Blog from May, 2019

Dear all, 

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the SWW DTP Memory Studies Cluster symposium, 'Stories of the Past', which will take place in Southampton on 11th July. You can book your FREE tickets and find out more information about the day here:

The provision programme can be viewed at the website above. There will be a fascinating mix of topics, all united under the theme of memory - from Estonian national heroes to sixteenth-century gardens and Romeo and Juliet, to memory in contemporary Spain, and even shipwrecks as monuments!

SWW DTP students will be able to apply to the SDF fund or the conference fund for reimbursement of travel costs.

We kindly ask that you register as soon as possible, so that we are able to confirm catering. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.

The programme, as detailed on the website, is only provisional at this stage and subject to change. Please feel free to share the event on social media - you can find our Twitter profile @MemoryStudiesSW. 

We have an excellent line up of fascinating subjects, and it is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking day. 

If anyone has any questions and would like to get in touch, please drop us an email at

With best wishes,

Rebecca, Tom and Mary 


Places are still available!

Would you like to learn Latin or Ancient Greek?

In June 2019 we will offer the following 2-week intensive courses for beginners in:

  • ANCIENT GREEK for reading and research purposes (for beginners) - Enrol Now!
  • LATIN for reading and research purposes (for beginners) - Enrol Now!

The courses run from Monday 10th June to Friday 21st June; the deadline to register is Friday 7th June 2019 at noon.

The course fee is £315, including all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not textbook. If you require accommodation for the duration of the course please contact  .

For further details please visit our website or contact us.


The Birmingham Trojan Horse affair was an alleged plot to Islamicise schools. John Holmwood has written a research-based book on the topic and collaborated with LUNG theatre in the creation of a play shown to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  It will be on tour in major theatres in the Midlands, North England and London during October and November.  We are looking for an engagement manager to help in the organisation of local community events and after show Q&A. The events will link with the Independent Review of Prevent announced by the government and will involve liaison with civil rights NGOs. A final performance at Parliament is also planned.

Skills, knowledge or experience needed:

The ideal candidate will be interested in verbatim theatre or community-based theatre; or in the translation of social research into drama. Knowledge of Urdu would be an advantage, as would familiarity with issues facing British Muslims arising out of the Prevent agenda. An interest in social justice would also be relevant. The placement will involve developing evaluation of activities.

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.   Please note the deadline to submit a project brief for this placement is June 28th. The play will be in rehearsal in September with performances from 1st October through to 21st November. The play is showing from Tuesday through Saturday and the placement will be touring with the show, with Sundays and Mondays as ‘days off’. The placement is 3 months from 1st September.

Contact Information:

If this is the sort of placement you have been looking for, or want to discuss this possibility further, please contact : Prof. John Holmwood


There is still time to register for the Cracking the Established Order Conference next month!

Cracking the Established Order (CtEO) is a two day interdisciplinary conference that invites researchers and artists to continue to 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 artsand humanities, CtEO returns to the key question of ‘Can practice allow us to re-envision the role of a traditional researcher?’. Through this conference, we will explore together how research provides a possibility for the formation of new knowledge – both critical and embodied - created and articulated through unique forms and formats. CtEOprovides a new platform to reconsider the provocative potential of practice-based research.


The Creative and Digital Research Priority Area is holding an event at Broadway Cinema to facilitate knowledge exchange and promote networking between artistic practitioners and academics.  We would be delighted if you could join us to investigate how we can develop meaningful collaborations between the two communities.

‘Supporting and Creating: arts practice and arts research’ will be held on Friday 17th May, from 10am to 5pm at Broadway Cinema.  Lunch and refreshments will be provided. 

The conference will feature a mixture of panel discussions, presentations and networking opportunities.  For full programme details and to book a place please click on the following link :


Nottingham Trent University are advertising a Research Assistant position in literature and telephony for a project funded by the AHRC - further details can be found at:


hare your practice, thinking and writing with other practice-based doctoral candidates at a 2-day event, focused on supporting practice-based research at doctoral level across the Midlands.

This event is open to all practice-based research doctoral students at De Montfort University and those on a Midlands 3 Cities scholarships across Leicester, Birmingham and Nottingham. It has been designed to share, discuss, test and evaluate your practice-based research in a critically supportive and enhancing environment.

Activities across the 2 days include talks, discussion groups, workshops and practice sharings; 

  • Keynote lectures from internationally prominent figures in practice-based research (PbR)
  • Discussion groups about the nature of PbR and the role of the artefact in knowledge generation
  • Presentation and sharing of PbR work
  • Workshops around dramaturgical approaches to PbR
  • Workshops around the creation of a PbR Cookbook - developing methods, processes and techniques

Organised by CTx and Institute of Creative Technologies, in partnership with Practice-Based Research Doctoral Training Programme (DMU) and Midlands 4 Cities.


Register a place via (Deadline 10th May 2019)

The Royal Institution (Ri) are looking for an intern to start in mid-June to assist the Ri Masterclasses team with preparation and delivery of Masterclass Celebration Days in June/July and to help with some social research in preparation for the Christmas Lectures.  

Due to the focus of the internship, the dates are not flexible.

The role is based in Central London (with the requirement for some travel and weekend working for Celebration days at the end of June and beginning of July).

Students will be expected to base themselves within or near to London for the period of the placement. I understand that some funding bodies/DTPs offer expenses for this purpose. Please note; the Ri is not able to fund the internship and will require the student to have agreed funding via a Stipend before applying.

The closing date for receipt of applications is midday on Wednesday 15 May 2019 and interviews are scheduled to be held during w/c 20 May.

A free workshop at UoN for staff and students interested in digital textual techniques. 

The workshop leaders are Gabriel Bodard (Institute for Classical Studies) and Simona Stoyanova (LatinNow, University of Nottingham). The workshop is hosted by LatinNow (ERC project, in Classics and Archaeology).


10:00    Welcome and introduction to digital textual techniques and resources (philology, palaeography, imaging, SunoikisisDC)

11:15    Coffee

11:30    Text encoding (semantic markup, XML, example inscription); Oxygen exercise

12:45    Lunch

14:00    Linked Open Data (geography and prosopography); Recogito exercise

15:15    Coffee

15:30    Linguistic annotation (Treebanking, translation alignment); Ugarit exercise

16:45    Closing discussion and feedback

All staff and students are very welcome (you are welcome to drop in for the just the sessions you are interested in, you need not attend the whole day).

The workshop is free of charge and lunch and refreshments will be provided.

RSVP - Please sign up on Eventbrite:


AHRC Research in Film Awards 2019 (Closing date: 20 June)

Submissions for the AHRC Research in Film Awards 2019 are now open. The Awards, which are now in their fifth year, showcase new and emerging talent in filmmaking linked to arts and humanities research and celebrate the best of a growing number of high-quality short films (defined as no more than 30 minutes in length) that bring arts and humanities research to a wider public audience.

This year’s awards categories are as follows:

  • Best Research Film of the Year
  • Doctoral Award or Early Career Film
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing Award (public category)
  • Social Media Short Award
  • Inspiration Award (public category)

This year the public can enter two categories: one about mental health and wellbeing, another which has been inspired by the art and humanities. This could be a book, play, performance or exhibition which has fired the imagination. Previous Research in Film Awards winners have gone on to produce further films as a result of the exposure or have gone on to secure funding, impact policymaking and secured airtime on national radio. The Awards offer a unique opportunity for filmmakers working in the field of research to showcase their talent, while acknowledging the UK’s leading arts and humanities researchers and practitioners.

One of the judges, TV producer, Steve Evanson, has put together his top tips on how to create an award winning film. Read his feature to help ensure your film is as successful as it can be.

If you’ve ever wondered how to approach commissioning editors, RIFA judge and Head of All 4, Channel 4 Television, Richard Davidson-Houston, provides invaluable advice on what film commissioners look for and how best to pitch your idea.

Further information, eligibility criteria and details on how to apply here.