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Lost in translation: disability history and the difficulty of language

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Vicky Iglikowski in her blog at the National Archives writes:

“Last month was Disability History Month.  Founded in 2010, it endeavours to highlight the history of disability. To help open up our collections here at The National Archives we have recently published a research guide to point out some of the sources that might be a useful starting place. For this purpose we have defined ‘disability’ widely in the way it has been historically treated to include sensory impairments such as blindness and deafness.”

“From 1851-1911 the census included some kind of indication of mental and physical disabilities, including learning disabilities. Rather than giving statistics or just listing impairments, the census records give names, and to some extent identities, to people with disabilities from the past who would otherwise have been anonymous. It provides an overview of how individuals may have been affected by disability, and where censuses were taken in an institution, shows where the institutionalised disabled were housed. Although disability is an under-researched and historically marginalised issue, for many it is and was a fact of life. Therefore in our records it is an area of recurring interest.”

“To find sources that refer to disability it is necessary to adopt the contemporary terminology.  This is often language we now find offensive. … Over time attitudes to many of these words have changed and we would not use them today.”

To read more go to: http://blog.nationalarchives.gov.uk/blog/lost-translation-disability-history-difficulty-language/

[Source National Archives blog]

British Academy launches series of public debates discussing the biggest issues of our time

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

“New for 2014, the British Academy is launching a series of free debates to encourage the public to discuss some of the most important challenges of our time and show the role academic research plays in helping us understand and address them.”

“The British Academy Debates will look in turn at some of today’s toughest questions and illuminate the crucial issues involved, with the aim of helping individuals, communities and politicians make better informed decisions in key areas that affect their lives.”

“The British Academy Debates will focus in turn on issues surrounding Ageing, Immigration and Well-being. In the first series, leading academics and public figures will debate the challenges – and the opportunities – posed by our steadily ageing population, with debates in London, Sheffield and Edinburgh, chaired in turn by journalist Evan Davis, classicist Mary Beard and actor Simon Callow.”

“Each debate will focus on a different aspect of ageing, with questions ranging from ‘Is Britain’s ageing population a benefit or burden?’ to ‘How can we challenge negative stereotypes of later life?’”

Registration and more information about the British Academy Debates can be found at:   http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2014/debates.cfm?frmAlias=/debates/   

[Source British Academy news: http://www.britac.ac.uk/news/news.cfm/newsid/1042 ]

UK’s first national festival dedicated to the humanities is announced

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Being Human, the UK’s first national festival dedicated to demonstrating the value, vitality and relevance of humanities research, has been officially launched.”

“Led by the School of Advanced Study, University of London – in partnership with the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy – the festival will explore what it means to be human over nine days from 15 to 23 November 2014.”

Being Human is now inviting higher education institutions across the country to apply for small grants to participate in the festival by holding their own public events and activities to showcase innovative humanities research.”

“The grants will fund creative programming which engages the public with leading humanities research, including debates, performances, virtual activities and exhibitions.”

For further information on how to apply for funding, go to:  http://www.sas.ac.uk/support-research/being-human-festival

[Source AHRC website:  http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/News-and-Events/News/Pages/UK%E2%80%99s-first-national-festival-dedicated-to-the-humanities-is-announced.aspx ]

Sport and Society: the Summer Olympics and Paralympics through the lens of Social Science

Friday, December 9th, 2011

“The Social Science Collections and Research team at the British Library supports researchers by opening up and enabling access to their content and resources. Their aim is to inspire research, promote collaboration and knowledge exchange, and support capacity building among the current and next generation of researchers.”

“This site takes the Olympic and Paralympic Games as a platform upon which to introduce the wide range of materials held at the British Library which can support research into the social aspects of sport. It is aimed at a cross section of people, from those who are intrigued by the issues which underlie the hosting of the Games, to those who are actively involved in the latest research.”

To visit the site go to: http://www.bl.uk/sportandsociety/index.html

You can also read and/or subscribe to the Sport and Society blog which highlights relevant items from the British Library’s collections and raises awareness of other issues related to the Olympics and Paralympics.  Recent entries in the blog include: Strength, Sport and Ego – about the history of body building; Sport and Peace; the Olympic Flame; Winning. 

Go to: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/sportandsociety for more details.

Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture

The Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture is a partnership between the Arts Council England, the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). It aims to support arts and cultural organisations across England to work with digital technologies to:

  • expand their audience reach and engagement and/or
  • explore new business models

The Fund will produce new data and research insights that can be shared with and benefit other organisations in the arts and culture sector.

Expressions of Interest are invited from UK-based researchers or research teams to work with arts and cultural organisations and technology providers on projects under the Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture

http://www.ahrc.ac.uk/FundingOpportunities/Pages/DigitalRDArtsCulture.aspx

Rabbit Awareness Week

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Rabbits are the third most popular pet in the UK, but the most abused due to ignorance and lack of understanding about their needs.

RAW is supported by a number of organisations within the rabbit community who are dedicated to making the lives of these intelligent, fun, curious yet complex creatures better.

To find out more about the environment, behaviour, and welfare needs of rabbits visit:  http://www.rabbitawarenessweek.co.uk

New interviews added to “Oral History of British Science” (British Library)

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

“Further interviews from the National Life Stories project An Oral History of British Science, have been uploaded to ASR as streamed audio and are available to a worldwide audience via the ‘Oral history of British science’ package. These newest interviews are with Professor Andy Hopper, Roy Gibson, Professor Sir Maurice Wilkes, Professor John Nye, Professor Dan McKenzie, Dr John Glen, John Kington, Professor Stephen Moorbath and Sue Vine. Further interviews will be added over the next few months and up-to-date information on the project, including reflections from the interviewers.” [Source: Sound Recordings Blog, 21-04-11]

The Blog is back!

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

The summer term has begun and the Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin Blog is back from its holidays … so watch out for more updates from the electronic library world!

End of term: last post till 3 May

Friday, April 8th, 2011

Hello dear readers! As it’s the last day of the spring term and the Researchers’ Weekly Bulletin Blog is a term-time only production, this is my final post for now. I hope that you enjoy the break – and I look forward to bringing you more news from the electronic resources world when the summer term begins. Next post: 3rd of May (if all goes well!)

All the best,
Mary

Journal of Nature & Science of Sleep (Dove Press)

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

http://www.dovepress.com/nature-and-science-of-sleep-journal

Published since 2009, this “ international, peer-reviewed, open access journal cover[s] all aspects of sleep science and sleep medicine, including the neurophysiology and functions of sleep, the genetics of sleep, sleep and society, biological rhythms, dreaming, sleep disorders and therapy, and strategies to optimize healthy sleep”. Recent articles include “JuSt – a multimodal program for treatment of insomnia in adolescents: a pilot study” and “Correlations of physiological activities in nocturnal Cheyne–Stokes respiration”. [Source: DOAJ, New Journals]

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