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Dr Fiona Kelly attends the North Sea Meeting, Treviso, Italy

Dr Fiona Kelly attended the Dementia North Sea meeting in Treviso, Italy from 22nd to 24th April 2015. This is an informal meeting of researchers and practitioners from across Europe who meet annually to share research findings and to update on the work of their dementia research and practice centres. This year, there were delegates from the UK, France, Norway, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark and Italy. The meeting started with a welcome from our hosts from the Istituto per Servizi di Ricovero e Assistenza agli Anziani (The Institute for Services, Hospital and Elderly Care) and followed with updates from each centre, including any political developments relating to dementia. It continued with presentations from each delegate and we heard about a variety of initiatives, including the development of a technology toolbox for people with dementia and their family caregivers to try out different technologies before committing to buying them, an e-learning game for professional caregivers, a programme to develop a global definition of person centred care and to place care on an equal footing with cure, innovative day care models including a house run and managed by people with dementia and the development of an audit tool to measure the quality of dementia gardens.
Delegates visited three specialist units for people with dementia, showcased as being innovative for their design and practice. It was interesting to see how a very strong focus on meeting social, spiritual and sensory needs, providing access to outdoors and combining cognitive stimulation therapy to community dwelling people with dementia was juxtaposed by a strong medical input, particularly when caring for people with dementia nearing the end of life.

On the second evening we were treated to a water bus journey through Venice, ending up in the impressive St Mark’s Square where we strolled in the Spring evening sunshine.

Our meal of traditional Venetian food of sea food and squid ink risotto, baked fish with roasted vegetables and tiramisu was lively with talk of dementia ideas, collaborations and anecdotes. Our dash on a water taxi to catch the last train back finished off the night on a high, if relieved, note.

The final day saw presentations on creative innovations in dementia care and included a presentation by Dr Kelly on preliminary findings from an evaluation of the BUDI orchestra. A thread running through these presentations was the potential of the arts for fun, mutual learning, social inclusion, the equalising of those who take part and improvements in well-being, even if in the moment.

BUDI are delighted to host the event in April 2016 and we look forward to welcoming our European colleagues to Bournemouth.

BU academic has one of the most read papers in the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology

A paper published by BU’s Dr. Zulfiqar Khan in the Journal of Adhesion Science and Technology has become the Journal’s third most read paper within only four months of publication.

Dr. Khan’s paper entitled – Modelling of metal-coating delamination incorporating variable environmental parameters – was a joint publication between BU’s Sustainable Design Research Centre and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL), Salisbury.

The paper was published open access, making it much easier for people interested in the research to access and use it immediately.  The benefits of publishing open access can clearly be seen in terms of numbers who have read the paper.  Within four months, it has been read nearly 800 times, while the second most popular article – accessible only to those who subscribe to the journal – has been read 814 times since August 2012.

To find out more about open access publishing and how BU’s open access fund can support you, contact Pengpeng Hatch, Research Outputs Advisor in RKEO.

Australia endorses “New Learning and Teaching Standards for Environment and Sustainability Higher Education”

As colleagues will be aware, I have been a passionate advocate of education for sustainability (EfS) and global citizenship. I have worked across the sector to support change, and within BU have contributed to such things as the People and Planet Green League, Eco-campus and many other iniatives to enhance our environmental credentials but also to ensure that through education, we prepare students to lead (and make a difference) in a context that is global but also has to be sustainable.

We have more to achieve at BU in relation to the educative agenda, so in this regard I am sharing this work from Australian colleagues. I would not suggest that we need to impose standards but I would suggest that we might all consider how we could do more to ensure that the learning we provide enables our graduates to become better custodians of the world.

New Learning and Teaching Standards for Environment and Sustainability Higher Education

New national standards for tertiary qualifications in Environment and Sustainability have now been released. The standards are endorsed by the Australian Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (ACEDD) and have been developed through an intensive twelve month process, including consultation with the broad Australian and international stakeholder community of tertiary educators and researchers, employers and practitioners, students, indigenous people and other environmental educators. These standards can be used to design and deliver innovative environment and sustainability higher education in Australia. The standards are included in the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards Statement for Environment and Sustainability, available from or via the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching website ( For more information about the standards and the process of their development please contact the project co-leaders:

Dr Bonnie McBain ( or

Dr Liam Phelan (



Webb Ellis Cup visits Bournemouth University








The BU Centre for Entrepreneurship was delighted to welcome Rob Wingrove from RTH2015, who manage and operate the Official Hospitality programme for Rugby World Cup 2015, to the Executive Business Centre on the 23rd April.

Rob delivered a fascinating presentation which looked into three years of planning and development to deliver one of the largest commercial hospitality programmes for any global sporting event, and the marketing strategy and tactics implemented to achieve a forecast of over £110m in sales.

The audience were also delighted to have the opportunity to get up close to the Webb Ellis Cup, rugby’s most coveted prize, which had just returned from a journey around 15 countries as part of an international celebration of rugby.

Rugby World Cup 2015 is estimated to inject nearly £1bn into the British economy in 2015. With over 2.3m tickets up for sale, a global TV audience of 4bn and a record sponsor programme, Rob provided an interesting and detailed insight into how they have created one of the biggest corporate hospitality programmes in history in a saturated market.

Mark Painter, Centre for Entrepreneurship Manager, said, ‘we were absolutely delighted when Rob confirmed he would be able to find time in his busy schedule to visit us here at the Executive Business Centre. It was fascinating finding out more about the vital role hospitality will play in the success of RWC2015 and it was of course wonderful that Rob was able to bring along the Webb Ellis Cup’.

Mark added, ‘the feedback from the attendees was extremely positive and it is clear everyone really enjoyed the event.’

Rugby World Cup, the third largest global sporting event behind the Olympics and Football World Cup, takes place in England and Cardiff between 18 September and 31 October. The tournament will be hosted in 13 venues in 11 cities across the country.

The BU Centre for Entrepreneurship runs regular seminars and forthcoming events can be found at

HSS Sharing Research Experiences day 18 May 2015

Posted in BU research by Lisa Gale

You are invited to a day of sharing research experiences from staff across HSS. Sessions will consist of 20 mins presentation about an individual’s experiences of a particular funder, followed by 20 mins for questions and discussion. An opportunity to share your research ideas with colleagues from HSS and RKEO, and receive feedback, will be provided over lunch.

The day starts at 9am in EB206. Please find the timetable of the day here. This is a drop in day – there is no need for people to commit to the whole day.

Speakers include:

  • Ann Hemingway – EU funding
  • Zoe Sheppard – Case studying the submission and successful award of a Research for Patient Benefit grant
  • Caroline Ellis-Hill – NIHR Research for Patient Benefit
  • Edwin van Teijlingen – Tropical Health and Education Trust (THET)
  • Jane Murphy – Burdett Trust for Nursing
  • Jonathan Parker – British Council
  • Kip Jones – ESRC 
  • Claire Gordon – NIHR PhD studentship
  • Vanora Hundley – Wellbeing of Women

Please email Lisa Gale-Andrews to confirm your attendance.

Representations of PR – online resource

Representation of professions and employment takes many forms and is often shaped by books and visual and aural media.

In the public relations field, characters such as Edina in Absolutely Fabulous and the foul-mouthed spin doctor Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It are well known, as are terms like “PR success” and “PR disaster”, even though the events may have little to do with public relations practices or activities.

Apart from one US researcher, Professor Joe Saltzman of the University of Southern California, there has been little investigation of representations of public relations in books and entertainment media.

Working with colleagues in Australia, Sweden and the US, Professor Tom Watson of the Faculty of Media & Communication developed the PRDepiction blog:​ in 2012.

“We wanted to create a resource that would offer a catalogue of books, films, TV and radio, as well as articles, and encourage interdisciplinary research,” said Professor Watson.

As the blog has a relatively simple structure, additions and amendments can be made quickly. It has just been overhauled with a new look and revisions and more entries.

“PRDepiction has grown over the years and become more international. The latest additions include TV series in Australia and the UK, and a three-book series on a fashion PR guru from Australia,” said Professor Watson.

Additions can be sent to PR Depiction as blog Comments or to The blog also has a Twitter address, @PRDepiction.

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“I should have married an Englishman”: East Asian women’s perception of their husband’s ethnicity on gendered division of household labour


Dr Hyun-Joo Lim, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences

University of Bristol’s Centre for East Asian Studies at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies organised a workshop on Europe and East Asia for PhD researchers and early careers academics on Friday 27 March. This was a great opportunity for an academic like me, whose interest lies in East Asia and migrants from this region, to present my work and to network with emerging scholars in the field.

My presentation in this workshop focused on East Asian (Chinese, Japanese and Korean) women’s perception of their husband’s ethnicity in the division of housework and how they construct different modes of masculinities based on ‘race’ and ethnicity. This paper was drawn from my PhD, which examined the life stories of first generation East Asian women living in England. One of the objectives of the study was to explore gender relations at home and the ethnicity of the husband emerged as a major factor affecting them. My findings indicate a certain degree of differences in the division of household labour between couples, depending on whether they have got married to British men or East Asian men. Three participants reported to have egalitarian gender relations at home with men sharing housework and childcare either equally or even taking primary roles. All the women in this category got married to white British men. By contrast, 11 women said that they took almost sole responsibility for housework and childcare, regardless of their employment status. Among this group all but one woman were married to East Asian men.

Whilst the above findings are interesting and illuminate some degree of reality in these women’s experiences, the aim of my research is not to present a generalisable fact. Rather, I was interested in how these women construct divergent modes of masculinities in their talk and its theorisation. Therefore, my paper focused more on the nuanced meanings of East Asian women’s narratives and the impact of cultural imperialism on their perception of masculinities. More revealing than my above findings is the way women divide masculinities along the racial line and place a kind of hierarchical order. Often in their stories British men were depicted positively as egalitarian and doing a lot in the house. If they didn’t, they were represented as outdated like East Asian men. In contrast, East Asian men were portrayed as backwards and traditional, who did not move a finger in the house.

The idea of ‘racialised masculinities’ was developed from the concept of ‘racialised femininities’ based on the work of Pyke and Johnson (2003), which explored the way second generation Korean- and Vietnamese-American women construct femininities in their everyday life. According to this study, young Asian American women depicted American and Asian femininities in a dichotomised way, similar to the way my participants talked about British and East Asian masculinities. Their participants represented American femininity as independent, active and assertive, superior to Asian femininity, which is seen as passive, weak and hyperfeminine. My paper illuminates East Asian women’s internalisation of the discursive construct of the Orient by the West (Said’s 1978) and how it continues to affect their everyday psyche, resonating in their language. I concluded the presentation, arguing that racially divided masculinities overlook persistent gender inequality in Britain as well as variation within a society. For instance, it is well documented that women continue to take the majority of household work, including childcare, in Britain, despite some increase in men’s participation (e.g.  Crompton, et al. 2007; Geist 2010; Kan 2012). Simultaneously, a growing number of East Asian men, especially those who are well educated and have professional jobs, are contributing more and more to housework and childcare (Ishii-Kuntz, et al. 2004; Schwalb, et al. 2004, 2010; Yoon and Chung 1999). The paper was very well received with a lot of follow-up questions and round table discussions.



A model Institute?

The Byrd Institute, Tampa, Florida is an interesting example of an inter-disciplinary academic institute in practice.  I presented there earlier this month, Raising awareness of dementia: disseminating research via public engagement activities, which ties in with recent developments in this primarily NIH funded unit which is part of the University of South Florida. We toured the labs, where staff and students work alongside each other with mice at one end of the lab to computer images of human brains at the other. The second floor of the building is dedicated to screening for dementia and provides an example of dementia friendly design where people with dementia and their families spend the day going through the variety of tests that will lead to an often long awaited diagnosis of dementia. The Byrd Institute began as an independent unit on University property before becoming part of the University. Staff from across Faculties work in or are linked to the Institute providing an excellent exemplar of inter-disciplinary working. From screening in retirement villages to recuriting participants to clinical research trials this institute is slowly building a large data base of people with dementia as well as adults with early signs of mild cognitive impairment in a region known for attracting retirement migrants. They are now committed to enhanving their public outreach work and have recruited a social scientist to take this forward in the coming months. They have a wish to raise awareness of dementia within their local community and will achieve this by an ambitious outreach programme which will also contribute to increasing their pool of potential research participants in future clinical, neuroscience and social science projects.

Intergenerational working

Earlier in the month as part of a whirlwind three State visit to the US we visited one of three  Intergenerational Schools in Cleveland, Ohio. This model of education has two distinct programmes to promote learning and working between the older and younger generations. The first is a ‘buddy reading’ system where older people living in the community come into the school to read with pupils. Every pupil receives 2 x 20 minute sessions with an older person per week to enhance their reading skills. A second programme involves every class in the school visiting one of thirty-one care facilities (day care and long stay care) in the area once a month where pupils work with older people on a range of projects. The image attached is one art project  where pupils visited the care home and worked with people with dementia residing in one of Clevelands premier care facilities, Judson to create these banners that hang in the entrance to the care facility. These two initiatives demonstrate the possibilities for learning and working together in meaningful ways benefitting both older adults and school children. We have been experimenting with intergenerational working here at Bournemouth via a Tech Group facilitated at The Bourne Academy where school pupils have welcomed people with dementia and their carers into their schools to work together in an after school club where they have been learning to play on the wii, xbox and ipads together. This way of working offers opportunities to educate younger generations about dementia and to combat associated stigma, ignorance and fear of what it might mean to live with dementia. To paraphrase some of the words of the School Principle in Cleveland, who I found truly inspirational, the younger we start to educate our children about life and the challenges it can throw at us the better prepared they will be to contribute as active citizens in our society.

Policy Update


International Students

A surge in international students wishing to study in London has caused campus extensions and building projects worth a total of £4bn. Overseas student surge drives expansion at London universities (FT).

Tuition Fees

The SNP will support Labour’s bid to reduce tuition fees in England. SNP to back Labour on English tuition fees (Scotsman).

Student Votes

New polls suggest that both the two main parties are tied with 31% of student support ahead of next month’s general election. The Greens were the next most popular party, with 25%. Labour and Conservatives neck and neck among student voters (FT).


The Student Vote

A poll of 13,000 undergraduates finds “Green surge” amongst student population at the expense of the Liberal Democrats. Student poll: campus vote swings from yellow to Green (Times Higher Education).

Post-Study Work Visas

Francois Hollande and Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi agree to introduce a new two-year post-study work visa for Indian students studying in France. France introduces two-year PSW permit for Indian graduates (The PIE News).

Fossil Fuel Divestment

More than 200 members of staff at UCL and Soas sign a letter to their university boards following languorous negotiations of divestment from fossil fuels. UCL and Soas staff tell their universities to divest from fossil fuels (The Guardian).


Election 2015

Columnist Danny Finkelstein suggests that DPM Nick Clegg will pay a high price for his broken promise on tuition fees. The comment piece suggests Mr Clegg did it because he concluded that his policy had been wrong and the new policy was better. Opinion: Politics will be poorer if Clegg is kicked out(The Times).


Part-time students

The fall in part-time students in the UK means lost opportunities for individuals and the economy, the new head of the Open University Peter Horrocks warns. He is calling for part-time higher education to be made a much higher priority. Warning on loss of part-time students (BBC News Online).


Student reviews

New rankings published by WhatUni reveal the top universities in the country based on reviews from 20,000 students. Bournemouth are ranked 66th out of 113. The full list can be found here.

Immigration/post degree visas

Leading figures from the world of arts and fashion have warned in a letter to the Guardian that those most likely to contribute to Britain’s arts sector are penalised by the current immigration rules, which make it difficult for those who rely on freelance or unstructured work to qualify for visas. Graduate immigration curbs strip Britain of talent, says arts figures (The Guardian).

I’d also like to highlight that BU Politics Society are holding a question time debate with candidates from parties across Bournemouth and Poole on Monday the 27th April, 7.30-9.00pm. For more information and to register for the event, please click here.


Everyone’s a researcher, Turning my PGcert assignment into a book chapter. How did that happen?!

As someone who has joined academia from industry there are certain skills that I have found very transferable into the educational and enterprise remit, however research is my new area.

As an early researcher (slowly but surely progressing thorough the PHD journey) the whole notion of publishing my own work is something that was quite unknown to me.

But what I am learning quite fast is that opportunities exist for embracing research in every aspect of what we do here at BU.

Part of my formalised route to becoming a lecturer has been a requirement to study for the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGcert). Although it can be easy to view this as just being about enhancing knowledge around education, with the formal part being to produce 3 x 5000 words assignments I thought early on to take a different approach to this.

One of my aims whilst studying for this was to try to get my work published. And that is what has happened with my first assignment

I can now say I am a proud researcher, having dipped my toes into the water with the result of a book chapter in a new book titled ‘Collaborative Learning in Media Education’.

available now on Amazon and shortly free to download on google books.

I am chapter 3 so hopefully may get some reads before people close the book!

What I have learned from this is that we are all researchers and research comes in many forms. Now I have to work out what to do with my next two PG Cert assignments!

Melanie Gray

Lecturer in Marketing

Faculty of Media and Communication

Latest Major Funding Opportunities

The following funding opportunities have been announced. Please follow the links for more information:

Innovate UK

Portable Renewable Energy Generation. A project competition has been opened to identify and develop innovative solutions to generate portable renewable energy technologies that are able to work in a range of locations on underused or vacant land in Cardiff. Up to £1m will be awarded. Closing Date: 08/06/2015

Medical Research Council

Tackling AMR Theme 2: Accelerating therapeutic and diagnostics development.  Bids are welcome for the broad theme encompassing the development, scale up and manufacture of new human and animal therapies and the diagnostics required to better target both new and existing therapies, and to monitor bacterial pathogen spread. Funds will be available to support research over 12-24 months period, and are expected to be around £200k (80% fec). Closing Date: 04/06/2015 at 16:00

UK-Brazil Neglected Infectious Diseases Partnership. This initiative will provide funding for collaborative 2-3 year research projects, focused on neglected infectious diseases in Brazil. Closing Date: 18/06/2015 16:00

UK – Philippines: Joint Health Research Call. The focus of this call is research into infectious diseases that impact the most vulnerable in society within the Philippines. Up to £3.2m funding is available with up to £640k available per partnership. Expression of Interest Closing Date: 16/07/2015

Natural Environment Research Council

Environmental Risks to Infrastructure Innovation. A budget of up to £1m is available for research that addresses the challenge of making our infrastructure resilient and mitigating the effects of extreme weather events and climate change. Expressions of Interest Closing Date: 28/05/ 2015 at 16:00

The Royal Society

International Scientific Seminars. This scheme is for Royal Society Research Fellows who want to organise a small two-day scientific seminar, specific to a particular field of science or cross disciplinary in nature, at the Royal Society at Chicheley Hall. Closing Date: 11/06/2015

Wellcome Trust

Research Training Fellowships. This scheme is for medical, dental, veterinary or clinical psychology graduates who have little or no research training, but who wish to develop a long-term career in academia. Fellowships are normally for two to three years and cover research expenses and the fellow’s salary.  Closing Date: 07/09/2015

Please note that some funding bodies specify a time for submission as well as a date. Please confirm this with your  RKEO Funding Development Officer

You can set up your own personalised alerts on Research Professional. If you need help setting these up, just ask your School’s/Faculty’s Funding Development Officer in  RKEO or view the recent blog post here.

If thinking of applying, why not add notification of your interest on Research Professional’s record of the bid so that BU colleagues can see your intention to bid and contact you to collaborate.

Live Q&A with the Guardian: How can academics help science reporters get their facts straight?

The Guardian Higher Education Network recently hosted an online discussion asking the question: ‘how can academics help science reporters get their facts straight?’  At a time when academics are increasingly under pressure to engage non-academic audiences with their work and demonstrate the impact of their research, the importance of being able to use the media as a communication channel cannot be understated.  However, the perception of working with the media is that journalists often skew facts and overstate the importance of findings, thus distorting the original research.  How then can academics help journalists to get their facts right?

The debate featured contributions from academics, science communicators and journalists, and covered issues such as accuracy, the importance of preparation and the fact that research often can’t provide the definitive answers or ground-breaking results that journalists may want.  It also veered into a wider discussion about how research is perceived in the UK and whether, in an age of social media, journalists are even needed to disseminate research results.

The full discussion can be read here.  Comments on the Q&A are now closed, but you can continue the debate in the comments section below.

Nordic College of Caring Science & The European Academy of Caring Science Conference

I too was a delegate of the recent Nordic College of Caring Science & The European Academy of Caring Science Conference (19th – 20th March 2015, Copenhagen, Denmark), ‘Exploring Care for human service professions’ (see Research Blog 20/4/15).  I have been reflecting on the experience.

Colleagues Associate Professor Clara Aarts (from Uppsala University Sweden), Dr Ann Hemingway (from FHSS) and I, jointly presented a paper entitled ‘A Lifeworld Led Model for Public Health’. In our paper we specifically considered the use of a lifeworld led approach to the reduction of health inequalities. The Lifeworld is about the meanings of everyday life and what it is like to exist as a human being. Our piece was related to practice underpinned by philosophy. It was one of a plethora about Caring Science and human dignity and integrity as a focus for health and well-being.

After the conference it occurred to me that this particular forum had been like no other I had experienced. On reflection I think this was because we not only ‘talked the talk’ of Caring Science philosophy within our papers, we ‘walked the walk’ of Caring Science during the time of the conference. This ‘walking the walk’ was evident at different levels – the interpersonal and contextual. At an interpersonal level the atmosphere during presentations (or certainly the ones I experienced) was in-keeping with the philosophical basis of caring science – it felt ‘safe’, respectful and supportive. It encouraged discussion and sharing of ideas and learning from each other and together. It demonstrated that academic rigor does not need to come at the cost of these qualities (this has not always been the impression I have gained elsewhere).  I was also acutely aware of the supportive nature of colleagues at the conference – those from FHSS I travelled with, those I presented with, those we presented to and others who I met during lulls in conference activity (I think I am supposed to call that ‘networking’). As conference participants we were also ‘walking the walk’ of Caring Science given the venue and its philanthropic/caring roots and philosophy (the venue was Diakonissestiftelsen, Copenhagen, Denmark).

The BU contingent of delegates are all members of the European Academy of Caring Science and this was the first joint conference with the Nordic College of

Caring Science. During the final keynote speech Professor Emerita Elisabeth Hall offered her view of the meaning of caring science for human service and human health. She alluded to the notion of ‘caring feel’ or ‘tone’ that a caring context can illicit when we have ‘got it right’. The audience noted that the ‘tone’ of the conference venue itself had been in-keeping with caring science given its historical, spiritual, philanthropic and caring context. There was agreement that we should continue with joint European Academy of Caring Science and Nordic College of Caring Science ventures in the future given the positive experiences and discussions we had shared. We were asked to ponder what links the two organisations given their differing geographical coverage and potential perspectives. At the risk of stating the obvious I think it is care that links them, not only in word but also action.  

Liz Norton



OECD Co-operative Research Programme Fellowships

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries and who would like to conduct research projects abroad, in another member country of the Co-operative Research Programme.

The aim of the OECD Research Fellowships is to strengthen the international exchange of ideas and increase international mobility and co-operation among scientists working in these areas.

Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes:

  • The Natural Resources Challenge
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • The Food Chain

To apply for a Research Fellowship Award, please consult the following documents:

and complete the:

Please contact your RKEO Funding Development Officer in the first instance if you intend to apply.

OECD Conference Sponsorship

Applications are invited from research scientists working in agriculture, forestry or fisheries for funding towards a conference (or workshop, symposium, etc) to take place in a member country of the Co-operative Research Programme.

The aim of the OECD Conference Sponsorship scheme is to inform policy makers, industry and academia of current and future research, scientific developments and opportunities in these areas.

Applications should fit into one of the three following research themes:

  • The Natural Resources Challenge
  • Sustainability in Practice
  • The Food Chain

To apply, please consult the following documents:

and complete the:

Please inform your RKEO Funding Development Officer if you intend to apply.

Bournemouth Academics attend Popular Culture Association conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, and conduct archival research in US.

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In April, Faculty of Media & Communications lecturers Dr Julia Round and Dr Sam Goodman presented research papers at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association national conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. Held this year at the Marriott Hotel in downtown New Orleans, the PCA/ACA conference is one of the annual highlights of the contemporary cultural studies community, as well as popular culture throughout history. It features a variety of research strands, including Comics, Gaming, British Culture, Science Fiction, Craft Beer culture, Sports, Gender and Sexuality and many more, and often hosts over 3000 delegates over four (very long – 8am-9.30pm) days. Sam and Julia’s attendance of this event represents the international reach of research at BU, and offered them both a number of opportunities for networking and engaging in critical discussions with an international community of like-minded scholars. Julia’s paper, entitled Revenant Landscapes in The Walking Dead, builds on her recent research into zombies and adaptation and she will be developing it into an article for publication over the following year. Sam’s paper, entitled Made Safe From Time’s Iniquity: Genre, Identity and Post-Millennial Tension in Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, was presented in the British Culture strand, and dealt with the expression of resurgent British nationalism expressed in popular media during the early 2000s. He plans to develop this paper into a longer article on the subject in conjunction with further research into how British identity changed after the end of the Cold War, with a view to submitting it to the Journal of Popular Culture in early 2016. Sam, Julia and colleagues Dr Peri Bradley and Dr Richard Berger, who also attended the conference, will present their papers at BU in a specially convened session in June 2015 (details to follow). Next year’s PCA/ACA conference will take place between March 22nd-26th in Seattle, Washington; more information can be found on their website:

Further to the event in New Orleans, Sam also took the opportunity to engage in archival research whilst in the US. Generously supported by the Faculty of Media and Communication’s Narrative Research Group, Sam visited Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, in order to inspect the personal papers and manuscripts of Salman Rushdie, acquired by Emory in the last five years. He said ‘though it may seem unusual for a literary scholar to be inspecting archives, it is a growing trend among my colleagues as they pursue interdisciplinary research in the humanities. Examining the evolution of a text through its various influences and rewritings enables deeper insight into its possible meanings’. Sam spent five days in the archive where he mainly examined the original typescript of Rushdie’s Booker Prize winning novel, Midnight’s Children (1981), however, he also had a chance to read through preparatory notes on this novel and its follow-up, Shame (1983), as well as various fragments and relevant personal correspondence. Sam further commented that ‘the archive holdings are extensive and a lot to manage in only a few days, however, the staff in the MARBL library were very helpful, and it was a very productive visit’. Sam is currently working on an article that reads Rushdie’s use of alcohol within the narrative of Midnight’s Children as an allegory for the legacy of Empire; combining post colonial and medical humanities approaches and informed by this archival research, Sam intends to submit the completed article to Wasafiri journal of Postcolonial Studies later this year.

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