Blog from October, 2019

Find out more about the AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS)

A representative from the AHRC and previously successful students are delivering a workshop for the WRCoCAH DTP and Midlands4Cities to provide advice and guidance on applying for IPS funding

The workshop is being held at the University of Leeds (room TBC)

from 10.00 – 12.00 noon

on 13th November 2019

Register here: IPS application workshop

The aims of the International Placement Scheme are to:

Provide early career researchers (ECR), doctoral level research assistants and AHRC/ESRC*- funded doctoral students, with dedicated access to the internationally renowned collections/ programmes/ expertise held at the seven IPS institutions

  • Enhance the depth, range and quality of research activities conducted by scholars
  • Create opportunities for networking with other international scholars at those institutions

The host organisations for the IPS scheme are seven world-leading, international institutions:



Doctoral Open Days

The Open Days are designed for first year PhD students who are new to the Library, offering the opportunity to hear from our expert and friendly staff students and network with their peers, in all disciplines and from across the UK. To find out more, visit:

These days explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services – including navigating our physical and online collections. Each day will present generic tools and helpful hints, with reference to a different thematic area or time period of the Library’s collection, providing a starting point for the Student’s own research at the Library.  As such students are encouraged to choose the event they feel is of most interest and relevance to their studies, from the options below:

  • Asian & African Collections: Monday 20 January                                                             


This paper examines the genre of the postcard—a popular technology for the transmission of memory—in order to understand the spatiotemporal politics of Anthropocene imagining. Prof Wenzel is particularly interested in apocalyptic visions of environmental futurity that borrow images of contemporary Third World poverty and ecological degradation in order to posit them as the First World’s future. While Europe’s others were once seen as inhabiting a lesser past, now they're seen as inhabiting its projected future inferior. The consequences of carbon accumulation in the future are imagined to look a lot like being on the wrong end of capital accumulation in the present, with little acknowledgement of the shared but uneven history that joins them. These are among the thought grooves of the status quo that are so difficult to escape, at least from within the inertia of the fossil-fuelled “chain of ease.” Like so much else, the future will be unevenly distributed.”

Please see the full seminar series programme available on our website here.


Intersections, the annual conference dedicated to work of post-graduate and early-career researchers, held at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama.
Intersections 2020 will take place on 23rd and 24th January 2020. The topic of this year's conference is The precarious nature of the new university: the prospects, problems and aspirations of ‘early career’ theatre and performance researchers.

The CFP can found on the central website:

The Centre for Digital Cultures at the University of Birmingham is hosting a two day event to showcase the work of current and future researchers in Digital Cultures on the 6th and 7th of November 2019.

Day 1: Wed 6 Nov: 13:00-18:00

The first day will be aimed at UG and MA students with introductions to key themes in the field, discussion of central theorists and relevant writers from other fields, and with a focus on writing essays and dissertations on Digital Cultures topics.

Day 2: Thu 7 Nov: 13:00-18:00

The second day is for researchers at all levels, with a greater focus on research methods, developing funded projects, and presentations of current research in digital cultures.


All are welcome at both days and you do not need to have existing expertise in digital cultures. Please do circulate to other staff and students who may be interested in attending; the event is free, but registration is essential. Please RSVP using our event page:



Call for Participants:


Both days will be collaborative and participatory, and we invite you to contribute to the following sessions:

Day 1: Theory Pitch: Introduce a theorist you think is important for your work or for Digital Cultures more broadly (5-10 minutes).

Day 2: Research Showcase: Share an aspect of your research, with an emphasis on though-provoking ideas, problems, and other discussion points (10-15 minutes).


To contribute to either, or both, of these sessions, please email Matt Hayler and Dorothy Butchard at by the 21st of October 2019.


Following PILAS 2019 conference on “Communities of Knowledge, Communities of Action”, the organising committee would like to invite academics and activists across disciplines, and at all stages of their career, to submit papers on the (missed) intersections of activism & academia. The papers accepted will be compiled in a manuscript which will be submitted as a proposal for a special issue of the Bulletin of Latin American Research (BLAR).

We invite manuscripts exploring the crucial, albeit tenuous, relationship between knowledge formation and public action in Latin America. Contributions concerning subjects from any historical period or geographical location within the general scope of interest of Latin American Studies are welcome. The aim of the special issue is not merely to instigate dialogue between activists and scholars, but to challenge the binary divide that seems to exist between them. The bridging of this divide will promote discussion and debate outside of the confines of academia and open new pathways in which to undertake a broader, more inclusive type of (scholar-)activism.

We invite abstracts on topics or the representation of these topics in cultural and media productions, including but not limited to:

  • Activism and academia, scholar-activism
  • Decolonising the syllabi and the university, decolonising the archive, reparation and academia
  • Art-Activism, performance art, museum studies, curation and activism
  • Civil disobedience, dissent, political unrest and civic engagement
  • Knowledge formation and marginalised communities
  • Activism and humanitarian actions
  • Healthcare and activism
  • Social Justice
  • Activism as solidarity, strikes, coalitions and the picket line
  • School strikes for climate, Friday for future and environmental activism
  • Ethics and activism
  • Methodology of activism and academia

Research articles should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words (including all titles, abstract and references), text should be double-spaced and submitted in 12pt Times New Roman font.

The following information must accompany any submission:

  • Author’s title, name, affiliation and position
  • Article’s title and abstract (up to 100 words)
  • 5 to 8 keywords
  • A brief biography (up to 100 words)
  • Permissions for any images used, if relevant.
  • Copies of any relevant ethics clearances and disclosure of funding, if relevant.
  • An acknowledgement that the work has not been previously published and is not under simultaneous

consideration elsewhere, BLAR does not accept articles for publication that have been previously published, i.e. articles that have been formally published as a journal article or a book chapter, or have been assigned an ISBN or DOI number.

Please direct all submissions and enquiries to, or


M4C DTP Researchers- Check out this new UK –Canada exchange scheme open to AHRC funded researchers!

This is an exciting opportunity for you to participate in a UK-Canada research exchange scheme.

Up to 200 UK doctoral candidates will have the opportunity to develop global connections, with international competencies, during 12-week research placements in Canadian universities.

Now open for applications, until 19 December 2019, the UK-Canada Globalink Doctoral Exchange Scheme will support travel, living and research costs for the students in their chosen field of study. Following a competitive application process, the first exchanges will take place from April 2020.

Students can see a list of Canadian Professors who have registered an interest in hearing form UKRI students. This page will updated with new details as they are received. Students are also encouraged to make contact with other Canadian Professors who they are interested in working with.

Have a look to see if this opportunity is for you!


Association for Art History | New Voices: Art & Text


Lakeside Arts Centre, Arts Lecture Theatre
University of Nottingham
6 November 2019, University of Nottingham


New Voices is the Association for Art History’s annual one-day conference for new postgraduate research about art, art history and visual culture. We are delighted to be holding this year’s conference in partnership with the History of Art Department at the University of Nottingham.

Keynote Speaker: Azadeh Fatehrad, University of Leeds.

To find our more please visit:


The IKON Gallery are looking to recruit an M4C placement student to undertake an archival research project contributing to an exhibition, publication and public programme.

To access this placement and find out more please visit: IKON: Archival Research Opportunity


An exciting opportunity to help co-ordinate the Journey to Justice Birmingham civil rights exhibition programme at the Library of Birmingham.

To access this Midlands4Cities placement opportunity, please visit: Journey to Justice: Coordinator


A series of research seminars organized during the academic year 2019-2020 on the theme of "Excavating the Anthropocene". This programme is supported through the IAS Award with an aim of establishing Environmental Humanities as a new field of cross-disciplinary research at Warwick.

This research series engages participants from several fields of humanities to bring critical humanist perspectives to environmental research. The humanities, as a body of disciplines concerned with human culture, bring indispensable critical frameworks to an unfolding crisis born out of class, cultural and species interaction and conflict. In particular, the humanities can offer crucial excavation of assumptions at work inside the Anthropocene, as it develops as a geohistorical and world-ecological rubric, and potentially as a program, for global environmental consciousness.

Denial of ecological urgency can be attributed to resistance from vested interests as well as to challenges inherent to ecological communication, including difficulty conceiving the scale of "Anthropocene". To address these challenges, over the course of each term a series of seminars will treat a different aspect of "Excavating the Anthropocene": "Visualising the Anthropocene" (Term 1), "Sounding the Anthropocene" (Term 2), "Conceptualising the Anthropocene" (Term 3).

For further information please visit:

Warwick Campus Map:


Call for Papers for Ex-Historia Mini Conference

“Populism: past, present, and future”

19th December 2019, 14:00-17:00

Digital Humanities Building, University of Exeter

Globally, populism is on the rise, both amongst right- and left-wing politicians. An ideology that focuses on the segregation between the “pure people” and the “corrupt elite”,[1] it is dramatically disrupting the political sphere across the world, including Europe, Latin America, and the United States. However, this is not a recent phenomenon; even though there has been a marked increase in populism since the late-2000s, its roots can be traced back to late nineteenth century movements in the United States and the Russian Empire.[2]

Ex-Historia will be hosting a mini-conference on 19th December 2019 on the theme of populism, with a keynote speech by Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bath, Roger Eatwell, who has recently written National Populism: the Revolt against Liberal Democracy with Matthew Goodwin.

To complement Eatwell’s keynote, Ex-Historia is looking for six postgraduate panellists to present more generally on the theme of populism. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Origins of populism
  • Definitions of populism
  • Links between democracy and populism
  • Links between authoritarianism and populism
  • Historical examples of populism
  • Contemporary manifestations of populism.