Friday 30 September 2011

SAHC Student Charter


The School of Arts, Histories and Cultures strives to provide a high quality student experience.  You can expect us to:

·       Treat all students respectfully and equally and never use inappropriate or offensive language or behaviour
·       Ensure that the times of lectures, seminars, and consultation hours are clearly stated and that any changes are advertised in advance
·       Provide you with a student handbook containing all University and programme related regulations, policies and procedures. This information outlines the support available to assist you in your studies.  You will be notified of any updated information through your student e-mail account
·       Provide you with details of your academic advisor during Welcome Week and ensure that you have regular opportunities to meet with them through your academic career
·       Monitor your attendance at timetabled classes and contact you if this falls below programme expectations outlined in your student handbook
·       Provide you with clear guidance on the submission of assessed work and draw your attention to the University policy on academic malpractice
·       Provide you with feedback on assessed coursework within the timeframe outlined in your student handbook
·       Discuss your exam performance with you if you make a request to do so
·       Continue to monitor and encourage feedback on our performance and respond to concerns or complaints promptly
·       Adhere to all University policies and procedures and help you to achieve your full potential

We acknowledge that a high quality student experience can only be achieved in partnership with you, our students. To help us deliver this you are expected to:

·       Treat our staff and fellow students respectfully and equally and never use inappropriate or offensive language or behaviour
  • Ensure that you have received your student handbook and make yourself familiar with the contents and any updated material sent to you
·       Adhere to all University policies and procedures, and follow any advice we give you to help you in your studies, and check your university e-mail account daily during term time
  • Ensure that you meet with your academic advisor as stipulated in the student handbook
  • Take an active part in your learning, and in extra-curricular activities in your subject area
  • Arrive fully prepared at the scheduled times for programme related activities and meetings; and inform us in advance if for any reason you are going to be late or are unable to attend
  • Treat your studies like a full-time job, devoting 40 hours per week to them for each of the 30 weeks of the academic sessions (that is, 200 hours per 20 credit unit)
  • Hand in pieces of assessment on time and turn up to examinations promptly
  • Ensure that you follow School guidelines on submitting assessed work and adhere to the University policy on academic malpractice
  • Inform us as soon as possible of any problems, special needs or any circumstances that may affect your studies or progress
  • Report any concerns or complaints that you have in relation to your experience as a student to your academic advisor or programme director in the first instance
  • Make your views known through your student representative (or by becoming one yourself)

Manchester Feminist Theory Network - events

·      Flor De María Gamboa Solís: ‘”Femininity, fright, madness”: a paradigmatic circuit of the ghostly’
Tues 4 October, 5-6.30pm, 2.016/017 Arthur Lewis Building. Organised by RICC and MFTN (Manchester Feminist Theory Network).

“Femininity, fright, madness” is a circuit that can be translated into a threefold structure for thinking about the ghostly realm. This can model and order our way of understanding meanings and our sense of the frightening, spooky, horrifying and delirious results from such experiences. The key element enabling this circuit to function is the image of the castrated woman imbedded in psychoanalysis. This presentation looks at “The lost ghost”, a classic ghost story by Mary E. Wilkins, and attempts to dismantle the interconnections between the three terms in order to reveal why femininity is the fuel of the ghostly.

Flor de María Gamboa Solís is Professora-Investigadora de la Facultad de Psicologia de la Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Morelia, Mexico

·      Workshop - Haneen Maikey: 'Homonationalism, Pinkwashing, and the Palestinian Struggle
Tues 18 October, 10-11.30am, 2.016/017 Arthur Lewis Building. Organised by RICC and MFTN.

Full details of the workshop and readings will be circulated soon. Please email if you are interested in attending. Haneen Maikey is the Director of alQaws Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society, Jerusalem, a group of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning and queer (LGBTQ) Palestinian activists who work collaboratively to break down gendered and heteronormative barriers in Palestinian society. She is also co-founder of the political movement of the Palestinian Queers for Boycott Divestment and Sanctions [PQBDS]. PQBDS is a group of Palestinian queer activists who live in the Palestinian Occupied Territory and inside Israel, who came together to promote and stand for the Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.

Related event: Haneen Maikey will also give the Seventh Tom Hurndall Memorial Lecture at Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘Queer politics and the Palestinian struggle: Ten years of activism’ on Monday 17 October, 6pm in Lecture Theatre C0.14 of John Dalton Building. Details:
·      Heather Latimer: ‘Reproductive Cosmopolitics in Maria Full of Grace and In America’
Wed 23 Nov, 3-5pm, Venue TBC, Organised by RICC and MFTN.

            Heather received her PhD in 2010 from Simon Fraser University, in Burnaby, Canada, and joined RICC as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research examines reproductive politics, literary and visual culture, and representations of citizenship. She has published on contemporary literature, reproduction, psychoanalysis, and feminist science studies. Her current project explores the connections between fetal citizenship and refugee status.

·      Suryia Nayak (University of Salford):  ‘Black feminism is not white feminism in blackface’: workshop on Audre Lorde
Wed 22 February, 3-5pm , Venue TBC. 
Reading: Lorde, A. (1979) ‘Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface’ reprinted in Lorde, A. (1984) Sister Outsider.  Crossing Press Feminist Series. United States of America. More details will be announced nearer the date.

Please check the MFTN webpage for updates:

Talk: Genius in a Bottle of Chianti

CHSTM's Simone Turchetti will be giving a talk tonight (30 September, 7pm) on the Nobel-prize winning Italian physicist Enrico Fermi. The event will take place in Cross Street Chapel, Cross Street, Central Manchester, and is part of a series of events organised by the Dante Alighieri Society Manchester. Admission: £3.

Wednesday 28 September 2011

Marching time again...

Manchester for the Alternative - March and Rally - Sunday 2nd October

There will be a TUC March and Rally "Manchester For the Alternative: Jobs, Growth, Justice" in Manchester on Sunday 2nd October 2011. For a flyer see:

Meet at 11:30 in Sackville Gardens on the corner of Sackville Street and Whitworth Street just across the road from the university's Sackville St Building and 5 minutes stroll from Piccadilly station. We will walk to Liverpool Road for the 12:00 start.

The University Nursery

UMUCU is concerned at the university's plans to privatise Dryden Street Nursery, and we are meeting management to discuss these concerns. The parents of children at the nursery - many of whom are UCU members - are worried that the care of their children may be detrimentally affected. UCU strongly supports the provision of excellent childcare, enabling academic and academic-related staff to balance family and work commitments. We also support UNISON  in their fight to protect the interests of current and future nursery staff against the threat posed by privatisation.

We encourage you to consider signing the petition
UMUCU Executive Committee
The University of Manchester - University and College Union
Tel:   0161 275 3080

Navtej Sarna & Shrabani Basu event, 17 October

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Navtej Sarna and Shrabani Basu discuss their different approaches to writing about real historical figures. Navtej Sarna is currently India's Ambassador to Israel. His latest novel The Exile is based on the life of Maharaja Duleep Singh, the last Maharaja of Punjab. He is also the author of We Weren't Lovers Like That as well as non-fiction titles including The Book of Nanak and a translation of Zafarnama. His short stories have been broadcast on the BBC World Service and he is a regular contributor to the Times Literary Supplement and several Indian journals and newspapers. Shrabani Basu is the author of the critically acclaimed Victoria & Abdul: The True Story of the Queen’s Closest Confidante, Spy Princess: The Life of Noor Inayat Khan and Curry, The Story of the Nation’s Favourite Dish. She is also the London correspondent of the Calcutta-based newspapers Anandabazar Patrika and The Telegraph. The event will be chaired by Dr Jerome de Groot, author of The Historical Novel and Consuming History.

CIDRA: Postgraduate masterclasses 2011-12