory Topping, one of our third year American Studies students, died last week at his home in Manchester. All of us who knew Rory are deeply saddened , and I know you will join us in offering our condolences to Rory’s family and friends.
It can be very difficult to deal with the loss of a friend or classmate, and if you would like to speak to someone, Fiona Fraser and Laura Prescott in Student Support are very willing to talk. I have included their addresses below, as well as contact information for Counselling Services, should you wish to contact them.
The importance of the library
Friday, 11 February 2011
Celebrate International Women’s Day 1911-2011
Doors Open 6.30pm, Suggested Donation £2.00
Introduction by Cllr Suzanne Richards, Betty Tebbs, Terri Marsland.
Open to all – places limited. Put your name/contact on guest list. phone/text
07984 870 602.
Organised by Unite the Union, Manchester Trades Union Council.
Other events here: http://www.wcml.org.uk/events/
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Good exhibitions in the city
Death and the Working Class, People's History Museum:
The People You're Not, Cornerhouse:
90 degrees East, Chinese Arts Centre:
Nam June Paik, Tate Liverpool (not strictly Manchester, agreed):
Butler, Clark, Batuman lectures at the BL
CIDRA Public Lecture Series 2010-11: 'Interiors'
Postgraduate masterclasses accompany the lecture series, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Charles Rice, Kingston University
Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 film The Conversation provides the context to chart an urban interiority defined through acoustic space. The lecture will actively 'resplice' Coppola's film, working backward and outward from professional eavesdropper Harry Caul's domestic interior (and his destruction of it), to the urban interiority his listening-in creates. In this way the film and the lecture will provide a material figure and an historical moment for the emergence of a very current concern - the formation of the inhuman, sensate urban environment.
This event, and the associated masterclass, are co-sponsored by the Manchester Architecture Research Centre (MARC).
Charles Rice is Professor of Architectural History and Theory and Head of the School of Art and Design History at Kingston University, London. He is author of The Emergence of the Interior (2007).
Each of the lecturers in the CIDRA Public Lecture Series will take part in accompanying masterclasses. All MA, PhD and Postdoctoral fellows welcome (no need to sign up, just come).
10-12noon, Wednesday, 16 February, 2011
University Place, Room 4.214
Charles Rice (Kingston) in conversation with:
Simon Guy (Manchester Architecture Research Centre, MARC)
and Mark Crinson (Art History and Visual Studies, AHVS)
The two readings are:
Charles Rice, 'The Inside of Space: Some issues concerning heterogeneity, the interior, and the weather', in Michael Hensel, Achim Menges and Christopher Hight (eds), Space Reader: Heterogeneous Space in Architecture, pp. 185-193. London: Wiley, 2009
Reyner Banham, 'Environmental Management', in The Architecture of the Well-tempered Environment, pp. 18-29. London: Architectural Press, 1984.
These are available at SAGE blog: http://sageprogramme.wordpress.com/
or at: http://www.arts.manchester.ac.uk/cidra/postgraduate/index.htm
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
UCU Early Careers Event
Young academics face numerous challenges:
- Unequal and unfair rates of pay
- Pensions changes will hit young members hardest
- Fixed-term contracts and barriers to permanent work
- Competition for jobs and a lack of job security
- And more!
1.30-2.30pm, Wednesday 23rd February, Blackett Lecture Theatre, Schuster Building
Details of the day are here
Lecture by Steven Pincus: TODAY!
Nicky Wire celebrates libraries/ Library demo blog
Nicky Wire on the importance of libraries:
Plus a reminder about the grim future for the British Library: www.bl.uk/aboutus/governance/dcms/lbrindleyletter_nov2010.pdf
Celebrating Henry Watson
Dr. Henry Watson, a renowned composer and teacher was born in Accrington in 1846. In 1902 he donated the contents of his private library to the care of Manchester City Council.
Manchester Libraries and the Royal Northern College of Music are marking the centenary with a joint exhibition displaying original documents such as letters and photographs from the extensive Henry Watson archive.
Thursday, 3 February 2011
Richard III and Comedy of Errors at the Lowry
Productions of both plays by Propeller Theatre Company 9-12 March: http://www.thelowry.com/event/richard-iii
Go to Lectures!
Visiting Professor in History - events and lectures
Save a Library, or just love it...
'Love Your Library' month in February:
Also - do a course on hacking, crowd-sourcing, blogging or publishing at MadLab: http://madlab.org.uk/
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Dr Alan Rawes is now EAS Undergraduate Progamme Director, replacing Dr Jerome de Groot (Alan.rawes@Manchester.ac.uk)
Dr Monica Pearl is now EAS Assessment Officer,replacing Dr Kaye Mitchell (Monica.pearl@Manchester.ac.uk)
Dr Eithne Quinn is now In charge of AS Undergraduate matters (Eithne.Quinn@Manchester.ac.uk)
Dr Robert Spencer is now in charge of PG Taught issues (Robert.spencer@Manchester.ac.uk)
Tuesday, 1 February 2011
Samuel Beckett Auditions
Come along and audition to be in this exciting independent production. No previous experience necessary, we are looking for enthusiastic, creative people with ideas to bring to the roles. We want to emphasise the play as a comedy, so actors should aim to draw out the pitch-black comedy in their auditions.
Hamm: MALE. Protagonist. A blind tyrant, fallen from wealth and greatness, who is confined to a chair in the middle of the stage. He wavers from flashes of rage and brutality aimed at his parents Nagg and Nell and his servant Clov to simpering bouts of vulnerability.
Clov: MALE. Hamm’s beleaguered servant, Clov cannot sit down. He limps around the set, begrudgingly following Hamm’s orders. He repeatedly threatens to leave, but seems unable to do so; they are mutually reliant on each other in the waste-land they inhabit. He, like Hamm, seems to have lost his mind.
Nagg: MALE. Nagg is Hamm’s father and spends the entirety of the play in a metal bin because he has no legs. He reminisces mainly about the past and bemoans his current position.
Nell: FEMALE. Hamm’s mother. This is a small part. Nell, like Nagg, spends her time in a metal bin and has no legs. She is more morose than Nagg; whilst he spends his time trying to get her to remember when times were better, she cannot overcome her grief and dies.
Arrive any time from 5pm-7pm, extracts will be provided. Arrive early to avoid waiting. All the information (including the audition pieces) is on our blog at www.theunholymess.wordpress.com.
Map (PDF, 172K)
Stachniewski Memorial Lecture, 16 February, 5pm
Stachniewski lecture - a reminder
The speaker this year is Professor Kate Chedgzoy, from the University of Newcastle. Her title is ‘Boys’ own stories: Children as poets and storytellers in Shakespeare’s England’. All welcome. Please circulate details.