In celebration of International Women’s Day, which takes place on March 8th each year, the Sexual Politics Research Group, led by a number of staff based in the School of the Arts, is hosting a screen event across campus. This is part of a series of celebrations taking place this Friday, March 7th.
Throughout the day, the IT information screens will honour women’s achievements past and present, local and global, in the arts, humanities, social sciences, engineering, science and technology. Many of the names used on the IT information screens (including the example above) were generated by enthusiastic submissions and the organisers hope that people will enjoy seeing their choices on screens this Friday.
International Women’s Day celebrates the social, political and economic achievements of women while focusing world attention on areas requiring further action. It has been celebrated every March 8th since the early 1900′s, usually highlighting a specific theme. This year’s theme is Inspiring Change, which calls for challenging the status quo for women’s equality and vigilance inspiring positive change on women’s behalf.
To find out more about the event, visit this website:
The British Library will be hosting a free hour-long webinar in March that will explore the British Library’s collections related to propaganda.
In Summer 2013 the British Library hosted an exhibition, Propaganda: Power and Persuasion, examining the communication of power, and attempts to persuade, through the use of visually striking material and the objects of everyday life. Examples of these can be found across the British Library’s collections, and this webinar will describe the types of material that were researched, found and used for the exhibition. It will cover posters, leaflets and pamphlets, maps, philatelic materials and recorded sound.
This webinar will be of most use to people planning to use the British Library collections and Reading Rooms in their research, but will also be of interest to those more generally interested in political history, propaganda and ephemera, and will be hosted by Ian Cooke, the Social Science Curator at the British Library and the curator of the Propaganda: Power and Persuasion exhibition.
It’s being run on Wednesday 12th March from 3pm (GMT). Booking is essential to participate, and to do this, visit the following link:
A new free exhibition begins at the British Library today on a scientific theme with an artistic twist.
Beautiful Science: Picturing Data, Inspiring Insight explores how our understanding of ourselves and our planet has evolved alongside our ability to represent, graph and map the mass data of the time.
From John Snow’s plotting of the 1854 London cholera infections on a map to colourful depictions of the tree of life, you can discover how picturing scientific data provides new insight into our lives.
The exhibition is running in the Folio Society Gallery until 26th May. For further details visit the British Library website here.
Between now and December we’re trialling a unique on-line social history and youth culture database that may prove of much interest to social scientists, artists and historians alike.
The Photographic Youth Music Culture Archive (PYMCA) is a specialist resource featuring over 40,000 exclusive photographs, moving images, texts, graphics, digital magazines and supplementary research. With insight materials covering the last 150 years of youth culture, youth tribes and social history, PYMCA is an essential educational resource for many HE and FE subject areas from media to fashion, music to history, social sciences and much more.
To access the database please go to www.pymca.com - when prompted follow the ‘Login via your home institution’ link, choose Loughborough University from the drop-down menu & input your Athens username and password.
We would welcome feedback – good or bad – on this trial, so please contact Steve Corn with any comments you would care to make.
Oxford University Press is running a free online training session next week for any Library users interested in learning more about how to use the online version of the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, which the Library currently subscribes to.
The session begins at 11am (UK time) next Monday (10th February) and will take about 40 minutes and will look at different search options, features and practical uses of the resource. There will also be time for questions at the end. You can access the session anywhere – all you need is a computer with an Internet connection and sound, but you can test that your system will be able to connect to the session by going to www.webex.com/lp/jointest/.
The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography is a unique and authoritative resource, providing over 56,000 essays on the men and women who have shaped British life and culture from the 4th Century BC to the year 2004. The essays are written by 10,000 specialist contributors, making this the largest collaborative tool in the humanities in existence.
Please register here if you would like to attend. You will receive an invitation which contains details of how to log in to the session. There is a limit of 30 participants, but if OUP receive more requests than that they will be offering further dates.
The British Library have joined forces with the European Union’s largest historical database to help compile Europeana 1914-1918, the most important pan-European collection of original First World War source material.
Launched this week by Monika Grütters, the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media in Germany, the database is the result of three years of work by 20 European countries and includes:
400,000 rare documents digitised by 10 state libraries in Europe
660 hours of unique film material digitised by audiovisual archives
The personal papers and memorabilia of some 8,000 people involved in the war, held by their families and digitised at special events in 12 countries.
The British Library is leading the UK’s contribution to the project, and has contributed 10,000 items from its own WW1 collections to the site, including trench journals from foreign troops, iconic war poetry, London schoolchildren’s accounts of Zeppelin raids and many more. The British Library has also produced a new website offering curated access to over 500 digitised historical sources from Europeana 1914-1918, including over 50 newly-commissioned articles written by leading historians.
Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s influential & inspirational first black President, arguably the world’s most revered and respected statesman of recent times, died yesterday after a long illness at the age of 95.
A leading figure in the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela was arrested in 1964 by the then apartheid white South African government on charges of treason. He remained in prison for 27 years until an international campaign successfully lobbeyed for his release. He became President of the ANC and led them to victory in the first multi-racial election held in South Africa in 1994.
He shared the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize with the incumbant white South African President, F.W. de Klerk, for their joint role in successfully and peacefully ending apartheid and reuniting the South African nation.
Although he retired from politics after a single term in office in 1999, Mandela remained an active and influential figure in African and global politics up until his death, and his legacy of peace and reconciliation will be remembered worldwide for generations to come.
Students of European culture and history will find themselves in their element by visiting Europeana, a database that provides a doorway to the digital resources of Europe’s museums, libraries and archives.
Here you can access books & manuscripts, art works, photography and audio-visual recordings among an archive containing over 30 million items - and rising!
And as the centenary of World War One approaches next year, over 56,000 images and scans have already come into Europeana, creating a virtual memory bank that reflects all perspectives on the conflict.
Europeana is funded by the European Commission and the Ministries of Culture of 21 European member states. Over 2,300 institutions have contributed to Europeana, including the British Library, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.
“English Historical Documents Online contains over 5,500 expertly indexed and fully searchable primary documents from 500-1914”.
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Access is available via IP address on-campus or from off-campus via the VPN by following this link http://www.englishhistoricaldocuments.com
The Eden Flix series of thought-provoking documentaries on an environmental theme begins again for the 2013-14 academic year with a screening of the Academy Award nominated 2010 film GasLand, introduced by Dr. Diganta Das, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, at 3pm on Wednesday, 20th November, at the Cope Auditorium.
With the concept of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, becoming increasingly considered as a key source of fuel for the UK, strong opinions supporting and opposing the process are fervidly arising amongst scientists, corporations and environmental activists causing widespread confusion among the population. Concerns speculate that fracking could cause carcinogenic pollution to water and earth tremors and they also elaborate that the shale gas extracted is ultimately, not a long-term nor sustainable option. The reality is that sufficient evidence hasn’t yet been produced to make calculated decisions, despite the seemingly convincing cases made by both sides – exemplified by Josh Fox’s work in GasLand.
Dr. Diganta Das will introduce this screening and open the floor for discussion afterwards. The screening will commence at 3pm and is free for all students and staff to attend, although booking is required as space is limited. You can do this via this link.
Eden Flix presents a series of highly acclaimed, thought-provoking and inspirational documentaries on issues related to engineering, design and social consciousness, and is sponsored by the Centre for Engineering and Design Education as part of the Engineering and Design Educators Network series of events in collaboration with Loughborough’s long-established Flix Society. Watch out for details of further films next year.