The IKON Gallery are looking to recruit an M4C placement student to undertake an archival research project contributing to an exhibition, publication and public programme.

To access this placement and find out more please visit: IKON: Archival Research Opportunity


An exciting opportunity to help co-ordinate the Journey to Justice Birmingham civil rights exhibition programme at the Library of Birmingham.

To access this Midlands4Cities placement opportunity, please visit: Journey to Justice: Coordinator


This is a joint event, being run by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities and the Midlands 4 CIties AHRC DTP Consortium.

WHEN: 13th November (times tbc, but likely 11am - 5pm)
WHERE: Sheffield, Mercure St Paul's hotel (location here - )

A day of panels and a workshop organised by History & Policy with WRoCAH and M3C, to explore how historians at the beginning of their careers can engage with policy making structures nationally, locally and outside government.  

To register please visit:


A series of research seminars organized during the academic year 2019-2020 on the theme of "Excavating the Anthropocene". This programme is supported through the IAS Award with an aim of establishing Environmental Humanities as a new field of cross-disciplinary research at Warwick.

This research series engages participants from several fields of humanities to bring critical humanist perspectives to environmental research. The humanities, as a body of disciplines concerned with human culture, bring indispensable critical frameworks to an unfolding crisis born out of class, cultural and species interaction and conflict. In particular, the humanities can offer crucial excavation of assumptions at work inside the Anthropocene, as it develops as a geohistorical and world-ecological rubric, and potentially as a program, for global environmental consciousness.

Denial of ecological urgency can be attributed to resistance from vested interests as well as to challenges inherent to ecological communication, including difficulty conceiving the scale of "Anthropocene". To address these challenges, over the course of each term a series of seminars will treat a different aspect of "Excavating the Anthropocene": "Visualising the Anthropocene" (Term 1), "Sounding the Anthropocene" (Term 2), "Conceptualising the Anthropocene" (Term 3).

For further information please visit:

Warwick Campus Map:


Call for Papers for Ex-Historia Mini Conference

“Populism: past, present, and future”

19th December 2019, 14:00-17:00

Digital Humanities Building, University of Exeter

Globally, populism is on the rise, both amongst right- and left-wing politicians. An ideology that focuses on the segregation between the “pure people” and the “corrupt elite”,[1] it is dramatically disrupting the political sphere across the world, including Europe, Latin America, and the United States. However, this is not a recent phenomenon; even though there has been a marked increase in populism since the late-2000s, its roots can be traced back to late nineteenth century movements in the United States and the Russian Empire.[2]

Ex-Historia will be hosting a mini-conference on 19th December 2019 on the theme of populism, with a keynote speech by Emeritus Professor of Politics at the University of Bath, Roger Eatwell, who has recently written National Populism: the Revolt against Liberal Democracy with Matthew Goodwin.

To complement Eatwell’s keynote, Ex-Historia is looking for six postgraduate panellists to present more generally on the theme of populism. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Origins of populism
  • Definitions of populism
  • Links between democracy and populism
  • Links between authoritarianism and populism
  • Historical examples of populism
  • Contemporary manifestations of populism. 


1JAWS is the only academic arts journal dedicated to promoting 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. We strongly recommend authors consult our peer review guidance for unconventional submissions on our website prior to submitting, please see the link below.All work must be sent as a Word document to, and be prefaced with a 100-word abstract and 6–8 keywords, 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 for submissions: Monday 20 October 2019.


Friday, 24th April 2020
University of Birmingham

The Children and Childhood Network at the University of Birmingham is holding a Play Conference,
funded by Midlands 4 Cities Doctoral Training Partnership in association with the Arts and Humanities
Research Council.

The overarching theme is ‘The Power of Play’ in research, policy and practice. Attendees will include
doctoral researchers, academics, teachers and educators, and professional organisations from across
the Midlands and the UK. Further details will be announced in due course.

Deadline for all submissions – Friday 20th December 2019
Please email your submissions to the Children and Childhood Network at the University of

Museological Review invites authors to submit abstracts for Issue 24, which will reflect on and respond to how museums and art galleries are adding to current conversations through their exhibitions, programmes and projects and how this challenges the definition of a museum and its relation to the public. Should museums participate and be involved in the debate around social justice, global equality and wellbeing, as the new definition proposes?

In this regard, Museological Review is interested in submissions which consider how museums and art galleries are responding to and communicating themes including but not limited to the following:

- Community-based programmes and projects
- Crisis of democracy
- Equal rights
- Future of Europe after Brexit
- Global warming and climate change
- Human dignity and wellbeing
- Migrant crisis
- Museums in time of austerity
- Social justice
- Technology and big data

Submissions are invited in the form of academic articles, exhibition/book reviews and visual contributions from graduated students (MA and PhD), current PhD candidates, early-career researchers and museum practitioners. In light of the debate of the new definition of what is a museum, Issue 24 will contribute to the discussion by including a section where researchers and museum practitioners submit their own definition (no more than 300 words) of what they believe a museum is.

The deadline for submissions and abstracts/proposals is Monday 3rd November 2019, 17.00 GMT. Submissions and enquiries should be emailed to:

Notes for contributors:

Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security Research (PaCCS) is recruiting a postgraduate student to complete a three month research placement between January and May 2020. The student will work within the Office of the Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner (IASC) and have the opportunity to undertake a review of research being carried out into slavery and trafficking in order to establish to what extent research has had an impact, and suggest ways to obtain more impact from this research.

This placement is looking for a student who can demonstrate a research interest of one or more of the PaCCS themes (Conflict, Crime and Security).

More information regarding this opportunity for students can be found in the Pdf attached, or online here:

The deadline for this is the 30th October 2019

The British Library Open Days are designed for first year PhD students who are new to the Library. The days explain the practicalities of using the Library and its services – including navigating our physical and online collections. Students are encouraged to choose the event which is of most interest and relevance to their studies, from the following:

  •  Asian & African Collections: Monday 20 January
  • Music Collections Monday: 27 January
  • The Collections at Boston Spa and beyond: Wednesday 29 January
  • British & European Collections from Antiquity to 1600: Monday 03 February
  • British & European Collections after 1600: Monday 17 February
  • Contemporary Society and Culture Collections: Monday 24 February
  • The Americas Collections: Friday 28 February

The Box Office to book these workshops will open in mid-October, for further information please visit 


Creating the Self: Youth Artists Workshop

Calling all Creative Minds between the ages of 16 and 25!

Would you like a FREE place on a workshop led by an international group of established artists in the fields of visual art, theatre and creative writing? Are you interested in the history of Central and Eastern Europe, communism, 1989 and migration to the UK?

Then come along to the Youth Artist Workshop being held at Centrala Space in Digbeth, Birmingham on Saturday, 21 September, 10.30-5.30. The workshop is being held as part of the project Testimony in Practice, being led by the University of Birmingham and funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

The event coincides with the display of a sound-art installation at Centrala, created by Polish artist Maciek Bączyk and local artist Emma Lockey and based on the stories, anecdotes and memories of Central and Eastern Europeans living in the UK – gathered as part of the project.

At the workshop you will hear from the theatre companies La Conquesta del pol sud, and Little Earthquake, the Romanian and German novelist Carmen-Francesca Banciu, and the artist Jakub Ceglarz about their work with real-life stories and on the theme of Central and Eastern Europe. You will then have the opportunity – with the support of the workshop leaders – to respond artistically to these stories and histories. You might paint, draw, craft, write, or perform.

There are 20 slots available and places will be allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. To snag your spot, send an email with your name, age and preferred art form to: . Registrations will close when all 20 spots have been filled or on the 16 September.

The workshop and its creative outputs will form the basis of an exhibition at the University of Birmingham as part of the Green Heart and Arts and Science Festival’s autumn theme of Change. To find out more about the project and the workshop leaders visit:

Dance Consortium is looking to develop an employability placement with an M4C DTP researcher to work with their 20 UK member theatres to consider how audiences for contemporary dance in the UK might develop. To find out more or apply for this opportunity please visit: Dance Consortium Placement Brief.


Are you interested in understanding possible career paths in the creative industries and the cultural sector and building your network?

These two one-day workshops designed and developed specifically for M4C research students will feature a range of high-profile speakers to provide an insight into the sectors to assist with research and postdoctoral career options. 

16th October



Introducing the Sector


  • Sector definitions, trends, priorities, opportunities and challenges
  • How the sector is funded
  • The types of jobs you might want to consider in these sectors
  • The realities of working with creative and cultural organisations and tactics for collaboration

3rd December




Leveraging your PhD


  • 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 Workshops will be facilitated by Hannah Bird and Dr Ceri Gorton (Bird & Gorton), working with speakers from across the sector providing the opportunity to develop a wide network of key contacts who include:
  • Sandeep Mahal (Director Nottingham City of Literature),
  • Aysha Afridi (Head of Heritage and Learning National Memorial Arboretum),
  • Ed Boot Artistic Director & CES of Nonsuch Theatre Nottngham),
  • Sam Cairns (Director Cultural Learning Alliance)


Exciting new placement opportunity working with Journey to Justice!

As part of the Leicester leg of the Journey to Justice project, the idea of blue “Plaques of Justice” developed: each school in Leicester will be offered a Blue Justice Plaque, so that the school can investigate, research and adopt a social justice “champion” to display on the School’s Blue Plaque.

This placement opportunity will involve helping to finalise the Blue Plaques of Justice “toolkit” which will be made available to schools to help them outline possible processes for researching and selecting a local social justice figure to champion and to commemorate.  You would also be responsible for liaising directly with those schools over the programme leading up to the adoption of their respective plaque; and to be part of the team available for schools visits to introduce and explain the details of the project to the schools and their pupils, and to “workshop” the idea of social justice champions with them.

To find out more and apply please follow the link below:


Nottingham Playhouse is the place to be on National Poetry Day.

Hosted by Ben Norris and featuring performances from a frankly ridiculous line-up including Dizraeli, Liz Berry, Caroline Bird, Vanessa Kisuule, Debris Stevenson, Bohdan Piasecki, Will Harris, Georgina Wilding, Jamie Thrasivoulou and Michael Southan, A Quite Enormous Poetry Event promises to be just that: enormous. And doubtless, very, very good.

The main stage show is preceded by several hours of poetic amusements and distractions in the shape of The Poetry Funfair, curated by Becky Cullen. Kicking off with a free poetry workshop at 5pm, and a chance to see films produced as part of the Poetry Pulse project, we celebrate the National Poetry Day theme of truth with a fanfare of activities, including guess-the-weight-of-the-truth, poetry hook-a-duck, a poetry fortune teller, juggler, and ghost train