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ENGAGING WITH DISSONANCE  IN PERFORMANCE RESEARCH TaPRA 2019 PG Symposium - In collaboration with SCUDD Wednesday 13th March, Faculty of English, University of Oxford Dissonance implies conflict or discord, whether that be cognitive, or cultural, or perhaps, musical. According to Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance (1957), people are psychologically motivated to engage in behaviour orientated towards reduction of disharmony, in preference of an internal consistency. In practice,…
University of Durham | University of Newcastle 11-13 April 2019 We are pleased to announce the Call for Papers and Call for Posters for the 13th Annual Early Medieval Archaeology Student Symposium (EMASS). EMASS welcomes proposals for papers and posters by postgraduates and early career researchers on any aspect of the early medieval period (broadly defined as the 4th to 12th centuries AD), across all geographical regions. Proposals from international researchers are especially welcome,…
Call for Papers  The editorial team of Creative Industries Cluster Journal (CICJ) invite creative practitioners, PhD, MA students and BCMCR staff to submit 300 word abstracts for the second issue of the journal.  The theme for this issue is ‘“Borders and Hinterlands”. We would like to explore creative and cultural practice that exists beyond the margins of cultural policy and commercial markets. This issue will platform original perspectives on the functioning,…
A symposium on constructing character and identity in real and fictional worlds 10th May 2019 Language allows us to engage with others and provides a means through which we can project and reveal our character and identity to the world. It also provides a means through which we can attribute the characteristics of other people, both real and fictional.…
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This summer, after writing professionally for eight years, I finally penned my very first short story. To some readers of this blog this may come as a surprise. Creative writing guides often advise those getting started to begin with short fiction: it is regarded by many as part and parcel of the traditional apprenticeship that writers must undergo. The short story, according to the theory, is the training ground where we’re supposed to hone our craft, to find our voice, to tighten our prose,…
  I'm delighted to be involved in this years Philosophy in Progress Postgraduate Conference. Our call for abstracts https://pipconference.wordpress.com/blog/ is now live - the deadline is 15th September. Info about accessibility can be found here https://pipconference.wordpress.com/contact/. 
Early Career Researcher's Project Development Workshop http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?…
Stepping back
This week I wrote. That probably seems like a fairly unremarkable thing for a novelist to say. But in fact this was the first time since last summer that I’d produced any substantial creative work at all. Sure, I’d scribbled down musings from time to time: a phrase; a sentence; sometimes as much as two sentences in a row. I’ve put together a quick-fire story in ten minutes as part of an exercise during a writing workshop that I led recently.…

 

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