Call for papers: Culture, Things, and Empire virtual seminar series

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The call for papers is now open for the interdisciplinary AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded virtual seminar series Culture, Things, and Empire, organised by two PhD researchers at the universities of Leicester and Birmingham.

Between November 2020 and April 2021 they will be hosting five online Zoom seminars (20-minute papers and 40 minutes of discussion) and one masterclass for all registered participants, on themes such as race, gender, class, and materiality in the fields of imperial, colonial and global studies.

Deadline for abstracts: 19 October 2020, 17.00. 

For more details see the Culture Things Empire WordPress blog and follow them on Twitter @CTEseminars. If you have questions about the call for papers email 

Registration to attend the seminars will open on the blog soon.

UEA Online Training Series for PGRs 2020-21: details online now

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The UEA online training series for doctoral researchers offers research and professional skills training in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom, often on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 7pm-9pm but also on weekday mornings 10am-12pm. 

The series is organised and administered by Dr Simon Watts, PGR Training Coordinator for the Faculty of Social Science at UEA, who also teaches the majority of sessions.

The series consists of five themed modules, each with a number of sessions repeated three or four times throughout the year: 

  • Module 1: Academic Writing
  • Module 2: Qualitative Research Skills
  • Module 3: Finishing your PhD
  • Module 4: Teaching Skills
  • Module 5: Quantitative Research Skills

The module on qualitative research now includes a new session on using NVivo. We will be repeating this and several of the other sessions exclusively for Sussex researchers; once scheduled, these will be available to book on the RDP listings webpage.

In a change to the series, each individual session will open for bookings three weeks before they are due to run. The first session, running on Tuesday 6th October at 7pm, will open at 7pm on Tuesday 15th September, and so on throughout the year.

Make a note of the sessions you are interested in and when the bookings will open. Booking is always competitive so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on the individual sessions and for booking details, visit the UEA Online Training Series website. The Doctoral School does not deal with bookings. If you have any problems or want to ask a question please email or

The Postgraduate Network is recruiting PGR Ambassadors, apply now

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The Network is a postgraduate community organised by the Students’ Union at Sussex, an initiative for all postgraduates, research and taught, to get together.

Weekly Network events will be held online from September, providing a safe informal space for postgraduates to connect with their peers, and with scope for in-person events depending on government and university guidelines.

They’re currently recruiting Network Ambassadors and it would be fantastic to have some PhD representation to ensure events and activities cater to the doctoral community.

The role involves organising, promoting and hosting online events, becoming the ‘face’ of the Postgraduate Network and raising awareness in your School and across campus. See the Students’ Union volunteering opportunities page for further details and how to apply.

The Students’ Union have also created a feed-in form to gather ideas of what the postgraduate community wants to see from the Network, and from the Buddy Up scheme. Give your views online and help USSU develop a truly great offering for doctoral researchers.

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