The Association for Art History (AAH) New Voices conference CFP is now live and we are currently accepting papers on the interdisciplinary theme of art and text. The deadline for papers is Friday 23rd August and the date of the conference is Wednesday 6th November - held at the University of Nottingham

For more information please visit:


The ESRC and the Government Office for Science wish to appoint two Areas of Research Interest (ARI) Fellowships, for one year (with the potential to extend to two years), starting as soon as feasible from mid October 2019.

ARI Research Engagement Fellow

This role will have core responsibility for identifying and convening research expertise appropriate to address selected ARIs. The fellow will work to enable dialogue with government departments to refine and develop the ARIs. The Research Engagement fellow will work closely with the Policy Engagement Fellow in the development and delivery of work between cross-disciplinary/sector expert groups of researchers and policy makers to identify and design the research approaches needed to address them.

ARI Policy Engagement Fellow

This role will have core responsibility for proactively engaging with relevant policy makers across government. The fellow will take lead responsibility for the development and delivery of evidence-informed and innovative methods and tools to facilitate interactions between cross-disciplinary/sector expert groups of researchers and policy makers to support refinement of ARIs.

More info and how to apply here:


Are you going to be out of town visiting an archive, digging, doing a placement, attending a conference, involved in a performance or exhibit, language training, workshops, summer schools, retreats etc.?


Send us a postcard! A real postcard- the old-fashioned, stick a stamp on it and put it in the post box type!

Our Snail Mail address is:

M4C DTP, Highfield House, University Park, Nottingham NG7 2RD

We are starting a Postcards from the field collection in our M4C DTP headquarters and want to hear all about the amazing work you are getting up to. 

When new postcards arrive, we will photograph them and share them on Twitter (using #M4CPostcards)

At the end of each year at the Research Festival, there will be an award for the best submission.

So get out there, take on the world and tell us all about it in a postcard. 


New Placement Opportunity: Playbills from Nottingham’s Theatres

Nottingham Local Studies Library has numerous long playbills from Nottingham’s theatres, spanning back to the late 1800’s. To preserve these incredible posters and the significant information they hold, the large collection needs to be indexed and, if possible, digitised and showcased.

 Key tasks…

  • Carefully collate key information from each playbill on to an excel spreadsheet
  • Explore the feasibility of digitising the playbills, including resources and equipment needs, cost and timescales
  • Scope options for promoting the playbills
  • Produce a report with recommendations for next steps based on the feasibility study

Key rewards…

  • Contribute towards preserving Nottingham’s local performing arts history
  • Develop career and employment potential through a unique experience for a high profile organisation
  • Enjoy seeing a vast selection of playbills and historic theatre information
  • Develop personal qualities required to be an effective researcher
  • Work alongside a team of dedicated and experienced staff

Skills, knowledge or experience needed:

  • Organised and methodical with the ability to follow instructions
  • Willingness to handle historic documents with care and respect
  • Reliable and self-motivated to complete the project unsupervised (staff will be around the area for support) in a timely way
  • Excellent report writing skills with the ability to present information and recommendations clearly and concisely
  • Able to carry out the requirements of the role at Central Library, Angel Row, Nottingham

 Timeframe to consider:

  • A minimum commitment of 5 hours per week for approximately 6 months (negotiable)

Contact Information:

If this is the sort of placement you have been looking for, or want to discuss this possibility further, please contact:  Lynda Naylor – Local Studies Librarian


As part of Child Rights Week/Child Right Fortnight, run in conjunction with nurseries and primary schools in Birmingham, funding has been received from Midlands 4 Cities DTP to hold a conference in association with the Children and Childhood Network (CCN) at the University of Birmingham.
This year, Child Rights Week/Child Right Fortnight with nursery and primary schools focussed on the right to play, as set out in Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The conference will therefore be focussed on various themes surrounding 'play' in childhood, and will likely take place in SPRING 2020A call for papers will be issued in the Autumn Term of 2019.


We are issuing a call for COMMITTEE MEMBERS to take the conference forward from planning through to delivery. 


You would be working alongside other PGRs and academic Directors from the Children and Childhood Network at the University of Birmingham. We would love it if all M4C Universities are represented; it is planned that Child Rights Week/Child Right Fortnight will be taken over in 2021 by PGRs from other universities in the M4C cohort. For more information about the project, please visit
If you are interested in being part of the Play Conference committee, please email Jeannette Rodgers ( later than the 30TH JUNE 2019.


Once we have a list of committee members, we will organise our first planning meeting and assign roles. If you would like to be involved in a particular way or in a particular role, please also include this in your email for our consideration. If you know of anyone who would be interested in joining the committee, please let them know.
We look forward to seeing you on the committee!


Fellowship Opportunities at the Yale Center for British Art

The Paul Mellon Centre invites you to mingle with your colleagues and enjoy a glass of wine while learning about fellowship opportunities for doctoral students and early-career scholars at the Yale Center for British Art.

The Center (located in New Haven, Connecticut, USA) is home to the largest collection of British art outside the United Kingdom and offers research placements  through the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council’s international placement schemes and through its own residential scholars program. More information on the Center's programs can be found here.

When: Thursday, June 27, 2019, 16:30–19:30

Where: The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

16 Bedford Square

London, WC1B 3JA

T: 020 7580 0311


Shout out for interest - craft/making/amateur creativity research?

My name is Clare Daněk and I’m an AHRC-funded doctoral student based at the University of Leeds, where I’m busy doing some very hands-on research into how people learn amateur craft skills. 

My DTP (WRoCAH, comprising the Universities of York, Leeds and Sheffield) is full of interesting people, but I haven’t come across other researchers within the DTP whose research falls into the area of craft/making/amateur creativity – so I’m spreading the net wider.  

I’d love to hear from other AHRC-funded doctoral researchers to discuss potential connections, conversation, collaboration about craft/making/amateur creativity/that sort of thing, with a view to developing a network and maybe an event.  

Drop me a line at and we can start the conversation.


The British Library, London

The AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership working group will host a BAME Doctoral Researchers Event on 8th July at the British Library to showcase and celebrate the work being done by our BAME researchers.

This event follows on from the first BAME Doctoral Researchers Consultation Event hosted by North West Consortium DTP at the University of Manchester in December 2018.

Confirmed Speakers for the Opening Panel are Dr. Nicole King, Lecturer at Goldsmiths & Dr. Emma Abotsi, British Sociological Association Fellow at the British Library.

Call for presentations

The AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships invite BAME doctoral researchers in the Arts and Humanities across the UK to present short, research-in-progress papers on any aspect of their research at an event to celebrate and showcase BAME doctoral research. This call is open to all BAME researchers, whether funded by a DTP or not. The program allows for 10 presentations - should we receive more than ten paper proposals, we’ll give priority to third and second year researchers - and then make plans for a repeat event.

Presenters are free to choose whether or not their presentation will directly address the challenges and/or opportunities of being a BAME researcher - and should be no longer than 15-minutes to allow for discussion and reflection.

If you would prefer not to present a paper but would like to be involved in chairing or acting as a respondent, please indicate this in the Eventbrite registration form.

Non-BAME doctoral researchers are warmly invited to attend this event.

Please include an indicative title and a 250-word outline of roughly what you will be speaking on in the Eventbrite registration form, or send this to, by Friday 21 June.


Job Title: Masterclass Intern

June 2019

Accountable to: Clothworkers’ Associate in Mathematics

Location: Albemarle St, London with some travel to Masterclass locations within London and the South East

Contract type: 12 week internship – Full time – 35 hours per week with weekend working.

End September to December 2019

Salary: Payable by Stipend by Research Council or DTP – funding should be agreed before application.


Job Purpose
This placement is aimed at anyone who is passionate about sharing their love for the STEM subjects, particularly mathematics, and who wishes to develop their skills in delivering activities to young people as well as supporting one of the UK’s longest-running educational programmes.
You will join the Ri during our busy autumn term and support the team to administer and deliver our programme of Masterclasses with a particular focus on Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses in London, and will have opportunities to develop and deliver your own workshops.

Job Purpose
This placement is aimed at anyone who is passionate about sharing their love for the STEM subjects, particularly mathematics, and who wishes to develop their skills in delivering activities to young people as well as supporting one of the UK’s longest-running educational programmes.
You will join the Ri during our busy autumn term and support the team to administer and deliver our programme of Masterclasses with a particular focus on Secondary Mathematics Masterclasses in London, and will have opportunities to develop and deliver your own workshops.


For further detail, please see the attached job description.


Austerity Gardens: The Poetics and Politics of Gardening in Hard Times

Trent B46, 4pm, Wednesday 19thJune

Dr Naomi Milthorpe, University of Tasmania

What does it mean to garden in hard times, and why might humans turn to the garden (as shelter, refuge, or productive space) under straitened conditions? How do poets, writers and cultural critics contend with and represent the garden or their own gardening as they are changed by austerity? What does an austere garden look, feel, sound, taste, and smell like?

Gardens are liminal spaces, private zones, and contested sites, mobilized against foreign invaders whether human or nonhuman. Gardens and gardening are in place and practice revelatory of shifting, contingent, and multiple modes of gender, class, racial, religious and sexual identity. They are idealized, yet ever-incomplete, utopian sites. Gardening is also big business: 2017 market reports indicated increased demand for DIY products in the decade since the global financial crisis (“Millennials Dominate” 2017). Thus gardening and garden literature provides rich soil for understanding the commodification and uses of culture, whether highbrow or popular, as embodied in gardening from the mid-to- late 20th century and beyond.

Austerity is an historically-inflected concept associated most particularly with the policies of World War Two Britain, and latterly, Europe following the Global Financial Crisis, but its ideological, aesthetic, and practical roots stretch beyond those particular historical and geographical contexts. This paper will seek to map out some of the borders of austerity gardening, and particularly, its representation and practice in popular and literary texts.

Naomi Milthorpe is Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Tasmania. Her research centres on modernist, interwar, and mid-century British literary culture. Naomi is the author of Evelyn Waugh’s Satire: Texts and Contexts(FDUP, 2016), and is currently editing Waugh’s Black Mischief for the Oxford University Press Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. She is the editor of the essay collection The Poetics and Politics of Gardening in Hard Times (Lexington, forthcoming) which features diverse essays on Vita Sackville-West, Beverley Nichols, nettles, thylacines, and many other topics exploring the material, affective and representational effects of austerity in the garden and garden writing.


The SPLAS FORUM 2019 is taking place at the University of Nottingham on the 21st 22nd June! To see the programme and register please visit::


Dear all, 

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the SWW DTP Memory Studies Cluster symposium, 'Stories of the Past', which will take place in Southampton on 11th July. You can book your FREE tickets and find out more information about the day here:

The provision programme can be viewed at the website above. There will be a fascinating mix of topics, all united under the theme of memory - from Estonian national heroes to sixteenth-century gardens and Romeo and Juliet, to memory in contemporary Spain, and even shipwrecks as monuments!

SWW DTP students will be able to apply to the SDF fund or the conference fund for reimbursement of travel costs.

We kindly ask that you register as soon as possible, so that we are able to confirm catering. Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided.

The programme, as detailed on the website, is only provisional at this stage and subject to change. Please feel free to share the event on social media - you can find our Twitter profile @MemoryStudiesSW. 

We have an excellent line up of fascinating subjects, and it is sure to be an engaging and thought-provoking day. 

If anyone has any questions and would like to get in touch, please drop us an email at

With best wishes,

Rebecca, Tom and Mary 


Places are still available!

Would you like to learn Latin or Ancient Greek?

In June 2019 we will offer the following 2-week intensive courses for beginners in:

  • ANCIENT GREEK for reading and research purposes (for beginners) - Enrol Now!
  • LATIN for reading and research purposes (for beginners) - Enrol Now!

The courses run from Monday 10th June to Friday 21st June; the deadline to register is Friday 7th June 2019 at noon.

The course fee is £315, including all tuition, access to VLE (virtual learning environment), handouts and any tests/exams, but not textbook. If you require accommodation for the duration of the course please contact  .

For further details please visit our website or contact us.


The Birmingham Trojan Horse affair was an alleged plot to Islamicise schools. John Holmwood has written a research-based book on the topic and collaborated with LUNG theatre in the creation of a play shown to great acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  It will be on tour in major theatres in the Midlands, North England and London during October and November.  We are looking for an engagement manager to help in the organisation of local community events and after show Q&A. The events will link with the Independent Review of Prevent announced by the government and will involve liaison with civil rights NGOs. A final performance at Parliament is also planned.

Skills, knowledge or experience needed:

The ideal candidate will be interested in verbatim theatre or community-based theatre; or in the translation of social research into drama. Knowledge of Urdu would be an advantage, as would familiarity with issues facing British Muslims arising out of the Prevent agenda. An interest in social justice would also be relevant. The placement will involve developing evaluation of activities.

Timeframe to consider:

This is an employability placement and you can develop a project brief that entails up to 3 months work on this project.   Please note the deadline to submit a project brief for this placement is June 28th. The play will be in rehearsal in September with performances from 1st October through to 21st November. The play is showing from Tuesday through Saturday and the placement will be touring with the show, with Sundays and Mondays as ‘days off’. The placement is 3 months from 1st September.

Contact Information:

If this is the sort of placement you have been looking for, or want to discuss this possibility further, please contact : Prof. John Holmwood


There is still time to register for the Cracking the Established Order Conference next month!

Cracking the Established Order (CtEO) is a two day interdisciplinary conference that invites researchers and artists to continue to explore the ongoing accelerating influence of practice-based research, as it continues to shape new ways of thinking about research and creative methodologies. Focusing on the evolution and increasing importance of creative practice within academic contexts across the artsand humanities, CtEO returns to the key question of ‘Can practice allow us to re-envision the role of a traditional researcher?’. Through this conference, we will explore together how research provides a possibility for the formation of new knowledge – both critical and embodied - created and articulated through unique forms and formats. CtEOprovides a new platform to reconsider the provocative potential of practice-based research.