Blog from November, 2019

Calling all M3C Graduates!

Nottingham Trent University are currently advertising two positions. Please see the links below for further information:


BACKLIT Gallery: Arts and Heritage Research Coordinator

As part of a wider Arts and Wellbeing Programme BACKLIT this opportunity will offer you the chance to research and deliver a project about the First County Asylum once based at King Edwards Park, Sneinton.

The postholder would work with BACKLIT and partners (including UoN, National Justice Museum and STOP (Sneinton Tenants Outreach Project) alongside local community contributors to support the development of local networks to collect findings and data that will culminate in an accessible archive and artistic outcome.

For further details on this M4C exclusive placement, please see the Placement Brief

See for more info about the organisation


'Leveraging your PhD'
Tue, 3 December 2019
Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Birmingham, B5 5SE

'Leveraging your PhD' will focus on:

  • 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 workshop 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.

Confirmed speakers for this event include:

  • Ruth Richardson (Partnership Manager for the Midlands, Creative & Cultural Skills)
  • Petia Tzanova (Freelance Cultural Consultant)


This workshop is one in the series of ‘Lifting the Lid’ on the Creative Industries & Cultural Sector you don't have to attended previous sessions to sign up for this workshop.

For more information and to Register:  'Leveraging your PhD' 


The Future Perfect

23 November 2019


Please join us from 2-6 pm on Saturday 23 November for The Future Perfect, exploring the archive and our interactions with it. 

Reflecting on the changing perspectives and multiplicity of archives - from a realm of deep storage to a fluid and generative resource - The Future Perfect explores how archives become entangled with the present moment.  

Speakers: Sue Breakell, Alice O'Hanlon, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, with panel discussion hosted by Nayia Yiakoumaki and contributions from Lila Matsumoto, Panya Banjoko and Naomi Pearce.

For more information and to book a free place, please go to:


The International Placement Scheme (IPS) is an annual programme providing Research Fellowships to AHRC/ESRC-funded doctoral students, early career researchers and doctoral-level research assistants.

The purpose of the call (described as an ‘IPS Fellowship’) is 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 IPS institutions. These IPS institutions are seven world-leading, international institutions:

The AHRC recently hosted an information session for potential IPS applicants, please find the slides below: IPS Slides 2020

For further inforamtion please visit:


This is for a conference at Tate Britain entitled Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1900 to Now, taking place in March 2020. We are keen to showcase inventive new research and fresh perspectives on notions and practices of collage, and to explore its currency in the contemporary context today. 

Conference: Call for Papers
Cutting Edge: Collage in Britain, 1900 to Now
Tate Britain, London 27–28 March 2020

The Humanities DTP at De Montfort University is a series of events for PhD students held on Wednesdays. These events typically include a free lunch and are open to all M4C students. The sessions run on a range of different topics including managing your research; using data in the humanities; archives; programming; how to get published; academic careers and two hands on sessions setting type for letter-press printing. The events are of course also a valuable opportunity to meet PhD students and academics in partner institutions. 

You do not need to book in order to attend the sessions but you are asked to email Dr Anna Blackwell ( if you wish to attend so that we have accurate numbers for catering - including if you have any particular catering requirements. 

All but one of the events are held in the Clephan building on the DMU campus (building number 8 on the map which is only a 15-20 minute walk from Leicester railway station. Attached is a document that lists of all the events for the year but please find below details of this and next week's session. Please note that you can attend either of the sessions or both. 

Beginner's Hands-on class in letter-press printing (PART 1)

When? 4-6PM, Wednesday 13 November 2019

Where? Clephan, 0.31

Who? Dr Takako Kato

Why? This session gives hands-on experience in setting type by hand - which is the way all books were made until the 20th century - and the imposing of it to make pages that will then be printed on the Centre for Textual Studies' 19th-century Albion printing press. 

This first session will set the type and next week will print from it. You may attend both sessions or just one. 

 Please note that this session won't involve catering due to the chemicals used in printing. 

Beginner's Hands-on class in letter-press printing (PART 2) 

When? 4-6PM, Wednesday 20 November 2019

Where? Clephan, 0.31

ue 26 November 6pm        

 What’s Happening

Whilst the #MeToo movement brought the inequality faced by women to the forefront of culture, women directors remain the minority in Hollywood.  Using a screening of the inspiring documentary Half the Picture as a springboard for discussion, this event will explore the reasons behind this gender inequality as well as celebrating the many successes of ground-breaking women directors. Presented as part of doctoral research on women in American independent cinema and brought to you by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training Partnership, the screening will be followed by a panel discussion with director Amy Adrion (via Skype) and scholars Laraine Porter (DeMontfort University) and Dr Claire Jenkins (University of Leicester).

Director: Amy Adrion

Certificate: 18

(Please note that this rating is due to not currently having a BBFC rating and not to any explicit content within the film itself. Contains some bad language)

Half the Picture consists of interviews with high profile women directors including Ava DuVernay, Jill Soloway, Lena Dunham, Catherine Hardwicke and Miranda July, among many others, who discuss their early careers, how they transitioned to studio films or television, how they balance having a demanding directing career with family, as well as challenges and joys along the way.

Half the Picture also includes interviews with experts about gender inequality in Hollywood including the ACLU’s Melissa Goodman, Sundance Institute’s Caroline Libresco, Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, USC’s Dr. Stacy Smith and San Diego State University’s Dr. Martha Lauzen, who establish the magnitude of this employment discrimination issue as women are shut out, across the board, of an industry that systemically denies their expression and point of view.

To book your tickets please visit:

M4C in partnership with the Brilliant Club are pleased to announce a NEW workshop designed to give you a chance to bolster your teaching CV.

About this Event

This workshop will cover: designing an engaging session and an introduction to pedagogy

Using your own area of research expertise as a starting point, this interactive day offers valuable tips and tricks to engage with your audience, translate your research to new audiences and understand current approaches to pedagogy. Whether you have taught before, or are completely new to lecturing/teaching, you will find this workshop useful.

• 10:00-10:15: Registration

• 10:15-10:30: Welcome

• 10:30-12:30: Introduction to pedagogy

• 12:30-13:30: Lunch (provided by M4C)*

• 13:30-16:00: Designing an engaging session

• 16:00-16:30: Close and Feedback

To register for this event, please visit: