Opening up your research: a guide to self-archiving

By David Pearson|September 1, 2014|Anthropology and Sociology, Art and Archaeology, China and Inner Asia, Development Studies, Financial and Management Studies, Gender, History, Information Literacy, Japan, Korea, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, Religions, South Asia, South East Asia, Unknown|0 comments

Making your research available on open access services increases citation and helps ensure greater impact, argues Deborah Lupton. In this post she has advice for sociologists in particular on different ways to self-archive, formatting and how to overcome barriers such as complex copyright legislation. Read the full article here. Deborah Lupton is a Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Sydney. She blogs at This Sociological Life and tweets @DALupton and is currently writing

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The Camera Never Lies

By Victoria Bird|August 8, 2014|History, Information Literacy, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The University of London is launching a MOOC (massive open online courses- see The Complete University Guide for a brief synopsis), titled The Camera Never Lies, which might be worth checking out over the summer. This short history course aims to provide: “an introduction to use of images and other media as historical evidence in the twentieth century, issues of authenticity and manipulation, and the place of film and historical

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Trial access to Asian Films Online from Alexander Street Press

By Jiyeon Wood|July 15, 2014|Anthropology and Sociology, China and Inner Asia, Films and Sound Recordings, Japan, Korea, Linguistics, Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, South Asia, South East Asia, Unknown|0 comments

We have trial access to Asian Film Online Volumes I and II from Alexander Street Press until 15th August 2014. Asian Film Online is an online streaming video collection of narrative feature films, documentaries, and shorts.This will be useful for scholarship in Asian studies, Middle Eastern studies, political science, postcolonial theory and criticism, anthropology, and linguistics. Asian Film Online: Volume I features more than 600 hours of film across the region with

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Film Screening THE HALFMOON FILES, TUE 3 DEC 2013, 7PM

By Jiyeon Wood|November 29, 2013|Films and Sound Recordings, History, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, Unknown|0 comments

PHILIP SCHEFFNER: THE HALFMOON FILES TUE 3 DEC 2013, 7PM, GOETHE-INSITUT LONDON Germany 2007, colour, 87mins, with English subtitles. Dir: Philip Scheffner. “There once was a man. This man came into the European war. Germany captured this man. He wishes to return to India. If God has mercy, he will make peace soon. This man will go away from here.” These are the words that Mall Singh spoke into the

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Chapulling in rythm: Music from Taksim Square

By Dominique Akhoun-Schwarb|October 22, 2013|Middle East, Central Asia & Islamica, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations|0 comments

The social movement in Turkey has engendered some remarkable music that can be sampled on this website: It is called “Capulcular Sarkisi” of the “Songs of the Capulcus”.  Prime Minister Erdoğan called the protestors “çapulcu” which means vandals or marauders. The demonstrators and online activists in this movement quickly reappropriated this term, anglicizing it (chapuller) and verbifying it (capuling/chapulling), giving it the meaning of “fighting for your rights (in

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By dsw|October 18, 2013|Africa, Films and Sound Recordings, Music, Media and Film Studies|0 comments

Film Africa is the Royal African Society’s annual festival celebrating the best African cinema from across the continent. Launched in 2011, Film Africa is now the UK’s largest festival of African film and culture. Every year, Film Africa brings London audiences a core programme of fiction and documentary films alongside a vibrant series of accompanying events, including director Q&As, panel discussions, talks, workshops, master classes, family activities and Film Africa

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India Music Week (6th-13th October)

By Farzana Whitfield|October 8, 2013|Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Image courtesy of The Archive of Contemporary Music: This week marks India Music Week! India Music Week is an online effort to identify and catalog all the recordings of Asian Indian Music throughout the world, and introduce you to ideas and music from this vibrant culture. It will remain active as an online resource to make this culturally significant body of work readily available to people around the globe

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Archive of Indian Music- gramaphone recordings come alive!

By Farzana Whitfield|September 12, 2013|Music, Media and Film Studies, South Asia|0 comments

Image taken from: Archive of Indian Music (AIM) is a repository of gramaphone recordings of India. AIM seeks to digitise and preserve for posterity the valuable slices of India’s cultural history and musical heritage. The Archive is a custodian of these treasures and makes these available to all. Listen to some of the best voices and the most divine instruments of this country cutting across various genres- Hindustani classical,

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Faiz Ahmed Faiz Mela in London

By Farzana Whitfield|September 4, 2013|Literature, Music, Media and Film Studies, Politics and International Relations, South Asia|0 comments

Image taken from the UrduWallahs: Faiz Ahmed Faiz was one of the most prolific Urdu writers to live, he was also an active member of the Progressive Writers Movement in India. To celebrate his life and work, the Faiz Cultural Foundation are organising a one day ‘mela’ (gathering) inviting renouned intellectuals and writers to speak about politics, culture and peace. In addition to this, Pakistani and Indian artists will get the audience moving

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Klezmer in the Park: September 2013

By Mary Fisk|August 5, 2013|Ancient Near East, Semitics and Judaica, Music, Media and Film Studies|0 comments

The Jewish Music Institute (in association with the Jewish Media Group) presents the Klezmer in the Park Festival in Regent’s Park on Sunday 1st September Click here  to view the programme and to find out more about the Institute and the various genres of Jewish music represented at the festival