Gender and Medieval Studies Student Essay Prize 2016: deadline 21 November 2016

Gender and Medieval Studies Student Essay Prize 2016

The Gender and Medieval Studies Group offers a postgraduate student essay prize, which is awarded at the GMS conference in January each year. The competition is open to students at all levels including those who will be completing their degree in the coming year.

Essays should be between 4,000 and 6,000 words in length (including notes) and should engage with questions of gender and/or sexuality in the Middle Ages. Essays should follow a recognised academic referencing system (such as MHRA), should include a bibliography and all images should be captioned.

Submissions from postgraduates working within any discipline in the field are encouraged.

The prize gives free registration to the GMS conference (held every January at a different UK institution) for two years (2017 and 2018) and a contribution towards UK travel costs to the conference. In 2017 the conference will be on Gender, Places, Spaces, Thresholds and will be held at Canterbury, Christchurch University (12th-15th January).

The winning essay will also be considered for publication in the academic journal Medieval Feminist Forum, run by the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS).

There may be years when no prize is awarded, depending upon submissions in any given year.

Electronic submissions should be submitted to Isabel Davis ( by November 21st 2016.

To keep up-to-date on the GMS conference series, please subscribe to the listserv address: or follow the link on the GMS homepage.

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Vacancy – Three BIMI Internships: deadline 2nd Sept 16


Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image (BIMI) is a response to the growing interest in film and the moving image across the College. Through public events and academic research initiatives, BIMI addresses a wide variety of contemporary issues, particularly those relevant to its interdisciplinary structure.  Working closely with the Birkbeck Cinema, BIMI programmes public screenings and special seasons, making use of 35 mm film in addition to the Cinema’s high quality DVD projection. We run a busy calendar of events from research seminars to film screenings.

We wish to appoint three interns for next the academic year to work closely with BIMI academic staff and the BIMI administrator. In particular, the intern would be involved in:

  • The organisation, promotion and hosting of academic and cultural events, symposia, workshops, screenings and master classes, including the annual BIMI/University of Pittsburgh Lecture and all other collaborative events.
  • To assist with the organisation and promotion of the Birkbeck Essay Film Festival
  • To coordinate documentation and recording of events, audience surveys and follow up, social media practices and development, to participate in and contribute to BIMI Steering Group meetings and liaise across the Schools and College on behalf of BIMI.
  • To assist with the organisation and promotion of the third annual Birkbeck Essay Film Festival

We welcome applications from current Birkbeck students with a variety of interests and expertise but ask that applicants are able to demonstrate a passion for the moving image and screen culture.

There are three positions available split across the three terms. For the winter 2016 and summer 2017 terms the successful candidate will work 40 hours per term, or one day a week. In the spring the role requires 80 hours per term, or two days a week. The exact working days can be discussed but we require our intern to work on the night of each event which tends to fall on a Friday or Saturday. Please note that a typical shift will last 4 hours. Please note that the successful candidate will be paid £16.51 per hour.

Application deadline: 10.00am Friday September 2nd

To apply please send a CV and statement of interest to

Applicant Requirements: Applicant must be a current Birkbeck student (MA/MPhil/PhD) in either the Schools of Law, SSHP, BEI, Arts or Science.

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CFP: Embodied Methodologies – Practice Based Conference: deadline 25 Aug

The fourth annual Practice-based Research Conference, hosted by Royal Holloway, University of London, will take place in Bedford Square, central London on November 4-5, 2016, on the topic of ‘Embodied Methodologies’. We are delighted to announce our two confirmed keynote speakers, Professor Lisa Blackman (Goldsmiths, University of London) and filmmaker Jodie Mack (Dartmouth College, US), and invite practitioners, academics, writers and artists to submit their abstracts for paper presentations, performances, workshops, and installations.

‘Embodied methodology’ is both a practical question of how work, both creative and critical, is composed, and an ontological and epistemological enquiry into the status of the ‘body of work’, the ‘body of knowledge’, and the body itself. Furthermore, the emancipatory ruptures that bodily knowledges and practices might present exist uneasily beside the often equally ’embodied’ techniques of torture, surveillance, and war. What constitutes an embodied methodology, and how might this inform academic and creative work? How might embodied methodologies undertake interdisciplinarity?

We anticipate a range of possible responses, including but not limited to: ecology and climate; activist practices (e.g. samizdat, squatting, direct action); labour and historical materialism; digital and analogue technologies; consumerism; science and medicine; as well as possible challenges to ’embodiment’ through feminism, queer theory and psychoanalysis. We are especially interested in how these questions coexist with forms of practice.

In particular, we invite submissions with the following foci in mind:


Consider the historical role of the curator (collaborator, instigator, impresario, mediator) and what new forms of curatorial work are emerging or may emerge in the future, including alternative contemporary forms of museum practice (e.g. Museum of Innocence, Istanbul; Museum of Old and New Art, Tasmania).

Art and Performance

Workshops, performances or demonstrations of practice that engage with methodological concerns are welcome, as well as theorizations of performance and gesture. Applicants might also consider the conference as a space to explore forms of embodied methodology in terms of how material is presented, how audiences are constituted, and how new spaces of public discourse might come into being.


How do sites create relationships that inform, determine, and inscribe forms/methods of embodiment and materiality? Consider architectural spaces (perhaps including the site of the conference) and their latencies and potentialities, as well as geographies and social use of space.

Please submit a 350 word abstract and short bio to by August 25, 2016 (note revised deadline). Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by September 1, 2016. Attendance is open to the public — registration will open September 1, 2016.

For more information as the conference approaches, please see for updates or contact

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Vacancy: BBK German Language Teacher – deadline 29 August 2016

The Cultures and Languages need an additional German language teacher for 2016/7.

The vacancy has been advertised on the Birkbeck website, on the link below.  The closing date is midnight on Monday 29 August.

If you know anyone who might be interested in applying, please forward them the link.,0271452513&key=103270114&c=72028333887665&pagestamp=setfapojgfendtcmhh

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London Renaissance Seminar: Internship 16-17 deadline 5 August 2016

London Renaissance Seminar: Research Internships

The London Renaissance Seminar invites postgraduate students at Birkbeck to apply for two research internships 2016-17. These internships are open to all postgraduate students at Birkbeck.

The London Renaissance Seminar hosts and organises a variety of events from half-day symposia to lectures, larger conferences and single lectures. Most events are open to audiences. Anyone with an interest in the Renaissance is welcome to attend. Seminars are usually held in the School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square.

The internship is open to all postgraduate students at Birkbeck and is likely to be particularly rewarding for those working in a historical or literary field in the early modern period. The postholders will (a) have a shared budget of £325 to fund a research-led event of their choice for the LRS, and (b) to participate in steering and above all maintaining the Seminar during the academic year 2016-17. Thus interns will liaise with event organisers at Birkbeck and beyond, work with members of the Steering Committee, ensure the website is up to date, advertise the seminar, liaise with projects (such as the Marston project)

The internships are planned to commence in October 2016 and end in July 2017 (there may be some flexibility). The successful candidates will be working on a postgraduate degree, have some prior research experience and be familiar with early modern texts and ideas.

The research intern’s responsibilities include:

  • Devising, planning, scheduling, advertising and delivering an LRS event using the assigned budget: either one event co-organised or two smaller events. Event to be held in 2016-17. This may include planning of the LRS strand for the Renaissance Society of America conference 2018.
  • Advertising upcoming LRS and Shakespeare Conversations events: website, social Media.
  • Liaison with event organisers and academics involved in planning and delivering events;  liaison with the LRS Fellows and Early Career Fellows 2016-17.
  • Supporting LRS involvement with projects and institutions eg Marston Project; ‘Renaissance Loves’; RSA and Birkbeck projects including Early Modern Reading Group.
  • Contributing to LRS Steering Committee planning meetings

Each intern will provide two hours per week for 3 x 11 week terms, paid at £18.93 per hour.

£325 towards speakers and refreshments for the research event/events to be designed by the two interns

As indicated, students at MPhil and PhD level may apply. In applying, please supply:

  1. 150 words outlining (a) your special area of research and how it relates to the period 1500-1690 (b) how the placement will benefit your academic study; (c) how the internship will develop your career skills.
  2. 150 words giving an initial proposal for an outward-facing LRS event. The format of this event is open (Examples include but are not limited to: postgraduate conference; site-specific seminar; book talk; symposium; performance and analysis).

These ((a) and (b) can be submitted as separate documents or in the form of a letter)

  1. Full CV
  2. Name of 1 academic referee

Candidates will be interviewed on 12 August 2016. If you are not available on that day please indicate that.

Submit your application  as a WORD document with the information and documents requested above and marked LRS Intern to and by 12.00pm on Friday 5 August 2016. Enquiries to the same e-mails please.

Birkbeck welcomes applications from all sections of the community. Birkbeck holds an Athena Swan Award, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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