Blog from February, 2019

This conference will explore the ongoing ‘accelerating influence’ of practice-based research, as it continues to shape new ways of thinking about research and creative methodologies. Focusing on the evolution and increasing importance of creative practice within academic contexts across the arts and humanities, Cracking the Established Order (CtEO) returns to the key question of ‘Can practice allow us to re-envision the role of a traditional researcher?’. We are looking for ways that practice-based research provides a possibility for the formation of new knowledge – both critical and embodied - created and articulated through unique forms and formats. CtEO provides a new platform to reconsider the provocative potential of practice-based research.

Please take a look at the symposium website here for more information.

Deadline for proposals - 2nd March 2019.


PACE Building, De Montfort University, Leicester 27 – 28th June 2019 “The turn to creative practice is one of the most exciting and revolutionary developments to occur in the university within the last two decades and is currently accelerating in influence. 


This is placement opportunity for a scoping exercise for a potential exhibition on medieval medicine with Dr Christina Lee (University of Nottingham, School of English).  During the placement,  the candidate would be required to look through the holdings of the Manuscripts and Special Collections of the University of Nottingham to identify manuscripts which contain information on  Medical knowledge (anatomy, remedies), Discussions of illness and healing, Healing options (such as bloodletting etc., Plants, Regimen, Descriptions of illness, Discussions of ‘science’ (auspicious days, prognostics).  During the placements, you will have a weekly meeting with Dr Lee to discuss progress and to guide you in your search.

This is an amazing opportunity for a self-motivated student to provide ideas and material for the content of a potential exhibition. You will gain an insight into the process of curating material for an exhibition, developing its narrative and design as well as hands on experience of working with galleries and museums and support the procurement of loans for the purpose of the proposed exhibition.

Skills, knowledge or experience needed:

You will need to be organised, self-directed and have a good understanding of medieval manuscripts and medieval culture. Ideally, you will have previous experience with Paleography, Medieval Latin, and Old/Middle English.

Timeframe to consider:

This is an employability placement and you can develop a project brief that entails up to 3 months work on this project. Ideally, this will be completed by September 2019.

Contact Information:

If this is the sort of placement you have been looking for, or want to discuss this possibility further, please contact Christina Lee:


The University of the West Indies / University of Leicester International Summer School is aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers from the Caribbean and the UK with an interest in global studies and a background in any discipline across the arts, humanities and social sciences. The programme has been designed through collaboration between academic staff at both institutions. This year’s theme is ‘global health and environments’, and this year’s summer school will take place at the University of Leicester.

To find out more, please visit:

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside the Crafts Council Exhibitions and Collections team to develop and advise on a new archive policy and associated archive-collections management toolkit for the Crafts Council UK.

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for Craft in the UK. Established in 1971, we host national collections of craft. As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are looking to lay the groundwork for a strong archive policy that will help to preserve our heritage and ensure our development into the future.

The successful candidate will have an interest in archives and cultural institutions and will feel confident working with a wide range of archival material, including digital content, the Crafts Council collection, archival objects and our historical subject-specific library resource. As well as receiving support from the Crafts Council Exhibitions and Collections team, the candidate will have the opportunity to work with our networks of archival and collections experts at other high-profile institutions, including the British Museum and the V&A.

At the end of the placement period, the candidate will have outlined:

  • a digital preservation policy
  • a classification system for organizational material; and
  • a procedure for managing archival heritage assets into the future.

Skills, Knowledge or Experience needed:


  • Ability to travel to London at regular intervals
  • Some knowledge of museum CMS (MI+ and AI+)
  • Some experience with collections documentation processes
  • Knowledge of UK Collection Management standards


  • Experience with publically-funded cultural institutions
  • Knowledge of digital preservation

 Timeframe to consider:

 3 months full-time or 6 months part-time between April 2019 and April 2020.

 Contact Information:

If this sounds like a placement you might light to explore/consider, please get in touch with Julia Bennett, Head of Research and Policy:



In 2017/18 our audience reach was 10m. Audiences engage with us through a range of programmes; from our national network of Craft Clubs to attending Collect: the international art fair for modern craft and design. These activities take place in a range of locations across the UK, from partner museums and galleries to front rooms and kitchens. To ensure we continue to build audiences from all backgrounds and levels of engagement with craft, we are developing how we collect, analyse and share insight on our current audiences.

This placement will help us develop new strategies to help us overcome the challenges of understanding our current audience and to ensure that audience insight is informing our programme development.

A focus will be on ensuring we can effectively and efficiently use the audience surveying tools that exist as a requirement of our main funder Arts Council England ( and ) whilst designing strategies that take account of the needs of our

Skills, Knowledge or Experience needed:

Knowledge of audience or consumer research would provide a useful background to the project, as would experience of developing processes that use evaluation insight to inform programme design

Time frame to consider:

Start May 2019 – So if interested please get in touch with Andy as soon as possible to develop a project brief and get the placement process started as soon as possible!

Contact information:

If this sounds like a placement you might light to explore/consider, please get in touch with

Andy McGlynn, Director of Development


Come have a coffee and chat with Leslie Bode, the new (since August) M4C Placement Manager about any placement ideas you have, or questions about the process of setting one up. 

 She will be in your city on the following dates and times (come to any session that suits you):  


Wednesday, 13 February

9:30 am

University of Nottingham:  Highfield House: Room A09


Wednesday, 27 February

9:30 am

University of Leicester- Charles Wilson Fourth Floor 401 Sparkenhoe


Wednesday, 6 March

1:00 pm

University of Birmingham –Arts Building: Danford Room Room 224

At each session, there will be coffee and a brief presentation about the current process and tips for setting up a successful placement. Following this there will be time to answer your questions and discuss your individual opportunities and ideas.  So please come along with your questions and say hi!  Please click on the Eventbrite link  and choose the session you would like to attend, so that we know how many people will be attending (and we order enough coffee!)


Identifying Value(s) in Literature, Culture, and Society

20 ─ 21 June 2019


 We are delighted to announce that this year's AEL postgraduate conference Common Ground 2019: Identifying Value(s) in Literature, Culture, and Society will take place at Queen's University Belfast on 20 - 21 June 2019. We invite abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers from all disciplines within the humanities. Please find attached our call for papers with more details.

Common Ground 2019 Committee 

On the 9th May 2019 the University of Leicester is hosting its annual postgraduate conference for History, Politics and International Relations. The aim of the conference is to provide graduate students (masters and post-graduate research students) the opportunity to share their research in the broad context of the theme of ‘Identity, Complexity and Transitions’.  Lunch and tea/ coffee will be provided, as well as a wine reception.

The conference is open to all researchers within the disciplines of history, politics and international relations and all methodological approaches are welcome.  This conference will provide graduate students at any stage of their research projects the opportunity to share their work and give those who have not had the chance to present before with a warm, responsive, and constructive place to do so. 

Please see the attached documents for further details of this event and how to register.

Should you have any queries, please email them directly or Jordan Harris

Call for creative showcase contributions

Borders and Crossings 2019

An interdisciplinary conference on travel and travel writing

4–6 July 2019, University of Leicester, UK

Deadline for proposals: 25 March, 2019

Notification of acceptance: 1 April, 2019

Borders and Crossings 2019 invites creative practitioners from across the M4C DTP to showcase creative work that addresses, intersects with – or simply travels past – the conference themes.

The journey narrative with its ancient formula of departure/adventure/return is as old as literary culture itself. It takes in the Gilgamesh epic, the Odyssey, the Ramayana and much more besides. Modern narrative travel writing – typically first-person, notionally non-fictional accounts of journeys, encounters with difference or engagement with places – is simply one small part of a very grand tradition. The themes to be discussed during the CDF-funded Borders and Crossings conference at the University of Leicester in early July also include the pressing contemporary issues of borders, their crossings, and the fraught questions of mobility and immobility.

The main Call for Papers invites creative and critical-creative contributions, as well as proposals for more conventional scholarly papers (all of which will need to fit the standard panel format of 20-minute individual presentations).

However, we also aim to include a creative showcase element within the conference programme. This is initially open to M4C students only, but may later be opened to other PGRs from M4C institutions.

(To participate, your main M4C research does not itself need to be creative or practice-based; you may well be a historian who is also a poet, or a literary scholar who is also a singer-songwriter, and so on.)

Contributions in all forms, no matter how loosely linked to the conference themes, are warmly welcomed: poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction, music, digital and audio-visual presentations, static artworks, photography, or anything else you can come up with. Individual presentations would need to be a maximum of ten minutes in length, but could equally be as brief as a single short poem (static installations may be displayed around the conference venue, if practical).

The wider conference will be a very welcoming affair. Travel writing studies is wildly interdisciplinary, and international gatherings of travel writing specialists are amongst the most eclectic and open-minded academic conferences you could hope for. As a CDF-funded event, PGR training opportunities will be built into the programme, including a very useful session on publishing led by two experienced senior scholars. Subsidies for travel for M4C students coming to the conference from outside Leicester will be available.

If you have would like to take part, or have any ideas or questions, please contact Tim Hannigan before 25 March:

Please see the conference website for more background information:

Updates on Twitter: @2019Borders  


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 the extended deadline of Monday 4 March! 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


Our annual symposium will be back on the 10th and 11th of May 2019 with this year’s theme being ‘Powerful Places’.

We welcome papers from all whose interests and/or research fall within the Medieval and Early Modern periods and especially welcome papers from postgraduates (whether PGT or PGR) and ECRs. If you are interested in presenting at the conference please submit a 300 word abstract to by 24th February 2019.

We are also accepting applications for panels this year. If you would be interested in applying as a panel, please submit a 1,000 word abstract to by 24th February 2019.