July News from the CCN&CT

July 2014 has witnessed some great developments in the Centre for Contemporary Narrative & Cultural Theory (CCN&CT).

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Searching for open access articles

FAQ: I am creating an online resource and would like to ensure that my reading list comprises only texts that are open access (OA). Where can I find suitable content?OAlogo

There are plenty of open access articles and papers out there, if you know where to look. In the list below I have focused on text based materials rather than other resource types.

General repository search (all subjects):

  • CORE – harvests a large number of repositories, claiming to index over 20 million articles.
  • OAIster – now run by WorldCat – includes 30 million records, including text, audio, video, images and datasets.
  • Digital Commons Network – has a colourful subject wheel to facilitate browsing; indexes repositories supported by Digital Commons software.
  • OpenDOAR repository search and Registry of Open Access Repositories – OpenDOAR and ROAR are both registries of repositories; they each have a Google Custom Search box to enable searching of content.

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Article – 10 ways to make public engagement work for you

This article talks about public engagement with research.

Look out for details of our forthcoming Images of Research Exhibition 2014-15 and Research Poster Competition and think about how you can engage with non-academic audiences.




Listen back to talks from New Zealand in the First World War Conference

Sarah Schieff (NZSN Conference)

Sarah Shieff

Marking the centenary of the First World War, the New Zealand Studies Network (UK & Ireland) convened their second biennial conference on ‘New Zealand and the First World War’ at Birkbeck College, University of London (3-4 July 2014).  Co-organised by Professor Janet Wilson (The University of Northampton) and Professor Rod Edmond (The University of Kent), the conference featured an excellent range of papers on historical, literary and cultural responses to New Zealand’s involvement in the Great War. To listen back to presentations on the second day of the conference by Dr Felicity Barnes (The University of Auckland); Professor Rod Edmond (The University of Kent); Professor Alex Calder (The University of Auckland) and Professor Sarah Shieff (The University of Waikato), please read the full version of this post.

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School of the Arts Postgraduate Conference, 18th-19th September 2014

We are delighted to announce that the annual School of the Arts Postgraduate Conference will be held on the 18th-19th September 2014.  MA and PhD students from the School of the Arts are strongly encouraged to submit papers on their research projects to Larissa.Allwork@northampton.ac.uk by 31 July 2014.

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The Graduate School PGR and ECR Skills Development Programme 2014-15

mature students photoThe new generic Skills Development Programme for Postgraduate Research Students (PGRs) and Early Career Researchers (ECRs) is currently under design. Dates will be released as soon as confirmed and they’ll be added to the document below.

Why not bookmark this post and check back here regularly? Add confirmed workshop dates to your diary/calendar now, so that you can make arrangements to attend. Although you can’t book your place on the workshops at the moment, during August and September I will be hastily creating Eventbrite booking pages, details of which will feature in the document below.

So please do come back here and check this Research Hub Post regularly for updates. It’s good to be organised!

Graduate School generic workshops list 2014-15 (Updated July 24th 2014, previous update July 10th)


“Research Diversity” takes to the stage.

research diversityOn Thursday 26th June, The Graduate School held their 2014 PGR Conference, where Postgraduate Research Students and Early Career Researchers had an opportunity to practice and hone their presentation skills in front of an audience comprised of the University of Northampton research community; staff and students.

Emma Clarke, presenter (left), and Anna Crouch (Chair).

Emma Clarke, presenter (left), and Anna Crouch (Chair).

Research Diversity was a perfectly fitting title! After an introduction by Professor Jon Stobart, research student Emma Clarke (pictured) kicked off the day with a very amusing presentation on how it feels being at the start of her ‘journey’, asking “Am I a proper researcher?” She was followed, throughout the morning, by papers on pollinators, a World Bank case study, cyborgs, families and British drug treatment. Read the rest of this entry

Feldman, Fangdom and the First World War: Summer Research at the School of the Arts Continues…

Matthew Feldman

Matthew Feldman

In June, I was fortunate to catch up with University of Northampton favourite, Dr Matthew Feldman (Teeside University) as he gave a talk on Samuel Beckett and BBC Radio at St. John’s College, Oxford University (3 June 2014).

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PhD peer support lunch on Thursday 3rd July @12:30

Deli lunchThere will be another PhD lunch this Thursday 3rd July, at 12:30 in Avenue restaurant. Bring your sandwiches, pasta and chocolate bars and meet us there for a peer support chat!

Based in the Schools, research student communities often feel fragmented, not having a central place to gather and talk outside of their disciplines. These lunch breaks attempt to counterbalance this by offering a ‘place’ for students to gather. It is hoped that further down the line other socials might include meals and seminars with social time after. If you are interested in organising anything please contact Simone Apel. All doctoral research students, from all disciplines, are welcome.

New School of the Arts Research Website Launched!

A new School of the Arts Research Website has been launched which provides information on the Centre for Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory and the Centre for Practice-Led Research in the Arts as well as information on the scholarly and impact-related activities of our research staff, events and postgraduate students.

To explore the new School of the Arts Research website, visit: http://artsresearchatnorthampton.ac.uk

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