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Research(er) Dialogues > Paradoxes and Possibilities in Arts & Humanities Research Research encompasses many different forms, methods and approaches. It is multifaceted, malleable and nebulous: what shapes it is the researcher. Arts and Humanities research is arguably more so: it is underpinned by established ways of working, yet at the same time it redefines the parameters of research itself. It is rigorous but also experiential, unruly and slippery.…
The Critically Queer conference is a two-day event that will be held at the University of Bristol in September 2018. This conference is attempting to build connections between academics, community organisers, activists, artists, and individuals with a vested interest in what it means to be LGBTQIA+ in 2018. Our key interest is in pragmatic approaches to queer studies (although theoretical papers will be considered). We invite abstracts of no more than 300 words on: Queer representation (e.g.…
Dear all,  We are delighted to share our conference programme with you for Place and Placelessness on the 16th of July. Just to remind you that our conference is free and will include refreshments, lunch, and a wine reception. We would be grateful if you could register via this link by Wednesday 11th July: https://store.nottingham.ac.uk/conferences-and-events/conferences/schools-and-departments/english/place-and-placelessness-an-interdisciplinary-postgraduate-conference https://store.nottingham.…
For those of you interested in policy making The Institute for Government and the AHRC have just released a report on how government can work with academia.  There are some interesting insights which you may want to consider when you are thinking about the impact of your research https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/publications/how-government-can-work-academia https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/publications/how-government-can-work-academia  
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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.…
Being about six months into my PhD working on philosophical perspectives on ‘Safe Spaces’, I’ve naturally been reading a lot of articles and getting into a lot of conversations on the topic. I knew that the topic was going to be controversial and part of my motivation behind my research was to add some clarity to a debate in which the two sides often seem to be talking past each other. To even begin to think about arguing for or against safe spaces,…
As many of you who follow me on Twitter and Facebook will already know, later this month I’ll be beginning a brand new chapter in my literary career. In just a few weeks I’ll be starting my PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Nottingham, thanks to an AHRC-funded studentship from the Midlands3Cities DTP http://www.midlands3cities.ac.uk.   1024px-University_of_Nottingham.svg_[1].png   The PhD will see me explore the boundaries of historical fiction and magic realism.…
On our last full day in LA, a small group of us went to visit the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA). With some students and staff having already visited the museum on the trip and saying how good it was, along with several enthusiastic “you MUST go to LACMA”’s prior to travelling, we thought it would be a nice way to wind down the trip. ‘LACMA is the largest art museum in the western United States, with a collection that includes nearly 130,…

 

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