Our research collaborations in Europe

Our research collaborations in Europe

We are working with researchers across Europe on projects relevant to Language, text and power. Here are some examples.

The European Television History Network

ETHN is a network that connects scholars, archivists and institutions working on the history of television in Europe. The network encourages the exchange of research and the development of collaborative research projects that help to explore a comparative approach to television history.  ETHN logo

The historiography of television has been - and still remains - a predominantly national narrative, emphasising the crucial role of media in the construction or stabilisation of the nation. The European Television History Network aims to question these common assumptions by offering perspectives on the complex processes of transnational circulation and appropriation of television. The European Television History Network was officially launched at the FIAT/IFTA (International Federation of Television Archives) conference in Paris 2005. Subsequent workshops were held in Utrecht (2005), Madrid (2006) and London (2007) and established the group as an active network. The Network jointly organized the 'Rethinking Television Histories' conference held at Kings College (London) in 2007 and some of its members wrote the first transnational history of European television published in December 2008, A European Television History, edited by Jonathan Bignell (Reading) and Andreas Fickers (Utrecht). In autumn 2009, a special issue of the journal Media History was devoted to the methodological and theoretical challenges of doing transnational television history in a comparative European perspective. Current members of ETHN include colleagues from universities in the UK, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Many of these colleagues participate in transnational research projects about television that are funded by the EU, which aim to make European televisual heritage available to the public as well as specialists. These projects include EUscreen, Video Active and Birth-of-TV.

The Williamite UniverseWilliamite Universe

The Williamite Universe is an international platform for
scholars interested in and working on the Anglo-Dutch King-Stadholder William III (1650-1702) and his time and context. Aimed primarily at historians, it also includes related disciplines, such as art history, political theory, philosophy, theology, economics and international relations. The Williamite Universe organises regular conferences and symposiums on one of these topics,
and has its own book series with Ashgate publishers, Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750.

For more information:
The Williamite Universe
Politics and Culture in Europe 1650 -1750:   

Isotype Revised

Isotype (International system of typographic picture education) was a method for assembling, configuring, and disseminating information and statistics through pictorial means. Known first as the Vienna Method, it was developed by Otto Neurath and colleagues in 1920s Vienna to help explain social and economic issues to the general public. The Isotype 'movement', through its various offices and activities in the Netherlands, Soviet Union, United States, Britain and elsewhere, went on to play a major role in twentieth-century communication design.

The 'Isotype revisited' project is concerned with Isotype
work in iIsotype Revisitedts representative contexts and locations. It aims
to clarify better-known dimensions of the Isotype movement, explore its less well-understood interests and innovations, and evaluate its legacy up to the present day. It seeks to make known the progress of Isotype and re-calibrate its significance, and that of Otto Neurath, to communication design history and to present-day information visualization.

For more information: Isotype revisited.

Italian Academies

A research group led by Professor Jane Everson (Royal Holloway, University of London) with co-investigators Dr Lisa Sampson (Modern Languages, University of Reading) and Denis Reidy (British Library) has recently been awarded £780,690 by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) for a four-year continuation of the major research project 'The Italian Academies 1525-1700: the first intellectual networks of early modern Europe'. Italian Academies project detail
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International cross-currents in typeface design: France, Britain and the US in the phototypesetting era, 1949 - 1975

A three-year collaborative doctoral award project in conjunction with Musée de
l'Imprimerie, Lyon, funded by AHRC, concentrates on the type designs produced for Lumitype-Photon, Monotype, and Linotype 1945-1975. It considers the different marketing approaches of these companies, ad will investigate the tensions and complexities of both developing designs for a new technology (phototypesetting) and for a number of different national markets, and explain how the role of designer as a supplier of product and owner of intellectual property changed in this period.

This doctoral research draws on the archives of Lumitype S.A. (France), Crosfield Electronics Ltd (United Kingdon) and Photon Inc (US) which are held in the Musée de l'Imprimerie, Lyon, those of the British Linotype company and ATypI, held at the University of Reading, the ATypI archival material held by the University of Reading and St Bride Library, UK, and the archives of the British Monotype Corporation Type Drawing Office held by Monotype Imaging, UK.

For more information: Phototypesetting.

Polish TheatreOur class production

Teresa Murjas specializes in Polish theatre and performance history. She conducts practice-led research, in the form of both theatrical performance and translation. She has translated and staged plays by Gabriela Zapolska, Slawomir Mrozek, Wlodzimierz Perzynski, Tadeusz Rittner and Stanislaw Przybyszewski.

Teresa has research connections with the University of Lodz and the Lodz Film, Theatre and Television School. Her research performance of Zapolska's Four of Them has been staged at the Lodz international Theatre Festival.

Teresa also focuses particularly on research into Polish Holocaust representation in theatre and film. As part of her research for an article to be published in the academic journal Contemporary Theatre Review in 2011, Teresa has established connections with the Teatr na Woli in Warsaw, where Tadeusz Slobodzianek (whose award-winning Polish Holocaust play Our Class was staged at London's National Theatre) is the artistic director (National Theatre prodcutions: Our Class).

Teresa Murjas specializes in Polish theatre and performance history. She conducts practice-led research, in the form of both theatrical performance and translation. She has translated and staged plays by Gabriela Zapolska, Slawomir Mrozek, Wlodzimierz Perzynski, Tadeusz Rittner and Stanislaw Przybyszewski. 

Languages at war

Professor Hilary Footitt, with colleagues at the University of Southampton and the Imperial War Museum is leading an AHRC-funded project called Languages at war: policies and practices of language contacts in conflict which seeks to test the theoretical frameworks set by language policies for war against the experiences of those at the sharp end of conflict.

Wars are often encounters between speakers of different languages. In these encounters, there is on the one hand , a public policy dimension, setting frameworks and expectations, and on the other hand, the lived experience of those 'on the ground', working with and meeting speakers of other languages. Government, the military, and multilateral agencies develop language policies intended to prepare their soldiers to work with foreign allies, meet foreign enemies and deal with civilians who do not speak their language. In the context of armed conflict, soldiers experience the reality of these language encounters at first hand.

For more information: Languages at War.

Curatorial and cross-disciplinary cultural studies, practice-based doctoral programme in Art

The Department of Art at the University of Reading in collaboration with the Postgraduate Programme in Curating at Zurich University for the Arts is offering a new doctoral program for research in and as curatorial and/or artistic practice. Research students are enrolled at the University of Reading and the Postgraduate Programme in Curating is hosting a research group and offers opportunities for teaching and lecturing in Higher Education. The new PhD programme specializes in offering established curators, artists, art critics and designers from all disciplines the critical framework to focus on specific curatorial and cultural research topics in order to earn a Doctorate from the University of Reading through a combined theoretical and practical approach.

Participants will be able to engage with the ongoing international public programmes connected to the Postgraduate Programme in Curating in Zurich and with the independent On Curating magazine.

Please contact the Department of Art for further information. 

Early modern Anglo-Spanish relations

This international network brings together scholars working in the fields of literary and historical studies to explore the complex relations between England and Spain from the reigns of Mary I and Philip II to the mid-seventeenth century. Co-founded by Dr Mark Hutchings in the Department of English Language and Literature in 2007, the group consists of colleagues from partner universities Manchester, Reading, and Valladolid, and collectively we are interested in exploring the various and diverse intersections between England and Spain from a range of disciplinary and cross-disciplinary perspectives. Our work addresses a range of topics, such as the English seminary established in Valladolid in 1589, the Spanish Match of 1623, and formal and informal modes of diplomacy. This research has resulted in collaborative and sole-authored publications, conference panels and papers, and a series of grants, including a Spanish government award for 2009-12 on the subject of 'Libros, viajes, fe y diplomacia', and a Leverhulme Study Abroad Fellowship for Mark Hutchings to organise a series of seminars and workshops in Valladolid in 2012. 

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