Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Engineers have said they were "stunned" to unearth a 17th Century cottage, complete with a cat skeleton, during a construction project in Lancashire. To read the full BBC News article follow this link.
For more information about the Lancashire witches, or to buy The Lancashire witches, histories and stories, follow this link.
Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy and the Victorian feminist movement: The biography of an insurgent woman by Maureen Wright is to be launched by Blackwell bookshop in Portsmouth. The launch, to be held at 3pm on Wednesday 14th December, will feature an appearance and a Q&A session from the the author and the book will be discounted to all those who attend. For further details please contact Blackwell in Portsmouth.
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
The artist received even more coverage on last nights The One Show, when Phil Tufnell visited the Ford Madox Brown murals.
The art of Ford Madox Brown is distributed on behalf of Penn State University Press by Manchester University Press in the UK.
Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Tuesday, 25 October 2011
Wednesday, 19 October 2011
Monday, 10 October 2011
Gower Street Lecture Series and Amnesty International present The Oxford Amnesty Lecture on Religion and Rights
Ticket holders should contact Waterstone's Gower Street (tel. 020 7636 1577) for a full refund.
The lecture, which will be held on 24th October at 7pm, will feature eminent speakers from the renowned Oxford Amnesty Lectures on Religion and Human Rights.
Watestone's Gower Street are organising a series of lectures in October and November, kicking off with ARAB SPRING: Tariq Ali in Conversation with Ted HonderichTed Honderich, Tariq Ali on 17th October.
Both lectures will take place in the Darwin Lecture Theatre, UCL, Darwin Building, Malet Place, WC1E 7JG. Tickets available in-store or online.
Thursday, 6 October 2011
Previous winners include The Irish Voter: The Nature of Electoral, Competition in the Republic of Ireland by Michael Marsh, Richard Sinnott, John Garry and Fiachra Kennedy, Irish Freedom: The History of Nationalism in Ireland by Richard English and The Lost Revolution: The Story of The Official IRA and The Workers’ Party by Brian Hanley and Scott Millar.
Monday, 3 October 2011
David Jackson, author of The Wanderers and critical realism in nineteenth century Russian painting, has assisted with planning the exhibition.
If you're planning a trip to Stockholm, be sure to drop into the National Museum. The exhibition is open until 22nd January 2012, so you have plenty of time.
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
Wednesday, 7 September 2011
The prize will be awarded at the Annual Convention of the ASEEES (Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, formerly AAASS) in Washington, DC, which will take place on November 17-20th.
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
An interview with Michael Ondaatje was published in this weekends Observer magazine. Well worth a read!
Friday, 26 August 2011
The Guardian gather together some leading players in the fields of publishing and academia to provide a few answers on their Higher Education Network blog.
Well worth a read if you're trying to break through into academia!
Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Friday, 12 August 2011
I did not set out to be writer – and that is not how I see myself, really, but everything has a consequence.
Cue and Cut is my fourth and longest book about television production. It’s been a long time in development. It began with a conversation at the University of Sunderland with Trevor Hearing (now at Bournemouth University). That was in 2005.
The work there followed some HE teaching in Middlesbrough, which came after three successive years on BBC training courses run for, and in association with, the University of Leeds. This work was a result of teaching aspiring directors at BBC Elstree in 1986-7. That job was itself a result of directing single and multi-camera children’s programmes from 1974 (Jackanory, Jackanory Playhouse and other dramas including Grange Hill). After the stint in Training, I carried on directing at the BBC until 1998, finishing with three series of The Demon Headmaster, and then moving on to work for Carlton and Granada – the freelance projects alternated with the teaching.
By the time I started directing Jackanory, I had already spent a lot of time working on various series in Children’s Programmes as an Assistant Floor Manager. In fact, uniquely, so far as I know, my last week working on the floor as an AFM coincided with my first week working in the Gallery as a Director. I ran up and down the stairs a lot.
The BBC took me on in the first place (in 1966 – a time of expansion) because I had gained a lot of stage experience as a Medical Student. For a doctor, it was entirely the wrong kind of theatre, so I had given up Medicine. Working in television had been an aim since childhood – particularly since watching David Attenborough on Zoo Quest. More consequences.
BBC Television Training commissioned the first two books, Continuity Notes and Television and Children. The third book, Children Acting on Television, was commissioned by A. and C. Black. They had approached my then boss, who found he did not have time to write the book. He suggested me because of the first two BBC books. Consequences, yet again.
What I hope for Cue and Cut is, firstly, that it will work with practical classes, backing up practical experience and suggesting solutions to challenges. It should, secondly, be a source of basic information and methodology for using multi-camera systems, which are used in some form on around two-thirds of Britain’s most popular television programmes. Finally, I have put in a certain amount of history, an indication in part, of how things got to where we are today and, in part, an indication that the way we do things now is not the only approach! There is enough guidance, I hope, for newcomers to multi-camera techniques to start working in this form, but enough flexibility for readers to soar beyond these basics.
I’ll be interested to hear how users find the book works for them. (comments can be sent to the MUP blog).
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Monday, 8 August 2011
Matt Treacy, author of The IRA 1956-69 recently took part in a most interesting debate on Near FM.
Monday, 25 July 2011
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Contents list for Volume 19, Issue 1
The challenges facing contemporary social theory
We do not live in an age of cosmopolitanism but an age of cosmopolitanisation: the ‘global other’ is in our midst
Power and oppression from the perspective of the sociology of
engagements: a comparison with Bourdieu’s and Dewey’s critical
approaches to practical activities
Varieties of critique in sociological theory and their methodological implications for social research
Theodicy sociologised: suffering smart in the twenty-first century
Gossip, conversation and group size: language as a bonding
The new welfare-warfare state: challenges to the sociological
Social theory and the critique of capitalism in a communication society
Towards a cognitive sociology for our time: Habermas and Honneth or language and recognition…and beyond
Thursday, 21 July 2011
With a wide selction of articles, from a very timely peice on The police and the Tabloids, to Tariq Ali's Homage to Sangakkara, it's well worth taking a look,
Tuesday, 19 July 2011
A full list of events can be found on the BFI website
Or, why not learn more about the enigmatic director in this illuminating introduction to his work,
By Emma Wilson
This title traces the evolving patterns of Resnais's filmmaking, and its changing reflections on mortality, guilt, chance and human doubt.
Emma Wilson offers a highly personal and detailed engagement with individual images and scenes in Resnais's films
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Monday, 18 July 2011
Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Moving stories launch
WATERSTONE'S BRIGHTON will be hosting the UK launch of Alistair Thomson's Moving Stories on Tuesday, 12 July 2011, 7:30PM - 9:00PM
Join us in celebrating the launch of Alistair Thomson's fascinating new book in conjunction with the University of Brighton and their exciting event on Memory, Narrative and Histories.
Read Alistair Thomson's recent article for The Conversation. Further details of the event are here or call: 01273 206 017
Monday, 27 June 2011
The Peeps is a brand new book of photographs, interviews and commentary recording the origins, recent past and current regeneration of the Ancoats area of Manchester.
To celebrate the launch, international artist Dan Dubowitz and guest guides will lead a series of free walks around Ancoats – ‘A walk on the wildside’. These will discover the new award winning spaces and explore how artworks have been part of transforming the area.
A selection of Dubowitz’s internationally acclaimed photography from wastelands taken around the world between 2000 and 2010 will also be exhibited at The Ice Plant, Ancoats from 1–3 July, between 10am and 8pm (closes at 6pm on Sunday).
The walks take place as follows:
* Friday 1 July: 10am, 1pm, 4pm and 7pm
* Saturday 2 July: 10am, 1pm, 4pm, 7pm
* Sunday 3 July: 10am, 1pm, 4pm
Meet at the Queen Victoria statue in Piccadilly Gardens. The walks last about an hour and are 1.5 miles long.
On Wednesday 15 June, the Richard Wainwright Liberals and Liberal Democrats was launched at a meeting in the Jubilee Room at the Houses of Parliament where he was joined by forty Lords, MPs, political activists and commentators for a discussion on the topic ‘Where now for radical Liberalism?’ The meeting was addressed by political figures from across parties and generations, including longest-serving Lib Dem MP Sir Alan Beith and Lisa Nandy, the 31-year-old Labour MP for Wigan.
Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader Simon Hughes described the book as “compulsory reading for the next generation of Liberal Democrat leaders” and the meeting was chaired by noted QC and author Baroness Helena Kennedy. Other contributors included former Liberal Leader Lord David Steel and Lord Greaves of Pendle, and amongst those present were Newsnight’s Michael Crick, BBC Parliament’s Mark D’Arcy, and representatives from think-tanks including the IPPR, Centre Forum, Unlock Democracy and the Joseph Rowntree Trust.
Dr Cole addressed a second launch meeting on Monday 20 June at the National Liberal Club in Whitehall, where a fifty-strong gathering of the Liberal Democrat History Group heard from Dr Cole, Lord Dholakia, Lady Floella Benjamin and Lady Clare Tyler.
Daniel Finkelstein writing in The Times (23 June 2011) described Richard Wainwright, the Liberals and Liberal Democrats as “engrossing” and “fascinating”, saying “reading Cole’s book, I found Wainwright’s life admirable and moving.”
Tuesday, 21 June 2011
28th May to 2nd January 2012
A new exhibition revealing the people behind the news has recently opened at the Imperial War museum North.
See the bullet that deflected into Kate Adie’s leg in Lebanon, a burqa worn by John Simpson to secretly enter Afghanistan in 2001, the typewriter Michael Nicholson used to write his reports from Vietnam and one of Martin Bell’s trademark white suits, plus many more fascinating objects.
If this has pricked up your ears, why not take a look at Pockets of resistance, the most detailed, sophisticated and theoretically grounded analysis of wartime media coverage written to date.
Another title focusing of the reporting of war and conflict, The Politics of War Reporting (Nov 2011), will challenge the assumptions that reporters and their audiences alike have about the way the journalistic trade operates and how it sees the world.
Monday, 20 June 2011
Thanks to everyone in Manchester who came to check out our stand.
See you next year!
Rhode Island based author Paul Phillips was in Manchester last week, and treated visitors at The International Anthony Burgess Foundation to a rare insight into the music and literature of Anthony Burgess.
Last year Paul published the highly acclaimed Clockwork Counterpoint, the first major study of the music and literature of Anthony Burgess.
Thank you to Paul for a very entertaining evening.
Wednesday, 8 June 2011
Monday, 16 May 2011
By Valerie Bryson and Pamela Fisher
By Valerie Bryson
The editors and contributors to Redefining social justice gathered at the University of Huddersfield last week to launch their brand new book.
The launch was part of a seminar series organised by the Centre for Research in the Social Sciences at the University of Huddersfield. The audience was drawn from staff and postgraduate students, and they joined in a very lively round-table discussion.
The event enabled us to engage in inter-disciplinary conversation and up-date our findings - so after I had outlined the book's key findings and themes, we discussed in particular changes in Labour's electoral strategy (Tim Heppell), its policies on disability (Chris Gifford), and changes in NHS (Ruth Deery) and legal aid (Pete Sanderson) since the election. I found particularly interesting (as it was unfamiliar to me) the ongoing research by Lesley Jeffries into political language - she is involved in an ongoing research project documenting how this is changing - and has found that 'choice' was a word that increasingly appeared in political manifestos during the 1990s and early 2000s - but had practically disappeared by 2010.
Conversation continued informally over lunch.
More information about Redefining social justice can be found on our website.
From left to right: Chris Gifford, Lesley Jeffries, Peter Sanderson, me, Tim Heppell and Ruth Deery. Unfortunately Pamela Fisher was unable to attend due to illness.
Thursday, 28 April 2011
We're in the middle of a busy conference season here at MUP. Our titles have been displayed at a number of different conferences this month, including the AHH (Association of Art Historians) and PSA (Political Studies Association).
The Rethinking Art's Histories series was launched at the AAH bookfair reception. Screen/Space, the latest title in the series was showcased to the delegates, while author Tamara Trodd gave an enlightening speech.
The PSA, one of the busiest politics conferences we visit, was also a resounding success. A huge number of our titles were on display, including the brand new The Conservative party and the extreme right 1945-1975, by Mark Pitchford. The conference also provided a perfect opportunity to catch up with many of our authors, and to discuss a number of exciting new projects (watch this space!).
This week you can visit us at BISA, which is being held not far from our offices in Manchester. We've already seen some very lively sessions, and had a chance to make contact with some very interesting delegates from across the globe. As usual, a wide selection of our titles are on display, and are available to purchase at the very generous conference discounts. So, do visit our stand if you're attending BISA this week.
Next month begins with The Sociological Association of Ireland (SAI) Annual Conference in Cork. We're particularly looking forward to this event as the Irish Journal of Sociology, which MUP now publish in conjunction with the SAI, will be launched during the conference. Issue 19 (1) will be published shortly, but delegates at the conference have the opportunity to get their hands on sample copies of the first two issues published by MUP.
If you're visiting the SAI annual conference, do stop by our stand to say hello!
Tuesday, 26 April 2011
This year has seen the publication of two new books on early modern Naples: John
Marino’s Becoming Neapolitan: Citizen culture in Baroque Naples and Gabriel Guarino’s Representing the king's splendour: Communication and reception of symbolic forms of power in Viceregal Naples (Manchester, 2011). Both of these books explore the dynamics of urban life in one of the most densely populated and vibrant cities in Europe in the early modern period.
The workshop proposes to discuss these two new works with their authors alongside new research on the varieties of citizen culture, contestation over urban space, civic symbols, and municipal power in Naples and comparative reflections on other cities in Italy and Spain. Speakers also include James Amelang, Peter Burke, Stephen Cummins, and Lorenza Gianfrancesco.
To register, please contact Melissa Calaresu (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Tuesday, 19 April 2011
The official launch of New Labour and the European Union was hosted by the Federal Trust in London on 7 April 2011. It was held in Mary Sumner House, off Tufton Street in Westminster, conveniently – given the subject matter – not far from Parliament, Downing Street and Whitehall. Around 50 people were in attendance, including academics, diplomats, business people, journalists, former New Labour advisers and members of think-tanks. MUP’s Tony Mason kindly came along to man the book stall, and the day proceeded very smoothly thanks to the hard work of everyone at the Federal Trust.
Following this outline of the book as a whole, the audience was treated to two commentaries on the book from invited commentators. The second speaker was Sir Stephen Wall, former UK Representative to the EU and Blair’s European adviser; the third speaker was Rt Hon Lord Radice, another to have worked closely with the government on European issues. Both gave insider recollections of key policy decisions and challenges from the time and, in the main, supported the crux of the book- that Blair and Brown did not live up to their early promise to construct a ‘pro-European’ consensus about the EU in Britain.
First, was this a loss of nerve or a failure of leadership? A profound irony was noted, that New Labour inserted the word ‘lead’ and ‘leadership’ into almost every foreign policy speech, but on difficult issues such as the Europe question the government seemed incapable of demonstrating any sustained or convincing leadership at all.
Third, what place did referenda have in uprooting New Labour’s early intentions for its European policy, and what kind of referendum might have succeeded in putting the Europe issue to rest? Pledging a referendum but never holding one demonstrated a failure of leadership, and opened the way for a concerted referendum campaign on the part of the sceptical press, which exacerbated the government’s hesitancy to hold one- on the single currency or the Lisbon Treaty.
Fourth, Brown’s period at the Treasury effectively saw him wrest control over European policy from Blair very early on, via the announcement of the Treasury’s ‘five tests’ on euro membership in October 1997. This was, it seems, another example of Blair not demonstrating the level of far-sighted leadership required to keep momentum behind the ‘pro’ campaign, whatever the odd speech he made to the contrary. High hopes for the launch of the Britain in Europe in 1999 were just as quickly dashed, while the tests were used to delay having to make a firm decision on the single currency.
Finally, many participants remarked on the use British politicians make of ‘Europe’ as a political football. It is an issue that provides many examples of parties positioning themselves for best gain at the polls (Europe as a modernizing strategy for the Labour Party after the debacle of the 1980s, for example). Examples of ‘Europe’ being the principled pursuit of politicians are far fewer. By contrast, Europe has tended to be used by British foreign policy decision-makers as a prop to some rather dated global ambitions. In this regard, Blair, Brown and New Labour echoed tendencies going back as far as Churchill and before.
We learn from this book, and the vibrant launch discussions, that if Blair and Brown had not promised such a radical departure from previous practices perhaps we might not be so critical of the government’s European policy. But New Labour did make such promises, so it is well worth looking to the pre-Iraq New Labour as a way of holding former ministers to account for this sadly familiar European policy outcome.
Thursday, 31 March 2011
The AAH 2011 conference kicks off today at The University of Warwick. As well as displaying a huge range of Art History titles, we'll also be launching Screen/Space, the latest title in the Rethinking Art's histories conference.
Visit our stand, and take advantage of some very generous conference discounts!
Monday, 28 March 2011
MUP's Revels Student Editions hit primetime ITV
The fifth series of hit drama Lewis has returned to ITV1 with Inspector Lewis and his partner Hathaway investigating more murders against the backdrop of the city of Oxford.
On 10th April, The White Devil by John Webster featured in an episode entitled 'Wild Justice' with a premise of Elizabethan and Jacobean revenge tragedy. Follow this link for more information on The Revels Student Editions to buy the book and to watch the episode.
Thursday, 17 March 2011
New Labour and the European Union
Dr Oliver Daddow
7th April 2011, The Federal Trust
Mary Sumner House,
24 Tufton Street,
Please email email@example.com if you would like to attend this launch event.
Volume 1 Issue 4 is now available to browse completely free of charge.
Ethnicity and Race in a Changing World is MUP's first open access journal. It's an international, multidisciplinary journal aimed at academics, undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers and practitioners in the field.
Tuesday, 15 March 2011
14 April – 11 September 2011
For the first time in over 50 years, the work of iconic artist Joan Miró (1893–1983) will be exhibited in the UK. The Tate Modern is providing a rare opportunity to enjoy over 150 paintings, drawings, sculptures by one of the leading artists of the early twentieth century.
Those interested in the work of Joan Miró should check out Fixed Ecstasy, by Charles Palermo. The book focuses on Miró's work and enterprises in the 1920s, and analyses some of the most important works of his career.
Friday, 4 March 2011
Launch event to coincide with the marking of twenty years since the formation of the Voluntary Action History Society (1991-2011)
An afternoon seminar on 18 April at LSE will include papers by Professor Bernard Harris (University of Southampton) and Associate Professor Melanie Oppenheimer (Beveridge and voluntary action in Britain and the wider British world).
For more information and to book a place please follow this link
Launch event for In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and its Afterlife
John Anderson taught medieval literature at the University of Manchester for nearly 40 years. This book, edited by David Matthews, pays tribute to his career and its diverse interests.
Tuesday 8 March 2011, 6pm The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Chorlton Mill, 3 Cambridge Street, Manchester
Tuesday, 1 March 2011
Wednesday, 23 February 2011
Friday, 18 February 2011
Catholic police officers in Northern Ireland
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
The Voluntary Action History Society and LSE invite you to celebrate the launch of Beveridge and voluntary action in Britain and the wider British world
Edited by Melanie Oppenheimer and Nicholas Deakin
An afternoon seminar (3-5pm) will include a paper by Melanie Oppenheimer. An evening reception (5-7pm) will feature the book launch and short talks by Nicholas Deakin and Justin Davis Smith, Chief Executive of Volunteering England.
Monday 18 April 2011
London School of Economics
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org Please indicate whether you wish to attend the afternoon or evening session or both. For more information www.vahs.org.uk
Monday, 7 February 2011
Earls Court 2, London
Then we think you'll also be interested in Cue & Cut, A practical approach to working in multi-camera studios. It’s full of useful information about kit, and how you would use it to create multi-camera content.
Written by a Roger Singleton-Turner, a multi-camera producer-director with years of drama and teaching experience, it presents both a way of handling studios and a source of information about how things have changed from the days of monochrome to HD tapeless modes – with some thoughts on 3D HDTV.
Find out more about the The Production Show
Find out more about Cue & Cut
Tuesday, 18 January 2011
Monday, 17 January 2011
Tuesday, 11 January 2011
Book launch A S byatt: critical storytelling
Thursday 20 January 2011, 6-8pm
Main Foyer, 309 Regent Street, University of Westminster, London W1B 2UW
You are warmly invited to join Dame Antonia Byatt and the authors to celebrate the publication of this new monograph on A S Byatt's work.
This stimulating and comprehensive study of A S Byatt's work spans virtually her entire career and offers insightful readings of all of Byatt's works of fiction up to and including her Man-Booker-shortlisted novel The Children's Book. The authors combine a clear and accessible overview of Byatt's oeuvre to date with close critical analysis of all her major works. Uniquely, the book also points beyond the immediate context of Byatt's fiction by considering her critical writings and journalism alongside her novels and short stories.
To book your place, please visit westminster.ac.uk/criticalstorytelling
Monday, 10 January 2011
Friday, 7 January 2011
12-14 January 2011, The Lowry, Salford Quays
Attending the MeCCSA conference this year?
MUP will be present on all three days of the conference, with a huge range of front and backlist titles. It's the perfect opportunity to browse our books and take advantage of some exclusive conference discounts!
See you there
Thursday, 6 January 2011
Reading radical writing in Ireland
Fiona Dukelow and Orla O'Donovan
The book will be launched on 24th January at the University College Cork by Michael D. Higgins.