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Dr Márta Minier co-organises a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day in memory of Zoltán Kodály

Posted on April 27, 2017 by

Dr Márta Minier, an active member of the Music Media Drama Research Group, is involved as a consultant co-organiser and educator in a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day organised in memory of eminent Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály (6 May 2017, Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff). In 2017 Hungarians commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kodaly’s death, who pioneered a music education system – the famous Kodály Method – that revolutionised the teaching of music to children well beyond his native Hungary. Kodály, who is equally reputed as a composer, a folk song collector and a pedagogue, is a Hungarian cultural export much appreciated in Wales. Testimony to this is the Kodaly Violin School based in Carmarthenshire, who are co-organisers of this bilingual event. Dr Minier’s expertise in Hungarian studies and in education is pivotal to the event.

For bookings please visit Eventbrite.

Dr Márta Minier co-organises a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day in memory of Zoltán Kodály

Posted on April 27, 2017 by

Dr Márta Minier, an active member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, is involved as a consultant co-organiser and educator in a Welsh-Hungarian Music Day organised in memory of eminent Hungarian composer and ethnomusicologist Zoltán Kodály (6 May 2017, Canton Uniting Church, Cardiff). In 2017 Hungarians commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kodaly’s death, who pioneered a music education system – the famous Kodály Method – that revolutionised the teaching of music to children well beyond his native Hungary. Kodály, who is equally reputed as a composer, a folk song collector and a pedagogue, is a Hungarian cultural export much appreciated in Wales. Testimony to this is the Kodaly Violin School based in Carmarthenshire, who are co-organisers of this bilingual event. Dr Minier’s expertise in Hungarian studies and in education is pivotal to the event.

For bookings please visit Eventbrite.

Prof. Ruth McElroy talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

Posted on April 27, 2017 by

Professor Ruth McElroy, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

She told BBC Wales: “We have seen a great deal of closures of local newspapers. That’s been a long-standing theme, and it’s been greater in Wales than in the rest of the UK.

“I think what we have to do is be realistic that we are now in a digital age, and that modes of news delivery might be different in the future.”

She added ministers should be more prepared to intervene to support media in Wales.

“There definitely is a place for government intervention. I think that sometimes, in the UK, we have been hostile to that, almost ideologically.

“In other parts of the world they are not, and they are reaping the benefits as a result.”


Prof. Ruth McElroy talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

Posted on April 27, 2017 by

Professor Ruth McElroy, co-director of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations, talks to the BBC about the accountability of the media in Wales.

She told BBC Wales: “We have seen a great deal of closures of local newspapers. That’s been a long-standing theme, and it’s been greater in Wales than in the rest of the UK.

“I think what we have to do is be realistic that we are now in a digital age, and that modes of news delivery might be different in the future.”

She added ministers should be more prepared to intervene to support media in Wales.

“There definitely is a place for government intervention. I think that sometimes, in the UK, we have been hostile to that, almost ideologically.

“In other parts of the world they are not, and they are reaping the benefits as a result.”


Professor Meredith Elected as Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales

Posted on April 27, 2017 by

Novelist and poet Christopher Meredith, Emeritus Professor of Creative Writing at USW, is one of the new Fellows elected to the Learned Society of Wales.

Election to Fellowship of the Learned Society of Wales is a public recognition of academic excellence, and LSW Fellowship is keenly competed. By bringing together the most successful and talented Fellows connected with Wales, the LSW contributes to advancing and promoting excellence in all scholarly disciplines including the arts and humanities. The Society now has more than 460 Fellows, distinguished men and women from all branches of learning who are prominent figures within their respective academic disciplines or professions.

The award-winning author of four novels and four collections of poetry, Professor Meredith also translates from Welsh to English. His most recent books are the novel, The Book of Idiots, and a collection of poems, Air Histories. Both are published by Seren. His first novel, Shifts, set against the decline of the steel industry in south Wales, is now regarded as a contemporary classic and has remained in print ever since its first publication in 1988. In 2014 Shifts was shortlisted for the title of 'Greatest Welsh Novel of All Time’ by Wales Arts Review.

Professor Meredith said, ‘I’m pleased and honoured to have been accepted as a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. I always quietly thought of myself as a learned fellow, but never expected to become a Learned Fellow. It’s flattering to get into upper case in the company of colleagues from USW who’ve already achieved this honour, such as Jane Aaron, Jeremy Hooker and Diana Wallace.’

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee was interviewed on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on April 26, 2017 by

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee featured on BBC Radio Wales’ Telling Tales programme to talk about the value of storytelling and how the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Centre shares the legacy of oral historian George Ewart Evans.

You can listen to the broadcasts here: Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee featured on BBC Radio Wales

Posted on April 25, 2017 by

Dr Emily Underwood-Lee featured on 'Telling Tales’ BBC Radio Wales programme to talk about the value of storytelling and how the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Centre shares the legacy of oral historian George Ewart Evans.

You can listen to the broadcasts here: Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Dr Russell Roberts curates exhibition of Photographs of the Free Wales Army

Posted on April 25, 2017 by

As part of the third Diffusion International Photography Festival in Cardiff, eCDR’s Director – Dr Russell Roberts, has curated an exhibition of photographs used in the 1969 court case of the Crown versus the Free Wales Army (FWA). The exhibition – Hidden Country: Photographs of the Free Wales Army 1966-69, is a collaboration with the National Library of Wales and consists of facsimile prints that show how both police and paramilitary groups used photography as visual evidence and as propaganda. These images belong to an important moment of 'direct action’ in Welsh history, underlining the power of images to both incriminate but also to disrupt the political landscape.

For further details about the exhibition, please see here.

Dr Paul Carr features in an interview on Welsh Connections

Posted on April 25, 2017 by

Paul Carr with Mike Kennedy, 02/04/16 : Merthyr Rising !

Dr Paul Carr appeared on ITV Wales and BBC Radio Wales.

Posted on April 25, 2017 by

Dr Paul Carr, Reader in Popular Music Analysis and steering group member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of South Wales, appeared on ITV Wales to discuss the decline of live music venues in Wales.

Dr Carr also appeared on the Owen Money show on BBC Radio Wales to talk about his new project looking at music in Merthyr Tydfil between 1955 and 1975.


Dr Paul Carr appeared on ITV Wales and BBC Radio Wales.

Posted on April 24, 2017 by

Dr Paul Carr, Reader in Popular Music Analysis and steering group member of the Centre for Media and Culture in Small Nations at the University of South Wales, appeared on ITV Wales to discuss the decline of live music venues in Wales.

Dr Carr also appeared on the Owen Money show on BBC Radio Wales to talk about his new project looking at music in Merthyr Tydfil between 1955 and 1975.


Professor Philip Gross appointed to the Council of the Society of Authors.

Posted on April 24, 2017 by

Poet and novelist Philip Gross, Professor of Creative Writing at USW, has been appointed to the Council of the Society of Authors.

The Council of the Society of Authors is an honorary body of up to 60 eminent authors. Council Member is an accolade conferred by the Management Committee on members of high standing who have been exceptional in their support of the Society.

The four new members are Anne Fine, Philip Gross, Judith Kerr and Lemn Sissay. They join the president Philip Pullman and, among others, Malorie Blackman, Anthony Beevor, Neil Gaiman and JK Rowling.

Philip Gross commented: 'It’s a privilege to be invited to serve the Society of Authors as a Council member, and particularly at a time like this. In an age of friction, change and complication, who better than authors, such a famously diverse and individual bunch (we are the cats who won’t be herded) to show that we can meet and represent our common interests… especially when that common interest is to be as gloriously different as we, and all our readers, truly are – to be that different for the culture’s sake?’

Dr Mike Chick discusses new strategy for refugees and asylum seekers in Wales

Posted on April 24, 2017 by

Dr Mike Chick, Senior Lecturer in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages), provided expert opinion on the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s report into refugees and asylum seekers in Wales.

The report highlighted the lack of adequate ESOL provision in Wales. Dr Chick emphasised the crucial role that universities could play, because they have experience in providing language tuition to international students. He also reported that many Higher Education Institutions in the UK also offer scholarships and subsidies to refugees and asylum seekers – but that currently, only one Welsh university does so.

After reading the report’s recommendations, Dr Chick said: “I am extremely impressed by the humane, progressive and egalitarian tone of the report. It sets Wales apart in its desire to play a role in the current global migrant crisis by making Wales the world’s first ‘Nation of Sanctuary’.

“It is also very pleasing to see the report acknowledging the excellent work being done through partnerships between third sector and private and public organisations. USW’s collaboration with the Welsh Refugee Council, which provides English language programmes to refugees in Cardiff and Rhondda Cynon Taff, is one such example of this.

“The recommendations made in the report will have a real impact on the many refugees and asylum seekers currently in Wales, and will be tremendously important in helping these people to successfully integrate.

“From a Higher Education standpoint, it’s heartening to see that specific reference has been made to the role that universities can play in supporting the new Nation of Sanctuary strategy. The report recognises that universities are uniquely placed to implement a number of the aims of the strategy, particularly with regard to helping refugees access Higher Education, and to researching the issues surrounding migration and integration. It suggests exciting times for ESOL departments across Wales.”

Dr Philip Cowan publishes article in the International Journal Projections

Posted on April 24, 2017 by

Cowan, P. (2017) 'Analyzing Stylistic Patterning in Film to Establish the Cinematographer as a Coauthor: A Case Study of Gregg Toland’, International Journal Projections, 11:1, pp. 16-37, DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.3167/proj.2017.110103.

Keywords: André Bazin; The Best Years of Our Lives; cinematography; film authorship; Gregg Toland; Orson Welles; William Wyler

Abstract

Can the authorial contribution of the individual cinematographer to classical, narrative-based film be identified and attributed? This article addresses this specific question, but the specific case of the cinematographer must acknowledge the wider debates about film authorship. The article examines contemporary attitudes to coauthorship in film, highlighting the fact that, in terms of cinematography, most commentators still defer to directors when discussing the creation of meaning within images. While examining the works of Gregg Toland and William Wyler, the article evaluates authorial attribution by means of a comparison between the films they made together and the films they made separately. In order to do this, the article defines a method for establishing authorship within the film image. Toland is a prime historical example of a cinematographer whose authorial contribution has been severely underestimated in the pursuit of glorifying the directors he worked with (Orson Welles, John Ford, and William Wyler).

BA Theatr a Drama students appeared on S4C’s Prynhawn Da

Posted on April 24, 2017 by

Hanna Rowcliffe and Alyssa Williams, third year BA Theatr a Drama students, appeared on S4C’s Prynhawn Da to discuss and promote their upcoming original show ‘365’, which will be performed in the Cardiff Campus between 30 April and 2 May.


Dr Ali Wardak invited to speak at the Brussels School of International Studies

Posted on April 11, 2017 by

Dr Ali Wardak was invited to speak at the Brussels School of International Studies last week.

Dr Ali Wardak was an invited speaker at the Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS) 2017 annual conference that was held in Brussels between 6 -7 April.

Under the title of ‘The Disappearing State? Contested Governance in the 21st Century’, the conference was attended by over 130 participants, including senior officials from the European Parliament and Commission, embassies, think-tanks and academic institutions in Europe.

Dr Wardak’s presentation in the second session of the conference was titled ‘State, Non-State and Anti-State Justice Systems in Afghanistan’. Dr Wardak argued that linking state and non-state justice systems within the framework of his proposed ‘hybrid model’ could provide more accessible, cost effective and restorative justice to all Afghans – men and women.

Dr Wardak’s talk was followed by a presentation by Dr. Antonio Giustozzi, from London School of Economics (LSE) who spoke about ‘The Taliban Shadow Justice in Afghanistan’. Also in this session, Dr. Orzala Ashraf Nemat (AREU) and Ms Huma Saeed (University of Leuven) spoke respectively about the historical development of the justice system in Afghanistan and transitional justice in the country. The presentations were followed by a highly engaging question and answer session.

Due to the interest generated by Dr Wardak’s presentation, he was later interviewed by the Young European Leadership (YEL).

FLSE research conference 2017

Posted on April 11, 2017 by

Both Dr Catherine Purcell and Hayley Gibbon will be presenting at the Faculty of Life Sciences and Education (FLSE) conference on Wednesday the 12th of April, 2017.

Catherine is presenting a talk on the appropriateness of road safety education for children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD), and Hayley is presenting findings from a recent systematic review titled “the effect of teleworking on employee stress, isolation, loneliness and psychological wellbeing”.

European Society of Criminology Conference in Cardiff

Posted on April 10, 2017 by

ESC Conference

The 17th Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology will take place between 13-16 September 2017 in Cardiff, where a strong contingent of members from the Centre for Criminology will present their latest research.

Student Led Teaching Awards - Winners announced!

Posted on April 5, 2017 by

A massive congratulations to Dr Catherine Purcell who swept the board last night at the Student Led Teaching Awards, collecting three of the four Faculty Level Awards (Best Academic Supervisor; Best Course Leader; Best Lecturer) and the University “winner of winners – best lecturer” award!

This is a massive, unprecedented and richly deserved achievement, reflecting the hard work and commitment Catherine has shown her students.

Congratulations also to Dr Rachel Taylor for picking up the “Best Module in Life Sciences and Education” award and the University “Winner of Winners – Best Module” award!

It really was a great night for Psychology as a whole!

#USW #USWPsych #psychology

Dr Paul Carr features in an interview on Welsh Connections

Posted on April 3, 2017 by

Paul Carr with Mike Kennedy, 02/04/16 : Merthyr Rising !