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The VPP (Virtual Postgraduate Platform) is a collaborative platform for the AHRC and M3C funded Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership. It is a single online space for Midlands3Cities Doctoral Researchers, Supervisors, Site Directors and Administrators.

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Calling all M3C Graduates! Nottingham Trent University are currently advertising two positions. Please see the links below for further information: Lecturer in English https://vacancies.ntu.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=7210 Research Assistant, Trent Editions https://vacancies.ntu.ac.uk/displayjob.aspx?jobid=7214  
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,…
The Future Perfect 23 November 2019 Primary 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,…
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.…
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.…
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.…
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. Read more Read less 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.…
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 https://docs.google.…
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: https://www.bl.uk/events/doctoral-open-days-explore-our-research-collections https://www.bl.…
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,…
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: https://www.cssd.ac.…
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.…
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,…
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 https://www.mitacs.…

 

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'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),…
Reflecting on the shifting perspectives on archives, from a realm of 'deep storage' to a fluid and generative resource. Screenshot 2019-11-13 at 12.41.55.png Join Sue Breakell, Brighton University Design Archive, Ego Ahaiwe Sowinski, PhD researcher/artist/archivist and Alice O'Hanlon, freelance archivist, in discussing the archive - from its materiality and organisation to the conceptual and creative practices engaged with it.…
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Why is there no historical note in The Harrowing? A number of readers have asked me this over the past two-and-a-half years since the novel was first published. It’s a question that, I’ve come to realise, goes to the heart of what I believe historical fiction is all about. In this post I’ll explore my decision not to include a note (no, it wasn’t down to laziness) and how this fits into my wider philosophy as regards writing fiction set in the past. In all three of my Conquest novels,…
The AHRC International Placement Scheme (IPS) is open for applications.  Deadline 24th January 2019 Harry Ransom Center (HRC), The University of Texas at Austin, USA – 5 placements available The Huntington Library, California, USA – 10 placements available The Library of Congress (LoC), Washington DC, USA – 25 placements available National Institutes for the Humanities (NIHU), Japan – 11 placements available National Museum Institute (NMI), New Delhi,…
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.…
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,…
On Wednesday, the whole group met up at the Warner Bros. Archive at USC, where we were given a tour by the curator, Brett. The tour began with a brief overview of the history of the archive. Brett explained how the archive was donated by Warner Bros. to the University of Southern California in 1978, and that the archive holds a vast range of Warner Bros. film, television and music material dating between 1918 and 1968. Due to a number of reasons, including the condition of the items,…
After a jam-packed day touring the studios the day before, we took time in the morning to catch up on some admin and (more importantly) celebrate Cassie’s birthday; which included mandatory party poppers, a helium balloon, and singing. In the afternoon, we headed to Venice Beach, to soak up the July 4th Festivities…  19904674_10155143573143612_2066863000_n.jpg19874041_10155143587293612_158951037_n.jpg19840434_10158910163760246_1491996402_o.jpg19723813_10158910163505246_626222374_o.jpg
Today we started off with the Warner Bros. Studio Tour. We had this booked well in advance of our trip, to make sure we could book a day/time slot that wouldn’t interfere with days in the libraries and archives. With my own research interests being pre-1940s cinema, the majority of this tour was more suited to the other student’s areas of research; particularly those who are looking at much more contemporary cinema. However, my own love for the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts… franchises,…

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