Blog from April, 2018

The AHRC Research in Film Awards are returning for its fourth year with two new categories focused on migration and social media.  

The two new awards for 2018 are: 

  • The People on the Move Award: Stories of New Beginnings
  • Social Media Short Award 

The competition closes on Thursday 14 June at 16:00 hours. 

These awards are designed to recognise and reward the considerable body of work created at the interface between research and film and to acknowledge the world-leading work of arts and humanities researchers and practitioners. 

There are five categories in total, including four aimed at the research community and one open to the general public - the only proviso is that the film must have been inspired by the arts and humanities. This offers a fantastic opportunity for members of the public to be involved while receiving recognition for their work.

The winning filmmakers in each category will receive £2,000 towards their filmmaking activities and will be honoured at an awards ceremony on Thursday 8 November at the prestigious 195 Piccadilly in London, the home of BAFTA.

The films will be judged by a panel of academic and film industry experts, chaired by Jan Dalley, Arts Editor of the Financial Times. Entrants have until 4pm on Thursday 14 June to apply.

For more information about the awards visit the AHRC website and follow #RIFA2018 on Twitter.


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The Materiality of Maritime Cultures and Connections

Durham University, 26th June 2018

Coastal regions and seas have always provided corridors for long-distance movement – of objects, ideas and people. They facilitate communication between geographically-separate communities, enable flows of goods between people and places, and are generally pivotal to political expansion, to raiding and colonisation.

Rather than exploring coastal and maritime contacts within defined temporal or geographic contexts, opening up discussion from prehistory to the present, and looking beyond national boundaries, may be far more beneficial for creating critical frameworks for understanding long-term connectivity and coastal maritime travel across millennia.

This one-day conference aims to evaluate the evidence of long term patterns of connectedness across different seaboards and coasts, with a view to examining coastal and maritime culture and identity in the longue durée.  By comparing and exploring evidence for coastal and maritime interactions in prehistory and the historic period, this conference aims to create a more nuanced sense of connectedness and critique the changing nature of contacts and exchange mechanisms.  

Possible areas for enquiry include, but are not limited to:

  •  Maritime contact and cultures across seas (e.g. North and Irish Seas, the Channel, Atlantic, Baltic and Mediterranean or the Red Sea) 
  • How did the sea facilitate long distance contact/connections in the past?
  • Did long-term trajectories of movement along coasts influence later connectedness?
  • How did coastal communities optimise their maritime connections?
  • How distinctive were maritime communities in material terms?
  • Can we critique traditional labels and models of migration, trade and mercantile contact?

We welcome abstract submissions from postgraduates and early career researches exploring maritime connectedness and evidence for networks of communication and exchange from different temporal and geographic perspectives. Abstracts are welcome from researchers in Archaeology, Geography, History and other disciplines engaged in the theme.   

The workshop also provides the opportunity for poster presentations and welcomes interest from postgraduate students engaged with the theme.

In addition to the panels and poster session, the conference will include two keynote addresses, by  Prof. Chris Loveluck (University of Nottingham) and Prof. Chris Scarre (Durham University).   

Please send abstracts of200-300words to mmccdurham2018@gmail.comfor papers no longer than 20 minutes, by Monday 30th April 2018     

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Research Dialogues:     



  1. Academic writing the creative way - You've Finished your PhD, so now what?

  2. Digital Arts and Humanities Summer School 2018

  3. Policy Engagement Workshop with the Institute for Government

  4. Presence and Impact Coaching with VOX

  5. Shakespeare Connected! a showcase of current research
    Saturday 14 April from 10.00am to 4.30pm, The Shakespeare Centre.
    The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has been establishing a new network of universities to produce on-line exhibitions based on our collections and archives and giving insights into current research projects. Come and find out more at this action-packed one-day conference. Including the work of M3C students and supervisors.  (Free for M3C Students)

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