This half-day workshop is delivered in collaboration with the Brilliant Club, the ESRC DTC and the BBSRC DTP. The session is primarily aimed at students from these DTC and DTPs. However you do not have to have had any previous involvement with the Brilliant Club to attend.

This three part training session delivered by The Brilliant Club will focus on giving practical tools and tips to develop teaching practice with a range of audiences and confidence evaluating the impact of events and activities.

Part One

The first part will focus on key pedagogy, including how to communicate complex concepts to non-specialists, how to effectively question to determine understanding and develop thinking.

Part Two

We will then focus on designing engaging and interactive sessions to a variety of audiences and group sizes.

Part Three

Finally, we will look at the importance of feedback, how to effectively use it to both support your students and to develop your own practice, and to measure the impact of your activities.

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We're pleased to announce that our funding applications to M4C and WRoCAH for the network have been successful, so it's full steam ahead! On this note, New Voices will host the following events throughout the year: 

 24th October 2018, University of Sheffield, 13:00-16:00 - this is an opportunity for the students at Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montford University and University of Leicester to present a snapshot of their thesis to students at University of York, University of Leeds and University of Sheffield. Depending on numbers, students will have the choice of either a 10-minute presentation or a 5-minute flash presentation. 

21st November 2018, University of Leicester, 13:00-16:00 - this is an opportunity for the students at University of York, University of Leeds and University of Sheffield to present a snapshot of their thesis to students at Nottingham Trent University, University of Nottingham, University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, De Montford University and University of Leicester. Depending on numbers, students will have the choice of either a 10-minute presentation or a 5-minute flash presentation. 

W/C 10th June 2019, University of Leeds, 10:00-18:00 - a one-day symposium will conclude the series of events. The symposium is entitled New Voices in Postcolonial Studies: Interdisciplinary Imaginations, Critical Confrontations and is scheduled for week beginning 10th June 2019. More information to follow. 

The first event of the year is at the end of this month and we're really looking forward to meeting you all in person. Please sign up to the event using this link: Thanks to the funding, travel subsidiaries will be available. To be eligible for these you need to register at least a week in advance and have purchased advance tickets. 


The University of Leicester’s Medieval Research Centre is pleased to announce this Autumn Term’s schedule of Tuesday Research Seminars. These Research Seminars are fora for discussing new
research, research ideas and current debates in the field of medieval studies, whether historical, art historical, architectural, archaeological, literary or numismatic, from AD 500-1550. This block of fortnightly talks has the theme of ‘Late Antique and Early Medieval Royalty’:


  • 23 October – The Slave Queens of the Merovingians: (Un)Freedom, Gender, and Political Agency in Early Medieval Francia - Dr Erin Dailey (School of History, Politics and International Relations, University of Leicester)

  • 6 November – The Men Who Would be King: Moorish Rulers in Late Antiquity- Dr Andy Merrills (School of Archaeology & Ancient History, University of Leicester)

  • 20 November – The Elephant in the Room: Harun al-Rashid and the Carolingians- Dr Samuel G. Ottewill-Soulsby (University of Cambridge)

In 2019 this course will run for the 6th year. Past course attendees have included curators and researchers from Hong Kong, Bahrain, India, USA, Canada, Austria, The Netherlands, Greece, Ireland, France and the UK.

This intensive week-long course in London is aimed at curators, exhibition organisers, educators and others working with contemporary art. The course will critically examine how contemporary curating can best match contemporary art practices, including practices that might be collaborative, or participatory. Since new media including social networking and open source have changed thinking on how art works in time and space, this course aims to update professional knowledge in the field.

Visits to discuss with curators at organisations will include:

  • Tate
  • Victoria & Albert Museum
  • Iniva

Previous Years Have Also Included:

  • The Photographers Gallery
  • Odi (Open Data Institute)
  • Furtherfield
  • Tenderpixel
  • Machines Room
  • Wellcome Collection

Some participants have received Professsional Development grants from their local arts councils or PhD funders to attend this course

For further details see:  OR


Date: Friday June 28 to Sunday June 30, 2019.

Location: Huntingdon Room, King’s Manor, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EP.

Sponsors: Centre of Medieval Studies of the University of York, Humanities Research Centre of the University of York.

One of the ways belonging is conceptualised within sociological literature is that it is a socially constructed category which revolves around an individual’s inclusion and exclusion from formal and informal groups. It is thought that individuals can concurrently be included within one group yet excluded from others, and that belonging is negotiated by various actors such as local communities, governments and individuals themselves.

Late medieval and early modern cities were environments with many formal and informal groups to which people could belong, such as street communities, parishes, guilds and the citizenry, to name a few. The conference aims to explore how notions of belonging might be utilised within the study of late medieval urban centres. We invite speakers to consider whether belonging as a idea can be used to contribute to established ideas of identity, especially considering the (hierarchical) structures of urban society and examining how community boundaries were drawn and redrawn, how spaces were imagined as well as the significance of membership and exclusion. These were always in a state of flux, owing to the influence of the variety of agents who structured belonging, including rulers, local communities and individuals, with inclusion and exclusion operating along the axes of gender and social status. Papers will explore these intersections between the individual and their communities, and how inclusion and exclusion manifested themselves in historical urban areas.

Free suggestions for further reading:

Floya Anthias, ‘Identity and Belonging: conceptualisations and political framings’, KLA Working Paper Series, no.8 (2013) <>

Floya Anthias, ‘Where do I belong? Narrating collective identity and translocational positionality’, Ethnicities, 2 (2002).

Tuuli Lahdesmaki, Tuija Saresma, Kaisa Hiltunen et al, ‘Fluidity and flexibility of ‘belonging’: Uses of the concept in contemporary research’, Acta Sociologica, 59 (2016).

Please send an abstract of 300 words to Joshua Ravenhill or Luke Giraudet by the 8th October 2018. 


Volume 5 Issue 1 JAWS is the only academic arts journal run by and dedicated to MA and Ph.D. students (and those who have recently graduated). We have published work by students from India, China, Australia, North America, Canada and the UK, and maintain an international peer-review network

What We Want: Theoretical and discursive essays up to 6000 words.Critical reviews of events, exhibitions or performances up to 3000 words. Submissions of practice accompanied by text. The word count for this type of submission can be negotiated through the peer review and editing process, but we recommend between 3000–5000 words.All work must be prefaced with a 100-word abstract and 6–8 keywords, and followed by a short contributor biography. Please include your university affiliation, full name, course and year of graduation. All work must use Harvard referencing, following Intellect House Style. For full submission guidelines and information about the peer-review process we employ, please refer to Deadline for submissions: Monday 22 October 2018.


London Is The Place For Me

A weekend festival of Caribbean literature and liming.

At this biennial two-dayer, writers, artists and raconteurs from the Caribbean and its diaspora, and guest speakers, probe the narratives of Caribbean artistic expression and identity in a convivial and wide-ranging festival.  

In a year that marks two 70th anniversaries, the docking of the Empire Windrush and the formation of the NHS, we explore the extent and the symbolism of Caribbean migration and endeavour in England whilst also marking the significant presences and contributions long before 1948. The festival also has a focus on the narratives, experiences and hidden histories of the many ethnicities that form a part of the Caribbean’s history and its contemporary diaspora – including African, Chinese, Amerindian, South Asian, European and more.

Featuring Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kerry Young, John Agard, new poems by Jean ‘Binta’ Breeze, Valerie Bloom, Jacob Ross, Kei Miller, Shivanee Ramlochan, Hannah Lowe, Kevin Le Gendre, Anita Sethi, Joy Francis, Kristy Warren, Gemma Romain, Stephen Bourne, Anna Walker, Celeste Ramos, Michael Brome, Nzinga Soundz featuring Junie Rankin and our first festival Calypsonian-in-Residence, Tobago Crusoe. 

Festival curated by Melanie Abrahams. Produced by Renaissance One as part of The Independence Project. 

For more information and tickets click here: <>

Saturday, September 15, 201812:00 PM
Sunday, September 16, 20189:00 PM

The British Library (Knowledge Centre)
96 Euston Road


Uncomfortable Histories invites scholars to consider an alternate way in which to approach their research topic in the form of art, poetry, film, photography and creative writing, in coordination with their own studies.

To find out more please visit: CDF Event In Progress- Uncomfortable Histories: Artistic Responses


New Placement



New Research in Pictures initiative launched to showcase arts and humanities research.

Research in Pictures is an opportunity for AHRC-supported researchers and AHRC-supported Doctoral students to have their research documented by a professional photographer. The project aims to capture and promote the striking and engaging visual elements of arts and humanities research as well as the breadth and a diversity of the AHRC’s research portfolio.

About the opportunity

Successful projects will win a fully paid photoshoot with a professional photographer, who will be specially commissioned to spend a day capturing your ‘Research in Pictures’.

We are looking for projects that demonstrate arts and humanities research in action - using photography to showcase the diverse range of research that we support.

Examples could include, but are not restricted to:

Independent Research Organisation, Historic Royal Palaces, received AHRC funding to explore new ways of interpreting heritage spaces. This photograph depicts the historically informed staging of Ben Jonson’s 1622 Masque of Augurs, at Banqueting House, Whitehall. Historic Royal Palaces Copyright:
  • archaeological field work
  • live or rehearsed performance or creative practice (dance, craft, music, theatre etc.…)
  • historical re-enactments
  • laboratory work such as preserving or carbon dating
  • restoration and or conservation work
  • research with community groups
  • festivals
  • robotics and Artificial Intelligence
  • and any research that takes place in photographic settings such as historical buildings, landmarks, or inside museums and galleries etc.

Successful applications will get to keep digital copies of all the photographs that are taken, they will also go on to see their research showcased by the AHRC and UKRI via websites and online image galleries, as well as via social media, in publications, posters, banners and other promotional materials.

The AHRC’s Head of Communications, Mike Collins says, ‘We know that a lot of the research that we fund has some really strong visual stories to tell. This new project is all about showcasing and capturing on camera the amazing arts and humanities researchers that we fund and their ‘research in action’. 

‘It is a great opportunity for researchers thinking creatively about their own projects and how they can be showcased through visually engaging photography.’

Submission details

You need to include:

  • 200 words of jargon free text outlining your research
  • a further 200 words outlining the photographic opportunity your research presents, including the dates on which your research could be photographed.
  • You also have the option to send one image and accompanying caption, to help whet our appetites and give us a ‘taster’ of the more visual elements of your research.

We need at least four weeks’ notice between your application and the date you propose we photograph your research in action.

Applications should be submitted electronically via this online form

If you have any questions, please contact

Deadline and Judging

This opportunity is open from 4 July 2018 - 31 October 2018.

Applications will be reviewed at the end of each month by staff from across the AHRC and by a professional photographer. We will then select at least one project to photograph.

A great opportunity for AHRC researchers and doctoral students! We're offering research projects with the potential for engaging images the chance to have their projects documented by a professional photographer: #researchinpix


Nottingham International Law and Security Centre Interdisciplinary Conference

70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention

9 November 2018: School of Law, University of Nottingham

Call for papers

The Nottingham International Law and Security Centre welcomes submissions for its 2018 conference on the 70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention, which will take place at the School of Law, University of Nottingham on 9 November 2018. The theme of the conference is the '70th Anniversary of the Genocide Convention'.

This theme can be conceived broadly. We encourage submissions from multiple backgrounds and disciplines. Proposals taking normative, conceptual, doctrinal, and historical perspectives are particularly welcome. Papers may deal with, but are not limited to:

  • The origins and evolution of the concept of genocide and/or the Convention
  • The legacy and relevance of the Genocide Convention
  • Problems with, and application of, the Genocide Convention
  • Genocide and the individual
  • Cultural, political and social issues related to genocide

The conference will also include a keynote debate between Professors Olympia Bekou, Marko Milanovic and David Fraser on the concept of genocide's value, chaired by Dr Cosmin Cercel.

Abstracts of strictly no more than 500 words and a biography of no more than 100 words should be sent to

The deadline for submission of abstracts is midnight on Saturday 1 September 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified by Friday 21 September 2018.

Any inquiries should be directed to

Please note we are unable to provide funding for travel and accommodation costs, but lunch and tea/coffee/refreshments will be provided on the day, in addition to a reception at the end of the conference



The research councils organise the Policy Internships Scheme for current research council-funded PhD students to work at host partner organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.

Internships are available with a number of parliamentary departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations.

The host partners for the 2018/19 competition round are:


Internships are financially supported by the research councils and host partners. For all students, PhD stipend and fees should continue to be paid by the research organisation throughout the three month internship period. Students can also claim for eligible travel and accommodation costs incurred during the internship up to a maximum limit of £2,400 per student. The funding details will depend on the applicant’s research council and the chosen host partner.


This scheme is open to PhD students funded by the Research Councils of UK Research and Innovation (AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC). Internships will take place during 2019 and students must be able to start their internship before the end of their funded period of study.   

How to apply

Applicants should complete the online application form. Applicants must also upload three documents as part of their application:

  1. a CV
  2. a signed funding and permissions form (see below)
  3. a policy briefing.

For further information, applicants are advised to read the guidance and host partner information documents provided below.

If you are having trouble accessing the online application form, please contact the NERC Research Careers Team for an alternative version of this form.

Assessment of applications is a two stage process: there will be an assessment of the written application and applicants successful at this stage will be invited to interview. The application process will be completed at both stages by the host partner.

Please note, only one application can be submitted by each applicant. The applicant must specify within their application which host partner they wish to undertake an internship with and bear in mind any organisation specific guidance available in the applicant guidance document when preparing their application.

Further information

Further information regarding this scheme is available in the applicant guidance available below, on the individual research council websites, and from host partners.


DCDC18 registration now open

Registration is now open for #DCDC18. View the programme and register for your place.  

Discovering Collections, Discovering Communities (DCDC) 2018 takes place Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 November 2018 at Birmingham Conference and Events Centre.

The theme of this year’s conference is Memory and Transformation, with panels ranging from problematic anniversaries and material narratives to digital memories and public reminiscence. The conference includes practical workshops and exciting networking opportunities. This year’s conference meal will be in the stunning surroundings of the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

DCDC brings together colleagues from across the archive, library, museum and academic sectors to explore shared opportunities, collective challenges, and to discuss how each sector can work more effectively with one another.

You can view the conference programme and register for your place here. We strongly recommend that you read the DCDC18 FAQ page before registering.

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The research councils organise internships for current research council-funded PhD students to work in highly impactful host organisations on one or more policy topics relevant to both the student and the host. The student will be expected to produce at least one briefing paper, participate in a policy inquiry and/or organise a policy event, or equivalent piece of work.

Next funding opportunity

Call status: Open
Call opening date: June 2018 
Call closing date: 13 August 2018

Internships are available with a number of parliamentary  departments, government departments and non-governmental bodies, learned societies and other organisations

The host partners for the 2018/19 competition round are: