The Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) annual conference was held in the Roland Levinsky Building at the University of Plymouth. The event was a vibrant affair bringing together academics and practitioners from all around the world to celebrate performance and sustain research in all aspects of theatre.
For me an abiding memory that I will take from the event is intimately linked to its location and Plymouth's proximity to the sea (and propensity for bad weather). During much of the conference the city was cloaked in a thick layer of sea mist, which in itself isn’t out of the ordinary but when combined with the presence of troops of thespians and academics 'twalking' around town was conducive to turning the city into a rather surreal Dickensian site-specific performance space. It is fair to say that TaPRA 2009 was more than your average conference.
To find out more about TaPRA please visit: www.tapra.org
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Intellect is announcing the opening of an American editorial office on the campus of the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Spearheaded by the Department of Film Studies, this partnership will offer unique opportunities for Intellect, as well as for students and faculty on campus, including the publication of a new undergraduate academic journal called Film Matters.
Geoff Lealand, co-editor of the Directory of World Cinema: Australia & New Zealand will be speaking at the Media Education Summit 2009, on Tuesday 8th September. This year’s event will be held at Liverpool John Moores Art and Design Academy. This national conference will provide valuable insights into the opportunities and challenges facing media education both now and in the future.
For more information about the event, go to: http://www.cemp.ac.uk/summit/
For more information about the Directory of World Cinema, go to: http://www.worldcinemadirectory.org/
Some Intellect titles have recently been reviewed in Choice Magazine.
Here are some review snippets:
Writing on Drawing, by Steve Garner
-April '09 Choice recommended this edited volume, noting "Most art libraries have nothing in their holdings that quite resembles this book."
European Media Governance: The Brussels Dimension, by Georgios Terzis
-January '09 Choice gave a high recommendation to Georgios Terzis's latest volume:
"Readers will welcome this book, which goes a good way in contributing an overview of Europe's role in media governance. . . . This work is especially useful given the current shift in media rules and regulations from national government policies to local, regional, national and international ones. Highly recommended."
Transforming Audiences 2: Creativity/Knowledge/Participation, will take place at the University of Westminster in London, 3–4 September 2009. The international conference, organized by the Audiences Group at the University of Westminster Communications and Media Research Institute, and run in association with ICA, IAMCR, and ECREA – will present a rich set of analyses of the current situation and raise important questions about the future.
Participants will include:
Winston Mano, editor of the Journal of African Media Studies
Jostein Gripsrud, co-editor of Media, Markets & Public Spheres
Sonia Livingstone, editor of Audiences and Publics, and co-author of Harm and Offence in Media Content
Uwe Hasebrink, co-editor of Broadcasters and Citizens in Europe
For more information about the conference, go to: http://www.transformingaudiences.org.uk/