Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin: the Blog

News for researchers at the Manchester Metropolitan University

‘Wish You Were Here’ Conference on Seaside Heritage

July 12th, 2016

Great Yarmouth, UK. Thursday 20 October 2016.

“The British Seaside resort, often emblematic of social and economic developments as well as changing tastes, has remained a fixture of British culture and heritage since the 18th century. Quickly emerging as a cultural phenomenon alongside the advance of the pleasure industry, the seaside town has shaped a unique and often quirky identity, which has since generated a shared public nostalgia for this distinct culture. This conference aims to explore the significance of seaside heritage, investigating its undulating history as well the challenges it has faced in the 20th and 21st centuries.”

“Being situated in Great Yarmouth, ‘Wish You Were Here’ will aptly address the social, economic and cultural conditions of seaside towns, discuss the importance of coastal heritage and consider the uniqueness and other worldliness of the place between land and sea.”

For more information, and to book tickets, please visit:

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]


July 12th, 2016

“Somatosphere describes itself as “a collaborative website covering the intersections of medical anthropology, science and technology studies, cultural psychiatry, psychology, and bioethics.” Authored by an international group of scholars, Somatosphere articles examine the connections between cultural and social phenomena and scientific, technological, and medical issues. Readers can browse for articles by subject tags, and the site has an especially rich collection of musings on neuroscience, epidemiology, technology, and the pharmaceutical industry. In contrast to many internet blogs, which tend to publish exclusively bite-sized pieces, Somatosphere includes numerous long-reads and a handful of serialized articles. This format allows for in depth explorations on topics including the rise of drug resistant tuberculosis and issues related to neo-natal care. Somatosphere regularly publishes summaries of new journal articles and “web round-ups” to keep readers abreast of recent articles, both scholarly and popular, that are related to the intersections of social science, technology, and science. In addition, the site includes Book Reviews and an occasional Book Forum, in which multiple scholars discuss a new publication. [MMB]”

[Source Scout Report, 17 June, 2016: ]

Understanding Society Innovation Panel waves 1-8 is available to download

July 12th, 2016

“The UK Data Service is pleased to announce the release of Wave 8 of the Understanding Society Innovation Panel (IP). To download the data simply register with the UK Data Service.”

“The Innovation Panel is a longitudinal survey designed for researchers to use as a test-bed for innovative ways of collecting data and developing new research ideas. The latest data release (IP8) contains interviews with over 2,000 adults and uses a mixed-mode design, which includes both online and face-to-face interviews.”

“The Innovation Panel conducts multiple experiments and methodological tests each year which are submitted to researchers worldwide. The next call for proposals will be launched in February 2017.”

“The Innovation Panel team has published a new working paper which summarises the results of experiments and methodological tests: Understanding Society Innovation Panel Wave 8: Results from Methodological Experiments.”

[Source UK Data Service news: ]

Shakespeare Revealed: Into the Collection – Tour

July 12th, 2016

Thu 28 Apr – Fri 26 Aug 2016

“A unique, behind-the-scenes opportunity to spend half an hour with one of our reference experts and also to see our Shakespeare in Ten Acts exhibition. As well as talking you through some of the main pieces in the exhibition, our expert will tell you about other rare and unusual Shakespeare-related items in our vast archive and also how you can gain access to them. Taking place in one of our stunning Reading Rooms, this event is for anyone with a general interest in Shakespeare.”

The talk includes entry into the exhibition.

For further details including how to book go to:

[Source British Library website as above]

Punk in ’76: Camden Town and the making of More On

July 12th, 2016

“The British Library’s free summer exhibition Punk 1976-78 features a number of fanzines from the era. Many of the creators of these fanzines subsequently developed careers in the arts or the media: Jon Savage (London’s Outrage) became a writer; Shane MacGowan (Bondage) found fame with the Pogues; and Tony Moon, creator of Sideburns, with its famous graphic: ‘This is a chord – this is another – this is a third … now form a band’, is now an academic at the University of Southampton.”

“Sarah Rapson, co-creator of More On fanzine, became an artist. She kindly shared with me her memories of those exciting times.”

To read more go to:

[Source British Library Sound and Vision blog, as above]

Human, meet computer: an event exploring the present and future of human-computer interactions.

July 12th, 2016

19 July 2016 – 5:00pm — 8:00pm – Nesta HQ, London

“We would like to invite you to an event to explore the present and future of human-computer interactions. New forms of human-computer interfaces like voice interaction, haptics or VR are changing the way we engage and interact with the world or access information.”

“Machines are becoming ‘smarter’ and more autonomous many are being designed to be more human like, but as they become more socially, culturally and emotionally aware how will this affect our relationship with machines?”

“Many of these advances are not new but as these types of systems continue to become an integral part of our work, education and lives what are the impacts and implications?”

“We will look at all these themes through talks, demonstrations and discussions to look at what the world will be like and how it will be shaped by these innovations.”

Registration opens at 17.00 with the event starting promptly at 17.30. The event will close at 19.30 followed by networking drinks until 20.00.

[Source Nesta website: ]

Saxhorns and serpentcleides: a history of musical instruments

July 12th, 2016

“Among the hundreds of thousands of designs held at The National Archives are many for musical instruments, or methods of improving instruments. These include examples that are still very much in use today, like the guitar and the upright piano, and others that have fallen out of use, such as the serpentcleide, or the English cetra.”

“These records help to illuminate the history of musical instrument making, particularly in the 19th century, when most of the designs for instruments were registered. They show how both well-known musical instrument makers and skilled amateurs designed and improved on instruments. We hold this material because the designs were registered for copyright – see our research guide for more information about registered designs.”

[Source National Archives blog: ]

EuroScience Open Forum: ESOF 2016 – Manchester, 23-27 July

July 12th, 2016

“The EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) is a biennial, pan-European, general science conference dedicated to scientific research and innovation. Each conference aims to deliver stimulating content and lively debate around the latest advancements and discoveries in the sciences, humanities and social sciences.”

“ESOF brings together over 4,500 leading thinkers, innovators, policy makers, journalists and educators from more than 90 countries, to discuss current and future breakthroughs in contemporary science.”

“Now in its seventh iteration, ESOF attracts thousands of delegates to the host city during the week of the conference, which, in 2016, will be held between 23 and 27 July in Manchester. ESOF is one of the best opportunities for everyone from leading scientists, early careers researchers, business people, policy makers, science and technology communicators to the general public to come together to find out more about how science is helping us advance today.”

For further details go to:

[Source Heritage Portal news: ]

Atlas of Emotions

June 28th, 2016

“In June 2014, world renowned emotions expert Paul Ekman sent a survey out to 248 active emotion researchers around the world. In their responses, 88 percent of the respondents agreed that there are Universal Emotions, that is, emotions that all humans feel, no matter where they live or how they are raised. There was also a broad consensus on which emotions are universal, including anger, fear, disgust, sadness, and enjoyment. To navigate this engaging Atlas of Emotions, readers may select any of the five emotions to begin. From there, readers will find more information, including categories such as Triggers, Actions, and Moods. For instance, selecting Triggers under the Anger emotion leads to a graphic depicting the typical triggers that lead to an angry response, such as encountering offensive beliefs, being wrongfully accused, and rejection by a loved one. The site is exceptional for its interactive graphics and a layout that breaks down complex topics into easily understandable information. Anyone who wants to better understand human emotions will find much to appreciate here. [CNH]”

[Source Scout Report, May 20, 2016: ]

NYPL Digital Collections: Richard M. Dennis Collection of Stereoscopic Views

June 28th, 2016

“Stereoscopic photography was popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This kind of photography involves placing two photographic images side by side; when one views them through a lens called a stereoscope, the side-by-side photographs create the illusion of a three dimensional image. Richard M. Dennis collected thousands of these photographic images throughout the 20th century. In 1939, Dennis sold his collection – a total of 35,000 images – to the New York Public Library. Continuing to collect stereoscopic images, he then donated an additional 35,000 images in 1980. Today, the New York Public Library has digitized these images and made them available through its substantial Digital Collections. These photographs were taken between 1850-1930 and depict cities and landmarks across the United States. Website visitors can search the collection or browse for certain stereoscopic views by date or geographic location. Some items have also been added to the Stereogranimator, where readers may view, create, and share stereographs as they were intended, in 3D form. This collection provides a fascinating glimpse into American history, urban development, and the history of photography. [MMB]”

[Source Scout Report, June 17, 2016: ]