Blog from July, 2019

The Association for Art History (AAH) New Voices conference CFP is now live and we are currently accepting papers on the interdisciplinary theme of art and text. The deadline for papers is Friday 23rd August and the date of the conference is Wednesday 6th November - held at the University of Nottingham

For more information please visit:


The ESRC and the Government Office for Science wish to appoint two Areas of Research Interest (ARI) Fellowships, for one year (with the potential to extend to two years), starting as soon as feasible from mid October 2019.

ARI Research Engagement Fellow

This role will have core responsibility for identifying and convening research expertise appropriate to address selected ARIs. The fellow will work to enable dialogue with government departments to refine and develop the ARIs. The Research Engagement fellow will work closely with the Policy Engagement Fellow in the development and delivery of work between cross-disciplinary/sector expert groups of researchers and policy makers to identify and design the research approaches needed to address them.

ARI Policy Engagement Fellow

This role will have core responsibility for proactively engaging with relevant policy makers across government. The fellow will take lead responsibility for the development and delivery of evidence-informed and innovative methods and tools to facilitate interactions between cross-disciplinary/sector expert groups of researchers and policy makers to support refinement of ARIs.

More info and how to apply here:


Are you going to be out of town visiting an archive, digging, doing a placement, attending a conference, involved in a performance or exhibit, language training, workshops, summer schools, retreats etc.?


Send us a postcard! A real postcard- the old-fashioned, stick a stamp on it and put it in the post box type!

Our Snail Mail address is:

M4C DTP, Highfield House, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

We are starting a Postcards from the field collection in our M4C DTP headquarters and want to hear all about the amazing work you are getting up to. 

When new postcards arrive, we will photograph them and share them on Twitter (using #M4CPostcards)

At the end of each year at the Research Festival, there will be an award for the best submission.

So get out there, take on the world and tell us all about it in a postcard. 


New Placement Opportunity: Playbills from Nottingham’s Theatres

Nottingham Local Studies Library has numerous long playbills from Nottingham’s theatres, spanning back to the late 1800’s. To preserve these incredible posters and the significant information they hold, the large collection needs to be indexed and, if possible, digitised and showcased.

 Key tasks…

  • Carefully collate key information from each playbill on to an excel spreadsheet
  • Explore the feasibility of digitising the playbills, including resources and equipment needs, cost and timescales
  • Scope options for promoting the playbills
  • Produce a report with recommendations for next steps based on the feasibility study

Key rewards…

  • Contribute towards preserving Nottingham’s local performing arts history
  • Develop career and employment potential through a unique experience for a high profile organisation
  • Enjoy seeing a vast selection of playbills and historic theatre information
  • Develop personal qualities required to be an effective researcher
  • Work alongside a team of dedicated and experienced staff

Skills, knowledge or experience needed:

  • Organised and methodical with the ability to follow instructions
  • Willingness to handle historic documents with care and respect
  • Reliable and self-motivated to complete the project unsupervised (staff will be around the area for support) in a timely way
  • Excellent report writing skills with the ability to present information and recommendations clearly and concisely
  • Able to carry out the requirements of the role at Central Library, Angel Row, Nottingham

 Timeframe to consider:

  • A minimum commitment of 5 hours per week for approximately 6 months (negotiable)

Contact Information:

If this is the sort of placement you have been looking for, or want to discuss this possibility further, please contact:  Lynda Naylor – Local Studies Librarian


As part of Child Rights Week/Child Right Fortnight, run in conjunction with nurseries and primary schools in Birmingham, funding has been received from Midlands 4 Cities DTP to hold a conference in association with the Children and Childhood Network (CCN) at the University of Birmingham.
This year, Child Rights Week/Child Right Fortnight with nursery and primary schools focussed on the right to play, as set out in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The conference will therefore be focussed on various themes surrounding 'play' in childhood, and will likely take place in SPRING 2020A call for papers will be issued in the Autumn Term of 2019.


We are issuing a call for COMMITTEE MEMBERS to take the conference forward from planning through to delivery. 


You would be working alongside other PGRs and academic Directors from the Children and Childhood Network at the University of Birmingham. We would love it if all M4C Universities are represented; it is planned that Child Rights Week/Child Right Fortnight will be taken over in 2021 by PGRs from other universities in the M4C cohort. For more information about the project, please visit
If you are interested in being part of the Play Conference committee, please email Jeannette Rodgers ( later than the 30TH JUNE 2019.


Once we have a list of committee members, we will organise our first planning meeting and assign roles. If you would like to be involved in a particular way or in a particular role, please also include this in your email for our consideration. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the committee, please let them know.
We look forward to seeing you on the committee!