I have just returned from an interesting conference in Korea on the history, politics and culture of traditional Asian martial arts. On the flight home I rather blearily wrote a quick report on my experiences and thoughts (which I posted here).
Because today is (or would have been) Bruce Lee’s 75th Birthday, it seemed to me like a good day to send an update on some martial arts studies related events and activities.
As it is Lee’s birthday, I also wanted to give away my most recent book about Bruce Lee – Beyond Bruce Lee: Chasing the Dragon through Film, Philosophy and Popular Culture (2013) – as well as one or two other publications. (You can download them all if you follow the links here, or directly from my academia.edu page here.)
Next I wanted to draw attention to the first AHRC-funded event of the Martial Arts Studies Research Network. This is the one-day conference at the University of Brighton (Eastbourne Campus), Gender Issues in Theory and Practice on Friday5th February 2016. Registration is free but you must register – here. (Alternatively, paste this link into your browser: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/martial-arts-studies-gender-issues-in-theory-and-practice-tickets-19117962340)
Our next network event will be a day-long event in Birmingham on Friday 1st April, organised by issues inspired and encapsulated by Kung Fury. Further details will follow soon. Watch this space!
Finally, a reminder about the next Martial Arts Studies Conference in Cardiff, from 19-21 July. Registration for this major international conference is here (http://www.eventbrite.com/e/martial-arts-studies-conference-2016-tickets-16674422647?aff=eac2), and you should register early to get the cheapest tickets and best value for money.
We have an growing and impressive line-up of speakers and presenters at this conference – just a few of which are listed here:
Please be aware that those who register early enough will be able to register for affordable Cardiff University accommodation for the three days of the conference. We cannot guarantee this for late registration. So, if you are serious about attending and you want to minimise costs, earlier registration is advised.
Needless to say, perhaps, we are still inviting proposals and abstracts. Instructions are here:
I’d also like to draw your attention to our film competition – which offers a chance to win free registration, accommodation, food, and everything:
So, those are the main updates from me. Any questions – let me know!
I hope to see some of you soon.