Friday, 25 February 2011

Herzog August Bibliothek - Funding for Medievalists and Early Modernists

Heads up - doctoral and postdoc funding is available from the Herzog August Bibliothek for medievalists and early modernists...

For all the details, check out these links:

Institute of European History, Mainz - Funding

The Institute of European History awards doctoral and postdoctoral fellowships for research stays in Mainz. For full details, click here.

Details pulled from the IEH's website:

Funding ranges from 6 months up to two years. Researchers live and work in the Institute’s building in Mainz, but may carry out shorter trips to archives, libraries, and conferences. The IEG has a library with rich holdings in European social, political, religious, theological and church history. The linguae academicae at the IEG are German and English; fellows must have a passive command of both and an active command of at least one of the two languages so as to participate in the discussions at the Institute.

Applications for doctoral fellowships (€ 1.000/month) are invited from doctoral candidates of any national background. Applicants must have a first degree in history or theology. They should not have pursued their PhD-work for more than three years when taking up the fellowship, but well-founded exceptions are possible.
As an independant research institute the IEG does not confer academic degrees. As a general rule, PhD-theses are being supervised and completed at the fellows' home universities.

The IEG also awards postdoctoral fellowships (€ 1.600/month) for young researchers who want to embark upon a new research project after the completion of their PhD. At the IEG they can prepare the ground for their future academic career as independant senior researchers. The close and constant dialogue with historians and theologians of the IEG's research units may yield new insights and perspectives on individual projects.

Candidates take up their postdoctorial fellowship within the three years following the completion of their PhD (work experience outside academia NOT included). The PhD-thesis must have been accepted and defended when applying. A joint application for the completion of the PhD and a subsequent postdoctorial fellowship is not possible.

Fernand Braduel-IEFR Programme - Funding for Social and Human Sciences

The "Fernand Braudel-IFER" programme offers postdoctoral fellowships to social and human science (SHS) researchers in two categories:

- to offer foreign researchers the possibility to do research in France
- to offer French researchers the possibility to do research in another European country.

For further information see the following link:

CFP - KCL English Department PG Conference - "Motion and space", 23rd May 2011

The Department of English Studies King’s College London has launched a CFP for their conference, "Motion and Space", to be held on Monday 23rd May.  (The keynote speaker will be Andrew Thacker from De Montfort University.)

Their blurb:

“Any person, brought into the presence of truth, stops for a few moments and remains pensive and silent; and then generally leaves, carrying with him forever a sharper, keener sense of our incessant motion through space”. - Léon Foucault

Motion and space are seemingly inseperable. Critical discussion of space shows that it is more than a pre-existing framework, and is actually subject to voluntary and involuntary interventions. Simultaneously, we are incessantly in motion, but does motion always occur in space?
Is there, contrary to L. Foucault’s statement, non-space or non-movement? How does space and motion regulate our perception of fiction, narration and the book? How is space and motion found, represented and negotiated within Englishe literature? What ideology impacts literary space?

Email abstracts to, by the 21st of March.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

UCL Film Studies Research Seminar, Wednesday 2nd March 2011 - Professor Robert Lumley - RESCHEDULED

Heads up! The UCL Film Studies Research Seminar, with Professor Lumley, has been rescheduled with a new date still TBA.  (The event was slated to be on the 2nd March, in UCL.)

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Thoughtsforward Dates and Sessions - Date Change!

We've finalised the next few Thoughstforward sessions at last, so whip your diary out and start pencilling in the below...

 >>*Wednesday 2nd March, 4-5.30 Room 101, 17 Gordon Sq*>>

The Challenges of Interdisciplinarity

We've gathered a number of speakers from inside and outside UCL to talk about their experiences of, and thoughts on, interdisciplinarity.
They all have very different backgrounds, and have faced very different

Andrew Harris, /UCL Urban Lab/
Matthew Taunton, /London Consortium/
Muki Haklay, /UCL Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering/

A discussion will follow in which we will consider challenges applying specifically to interdisciplinarity in the Arts and Humanities.

 >>*Wednesday 9th March, 4-5.30 Room 101, 17 Gordon Sq*>>

Why Public Engagement?

Public Engagement is something of a buzzword at the moment, but it's not always easy to see how it relates to your research.
For this session, UCL's Public Engagement Unit will be joining us to talk about what Public Engagement is, and why you should be doing it, and a number of experienced Public Engagers will be talking about how they find the time, the resources, and last but not least, the funds, to take their research outside of the academy.

There will also be a short workshop in which you will have a chance to give shape to your ideas and get feedback from the speakers.

Looking forward to seeing you there! Don't forget, if you've got any queries, comments or suggestions, get in touch direct by emailing us.

- Alicia, Alex and Nicky

Recruitment of Language Ambassadors

The Capital L Routes into Languages project, which brings together a consortium of 12 London Universities and aims to increase and widen the participation in the study of languages, is to receive continuation funding. As a result of this extra funding they are now looking to recruit more new Language Ambassadors for the coming year's activities.

The online application form, and additional information, can be found at

The day-long Training Session is planned for Saturday 5th March 2011 at SOAS - so applications must be submitted by Monday 28th February in time for the selection process.

Contact the project manager at SOAS, Renata Albuquerque between Monday 21st - Monday 28th February, or otherwise Charlotte Maconochie with any queries or for more information.

CFP - Association for French Language Studies 2011 conference

The Association for French Language Studies has launched a CFP for its 2011 conference, "Reconsidering Relations between Theory, Methods and Data in French Linguistics". The conference will be hosted by the CNRS / Nancy Université research unit ATILF (Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française) in Nancy, France, 8-10 September. The deadline for submission of proposals is 4th March 2011.
Conference web site:

The 2011 conference, celebrating the 30th anniversary of AFLS and the 10th anniversary of the ATILF, will be a forum for exploring issues relating to the use of computerized data for the study of French and the links between tools and analysis: how do we use corpora and databases? What are the underlying theoretical and/or methodological considerations? Beyond specific questions relating to resources, this conference also aims to attract researchers working more generally on questions of data use for the study of language.

Papers are invited on the ways in which researchers use existing resources, taking into account the different issues mentioned above. Papers may also deal with the reasons for elaborating new resources or issues to do with types of data use, management of resources and computing issues, creation of reliable archives and standardization of resources and metadata.
Interdisciplinary studies or those looking at similar issues applied to languages other than French are also welcome insofar as they contribute to the general areas of reflection given above.

See conference web site ( for full presentation.

Proposals should be sent as a .doc, .rtf or .odt file to the following address BEFORE 4TH MARCH 2011: They should take the form of a two page document: on the first page, title of paper, author?s name, address and professional affiliation; on the second page, title of paper and anonymous abstract no longer than 400 words accompanied by 4-5 keywords and any given references. The abstract should mention explicitly the given area(s) into which the work best fits: historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, acquisition and language learning (L1/L2), descriptive linguistics, handling of resources and computer tools.  

Proposals that do not fall within one or more of these broad areas, but which relate to the general theme of the conference, will also be considered. In these cases, the author is asked to specify the particular area(s) concerned. The languages of the conference are French and English; the proposal should be in the intended language of communication. Presentations will be scheduled for 30 minute slots (20 minutes followed by 10 minutes for questions).

Proposals from postgraduate students are welcome. PhD students wishing to be considered for the AFLS PhD student prize (best presentation by a doctoral student - see information on AFLS website) should clearly indicate this intention on the first page of their proposal by appending the following
mention: "PHD STUDENT PRIZE AWARD". Co-authored papers can only be considered for the award if all authors concerned are PhD students.