Blog from September, 2019

1JAWS is the only academic arts journal dedicated to promoting MA and Ph.D. students (and those who have recently graduated). We have published work by students from India, China, Australia, North America, Canada and the UK, and maintain an international peer-review network.

What We Want: Theoretical and discursive essays up to 6000 words.Critical reviews of events, exhibitions or performances up to 3000 words. Submissions of practice accompanied by text. The word count for this type of submission can be negotiated through the peer review and editing process, but we recommend between 3000–5000 words. We strongly recommend authors consult our peer review guidance for unconventional submissions on our website prior to submitting, please see the link below.All work must be sent as a Word document to, and be prefaced with a 100-word abstract and 6–8 keywords, followed by a short contributor biography. Please include your university affiliation, full name, course and year of graduation.

All work must use Harvard referencing, following Intellect House Style. For full submission guidelines and information about the peer review process we employ, please refer for submissions: Monday 20 October 2019.


Friday, 24th April 2020
University of Birmingham

The Children and Childhood Network at the University of Birmingham is holding a Play Conference,
funded by Midlands 4 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership in association with the Arts and Humanities
Research Council.

The overarching theme is ‘The Power of Play’ in research, policy and practice. Attendees will include
doctoral researchers, academics, teachers and educators, and professional organisations from across
the Midlands and the UK. Further details will be announced in due course.

Deadline for all submissions – Friday 20th December 2019
Please email your submissions to the Children and Childhood Network at the University of

Museological Review invites authors to submit abstracts for Issue 24, which will reflect on and respond to how museums and art galleries are adding to current conversations through their exhibitions, programmes and projects and how this challenges the definition of a museum and its relation to the public. Should museums participate and be involved in the debate around social justice, global equality and wellbeing, as the new definition proposes?

In this regard, Museological Review is interested in submissions which consider how museums and art galleries are responding to and communicating themes including but not limited to the following:

- Community-based programmes and projects
- Crisis of democracy
- Equal rights
- Future of Europe after Brexit
- Global warming and climate change
- Human dignity and wellbeing
- Migrant crisis
- Museums in time of austerity
- Social justice
- Technology and big data

Submissions are invited in the form of academic articles, exhibition/book reviews and visual contributions from graduated students (MA and PhD), current PhD candidates, early-career researchers and museum practitioners. In light of the debate of the new definition of what is a museum, Issue 24 will contribute to the discussion by including a section where researchers and museum practitioners submit their own definition (no more than 300 words) of what they believe a museum is.

The deadline for submissions and abstracts/proposals is Monday 3rd November 2019, 17.00 GMT. Submissions and enquiries should be emailed to:

Notes for contributors:

Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) is recruiting a postgraduate student to complete a three month research placement between January and May 2020. The student will work within the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) and have the opportunity to undertake a review of research being carried out into slavery and trafficking in order to establish to what extent research has had an impact, and suggest ways to obtain more impact from this research.

This placement is looking for a student who can demonstrate a research interest of one or more of the PaCCS themes (Conflict, Crime and Security).

More information regarding this opportunity for students can be found in the Pdf attached, or online here:

The deadline for this is the 30th October 2019

The British Library Open Days are designed for first year PhD students who are new to the Library. The days explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services – including navigating our physical and online collections. Students are encouraged to choose the event which is of most interest and relevance to their studies, from the following:

  •  Asian & African Collections: Monday 20 January
  • Music Collections Monday: 27 January
  • The Collections at Boston Spa and beyond: Wednesday 29 January
  • British & European Collections from Antiquity to 1600: Monday 03 February
  • British & European Collections after 1600: Monday 17 February
  • Contemporary Society and Culture Collections: Monday 24 February
  • The Americas Collections: Friday 28 February

The Box Office to book these workshops will open in mid-October, for further information please visit 


Creating the Self: Youth Artists Workshop

Calling all Creative Minds between the ages of 16 and 25!

Would you like a FREE place on a workshop led by an international group of established artists in the fields of visual art, theatre and creative writing? Are you interested in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, communism, 1989 and migration to the UK?

Then come along to the Youth Artist Workshop being held at Centrala Space in Digbeth, Birmingham on Saturday, 21 September, 10.30-5.30. The workshop is being held as part of the project Testimony in Practice, being led by the University of Birmingham and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The event coincides with the display of a sound-art installation at Centrala, created by Polish artist Maciek Bączyk and local artist Emma Lockey and based on the stories, anecdotes and memories of Central and Eastern Europeans living in the UK – gathered as part of the project.

At the workshop you will hear from the theatre companies La Conquesta del pol sud, and Little Earthquake, the Romanian and German novelist Carmen-Francesca Banciu, and the artist Jakub Ceglarz about their work with real-life stories and on the theme of Central and Eastern Europe. You will then have the opportunity – with the support of the workshop leaders – to respond artistically to these stories and histories. You might paint, draw, craft, write, or perform.

There are 20 slots available and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To snag your spot, send an email with your name, age and preferred art form to: . Registrations will close when all 20 spots have been filled or on the 16 September.

The workshop and its creative outputs will form the basis of an exhibition at the University of Birmingham as part of the Green Heart and Arts and Science Festival’s autumn theme of Change. To find out more about the project and the workshop leaders visit:

Dance Consortium is looking to develop an employability placement with an M4C DTP researcher to work with their 20 UK member theatres to consider how audiences for contemporary dance in the UK might develop. To find out more or apply for this opportunity please visit: Dance Consortium Placement Brief.


Are you interested in understanding possible career paths in the creative industries and the cultural sector and building your network?

These two one-day workshops designed and developed specifically for M4C research students will feature a range of high-profile speakers to provide an insight into the sectors to assist with research and postdoctoral career options. 

16th October



Introducing the Sector


  • Sector definitions, trends, priorities, opportunities and challenges
  • How the sector is funded
  • The types of jobs you might want to consider in these sectors
  • The realities of working with creative and cultural organisations and tactics for collaboration

3rd December




Leveraging your PhD


  • Pitching your PhD for creative industries and cultural sector jobs
  • Key skills, experience and attributes needed by the sector
  • Hacking job applications
  • Panel discussion about top tips for applications, CVs and interviews
The Workshops will be facilitated by Hannah Bird and Dr Ceri Gorton (Bird & Gorton), working with speakers from across the sector providing the opportunity to develop a wide network of key contacts who include:
  • Sandeep Mahal (Director Nottingham City of Literature),
  • Aysha Afridi (Head of Heritage and Learning National Memorial Arboretum),
  • Ed Boot Artistic Director & CES of Nonsuch Theatre Nottngham),
  • Sam Cairns (Director Cultural Learning Alliance)


Exciting new placement opportunity working with Journey to Justice!

As part of the Leicester leg of the Journey to Justice project, the idea of blue “Plaques of Justice” developed: each school in Leicester will be offered a Blue Justice Plaque, so that the school can investigate, research and adopt a social justice “champion” to display on the School’s Blue Plaque.

This placement opportunity will involve helping to finalise the Blue Plaques of Justice “toolkit” which will be made available to schools to help them outline possible processes for researching and selecting a local social justice figure to champion and to commemorate.  You would also be responsible for liaising directly with those schools over the programme leading up to the adoption of their respective plaque; and to be part of the team available for schools visits to introduce and explain the details of the project to the schools and their pupils, and to “workshop” the idea of social justice champions with them.

To find out more and apply please follow the link below:


Nottingham Playhouse is the place to be on National Poetry Day.

Hosted by Ben Norris and featuring performances from a frankly ridiculous line-up including Dizraeli, Liz Berry, Caroline Bird, Vanessa Kisuule, Debris Stevenson, Bohdan Piasecki, Will Harris, Georgina Wilding, Jamie Thrasivoulou and Michael Southan, A Quite Enormous Poetry Event promises to be just that: enormous. And doubtless, very, very good.

The main stage show is preceded by several hours of poetic amusements and distractions in the shape of The Poetry Funfair, curated by Becky Cullen. Kicking off with a free poetry workshop at 5pm, and a chance to see films produced as part of the Poetry Pulse project, we celebrate the National Poetry Day theme of truth with a fanfare of activities, including guess-the-weight-of-the-truth, poetry hook-a-duck, a poetry fortune teller, juggler, and ghost train

The AHRC’s New Generation Thinkers scheme aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through working with the media and public engagement. It’s a chance for early career researchers to cultivate the skills to communicate their research findings to those outside the academic community. Each year, up to 60 successful applicants have a chance to develop their media skills, including programme-making ideas with experienced BBC producers at a series of dedicated workshops. Of these up to 10 will become New Generation Thinkers and benefit from a series of unique opportunities such as media and public engagement training with the AHRC and developing their own programmes for BBC Radio 3 including a chance to regularly appear on air. There will also be the possibility of working with BBC TV, putting on events for the Being Human Festival and the chance to become a regular blogger. Applications need to be able to propose an engaging and stimulating programme idea as well as show an ability to talk and write about other areas within the arts and humanities in an accessible and interesting manner, with an awareness of a wider listening audience.

Who can apply?

To apply for the New Generation Thinkers scheme, you must be:

  • a UK resident, and
  • Over the age of 18, and
  • Currently working or studying at a UK research organisation that is eligible to receive funding from UK Research and Innovation (see ‘Your organisation’s eligibility’, within the application guidance), and
  • Studying a relevant area of research (see ‘Your research’, within the application guidance available here ).

You must also be either:

  1. A current PhD student who has made considerable progress on your research, for example within one year of submission, or
  2. Within eight years of the award of your PhD, excluding any period of career break such as parental leave, caring responsibilities or health reasons, or
  3. Within six years of your first academic appointment, excluding any period of career break such as parental leave, caring responsibilities or health reasons. This must be a paid contract of employment, either full-time or part-time, which lists research and/or teaching as the primary function, including research assistantships.

You do not need to have a permanent contract of employment to be eligible, as long as you meet the conditions above. You can apply if you have applied to the scheme before, as long as you weren’t selected as a final New Generation Thinker. You can’t apply if you work for the BBC, the AHRC or UK Research and Innovation.

Closing Date: 08/10/2019.

Applications should be submitted using the UKRI’s Joint electronic Submission(Je-S) System. Applicants should ensure they have a Je-S account in good time before the closing date. For more information, resources to assist with developing the application and the call guidance, terms and conditions document see: