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The University of the West Indies / University of Leicester International Summer School is aimed at postgraduate students and early career researchers from the Caribbean and the UK with an interest in global studies and a background in any discipline across the arts, humanities and social sciences. The programme has been designed through collaboration between academic staff at both institutions. This year’s theme is ‘global health and environments’, and this year’s summer school will take place at the University of Leicester.

To find out more, please visit: www.le.ac.uk/arts/uwi-summer-school

This is an exciting opportunity to work alongside the Crafts Council Exhibitions and Collections team to develop and advise on a new archive policy and associated archive-collections management toolkit for the Crafts Council UK.

The Crafts Council is the national development agency for Craft in the UK. Established in 1971, we host national collections of craft. As we approach our 50th anniversary, we are looking to lay the groundwork for a strong archive policy that will help to preserve our heritage and ensure our development into the future.

The successful candidate will have an interest in archives and cultural institutions and will feel confident working with a wide range of archival material, including digital content, the Crafts Council collection, archival objects and our historical subject-specific library resource. As well as receiving support from the Crafts Council Exhibitions and Collections team, the candidate will have the opportunity to work with our networks of archival and collections experts at other high-profile institutions, including the British Museum and the V&A.

At the end of the placement period, the candidate will have outlined:

  • a digital preservation policy
  • a classification system for organizational material; and
  • a procedure for managing archival heritage assets into the future.

Skills, Knowledge or Experience needed:

Essential:

  • Ability to travel to London at regular intervals
  • Some knowledge of museum CMS (MI+ and AI+)
  • Some experience with collections documentation processes
  • Knowledge of UK Collection Management standards

Desirable:

  • Experience with publically-funded cultural institutions
  • Knowledge of digital preservation

 Timeframe to consider:

 3 months full-time or 6 months part-time between April 2019 and April 2020.

 Contact Information:

If this sounds like a placement you might light to explore/consider, please get in touch with Julia Bennett, Head of Research and Policy: j_bennett@craftscouncil.org.uk

 

 

In 2017/18 our audience reach was 10m. Audiences engage with us through a range of programmes; from our national network of Craft Clubs to attending Collect: the international art fair for modern craft and design. These activities take place in a range of locations across the UK, from partner museums and galleries to front rooms and kitchens. To ensure we continue to build audiences from all backgrounds and levels of engagement with craft, we are developing how we collect, analyse and share insight on our current audiences.

This placement will help us develop new strategies to help us overcome the challenges of understanding our current audience and to ensure that audience insight is informing our programme development.

A focus will be on ensuring we can effectively and efficiently use the audience surveying tools that exist as a requirement of our main funder Arts Council England (https://audiencefinder.org/ and https://culturecounts.cc/uk/ ) whilst designing strategies that take account of the needs of our

Skills, Knowledge or Experience needed:

Knowledge of audience or consumer research would provide a useful background to the project, as would experience of developing processes that use evaluation insight to inform programme design

Time frame to consider:

Start May 2019 – So if interested please get in touch with Andy as soon as possible to develop a project brief and get the placement process started as soon as possible!

Contact information:

If this sounds like a placement you might light to explore/consider, please get in touch with

Andy McGlynn, Director of Development a_mcglynn@craftscouncil.org.uk

 

Come have a coffee and chat with Leslie Bode, the new (since August) M4C Placement Manager about any placement ideas you have, or questions about the process of setting one up. 

 She will be in your city on the following dates and times (come to any session that suits you):  

NOTTINGHAM

Wednesday, 13 February

9:30 am

University of Nottingham:  Highfield House: Room A09

LEICESTER

Wednesday, 27 February

9:30 am

University of Leicester- Charles Wilson Fourth Floor 401 Sparkenhoe

BIRMINGHAM

Wednesday, 6 March

1:00 pm

University of Birmingham –Arts Building: Danford Room Room 224

At each session, there will be coffee and a brief presentation about the current process and tips for setting up a successful placement. Following this there will be time to answer your questions and discuss your individual opportunities and ideas.  So please come along with your questions and say hi!  Please click on the Eventbrite link  and choose the session you would like to attend, so that we know how many people will be attending (and we order enough coffee!)

 

Identifying Value(s) in Literature, Culture, and Society

20 ─ 21 June 2019

 

 We are delighted to announce that this year's AEL postgraduate conference Common Ground 2019: Identifying Value(s) in Literature, Culture, and Society will take place at Queen's University Belfast on 20 - 21 June 2019. We invite abstracts from postgraduates and early career researchers from all disciplines within the humanities. Please find attached our call for papers with more details.

Common Ground 2019 Committee 

On the 9th May 2019 the University of Leicester is hosting its annual postgraduate conference for History, Politics and International Relations. The aim of the conference is to provide graduate students (masters and post-graduate research students) the opportunity to share their research in the broad context of the theme of ‘Identity, Complexity and Transitions’.  Lunch and tea/ coffee will be provided, as well as a wine reception.

The conference is open to all researchers within the disciplines of history, politics and international relations and all methodological approaches are welcome.  This conference will provide graduate students at any stage of their research projects the opportunity to share their work and give those who have not had the chance to present before with a warm, responsive, and constructive place to do so. 

Please see the attached documents for further details of this event and how to register.

Should you have any queries, please email them directly toHyPIRpostgradconference2019@gmail.com or Jordan Harris atjh723@leicester.ac.uk

Call for creative showcase contributions

Borders and Crossings 2019

An interdisciplinary conference on travel and travel writing

4–6 July 2019, University of Leicester, UK

Deadline for proposals: 25 March, 2019

Notification of acceptance: 1 April, 2019

Borders and Crossings 2019 invites creative practitioners from across the M4C DTP to showcase creative work that addresses, intersects with – or simply travels past – the conference themes.

The journey narrative with its ancient formula of departure/adventure/return is as old as literary culture itself. It takes in the Gilgamesh epic, the Odyssey, the Ramayana and much more besides. Modern narrative travel writing – typically first-person, notionally non-fictional accounts of journeys, encounters with difference or engagement with places – is simply one small part of a very grand tradition. The themes to be discussed during the CDF-funded Borders and Crossings conference at the University of Leicester in early July also include the pressing contemporary issues of borders, their crossings, and the fraught questions of mobility and immobility.

The main Call for Papers invites creative and critical-creative contributions, as well as proposals for more conventional scholarly papers (all of which will need to fit the standard panel format of 20-minute individual presentations).

However, we also aim to include a creative showcase element within the conference programme. This is initially open to M4C students only, but may later be opened to other PGRs from M4C institutions.

(To participate, your main M4C research does not itself need to be creative or practice-based; you may well be a historian who is also a poet, or a literary scholar who is also a singer-songwriter, and so on.)

Contributions in all forms, no matter how loosely linked to the conference themes, are warmly welcomed: poetry, prose, fiction, nonfiction, music, digital and audio-visual presentations, static artworks, photography, or anything else you can come up with. Individual presentations would need to be a maximum of ten minutes in length, but could equally be as brief as a single short poem (static installations may be displayed around the conference venue, if practical).

The wider conference will be a very welcoming affair. Travel writing studies is wildly interdisciplinary, and international gatherings of travel writing specialists are amongst the most eclectic and open-minded academic conferences you could hope for. As a CDF-funded event, PGR training opportunities will be built into the programme, including a very useful session on publishing led by two experienced senior scholars. Subsidies for travel for M4C students coming to the conference from outside Leicester will be available.

If you have would like to take part, or have any ideas or questions, please contact Tim Hannigan before 25 March: tah30@le.ac.uk

Please see the conference website for more background information: https://bordersandcrossings2019.wordpress.com/

Updates on Twitter: @2019Borders  

 

The Research Festival is the time in the year when the whole M3C community comes together in one space to share, network, present and perform. Each year we are blown away by your contributions and we hope that this year’s event will be another success!

This event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your research or an element of your doctoral training experience in the welcoming and supportive environment of the DTP.

The 2019 Midlands3Cities Research Festival will be held on 23 May at Maple House (etc. Venues), 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6TB.

How to Participate:

Consider presenting a poster that clearly describes your research, or presenting an aspect of your research including practice based research and performance in a research relay, or through a digital story. Your research has the potential to have impact, participating will raise your profile and help you develop key communication and presentation skills, network with other researchers and build your profile.

 Attendance is mandatory and the programme provides plenty of opportunity for everyone to participate including:

 • Poster: produce a poster (A1) of an aspect of your research, your work with a partner organisation, a placement you have completed or some of your research findings in a clear and creative way for a public audience.

• A research relay presentation: this is a fast paced series (relay) of 5 minute talks on a subject connected to your research, your methodology, research findings, a CDF, your placement or work with a partner organisation.

• Photography, art or other installations to display in the exhibition space.

• Performance piece: music recital, drama, dance or poetry reading.

• Digital storytelling: if you would like to produce a short film this will be incorporated in to the research relays.

To get involved sign up here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7qe9Z4D970GskTWEGCkKHgQnfjZPiVlAiQWz4gyE5h5UMTRRQzVBTEdKWEJTTDVTN0ZWWFpIT0RaWi4u

We invite all M3C students who would like to present at the festival to complete the call for papers form by the extended deadline of Monday 4 March! The planning group need an indication of how you will participate by this deadline to enable them to design a programme which will accommodate all participants

 

Our annual symposium will be back on the 10th and 11th of May 2019 with this year’s theme being ‘Powerful Places’.

We welcome papers from all whose interests and/or research fall within the Medieval and Early Modern periods and especially welcome papers from postgraduates (whether PGT or PGR) and ECRs. If you are interested in presenting at the conference please submit a 300 word abstract to emremforum@googlemail.com by 24th February 2019.

We are also accepting applications for panels this year. If you would be interested in applying as a panel, please submit a 1,000 word abstract to emremforum@googlemail.com by 24th February 2019.

!https://emremforum.wordpress.com/2019/01/11/cfp-released-emrem-annual-symposium/

 

UoNRomanticism is a reading group which aims to bring together PGRs, ECRs and academics to discuss writers, texts, and ideas from Romantic-era Britain. We meet approximately once a month at the University of Nottingham or at a specified venue. In 2018, we had sessions covering Austen, Wordsworth, Blake, anonymous authorship, and hosted a half-day symposium in collaboration with the worldwide event, ‘Frankenreads’, run by the Keats-Shelley Association of America. This featured PGRs, ECRs and academics as speakers, both M3C and not, from the universities of Nottingham and Birmingham. 

This year, we hope to expand our group and form a hub of Romantic era scholars in the Midlands by inviting students and academics from other M4C universities to join our reading group. Our agenda for 2019 features trips to heritage sites of interest, digital humanities sessions, and guest speakers who will provide a talk before time for wider discussion.

While we are aware that Romanticism is a literary construct, we welcome members from all Humanities disciplines that work within the Romantic time period. If this reading group is of interest to you, please do get in touch by emailing colette.davies@nottingham.ac.uk or contacting us via Twitter, @UoNRomanticism, to hear more about us and to be added to our mailing list. 

 

Borders and Crossings is an interdisciplinary conference on travel and travel writing, which will take place at the University of Leicester, 4–6 July 2019.

Narratives of journeys, border crossings, and encounters with difference have existed since the earliest emergence of literary culture – from the Gilgamesh epic, through the accounts of Chinese Buddhist pilgrims in the first millennium CE, the narratives of medieval Muslim travellers in Asia, to tales of exploration and travel in the era of European colonialism, and the emergence of postcolonial, cosmopolitan and postmodern travel writing in the 20th and 21st centuries. The study of travel writing allows for a vast diversity of approaches and angles, taking in both the deep past, and the pressing contemporary issues of movement, (im)mobility, borders and their crossings.

Borders and Crossings 2019 is part of a long-running series of international travel writing studies conferences. This year, the event is organised by M4C students, and will be particularly welcoming to PGRs from within the M4C research community and beyond. The aim is to attract researchers from the broadest possible range of disciplines. Creative and critical-creative contributions are particularly encouraged. A separate call for creative works/performances to form a showcase within the conference programme will be forwarded to M4C students shortly, but submissions for creative contributions are also welcomed via the main call for papers, which is available here: https://bordersandcrossings2019.wordpress.com/call-for-papers/

Twitter: @2019Borders

For more information, please contact borderscrossings2019@gmail.com

 

This feedback event explores the outputs of research into the impact of intergenerational arts programming on the experiences of exclusion and isolation within minority communities in Nottingham. We are delighted that two M3C students, Emma Margetson and Shantel Edward, have been involved in this Arts Council England funded project though M3C placement opportunities.

Join us for a special event, where we explore the findings and outputs of a city-wide research project, The Bigger Picture.

The Bigger Picture investigates the impact of intergenerational arts programming on the experiences of exclusion and isolation within minority communities in Nottingham. Researchers at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Bright Ideas Nottingham have been looking at the audiences and practices in cultural institutions: National Justice Museum, New Art Exchange, and Nottingham Contemporary.

During this event, we will be exploring the research findings and outputs, including a social impact tool designed to initiate critical conversations and embed decolonial practice across cultural institutions. We will be sharing proposed methodologies and approaches within arts programming that works with and responds to communities, promoting inclusion. Community researchers will present their findings in a performance developed together with Lisa Jackson.

A collaboration between Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Exchange, National Justice Museum, Bright Ideas Nottingham, University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Midlands4Cities.

Funded by Arts Council England.

Join us on Facebook here.

Fri 1 Feb, 2-5.15pm
Free. Booking Required
The Space
Nottingham Contemporary 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-bigger-picture-tickets-55018866912?mc_cid=726197c90c&mc_eid=%5bUNIQID%5d

 

The Research Festival is the time in the year when the whole M3C community comes together in one space to share, network, present and perform. Each year we are blown away by your contributions and we hope that this year’s event will be another success!

This event is the perfect opportunity to showcase your research or an element of your doctoral training experience in the welcoming and supportive environment of the DTP.

The 2019 Midlands3Cities Research Festival will be held on 23 May at Maple House (etc. Venues), 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham B4 6TB.

How to Participate:

Consider presenting a poster that clearly describes your research, or presenting an aspect of your research including practice based research and performance in a research relay, or through a digital story. Your research has the potential to have impact, participating will raise your profile and help you develop key communication and presentation skills, network with other researchers and build your profile.

 Attendance is mandatory and the programme provides plenty of opportunity for everyone to participate including:

 • Poster: produce a poster (A1) of an aspect of your research, your work with a partner organisation, a placement you have completed or some of your research findings in a clear and creative way for a public audience.

• A research relay presentation: this is a fast paced series (relay) of 5 minute talks on a subject connected to your research, your methodology, research findings, a CDF, your placement or work with a partner organisation.

• Photography, art or other installations to display in the exhibition space.

• Performance piece: music recital, drama, dance or poetry reading.

• Digital storytelling: if you would like to produce a short film this will be incorporated in to the research relays.

To get involved sign up here: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=7qe9Z4D970GskTWEGCkKHgQnfjZPiVlAiQWz4gyE5h5UMTRRQzVBTEdKWEJTTDVTN0ZWWFpIT0RaWi4u

We invite all M3C students who would like to present at the festival to complete the call for papers form by Friday 15 February.  The planning group need an indication of how you will participate by this deadline to enable them to design a programme which will accommodate all participants.

Reflections on Holocaust Memory: An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Conference
18 March 2019
Humanities Research Institute, University of Sheffield, Upper Hanover St, Sheffield, S3 7QY


The British Association for Holocaust studies warmly invites paper proposals for its annual postgraduate conference. This year, the conference is titled “Reflections on Holocaust memory”; we hope that this theme will be sufficiently broad to encourage postgraduate scholars working in a range of disciplines, and on any aspect of Holocaust studies (and related topics) to make a submission.
The event will take the form of a one-day conference, which will comprise a number of panels delivered by MA and PhD students currently working in the field of Holocaust studies, organised according to theme. The day will also include lunch, and a keynote speech from Professor Sue Vice (University of Sheffield) on resistance and rescue in Claude Lanzmann’s Shoah outtakes.


To submit a paper proposal, please send a 300-word abstract and 150-word biography to bahs.pgconference2019@gmail.com no later than Friday 1 February 2019.


We will only accept paper proposals from those currently working at postgraduate level (MA, PhD) on relevant topics, but all are welcome to attend. Attendance is free for all; if you would like to register to attend, please send the following details to the email address listed above:


- Name
- Degree type (BA, MA, PhD etc., if applicable)
- University / department
- Dietary requirements


If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the conference organisers (Emily-Rose Baker and Michael Holden) at the above email address.

 

Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature is looking to host an Employability Placement.

They are looking for someone who will research and present the Membership Monitoring Report on Nottingham’s UNESCO designation. 

One of the main objectives of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) is to function as a laboratory of ideas and innovative experiences intended to capitalize on the full potential of culture and creativity for sustainable urban development. To this end, every four years member cities are required to produce a Membership Monitoring Report. This placement will research and present the Membership Monitoring Report on Nottingham’s UNESCO designation.  The research is intended to:

  • Demonstrate how Nottingham has implemented the UNESCO Creative Cities Network mission statement at both a local and international level;
  • Demonstrate how Nottingham has fostered the exchange of information with UNESCO, fellow member cities and the international community on the activities developed in the framework of the Network;
  • Shared insights into the importance and the impact of the designations at the local level; and
  • Developed case studies on the concepts and experiences (such as new projects, events and campaigns developed as a direct result of Nottingham’s UNESCO designation.

You can find examples of reports submitted by Dublin, Norwich and Dunedin here: https://en.unesco.org/creative-cities/events/third-round-uccn-membership-monitoring-reports  

Skills, knowledge or experience needed:

  • Experience of evaluating creative programmes, preferably in the cultural sector, but not essential
  • Experience of completing and presenting comprehensive reports 
  • Expertise in both qualitative and quantitative evaluation 
  • Experience of involving a wide range of stakeholders in evaluation 
  • Experience of developing innovative ways to gather and measure feedback 
  • Analysis of complex data and the presentation of this in a variety of formats 
  • Ability to communicate at all levels and to deal productively with challenging feedback 

Timeframe: To commence anytime between May and September. We would need the report delivered by 1st December 2019.

 If this opportunity is of interest to you, please get in contact with Sandeep Mahal, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature at sandeep@nottmcityoflit.org