Blog from May, 2017

'Exploring Boundaries in Film and Television' - Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre Postgraduate Conference, De Montfort University, Wednesday 14th June

The schedule for the day is attached below. The conference attendance fee is £5, which is to be paid on the day at the registration desk. If you would like attend, please register at:

 If you would like to join us for the conference meal at The Queen of Bradgate, please see the attached menu, and let us know your menu choices by the Wednesday 7th June. The cost of this is £20. 

Hope to see you there!

Best wishes

Jennie Voss and Kieran Foster

On behalf of the Cinema and Television History (CATH) Research Centre

Dates: 25-26 October 2017
Venue: The University of Liverpool and FACT

The AHRC North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership is delighted to announce that this year’s postgraduate conference, Exploring Identity: Between Being and Belonging, will be hosted by The University of Liverpool and FACT on Wednesday 25th and Thursday 26th October 2017. The conference aims to bring together postgraduate researchers and academic staff in the Arts and Humanities to explore the concept of ‘identity’ from a range of interdisciplinary perspectives.
Scholars, performers and creative practitioners are invited to reflect on ‘identity’, as representing a stable condition of being, a collective notion of belonging, and a continual process of becoming, in the light of current, progressively challenging contexts. This interdisciplinary conference seeks to examine the concept of ‘identity’ against this backdrop as it manifests across literature, language, and culture.


AHRC Research in Film Awards

Following on from the successful 2016 Research in Film Awards, the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) is launching its 2017 Awards to find new and emerging talent that straddle the worlds of both filmmaking and arts and humanities research.

The AHRC’s Research in Film Awards are designed to showcase, reward and recognise the best of the growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no longer than 30 minutes) that are linked to arts and humanities research. For the third year running, there is also the “Inspiration Award” which is open to members of the public, provided their film has been inspired by research in the arts and humanities.

Films are produced in a great many ways through and as a result of research. They may be primary outputs, by-products, records of research undertaken, dissemination tools or practice-based research itself. They may include reconstructions and enactments, animations, installations and gallery pieces, games, interactive storytelling or co-produced work including collaborations with community groups, and may take the form of documentaries, visual essays or broadcast programmes.

These awards are designed to encourage, stimulate and recognise the considerable body of work created at the interface between research and film while recognising the world-leading work of researchers, practitioners and filmmakers in the arts and humanities research community.

Awards will be made in five categories and the winner of each category will win £2,000 to be invested in their future filmmaking activities. All applicants must accompany their submissions with supporting text which must detail how the film is directly linked or influenced by arts and humanities research.


1.      Best Research Film of the Year

2.      Best Doctoral or Early Career Film

3.      International Development Award: Mobilising Global Voices

4.      Innovation Award

5.      Inspiration Award (public category)

The call for applications closes at 4pm on 6 July 2017

For more information on these categories and how to apply, please see the Research In Film 2017 Call document and see:


Sheffield Doc/Fest have just announced the BBC Northern Docs Pitch and are looking for talented filmmakers based in the North of England to pitch new documentary ideas to a panel in front of a live audience at Doc/Fest. The director of the winning pitch will be offered a commission to make a 60 minute film for the BBC. For more details and to apply: 


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The Paul Mellon Centre invites you to mingle with your colleagues and enjoy a glass of wine while learning about visiting scholar opportunities for doctoral students and early-career scholars at the Yale Center for British Art.
The Center (located in New Haven, Connecticut, USA) is home to the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. It offers research placements through the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s international placement schemes and through its own visiting scholar program:
Monday, June 19, 2017, 16:00–18:00
The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art
16 Bedford Square
London, WC1B 3JA
T: 020 7580 0311


17 May 2017 9.30am-2pm

Event information/details:

The well-known U.S. academic career 'Guru' Dr Karen Kelsky is coming to DMU as part of a series of visits to UK universities. The event will comprise a career development seminar for early career researchers and late-stage PhD students. There will be a lecture on preparing for an academic career; a workshop on career development and a networking buffet lunch. Dr Kellee Weinhold will also be available for CV, interview and other career-related advice.

See website:

Registration information: Please email ADHResearch& if you wish to attendThe lecture is designed for all comers; the workshop is limited to 25 places, first come first served.


Society for Francophone Postcolonial Studies

In association with Liverpool University Press 

Regional, National and Global Identities in the Francophone World 

Friday 17–Saturday 18 November 2017 

Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London,

Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Confirmed keynote speakers: Ayo Coly (Dartmouth College) and Xavier Garnier (Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris 3)


In recent years, identity has become ‘a prism through which other topical aspects of contemporary life are spotted, grasped and examined’ (Bauman, 2000, 121). The rise of extraterritorial power structures and the privatization of life struggles has led to an intensification of the debate about the meaning of identity at local, national and global levels. While globalisation constitutes an uncontested challenge to the linear narratives promoted by nation states (Balibar, 1988, 86), it also triggers resurgences of nationalism and xenophobia.


This conference aims to examine how the increasing interconnectedness of the world affects the Francosphere. How do authors and producers of francophone postcolonial cultural responses perceive globalisation and its effects on identity construction? Is it perceived as a homogenising process which threatens the French language and the identities it carries or, on the contrary, as a new opportunity for localisation and, as Appadurai suggests, ’translocal solidarities, cross-border mobilisations and post-national identities’ (1997, 21)? Through discussion of recent cultural production from the postcolonial francophone world, we hope to map out what makes the specificity of the local, regional and national identities and examine the multiple cultural responses to globalisation within the francophone postcolonial context.


We welcome theoretical reflections on globalization and identity as well as proposals for papers and panels on topics including:


  • The effects of globalisation on the francophone postcolonial world
  • The role of history in defining national regional and identities in the francophone postcolonial world
  • Emerging new identities in the 21st century
  • Imagined communities and their expressions in 21st -century francophone cultural production
  • The role of French in an increasingly interconnected world
  • New conceptions of the nation
  • Migration and transnationalism
  • Francophonie and globalisation
  • Francophone Postcolonial Studies in a global context
  • Gender and regional, national, and global identities

Please send abstracts of 200-250 words plus 50-100 words of biography in a Word document to Conference Secretaries, Dr Christina Horvath and Antonia Wimbush ( Papers can be in English or French. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is 1 June 2017.


Imagining the Body in France & the Francophone World

Date: 19th and 20th January 2018

Venue: University of Birmingham

Confirmed keynote speakers: Dr. Kate Averis & Professor Lisa Downing
Invited artists: Fiorenza Menini & Dr. Jacqueline Taylor 
Organisers: Antonia Wimbush, Polly Galis and Maria Tomlinson

The notion of ‘imagining the body’ problematises the possibility of representing the body as it is en soi - whether it be depicted textually, visually or orally –, which has remained a matter of conjecture amongst scholars within creative and theoretical fields alike. Interpretations of bodily identity and development have proved equally conflicted, and the vision of a shared bodily experience has generated both comfort and controversy, particularly amongst feminists and within the queer community. What exactly do we mean by the body and how do we represent it? Is there a commonality of bodily experience?

The body in all its complexity has fascinated and inspired artists, writers, filmmakers, journalists and philosophers for centuries, and is foundational to the French and Francophone aesthetic regime. This two-day bilingual, cross-cultural and interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together academics and postgraduate researchers working on representations of the body from both French and Francophone studies, in a wide range of disciplines, historical periods, and critical approaches. The purpose of the conference is to facilitate dialogue, debate, and exchange about why it is important to study the body in French and Francophone studies. This conference seeks to question how portrayals and conceptions of the body are influenced by and come to influence global, social phenomena (such as culture, politics, geography, socio-economics, law and medicine), and above all, how French and Francophone creative practice and theory shapes our understanding of the body.

 The following is an indicative, but by no means exhaustive, list of the kinds of issues we hope to address:

 -          Gender and/or sexuality and the body (the female body, the male body, the transgender body etc.)

-          The maternal body

-          The ageing body

-          Violence and abuse of the body

-          The body in movement/stasis or in situ

-          The body in exile

-          The body and society

-          Animal bodies

-          More ‘abstract’ definitions of the body (such as a body of water or a body of literature) will also be considered


Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words, with your name, institutional affiliation, short biography and contact details (excluded from word count), by 1stJune 2017 to Antonia, Polly, and Maria using the email address Papers in both English and French will be welcome and should be no longer than 20 minutes


This exciting international training opportunity organized by the British Institute in Eastern Africa  will take place in July 2017 in Nairobi and at the Kenyan Coast as research field study location.

The British Institute in Eastern Africa is accepting applications to its three-week 2017 Summer School in Kenya. The cost for this is GBP 2000 which includes tuition, accommodation and meals and transport while in Kenya OR GBP 1035 which covers tuition, lunch, one week in the field and transport while in Kenya.

The Summer School targets graduate students from the humanities and social sciences departments focussing on the disciplines of Political Science, Anthropology, Archaeology and History from across the world as well as research professionals who want to hone their skills in qualitative research. The aim is to provide advanced practical and field-based training in research methods. The participants will spend one week in the field putting into practice various research methods.

Modules on offer include: Approaches to African Studies by various Disciplines (Anthropology, Archaeology, History and Political Science); Introduction to field research; Practical sampling, mapping and village surveys exercises; Practical ethnographic field work exercises; Practical oral and life history interviewing and focus group discussion exercises and; Ethics, permits and practicalities of doing research in Africa among others.

Apply at:

For more information, see brochure attached and/or get in touch with us through: or

Students who can demonstrate that this is a training/development opportunity which will benefit their research can make an SDF application to support the costs of attending this training.




The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies - Call for Papers - Deadline 1 July

September 21, 2017
University of Nottingham
Keynote speaker: Andrew Whitehead,
Honorary Professor Institute for Asia and Pacific Studies, Senior Research Fellow King’s
India Institute, and former Editor of BBC World Service News.

The Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies and the School of Cultures, Languages and Area
Studies at the University of Nottingham invites paper submissions for a one-day
multidisciplinary conference, India@70, to be held on September 21, 2017 at UoN’s
University Park campus. Marking the 70th anniversary of India’s independence, the
conference seeks to engage with the events of 1947 in their historic moment and the
multiple afterlives of Indian independence as a concept in fields ranging from history and
politics to literature, film, music, and performance studies. We are especially interested in
submissions that conceive of India’s independence beyond national boundaries and
contexts, or explore the globalized connections of 1947 and its aftermath across
disciplinary, geopolitical and linguistic landscapes.

Examples of possible topics include, but are not limited to:

• India’s emergence as a global power
• India’s diaspora
• Narratives of decolonization
• Foreign Policy and Indian Non-alignment
• Historiographies of Independence
• Kashmir
• Political Economy
• Regional nationalisms
• Literature
• Film
• Performance Studies and Theatre
• Music
• Visual culture

250-word abstracts and a one-page CV should be submitted to and by 1 July, 2017.

There will be no conference registration fees. Limited assistance is available to support

Approaches and pathways in Arts, Design and Media research- 7th July 2017

Call for proposals:

Research in Arts, Design and Media is highly diverse, often redefining parameters and pushing
boundaries. Whether dealing with more established approaches, theoretical ideas or explicitly
experimenting with new methods it inevitably involves a degree of mess.
Beyond Borders? is a one-day colloquium that traverses disciplinary boundaries to explore the
spaces, places and territories that exist above and below, amidst and with/out borders. It seeks
to make visible and engage with the pathways, roots and routes that enable us to immerse in
Arts, Design and Media research.
We invite workshops, happenings and presentations that redefine the parameters of the
traditional paper format, reflecting your research, methodologies, ways of articulation and
everything in between …

Are some of these approaches and pathways favoured more than others? Do institutional or
other boundaries affect/effect your research? Can questioning the familiar elicit the unfamiliar?
Does defining our research confine your research? How can addressing these sorts of
questions provide possibilities for the Arts, Design, Media and Humanities more broadly?
Please submit proposals on one side of A4 comprising text and visual/other sources where
appropriate that includes:

-­‐ How your proposal resonates with the conference themes
-­‐ The form that your proposed idea will take (i.e. workshops, happenings, presentations
and beyond)
-­‐ Any space or technical requirements

Please email your proposals to

DEADLINE: Friday 5th May 2017
@PgrStudio pgr-studio.



New Directions in American Philanthropy Sheffield Hallam University 14-15 September 2017 - Call for papers

The purpose of this workshop is to engage in this debate concerning the positive and negative aspects of American philanthropy. It is hoped that the research presented will both challenge and further our understanding of the role of charity and philanthropy in American history. From small Church groups and missionary efforts to secular organisations and multi-million dollar foundations, research papers covering any aspect of the history of philanthropy in America will be encouraged. Possible topics for 20-30 minute papers include, but are not limited to:

Philanthropy in the early Republic

 Civil War and Reconstruction era philanthropy

 Women and philanthropy; women philanthropists

 African-American, Asian-American and Native-American philanthropists and philanthropy

 Philanthropy, philanthropists and the US economy

 The Big 3: Ford, Carnegie, and Rockefeller

 Beyond the Big 3: the history of other American foundations

 Philanthropy and American foreign relations

 Religious and secular philanthropy

 Charity and philanthropy in contemporary America


The keynote lecture will be delivered by Professor Inderjeet Parmar (City University London). Proposals of no more than 250 words for papers should be sent to Dr Ben Offiler ( by 7 June 2017.



A one-day seminar hosted by the Centre for Travel Writing Studies, Nottingham Trent University, in collaboration with the Network for American Periodical Studies.

Tuesday 6th June 2017, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus
Keynote speaker: Professor Andrew Thacker (Nottingham Trent University)
Organisers: Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University)
Dr Rebecca Butler (Nottingham Trent University)
Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University)
Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University)
This day-seminar will focus on the relationship between North American travel writing and the periodical format. Its primary purpose is to facilitate historical and critical discussion of narratives of travel in North American periodicals.

We invite proposals for twenty-minute papers that examine accounts of travel to, within, or from North America, published in North American periodicals. Topics to be examined in considering the interplay between the travel experience, the written and/or visual record of travel, and the periodical publication of the travel record, may include, but are not limited to:


  • Commercial considerations
  • Editorial policy and interventions
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Periodical context and design
  • Purpose of travel
  • ‘Race’
  • Readership
  • Solo or group travel
  • Technologies of transport/mode of travel
  • Tourism
  • Visual representations


The seminar is a collaboration between Nottingham Trent’s Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) and the Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS). It draws on the expertise of both research centres, as well as that of our keynote speaker, Professor Andrew Thacker (NTU), a specialist in modernist magazines and spatial geographies of modernism.

The Centre for Travel Writing Studies (CTWS) was established by Prof Tim Youngs (Nottingham Trent University) in 2002 to produce, facilitate, and promote scholarly research on travel writing and its contexts, without restriction of period, locus, or type of travel writing.

The Network of American Periodical Studies (NAPS) is a research initiative set up by Dr Sue Currell (Sussex University) and Dr Victoria Bazin (Northumbria University). It aims to bring together scholars working on American periodicals (magazines, newspapers and other periodical publications) from a range of historical periods and disciplines.

Paper proposals of c200 words should be sent to by 5th May 2017. Early submission is advised.