Thursday, 26 January 2012

Snails, skins and the 'weird world' of old Welsh medicine

Skin of dead puppies, oils made of swallows and juice of snails may not be what the doctor ordered for modern day illnesses.

But a Swansea University historian has discovered they were just some of the weird and unbelievable remedies that were commonly used for ailments in Wales in the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Alun Withey, the author of Manchester University Press's Physick and the Family, explains to BBC Wales that rather than the big disease epidemics of the time, some of the worst illnesses faced in Wales were those which have become easily treatable today.

"A lot of people suffered from the common cold, which could kill you back then, and stomach upsets - things that now we could treat with antibiotics," said Dr Withey, who has compiled his research in a new book, Physick and the Family.

For the full BBC article, fllow this link.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Call for papers

Ethnographic Horizons in Times of Turbulence

The 7th Annual Joint University of Liverpool Management School and Keele University Institute for Public Policy and Management Symposium on Current Developments in Ethnographic Research in the Social and Management Sciences.
In association with the Journal of Organizational Ethnography and the Journal Ethnography
Ethnographic Horizons in Times of Turbulence.

University of Liverpool Management School, Liverpool, UK
29th – 31st August 2012

Conference Chairs
Dr. Manuela Nocker, University of Essex Business School(Email
Dr. Geoff Pearson, University of Liverpool Management School(Email:

Organising Committee
Dr. Matthew Brannan, Keele University Institute for Public Policy and ManagementDr. Jason Ferdinand, University of Liverpool Management SchoolDr. Manuela Nocker, University of Essex Business SchoolDr. Geoff Pearson, University of Liverpool Management SchoolDr. Mike Rowe, University of Liverpool Management SchoolDr. Frank Worthington, University of Liverpool Management School

Key Note Speakers
Dr Simon Down, Newcastle University Business School, UK
Professor Karen Ho, Department of Anthropology, University of Minnesota
Professor Gideon Kunda, Department of Labour Studies, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Professor John Weeks, IMD Business School, Lausanne, CH

Call for papers

Friday, 20 January 2012

Author to contribute to new BBC series

Martin Johnes, author of Wales since 1939 will be a contributor to the exciting new BBC series, The Story of Wales, which hits screens from the 27th February.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Shoppers brush up on grammar

From handwriting analysis to grammar lessons, it's all going on at Selfridges London, who launched their Words Words Words initiative last week.

From 12th January to the 1st March, Selfridges London will transform the UltraLounge on their Lower Ground floor into a library. The new 'interactive space' will become the epicentre of the Words Words Words theme, offering shoppers the opportunity to learn calligraphy, analyse their own handwriting, and listen to storytellers, amongst many other activities.

A full list of events can be found on the Selfridges website.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

If you are interested in attending this event, please email Isabelle Merillet before the 20th January.

Monday, 16 January 2012

Devolution in the UK


The hardback edition of Devolution in the UK sold extremely well when it was published in early 2009. It received high praise from many academics and students from the field of politics,

'An important and necessary book on a vital topic. James Mitchell's expertise and original research produce an authoritative analysis, and one which questions assumed inevitabilities in the UK's past, present and future.'
Richard English, Professor of Politics, Queen's University, Belfast

The paperback edition has just landed on our desk, making the title more affordable for the average student (RRP £15.99).

Use the link to Amazon (top right) to order your copy today!

Launch overview

MUP and the editors of The Hidden Alternative celebrated the start of the United Nations International Year of Co-operatives last week by launching the book at two simulations events in London and Manchester.

London A large audience joined Stephen Yeo and many of the book’s contributors in Waterstones Gower Street, to discuss the future of the Co-operative.

The Eighth Day provided a perfect venue for the Manchester launch. Robin Murray captivated guests with his lively discussion of his favourite chapters in The Hidden Alternative. Guests had the opportunity to meet the contributors and discuss future ventures to celebrate the International Year of Co-operatives.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

2012 International Year of Co-operatives

The United Nations has designed 2012 the International Year of Co-operatives. Over 1.4 million co-operatives from across the globe will be coming together to promote effective and sustainable ways of doing business.

Co-operatives across the world will celebrate the start of the International Year of Co-operatives on January 12th. Co-operatives UK will be kicking off the year with many different events, including an online panel with The Guardian, with key figures from the co-operative sector.

Manchester University Press are planning their own celebrations to mark the publication of The Hidden Alternative. Two simultaneous launches will take place on the 12th January. An event at Waterstone's Gower Street in London, will be opened by the eminent co-operative scholar Professor Stephen Yeo. Economist and co-operative expert Robin Murray will open the event in Manchester.

The Hidden Alternative demonstrate that co-operation offers a real and much needed alternative for the organisation of human economic and social affairs, one that should establish its place at the forefront of public and academic discussion and policy making.

The book includes chapters on education, fair trade, politics and governance, planning and sustainability and on how co-operatives have coped with the global economic crisis.
If you would like to attend one of the launch events, please contact to confirm places are still available on the guest list.

Monday, 9 January 2012

BOOK GIVEAWAY: Bertrand Tavernier is running a competition to win a copy of the brand new Bertrand Tavernier, the latest title to be released in the French Film Director's series.

Test your knowledge of the renowed Bertrand Tavernier.