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Conference: Research Data Management in Art and Design

Rachel Jillions of the University of the Arts London has just sent through details of this conference which might be of interest to researchers in Art and Design.

Research Data Management in Art and Design
Thursday 11th December

University of the Arts London is holding a one day conference on Research Data Management in Art and Design – ‘Where are we now?’
The conference will be an opportunity to learn about how data management is being addressed in the unique fields of Art and Design from the perspectives of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, University Research and Data Managers, and the Researchers themselves.

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UCL English Graduate Conference: Transformations – Call for Papers

Over the past century the study of English literature has undergone vast transformations, prompting academics and writers to re-evaluate the concept of the ‘canon’, examine practices of reading, and consider the cultural impact of texts and criticism.

This year’s UCL English Department graduate conference seeks to explore the nature of transformation and the many possible meanings this can hold for the wide diaspora of text production and consumption.

All PGR students are invited to submit papers for consideration. Please submit abstracts (max. 250 words) for 15 minute papers to by 1st April. For more information, visit

‘Hunting down permissions’: fair use, copyright and academic publishing

I was particularly intrigued by the Slate article Executors or Executioners? by Joseph Thomas, the frustrated would-be author of a Shel Siverstein biography, not only because Silverstein is currently among my daughter’s favourite authors but also for the discussion of the chilling effect that ‘playing it safe’ with copyright can have on fair use and scholarly publishing.

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Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World

Monday 17 June 2013, University of Oxford

Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World is a one-day interactive training initiative for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities interested in public engagement and digital media. The day will comprise keynote lectures and practical workshops with experts in this field providing insights into using the digital. Students attending this event will explore the value of digital engagement and how digital platforms can be used to enhance their academic profile and produce creative outputs.

Topics that will be covered include: social medias and academia, blogs and academic websites, creative technologies and impact, and showcasing and developing educational resources. In addition to our two keynote talks, the event will also include a student-led Q&A and discussion session between participants and our panel of experts.

Engaging with the digital world: An event for arts and humanities research students

C21imageThe University of Oxford and the Arts and Humanities Research Council have collaborated to offer a one-day interactive training session for postgraduate students across the arts and humanities, focusing on public engagement and digital media. “Transforming Postgraduate Research: Engaging with the Digital World” will be held on Monday 17 June at the University of Oxford, and aims to provide introductory training in using digital media to disseminate academic research. Participants will explore the value of digital engagement and learn how a range of digital platforms can be used to enhance academic profile. The event features practical workshop sessions, keynote lectures, student-led Q&A and discussion sessions between participants and a panel of experts. Topics covered include:

  • Social media(s) and academia
  • Blogs and academic websites
  • Creative technologies and impact
  • Showcasing and developing educational resources

The event is open to students across all disciplines in the arts and humanities and costs just £12. To book or for more information see The deadline for registration is 15 April 2013.

Alan Ayckbourn play at Royal & Derngate on Monday 25th March

As part of the Summer School for the Marie Curie funded Consortium Constructions of Home and Belonging (CoHaB) being hosted by the School of Arts from 21 to 27 March, we are inviting all the delegates to a theatre event at the Royal and Derngate on Monday 25th March, This is to see a new Alan Ayckbourn play, Mr Whatnot.

There may be some tickets over (at £11.00) each and if you would be interested in attending as one of the party, can you let Janet Wilson and Larissa Allwork know — we will treat htis on a first come, first served basis.

Please get back to them by Sunday 24th February at the very latest, as we have to let the theatre know about the pre booked tickets as to how many we actually need.

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“Fantastic Thresholds” at Richmond University: A review

RichmondSubmitted by Dr Jon Mackley

On 16 November 2012 Phillippa Bennett and Jon Mackley took a group of English students to the Kensington Campus of Richmond University, the American International University in London, for a one-day symposium entitled “Fantastic Thresholds”.  Read the rest of this entry

School of the Arts Research Seminar: Tuesday 11th December

Submitted by Dr Larissa Allwork

On Tuesday 11th December at 12:00 noon (Avenue Campus, Room MY120), the Division of Media English and Culture will be warmly welcoming Professor Richard Godden from the University of California, Irvine to give a research seminar on ‘Bret Easton Ellis, Lunar Park and the Exquisite Corpse of Deficit Finance’.  Professor Godden teaches in the English Department at the University of California, Irvine. His publications include, Fictions of Capital; Fictions of Labour: William Faulkner and the South’s Long Revolution and William Faulkner: An Economy of Complex Words. He currently works on the narrative poetics of finance capital.

Staff and students from the University of Northampton are welcome to attend and for more information please contact:

New research initiatives in the School of the Arts

Submitted by Professor Janet Wilson

In 2012, the School of the Arts has hosted a range of innovative lectures and events as well as developing and launching a number of exciting interdisciplinary research groups. The Annual Postgraduate Conference (11th-14th September 2012) provided a welcome review of the range and vibrancy of doctoral projects within the School as well as featuring a keynote address by Performing Arts scholar at Brazil’s University of Bahia, Claudio Cajaiba.

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Conference report: ‘Narratives of difference’ in the global marketplace

Submitted by Professor Janet Wilson

On the 25th and 26th of October 2012, the Centre of Contemporary Narrative and Cultural Theory in the School of Arts at the University of Northampton, in partnership with the Spanish University of Vigo, hosted the international conference titled ‘Narratives of Difference’ in the Global Marketplace.

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