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Virtual Grad School

The Virtual Graduate School runs in parallel to the real-space Graduate School and provides academic and social space for all graduate students at Goldsmiths. It is an arena for discussion and debate across Goldsmiths, and for student networking. It promotes student access to information about postgraduate training and funding, academic and social events, and support. We hope that this will enhance interdisciplinarity, and help you to feel part of a wider community.

Everyday Life – A one-day symposium
University of Cambridge, 8th September 2014

Two decades ago, Raphael Samuel composed his fierce critique of academic history. He suggested that we should spend less time pondering upon national myths - so-called ‘invented traditions’ - and instead pay more attention to ‘the perceptions of the past which find expression in the discriminations of everyday life’. He set about reconstructing the minutiae of ordinary experience ‘from below’, believing that this constituted the most insightful -and democratic- means of practicing history. Samuel’s words proved remarkably influential, and have found particular expression in recent historiographical trends. Whether interested in how
daily habits and social practice have shaped self-narratives and consciousness, or in the rhetorical and intellectual utility of this concept, historians have been increasingly tuning into the ‘everyday’.
This one-day symposium hopes to bring together historians and scholars from related disciplines such as sociology, archaeology, and politics that use the idea of ‘everyday life’ in their work. The theme is not confined to any particular period or sub-discipline- instead the aim is to hear a wide range of such research and ultimately incite a lively discussion about methodological and theoretical aspects of writing about and with ‘everyday life’.
We invite interested parties to submit a short abstract of no more than 500 words to and by 4th July 2014
Papers will be limited to 20 minutes, with successful applicants to be contacted by 11th July.
A small fund for contributing to travel costs is available for external speakers, please let us know in your email if you require funding.
Professor of English and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University and leading historian of the everyday Joe Moran will be giving a keynote speech, with comment to be provided by senior figures within the Faculty of History at Cambridge.
We look forward to hearing from you, Laura Carter ( and Alex Campsie (
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Beyond exoticism: opening up remote cultures
British Academy Early Career Networking Event,

This one-day forum is one of a series of events being sponsored by the British Academy with the objective of encouraging networks of younger scholars in the fields of the Humanities and the Social Sciences. The event will draw together a mix of contributors: both early-career and more experienced researchers (in disciplines including Classics, Archaeology, Egyptology, Ancient Near-Eastern Studies, Evolutionary Anthropology, Social Anthropology, Modern Languages; print journalists and others working in the broadcast media; museum professionals, publishers, and others).

The purpose of the event is to focus on the challenges that confront all academics who study cultures and regions that are remote either in time or space, and which may seem to have little ‘relevance’ to the concerns of contemporary society:
• how can such studies be made comprehensible, attractive, or of value to the world outside academia?
• how do we widen the range of material that receives broader coverage?
• how do we avoid repeating the same narratives or approaches?
• how do we ensure that our disciplines survive in a harsh climate for Higher Education?
The event will take the form of a series of debates examining (amongst other topics): the narratives by which we ‘sell’ our subjects; the audiences for our research activity and how to reach them; the obstacles to broader impact for our research (including research policy, instititutional structures, attitudes).
The event will also showcase a range of projects or activities where (potentially abstruse) subject matter has translated well for a broad audience. We will be inviting ECR's to present their research via poster presentations which will be on display throughout the day and by participating in active debates. We will also ask all ECR's to provide a biography with an outline of their career to date and wider research interests which will be included in the programme.
We expect to publish the outcomes of the event in a number of ways, including a short film of the day’s proceedings, a feature (by Matthew Reisz) in the Times Higher, and a publication through the British Academy’s Annual Review.
Confirmed speakers include: Professor Charles Forsdick (Liverpool, AHRC Theme Leadership Fellow, 'Translating Cultures'), Dr Alice Stevenson (Curator Petrie Museum), Dean Paton (founder of Big Heritage,, Professor Roger Luckhurst (Birkbeck, author of The Mummy’s Curse), David Wilson (documentary-maker of ‘Who were the Greeks?’, Guilty Pleasures and other programmes), Matthew Reisz (Times Higher), Anthony Cond (Chief Executive, Liverpool University Press).
Call for participants
The event is open to early career researchers (in fixed term appointments and early in permanent appointments), advanced postgraduates (years 3 and 4), and postdoctoral fellows (especially those funded by the British Academy). If you would like to contribute/attend please send us a brief summary (no more than 200 / 300 words) of your main research areas and current research topics, including a list of planned and published outputs. Please also indicate if you would like to present a poster presentation at the event.
Where and when?
The venue will be the University’s Foresight Centre, close to Liverpool city centre and a short walk from Lime Street Station. For details of the venue and how to reach it, go to
It will run from 10.30 am till 5 pm on Monday 8th September. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
We may have some limited funds to assist with travel costs, where participants are unable to obtain funding from their own institutions please indicate in your application if you would like to be considered.

To apply or for further information please contact either Sally Hoare or Anne Landborg

Mon 8th Sep 2014
Historical Perspectives Call for Papers for Fall 2014 Seminar Series

Historical Perspectives Seminar Series ‘Work in Progress’ 2014-2015


Historical Perspectives is a student-run group that brings postgraduate students together from across the UK, and particularly Scotland, providing a platform for them to present their research in a friendly and supportive environment. Whether you have just embarked on a PhD or Masters in a subject relating to History or are well advanced in your studies, we would love to hear from you.
We are currently looking for postgraduate students to present a 20 minute paper at one of our monthly seminars starting in October 2014, held at the University of Glasgow. We accept papers from across subjects, but all should have a historical slant. Seminars are held during the third or fourth Wednesday of the month. The seminar series aims to provide a comfortable environment for postgraduate students to present their research, receive vital feedback, and generate discussion and explore ideas with their peers. There will be a friendly reception following seminars with drinks and light fare provided by Historical Perspectives. This is a great opportunity to carry out a trial run of a paper before presenting to the wider academic community.

If you would like to present a paper at the University of Glasgow during the first term of the 2014-15 academic year, please email us at your name, a short description of your topic (50-100 words), and when you would be available to present. Please contact us before Monday 8 September 2014 to indicate your interest in presenting.

We're also looking for new members for our committee so if you'd like to come along and represent your university please visit us online on our website
and follow us on Facebook
and []Twitter#HistPer for up to date information.

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Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference 2014
The Regional Studies Association
Early Career Conference 2014
ICOSS, University of Sheffield, UK, Thursday and Friday 30-31 October 2014

Call for Papers
Abstract submission deadline: Friday 29 August, 2014

The Regional Studies Association encourages submissions of abstracts to our annual Early Career conference, to be held in Sheffield in October 2014. This exciting conference, sponsored by new open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, will provide PhD students and early career researchers with the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and science. The objective of the conference is bring together students and early career researchers to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment, with a view to getting invaluable feedback and new ideas and learning more about how and where to publish their research results. One session will focus on how the publishing environment is changing and the new opportunities it creates. A number of distinguished Plenary Speakers will be in attendance, in addition to the Editors-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Regional Science. Participants working in the following areas are invited to submit an abstract, though we welcome all submissions with a regional studies or regional science focus.

• Urban and regional development and policy
• New challenges in urban planning
• New economic geography
• Big data and regions
• Climate change and sustainability
• Urban and regional governance
• Politics and territory
• Innovation and knowledge
• Mega-regions
• City regions
• Regional mapping and visualisation
• Clusters and smart specialisation
• Labour markets and migration
• Spatial justice

Abstract submission will be available online from April 2014. For more information and updates on this event, please go to

Conference Format
The conference will begin and end with a series of plenary lectures. In between these sessions a number of parallel workshop tracks will be held, all within the ICOSS building at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city centre campus. Papers will be grouped thematically after submission. We will also hold a special ‘how to get published’ session with journal editors and devote one session to more innovative presentation formats.

Information About the Venue
The conference venue is 300m from the nearest tram stop, which connects directly to Sheffield train station (accessible directly from most major UK cities). For international visitors, there is a direct train from Manchester Airport to Sheffield. There are many bars, restaurants and hotels within walking distance of the venue.

For more information, please go to

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We are pleased to confirm that the 2014 ESRC Festival of Social Science will be taking place across the UK from 1-8 November.

The call for applications is now open. The closing dates for:

Sponsored applications is 16.00 on 9 May
Non-sponsored applications is 16.00 on 16 May

If you are applying from the University of Aberdeen, Bristol or Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University or Queen's University Belfast, please view details of how to apply to hold events via your university.

Please email if you would like any additional information or assistance.

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We are very excited to invite you to register for the PhD By Design conference being held in the Department of Design at Goldsmiths on the 6th and 7th of November 2014.

The event is an opportunity to present work and discuss the diverse aspects of what it means to do a practice-based PhD in Design.

The aim of this event is to vocalise, discuss and work through many of the topical issues of conducting a practice-based PhD in design. It will enable early career design researchers to explore the many aspects of knowledge production within an academic institution.

Who for?
The conference especially invites designers undergoing a practice-based PhD, as well as supervisors, MRes students, MPhil students within and outwith design departments.

What will happen?
The two day event will include twelve discussion sessions, presentations from leading design researchers Dr. Jennifer Gabrys (Goldsmiths, University of London), Professor Jon Rogers (University of Dundee), Professor Teal Triggs (Royal College of Art) and a public lecture by Professor Bill Gaver (Goldsmiths, University of London). The conference is an opportunity to come together to share practices, experiences and provide a forum to build a practice based design research community.

How to get involved
If you are interested in taking part, we ask you to submit three questions that relate to the issues you are discovering within your practice-based research. One questions relating to doing/making/planning the second to do with output/dissemination/ use and the third we are leaving open for you to decide.

We also ask you to bring with you a 5 minute presentation describing your practice-based research. Find out more on how to get involved:

Registration deadline is the 26th September 2014

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2nd Annual Symposium on Sacred and Secular: Faith and Formation
14 January 2015 | FaithXChange | Goldsmiths, University of London | UK

Free one-day symposium on ‘How do religion and belief inform how we do politics, policy and practice?’
The last twenty years has seen a vast array of research invested in understanding and measuring the resources provided by religion and belief in the public sphere: people, networks, buildings. The implication is that a secular society wants to use religion and belief to its advantage, without addressing the underlying values and practices by which it operates. Instead, this symposium proposes to explore the values and practices at the heart of our society, and how they inform politics, policy and practice. We are especially interested to explore how particular cultures of religion and belief can provide alternative value formations that challenge the status quo.

As with all FaithXChange outputs and events, as well as encouraging papers from theology, sociology and anthropology, we are particularly interested in contributions that highlight new frontiers, including but not limited to:

• Psychology
• Cultural studies
• Media and communication
• Literature
• History
• Law
• Art and design
• Music
• Film, theatre and performance
• Politics
• Public Policy
• Education
• Social work

Post-graduate students and early career scholars are highly encouraged to submit their abstract.

Contributions may include either papers or installations and performances. Papers should be limited to fifteen minutes excluding Q&A. Installations and performances may be in presentation form, in which case they too are limited to fifteen minutes. Installations may also be displayed throughout the symposium.
Abstracts should be no more than 300 words and should be sent to Clare Canning at by October 15th, 2014. The symposium will tentatively result into an edited volume.

Informal enquiries on the symposium should be addressed to Clare Canning at

For more information on the faithXchange network, please contact either Timothy Stacey [] or Panagiotis Pentaris []

More information to be found at:

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