Blog from February, 2018

Thursday 14th and Friday 15th June 2018

University of Nottingham

This conference, aimed at Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers and organised by the University of Nottingham’s Journal of Language, Texts and Society, seeks papers and posters on a wide range of topics related to the journal’s core themes. There will also be the opportunity to publish conference papers as articles in a special edition of the journal.

We welcome abstracts of up to 250 words and biographies of up to 50 words for conference papers of no more than 20 minutes or A2 posters related to the topic of the conference.

 The topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

•             Literary interventions: studying the ways in which literary texts intervene in their socio-political contexts

•             Translating cultures: focusing on translation, cultural transfer, language policy, image and identity construction

•             Performance con/texts: investigating relationships between performances and audiences

•             Texts in professional and educational contexts: language learning and teaching; professional communications in first, second or foreign languages

•             Innovative methods to investigate language and texts

•             ‘Resilience’: Bhamra, Dani, and Burnard (2011) define resilience as the ‘capability and ability of an element to return to a stable state after a disruption’. As part of the University of Nottingham’s interdisciplinary research framework theme of ‘resilience’, we invite responses on the conceptualisation of resilience in relation to any of the above topics or more generally explore how resilience has been captured in historical texts and archives, literature, art, and social expressions.


As a truly interdisciplinary journal, we welcome submissions not just from across the arts and humanities, but also from the sciences, medicine, law and other fields in line with our six key themes. For more information on the Research Priority Area and other projects, please visit the RPA website.

Submit your abstract by Friday 23 March to

We seek to inform all applicants by Friday 20 April 2018

Kind Regards

The Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society


Uniting Two Perspectives on Mental Illness Philosophy and Linguistics

University of Essex, 13-14 September 2018

Mental illness has long been of interest to researchers in the humanities, including philosophy, linguistics, sociology, history and politics. In a domain where psychologists and psychiatrists have focused on identifying interventions and developing explanatory models, scholars in the humanities have preferred to explore broad conceptual and cultural questions.

For instance:
- Where do notions like “mental health” and “mental illness” come from? What can we learn from their history?
- How do specific diagnostic categories emerge?
- How does psychiatric language shape the way we think about ourselves and each other?
- How should we understand the relationship between mental illness and personal responsibility?
- How does stigma about mental illness function?
- How can we distinguish illness and disorder from other kinds of difference?
- To what extent can psychiatry be considered a science?

The aim of this conference is to demonstrate that a dialogue between two of these disciplines – philosophy and linguistics – can help shed light on these important issues.

With this in mind, we specifically encourage contributions that bring together methods and ideas from both of these fields. We also welcome submissions from philosophers who are specifically interested in discussing their work with linguists, and vice versa.

Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
- Diagnosis and treatment ideologies
- Mental illness in institutional discourse (e.g. clinical texts, law, government policy)
- Models of mental illness (e.g. medical, social)
- Feminist and minorities perspectives on psychiatry



Medieval Midlands is pleased to invite proposals for papers, posters, workshops and round tables for the third Medieval Midlands

Postgraduate Conference, to be held at the University of Nottingham, 4th -5th May 2018.

The theme of the conference is ‘Boundaries and Frontiers in the Middle Ages’. The conference welcomes papers that focus on any geographical location between 400-1500 CE from any relevant academic discipline. Speakers are encouraged to interpret the theme of ‘boundary’ as it is relevant to their own postgraduate research, including physical, cultural, social or religious areas. The conference will celebrate dynamic and innovative research that is currently taking place in the UK Midlands, and submissions are therefore welcomed on this basis.

Papers will be 15 minutes in length. Abstracts of around 250 words are invited from postgraduate researchers. Proposals are also welcomed for other formats of presentation and should also be put in to a 250 word abstract. All of these should be sent to by Friday 23rd February 2018. Please title your email “Medieval Midlands Conference Submission”. There will be a limited number of bursaries available to support travel expenses for speakers.


Invitation extended to M3C Students

March 2018 (26th or 28th) at the British Library, London

Students are invited to participate in one of three seminars at the British Library in March 2018 to discuss and explore British Library research collections and resources.

The seminars are an opportunity to meet BL curators, reference specialists and collaborative PhD students for an inside view on the Library’s collection and research resources. Bringing together researchers working in the Reading Rooms and curators and collaborative PhDs working ‘behind the scenes’, each seminar will explore different aspects of the broad theme of space and spatial research. As befits a collection that covers 3,000 years – from some of the earliest written records to the born-digital websites, archives and publications of the present day – and which includes material in almost all languages, a wide variety of research angles will be under discussion – driven largely by the interests and expertise of the participants. We are particularly keen to hear from PhD researchers who are already using the BL or who plan on doing so in the near future.

Deadline for applications:  Friday 28 February. Please use the form at the end of this page to apply for a place


PhD students are invited to apply to undertake one of our forthcoming research placements. These are specially-selected projects that have been developed by the Library to support current doctoral researchers to develop and apply transferrable skills and expertise:

 About the British Library PhD Research Placements Scheme

A PhD research placement at the British Library provides the chance to experience research in a different environment to that of a university, to engage with a range of research users and audiences, to gain insights into different potential postdoctoral career paths, and to make a tangible contribution to the purposes and programmes of a national library and major cultural organisation. A broad range of research placement opportunities have been identified by the Library for 2018-19. Further details and profiles for each placement are available at the link above.

 Current opportunities

 Afrikaans fiction

  • Investigating Anne McLaren’s Notebooks
  • Art, Poetry and Politics – Contemporary British Artists’ Books
  • Exploring music archives of 20th-century British composers
  • Unlocking Charles I’s Vision of Rome
  • Exploring our ‘Endangered Archives’ Projects in Africa
  • First World War French posters
  • Examining the role of internal engagement and communications in the British Library
  • Visualising a future for Midland Road and Euston Road
  • North American Migrant Narratives
  • Playbills in context: linked open data for historical playbills
  • Policy development with the British Library
  • Political cartoons in India in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Virus checking in long-term digital collection management and digital preservation
  • William Blake at the British Library
  • Telling the Stories of the Treasures of the British Library

 How to apply

Application Guidelines and the application form are available at:

Please refer to the guidelines and email the completed application form and a CV to  Please note that all applications must be approved by the applicant’s PhD supervisor and Graduate Tutor (or equivalent senior academic manager). The application deadline is 4pm on 19 February 2018.


This scheme is open to all PhD students, as long as they have the support of their PhD supervisor and their Graduate Tutor (or equivalent). International students are eligible if they have the right to study in the UK.


The research placements offered through the scheme are opportunities for current PhD students to apply and enhance research skills and expertise outside of Higher Education as part of their wider research training and professional development. They are training and development opportunities to be undertaken within this specific context – and are therefore different to the paid internships or other fixed-term posts that the Library may occasionally make available. See the Application Guidelines for further details and background. Please note that – unlike for an internship or a fixed-term post – the British Library is unable to provide stipends or payment to PhD placement students. It is therefore essential that applicants to the placement scheme obtain the support of their PhD supervisor and Graduate Tutor (or someone in an equivalent senior academic management role) in advance and that, as part of their process, they consult their HEI to ascertain what funding is available to support them. To support self-funded and part-time students, most placements can be done on a part-time basis, with some remote working also sometimes possible – see the individual projects for details.

Any questions?

Contact for all queries or to be added to our placement scheme mailing list for future years.


The AHRC have just announced a scheme that will be of particular interest to M3C students conducting research into television or media more broadly, providing a unique opportunity to attend the Edinburgh Television Festival (ETF) and participate in a specifically curated programme of events at one of the television industry’s most important events ( The scheme is only open to PhD students funded by a doctoral training partnership or equivalent. I have attached the details and application guidance with this email and would encourage anyone working in the field of television studies, or with a research angle directed to television and media, to discuss this opportunity with their supervisors. 

Please note the deadline for applications is 8 March 2018


Storysmash Festival: A Story in a Game

Storysmash invites you to a FREE afternoon of imagination and inspiration with a host of special guests, author masterclasses, workshops and the opportunity to play new Storysmash games developed by local creators. They’ll be a packed line up of masterclass sessions with guest writers including Jeff Noon, Panya Banjoko, Tony White and Kim Slater! You’ll also be able to watch the first screening of ‘A Story in a Game’ a special film commissioned as part of the Storysmash project and accompanied by live music from ‘Altered Sky’ with their infectious brand of rock-pop. The Storysmash festival takes place at the Nottingham Conference Centre on Friday 23rd February, 1pm-6pm and is suitable for ages 11 and over


You've got three more weeks to apply for for placements in China, Japan and at the Smithsonian in the US as part of the fantastic AHRC International placement scheme. Deadline is the 28th of Feb


Jeannette Rodgers (Cohort 1, UoB) is looking for collaborators across the M3C consortium to work on a CDF application focusing on promoting children's rights. If you are interested in getting involved or would like to find out more please visit: