Blog from January, 2019

UoNRomanticism is a reading group which aims to bring together PGRs, ECRs and academics to discuss writers, texts, and ideas from Romantic-era Britain. We meet approximately once a month at the University of Nottingham or at a specified venue. In 2018, we had sessions covering Austen, Wordsworth, Blake, anonymous authorship, and hosted a half-day symposium in collaboration with the worldwide event, ‘Frankenreads’, run by the Keats-Shelley Association of America. This featured PGRs, ECRs and academics as speakers, both M3C and not, from the universities of Nottingham and Birmingham. 

This year, we hope to expand our group and form a hub of Romantic era scholars in the Midlands by inviting students and academics from other M4C universities to join our reading group. Our agenda for 2019 features trips to heritage sites of interest, digital humanities sessions, and guest speakers who will provide a talk before time for wider discussion.

While we are aware that Romanticism is a literary construct, we welcome members from all Humanities disciplines that work within the Romantic time period. If this reading group is of interest to you, please do get in touch by emailing or contacting us via Twitter, @UoNRomanticism, to hear more about us and to be added to our mailing list. 


Borders and Crossings is an interdisciplinary conference on travel and travel writing, which will take place at the University of Leicester, 4–6 July 2019.

Narratives of journeys, border crossings, and encounters with difference have existed since the earliest emergence of literary culture – from the Gilgamesh epic, through the accounts of Chinese Buddhist pilgrims in the first millennium CE, the narratives of medieval Muslim travellers in Asia, to tales of exploration and travel in the era of European colonialism, and the emergence of postcolonial, cosmopolitan and postmodern travel writing in the 20th and 21st centuries. The study of travel writing allows for a vast diversity of approaches and angles, taking in both the deep past, and the pressing contemporary issues of movement, (im)mobility, borders and their crossings.

Borders and Crossings 2019 is part of a long-running series of international travel writing studies conferences. This year, the event is organised by M4C students, and will be particularly welcoming to PGRs from within the M4C research community and beyond. The aim is to attract researchers from the broadest possible range of disciplines. Creative and critical-creative contributions are particularly encouraged. A separate call for creative works/performances to form a showcase within the conference programme will be forwarded to M4C students shortly, but submissions for creative contributions are also welcomed via the main call for papers, which is available here:

Twitter: @2019Borders

For more information, please contact


This feedback event explores the outputs of research into the impact of intergenerational arts programming on the experiences of exclusion and isolation within minority communities in Nottingham. We are delighted that two M3C students, Emma Margetson and Shantel Edward, have been involved in this Arts Council England funded project though M3C placement opportunities.

Join us for a special event, where we explore the findings and outputs of a city-wide research project, The Bigger Picture.

The Bigger Picture investigates the impact of intergenerational arts programming on the experiences of exclusion and isolation within minority communities in Nottingham. Researchers at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Bright Ideas Nottingham have been looking at the audiences and practices in cultural institutions: National Justice Museum, New Art Exchange, and Nottingham Contemporary.

During this event, we will be exploring the research findings and outputs, including a social impact tool designed to initiate critical conversations and embed decolonial practice across cultural institutions. We will be sharing proposed methodologies and approaches within arts programming that works with and responds to communities, promoting inclusion. Community researchers will present their findings in a performance developed together with Lisa Jackson.

A collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, National Justice Museum, Bright Ideas Nottingham, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Midlands4Cities.

Funded by Arts Council England.

Join us on Facebook here.

Fri 1 Feb, 2-5.15pm
Free. Booking Required
The Space
Nottingham Contemporary


The Research Festival is the time in the year when the whole M3C community comes together in one space to share, network, present and perform. Each year we are blown away by your contributions and we hope that this year’s event will be another success!

This event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your research or an element of your doctoral training experience in the welcoming and supportive environment of the DTP.

The 2019 Midlands3Cities Research Festival will be held on 23 May at Maple House (etc. Venues), 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6TB.

How to Participate:

Consider presenting a poster that clearly describes your research, or presenting an aspect of your research including practice based research and performance in a research relay, or through a digital story. Your research has the potential to have impact, participating will raise your profile and help you develop key communication and presentation skills, network with other researchers and build your profile.

 Attendance is mandatory and the programme provides plenty of opportunity for everyone to participate including:

 • Poster: produce a poster (A1) of an aspect of your research, your work with a partner organisation, a placement you have completed or some of your research findings in a clear and creative way for a public audience.

• A research relay presentation: this is a fast paced series (relay) of 5 minute talks on a subject connected to your research, your methodology, research findings, a CDF, your placement or work with a partner organisation.

• Photography, art or other installations to display in the exhibition space.

• Performance piece: music recital, drama, dance or poetry reading.

• Digital storytelling: if you would like to produce a short film this will be incorporated in to the research relays.

To get involved sign up here:

We invite all M3C students who would like to present at the festival to complete the call for papers form by Friday 15 February.  The planning group need an indication of how you will participate by this deadline to enable them to design a programme which will accommodate all participants.

Reflections on Holocaust Memory: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
18 March 2019
Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Upper Hanover St, Sheffield, S3 7QY

The British Association for Holocaust studies warmly invites paper proposals for its annual postgraduate conference. This year, the conference is titled “Reflections on Holocaust memory”; we hope that this theme will be sufficiently broad to encourage postgraduate scholars working in a range of disciplines, and on any aspect of Holocaust studies (and related topics) to make a submission.
The event will take the form of a one-day conference, which will comprise a number of panels delivered by MA and PhD students currently working in the field of Holocaust studies, organised according to theme. The day will also include lunch, and a keynote speech from Professor Sue Vice (University of Sheffield) on resistance and rescue in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah outtakes.

To submit a paper proposal, please send a 300-word abstract and 150-word biography to no later than Friday 1 February 2019.

We will only accept paper proposals from those currently working at postgraduate level (MA, PhD) on relevant topics, but all are welcome to attend. Attendance is free for all; if you would like to register to attend, please send the following details to the email address listed above:

- Name
- Degree type (BA, MA, PhD etc., if applicable)
- University / department
- Dietary requirements

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organisers (Emily-Rose Baker and Michael Holden) at the above email address.


Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature is looking to host an Employability Placement.

They are looking for someone who will research and present the Membership Monitoring Report on Nottingham’s UNESCO designation. 

One of the main objectives of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is to function as a laboratory of ideas and innovative experiences intended to capitalize on the full potential of culture and creativity for sustainable urban development. To this end, every four years member cities are required to produce a Membership Monitoring Report. This placement will research and present the Membership Monitoring Report on Nottingham’s UNESCO designation.  The research is intended to:

  • Demonstrate how Nottingham has implemented the UNESCO Creative Cities Network mission statement at both a local and international level;
  • Demonstrate how Nottingham has fostered the exchange of information with UNESCO, fellow member cities and the international community on the activities developed in the framework of the Network;
  • Shared insights into the importance and the impact of the designations at the local level; and
  • Developed case studies on the concepts and experiences (such as new projects, events and campaigns developed as a direct result of Nottingham’s UNESCO designation.

You can find examples of reports submitted by Dublin, Norwich and Dunedin here:  

Skills, knowledge or experience needed:

  • Experience of evaluating creative programmes, preferably in the cultural sector, but not essential
  • Experience of completing and presenting comprehensive reports 
  • Expertise in both qualitative and quantitative evaluation 
  • Experience of involving a wide range of stakeholders in evaluation 
  • Experience of developing innovative ways to gather and measure feedback 
  • Analysis of complex data and the presentation of this in a variety of formats 
  • Ability to communicate at all levels and to deal productively with challenging feedback 

Timeframe: To commence anytime between May and September. We would need the report delivered by 1st December 2019.

 If this opportunity is of interest to you, please get in contact with Sandeep Mahal, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature at


We are inviting PhD Researchers engaging with Black Studies, Black British Studies and related subjects to make an Abstract or Poster submission by: 8 March 2019.

Symposium date: Friday, 31st May 2019

Symposium location: Birmingham, UK

Anticipating Black Futures is an interdisciplinary symposium that will consider the futures of Black people in Britain by responding to the lived experiences of now.

In a nation where Black pasts are erased and the present is under threat, how do we begin conceptualising the future? This symposium responds to this curiosity by raising questions about the meanings of Black identities in Britain from this moment of post- Windrush and pre- Brexit. By anticipating the future Black possibilities we can articulate contemporary realities and theorise how to move forward in the present hostile environment.

By legitimising anticipation of the future as a research premise this symposium aims to articulate what it means to be Black in Britain by looking into future possibilities. The symposium will not only benefit those studying Black Studies and its related subjects. It will serve as a platform to further interests across Britain by being open to students in the arts, humanities, social sciences and other disciplines.

See below for full submission guidelines and event updates:


Twitter: @blackfuturesuk


Call for Applications: British Library PhD Research Placements

We’re pleased to announce that the British Library is now accepting applications for PhD research placements in 2019-20. A wide range of projects are available and full details, including information on how to apply, is available here:

Our PhD research placement scheme is designed to offer opportunities for current PhD students to apply and enhance research, communications and analytical skills and expertise outside of Higher Education as part of their wider research training and professional development. A PhD research placement at the

British Library offers the chance to experience research in a different environment to that of a university, to engage with a range of different research users and audiences, to gain insights into different potential postdoctoral career paths, and to make a tangible contribution to the activities and programmes of a

national library and major cultural organisation.

The application deadline is 5 pm on Monday, 18 February 2019.

Most placements can take place any time between May 2019 and March 2020 (any restrictions to this are specified in the individual placement profiles). Each placement is for 3 months full-time or (if feasible) the part-time equivalent.

For the current Call for Applications, the placement topics are (please see the website for detailed profiles):

  •  Art, poetry and memory: Contemporary UK Artists’ Books
  • Chinese works of art in the British Library Visual Arts collections
  • The Treasures of Danzan Ravjaa
  • Identifying and using map images in born-digital collections
  • Digitisation of archives: benefits and opportunities
  • George Orwell's Collection of Political Pamphlets
  • Greek Papyri of Late Antique Egypt
  • Assessing the impact of the British Library’s major heritage acquisitions
  • Life on the Home Front: Experiences of the Second World War in Britain
  • Communicating international engagement at the British Library
  • The ‘long tail’ of UK born-digital publications: What can we learn from legal deposit data?
  • Illumination in Persian manuscripts
  • Making the case for the national library – exploring the value of how collections are used
  • Practice research at the British Library
  • Historic photographs of the Silk Road
  • Public policy development at the British Library: Soft Power and international working
  • Taras Shevchenko at the British Library: Mapping and linking our collections
  • Analysing topographical image making c. 1600-1824
  • Trade Literature in the British Library collection
  • The oriental manuscripts collection of Sir William Jones (1746-94)
  • Women’s History Online Resources
  • Exploring working-class writing at the British Library

 If you have any questions please contact


Interventions: New Perspectives on Politics, Freedom, and Democracy

The 2nd Annual Conference of the Journal of Languages, Texts and Society.

A collaboration between University of Leicester, University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University

Friday 10th May 2019 - Leicester, UK.

Keynote Address from Professor Robert Eaglestone, Royal Holloway.

We are excited to announce the CfP for Interventions: New Perspectives on Politics, Freedom, and Democracy, to be held on the 10th May 2019 in Leicester. Interventions is an interdisciplinary conference in partnership with the Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society exploring the relationship between languages, literary forms, performance con/texts, and their socio-political contexts. Recent political ruptures around the globe have led to uncertainty in the future of national state structures and their ability to represent twenty-first century public interests. Mass migration, uneven globalisation, climate change, and the rise of new technologies and marketplaces place pressure on Western democratic institutions and liberal societies to adapt. These shifts are also occurring in a period of declining public trust in political representatives and the corporate sector following the global financial crisis and recent Russian interference in the United States democratic process. In Europe, the UK’s Brexit decision in 2016 reflected a widespread rejection of mainstream British politics and its metropolitan elite in favour of right-wing, populist ideologies. Similarly, in the United States, President Trump’s agenda of economic and populist nationalism marks a disconnection between democratic structures and notions of ‘freedom’. These socio-political contexts have had implications within the academy too, as universities have come under media attack for restricting students’ intellectual freedom. Earlier this year, universities across the country pledged to provide clearer rules to protect free speech and open debate on campuses, after former Universities Minister, Jo Johnson, claimed that universities were, "undermining the principle of free speech" (BBC, 2018).

The AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS) is open for applications.

 Deadline 24th January 2019

  • Harry Ransom Center (HRC), The University of Texas at Austin, USA – 5 placements available
  • The Huntington Library, California, USA – 10 placements available
  • The Library of Congress (LoC), Washington DC, USA – 25 placements available
  • National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan – 11 placements available
  • National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi, India – 5 placements available 
  • Shanghai Theatre Academy (STA), Shanghai, China - 5 placements available 
  • Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C., USA - 5 placements available 
  • The Yale Center for British Art (YCBA), Connecticut, USA - 5 placements available 

Find out more:

Hear and read about one student’s IPS experience: