February Updates

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lunchtime at last year’s conference

This is just a quick email to inform you of some Martial Arts Studies matters that may interest you.

The first point to make is that we now have a final(ishlist of confirmed speakers for the Martial Arts Studies Conference that will take place over 19-21 July at Cardiff University. Registration is here. Once you have registered, you will receive instructions about how to book good quality but affordable University accommodation.

A second thing I wanted to draw your attention to is the fast-approaching Martial Arts Research Network Event, Kung Fury: Contemporary Debates in Martial Arts Cinema, which takes place on 1st April in Birmingham City University. Registration is free, but it is essential that you register in order to gain admittance. It also helps us calculate the level of catering to provide. (The Eventbrite site lists some of the confirmed speakers  I’ll be adding the names of one or two other academic speakers, plus confirmed speakers from the film industry, ASAP.)

For future research network events, watch this space. We’re hoping to have a Martial Arts and Mindfulness event in Huddersfield University before the end of the year, and hopefully an event organised by explorations of the Spinozan question ‘what can a body do?’ after that.

In addition, I have been reliably informed that the 5th Annual Meeting of the German Society of Sport Science’s Martial Arts Commission will take place from 6-8 October at the German Sport University in Cologne. At least some of this conference will take place in English this year. I’ll disseminate further information when I have it.

Finally, Ben Judkins has been publishing posts on martial arts studies research methodologies on his blog Kung Fu Tea. The most recent research methods post is written by Daniel Mroz, and it can be found here. I know that Ben is keen to continue this series of posts on research methods, and will be very interested to hear from you if you would like to write a short essay on your own approach.

That’s enough from me for now. As usual, I’ll be posting announcements on related subjects at these venues:

Martial Arts Studies Blog: http://martialartsstudies.blogspot.co.uk/

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/234783753324561/

Research Network: www.mastudiesrn.org/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/mastudies

Also, don’t forget, you are more than welcome to contact me about the journal (http://martialartsstudies.org/) and the monograph series: http://www.rowmaninternational.com/series/martial-arts-studies