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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BIMI Funding to present in Pittsburgh – deadline end of July

Opportunity to present research at Pittsburgh Graduate Student Conference 30 September-1 October 2016

As part of Birkbeck Institute for the Moving Image’s collaboration with University of Pittsburgh, we are proposing for the second year running to help fund two Birkbeck research students who would like to present their research at the Pittsburgh Film Studies Graduate Student Conference, 30 September-1 October 2016.

The theme of this year’s conference is “All in the Family: Theorizing Incest and/as Media Erotics” – see attached call for papers. Please note that the deadline for Birkbeck students proposing papers is the end of July (not 10 July as stated in the document).

Although the conference is run by Film Studies research students at Pitt, they are very open to film and media related proposals coming from any field or discipline. So please feel free to put your project forward, regardless of the department or school in which you study at Birkbeck.

If your paper is chosen for the conference, BIMI will subsidise your travel up to £500. Once you are in Pittsburgh, the Film Studies Graduate Student Organization (FSGSO) will undertake to look after you during your stay.

The call for papers asks you to submit your proposal directly to this address: – however, we would be grateful if you could copy your proposal to this address:

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Discovery Early Career Researcher Award – Western Sydney University (WSU) Deadline 12th May 2016

Call for Expressions of Interest:
Discovery Early Career Researcher Award applications in

Cultural and Social Research Institute for Culture and Society

The Institute for Culture and Society (ICS) within Western Sydney University (WSU) was launched in 2012. ICS is a major national and international Institute for the pursuit of engaged interdisciplinary cultural and social research. Rated 5 (“well above world standard”) for Cultural Studies and 4 in Human Geography (“above world standard”), in the 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA <>) rankings, the Institute coordinates interdisciplinary cultural research across the humanities and social sciences and connects Australian cultural and social research to relevant research internationally, particularly in Asia.

With the continuation of the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme in 2018 (see:, ICS is investing in leading cultural and social researchers from Australia and overseas by supporting innovative and outstanding DECRA proposals from applicants who will be 4 to 5 years post-PhD at March 2017.

ICS Research Program

ICS’s research program is currently organised into the following areas:

– Cities and Economies <>

*         Diversity and Globalization <>

*         Digital Life <>

*         Heritage and Environment <>

ICS Research and Researchers

ICS researchers approach culture as a vital dimension of social, political, and economic life. Their practice-oriented, interdisciplinary research produces cutting-edge work in and across the fields of cultural studies, cultural and human geography, media studies, sociology, cultural economy, Asian studies, education studies, digital humanities, environmental humanities, and museum and heritage studies. The Institute hosts WSU’s role in the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre.

Academic staff in the Institute include:

Professor Paul James (Director), Professor Brett Neilson (Research Director), Distinguished Professor Ien Ang, Emeritus Professor Bob Hodge, Professor Kay Anderson, Professor James Arvanitakis, Professor Gregory Barton, Professor Tony Bennett, Professor Katherine Gibson, Professor Gay Hawkins, Professor Dick Hobbs, Professor Karen Malone, Professor Donald McNeill, Professor Greg Noble (Director of Higher Degree Research), Professor Ned Rossiter, Professor David Rowe, Professor Tim Rowse, Professor Margaret Somerville, Professor Deborah Stevenson, Professor Stephen Tomsen, Professor Margaret Vickers, A/Professor Robyn Bushell, A/Professor Hart Cohen, A/Professor Alana Lentin, A/Professor Juan Salazar (Deputy Research Director), A/Professor Amanda Third, A/Professor Megan Watkins, A/Professor Emma Waterton, Dr Sarah Barns, Dr Denis Byrne, Dr Brett Bennett, Dr Fiona Cameron, Dr Philippa Collin, Dr Louise Crabtree, Dr Ann Dadich, Dr Ben Dibley, Dr Nichole Georgeou, Dr Sheree Gregory, Dr Chong Han, Dr Stephen Healy, Dr Justine Humphry, Dr Kate Huppatz, Dr Jorge Knijnik, Dr Girish Lala, Dr Abby Lopes, Dr Liam Magee, Dr Timothy Neale, Dr Tanya Notley, Dr Anna Pertierra, Dr Catherine Phillips, Dr Felicity Picken, Dr Emma Power, Dr Shanthi Robertson, Dr Dallas Rogers, Dr Teresa Swist, Dr Jessica Weir, Dr Jessica Whyte

Expressions of Interest

ICS will offer expert assistance to DECRA applications where these fit closely with one or more aspects of its research program. Please consult the Institute’s website ( for further details of the Institute’s research program.
To be considered eligible candidates should:

*         Hold a PhD awarded in the 4-5 years prior to March 2017

*         Have a strong and extensive track record

*         Be working in a field closely related to one or more of ICS’ research programs

Please note that applicants seeking the endorsement of ICS need to submit a CV in the first instance to<

by 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Thursday 12 May 2016.

Candidates with competitive track records will then be invited to submit an Expression of Interest. Please note that EOIs will be due by 9am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday 7 June 2016, so please register your interest as soon as possible.
Prospective applicants with further questions may contact Dr Kristy Davidson at<>

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Call for submissions: Contemporary Art Writing Prize 2016

TBM PrizeDeadline for submissions: Monday 29th February 2016

The Burlington Contemporary Art Writing Prize seeks to discover talent young writers on contemporary art, with the winner receiving £1,000 and the opportunity to publish a review of a contemporary art exhibition in The Burlington Magazine.

The winner of the Prize will be announced in May 2016. Every applicant will be offered an online subscription to the Magazine at a specially reduced price.

The guest judges are the incoming Director of the Tate Britain, Alex Farquharson, and the eminent scholar and Curator of Special Projects in Modern Art at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, Lynne Cooke.

Submission requirements:

Contenders – who must be no older than 30 years of age and have published no more than 6 exhibition reviews – should submit one unpublished review of a contemporary art exhibition, no more than 1000 words in length with up to three low-resolution images. ‘Contemporary’ is defined as art produced since 2000. The submitted review must be written in English (although the art considered may be international) and emailed as a Word document, clearly stating the name, age, country of residence and occupation of the writer to,uk

For more information please visit

or contact,uk

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Call for submissions: RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition 2016

Free entry for full time art students!

DEADLINE: Monday 18 January 2016

The Royal Watercolour Society invites Birkbeck College students to enter their annual open competition.

All full time art students are able to enter this competition free of charge.  Please email with a scan/photo of your student ID and we will respond with your free entry code.

The Royal Watercolour Society’s annual Contemporary Watercolour Competition encourages innovation and experimentation in all water-based media and provides a platform for both established and emerging artists.  This is the UK’s only major watercolour competition open to international artists.

The judges are looking for pieces that push at the boundaries of watercolour, promote water-based media at its most accomplished and ask audiences to see the medium in a new and contemporary light.  Successful entries will exhibit their work at Bankside Gallery, situated next to Tate Modern, which is at the heart of London’s cultural quarter.

Prizes include £1000 cash prize, a feature in The Artist Magazine, studio time in the Heatherley School of Fine Art and art materials.

Water-based media include, but are not limited to: Acrylic, Gouache, Pen & Ink, Pigment, Tempera, Traditional watercolour and Mixed Media.

View the leaflet here

For more information, to download the application pack, and to enter the competition:

Best of luck with your entry!

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10 ICI Fellowships for 2016-18: ERRANS, in Time

Conceptions of time and varied modes of temporal experience seem more at odds now than ever. Hamlet’s hunch – that ‘the time is out of joint’ – has turned into an evergreen of critical discourse. Admittedly, ideas of physical, social, revolutionary time, internal time consciousness, or historical experience are far from settled in their respective discourses and practices. Yet attempts to harmonize or correlate the understanding of time and temporal phenomena generated in different disciplines all-too quickly – and largely with violent effect – resort to normative, if not teleological ideas of progress, efficiency, narrative sense-making, or experiential plenitude. In this second instalment of the Core Project ERRANS, we ask whether the heterogeneous relations between discordant conceptions of time and temporality can be understood as being ‘erratically’ structured, that is, as marked by inherent misapprehensions, a dissonance that defies regulation, and an unexpected variability.

The ICI Berlin invites scholars from all disciplines to engage in a joint exploration of ERRANS, in Time. We especially welcome applications from individuals who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in scholarly research. The committed exchange between fellows is a central aim of the Institute. Applicants should be interested in a theoretical reflection upon the conceptual and intellectual basis of their projects and in discussing it with fellows from other disciplines. In particular, fellows will be expected to participate in the weekly colloquia, bi-weekly informal meetings, and other activities of the Institute, to contribute to a common publication, and to be resident in Berlin for the duration of the fellowship.

The ICI Fellowships announced are for the academic years 2016-18 (12 September 2016 – 13 July 2018). There is no age limit, but applicants should have obtained their PhD within ten years of the date of appointment or have fulfilled all requirements for receiving their PhD by 1 July 2016. Stipends range from EUR 1800 to 2000 per month.


Interested applicants should read the full announcement posted on

and download the PDF here.


Application deadline: 6 January 2016

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MHRA Conference Grant Fund – Applications Invited

MHRA Conference Grant Fund

In 2016, the Modern Humanities Research Association intends to make up to ten grants of up to £1,500 each to support conferences or colloquia within the field of medieval and modern European languages and literatures (including English) held in the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and organised by academics based at UK or Irish institutions.

There will be two application rounds in the calendar year 2016, with up to five grants awarded in each round; the schedules are set out below. The awards will not be made to individuals to attend conferences, but to the organizers of conferences to provide assistance with organizational support and/or the travel and subsistence costs of certain participants, including postgraduate students.

Deadlines and Timescales

Round A

For conferences taking place between: 1st August 2016 and 31st January 2017. Application deadline: 31st January 2016. Decisions expected by: mid-March 2016.

Round B

For conferences taking place between: 1st February 2017 and 31st July 2017. Application deadline: 30th June 2016. Decisions expected by: mid-August 2016.

Applications can only be considered in the correct round, based on the planned date of the conference.

The application form and regulations are available via the website <>.

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Call for Submissions: 2016 Ivan Juritz Prize – Deadline 28 March 2016

The King’s College London Centre for Modern Literature and Culture is pleased to announce that our 2016 Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Responses to Modernism is now open.  The competition is open to postgraduate students from throughout the UK.  You are invited to submit texts (up to 2000 words), images, films (up to 15 minutes), digital artefacts, musical compositions (up to 12 minutes for up to two instruments or for electronics*).

Please do come along to our launch event for the 2016 competition:

Inventing the Modern Novel

Mon 9 November, 6.30-7.45pm, Edmond J Safra Lecture Theatre

Ali Smith and Vesna Goldsworthy in conversation with Lara Feigel

Acclaimed novelists Ali Smith and Vesna Goldsworthy will explore the influence of modernist literature on their own work and interrogate what it might mean to be influenced by modernism.  Is modernism more a period of early-twentieth century art or a set of styles?  If the modernist novel still exists today, is it necessarily formally avant-garde? Does it continue Virginia Woolf’s task of tracing ‘the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall’? Does it employ what TS Eliot termed ‘the mythical method’, as ‘a way of controlling, of ordering, of giving a shape and a significance to the immense panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history’?

This discussion is free and will be followed by a drinks reception.  It is open to the wider public but 150 seats have been set aside for students eligible to enter the Ivan Juritz Prize for Creative Responses to Modernism.

To book please visit

The Competition

In the early decades of the twentieth century writers, visual artists, filmmakers and musicians across the world competed to follow Ezra Pound’s injunction to ‘make it new’.  Whether artists were willing or resisting change – hurling themselves into the (often technological) future or hankering elegiacally after lost forms and ways of life – the first fifty years of the twentieth century saw an explosion of artistic production in all the arts.  Shaken up by two world wars, stirred by the invention of cinema, artists questioned what art was and could be and asserted its value in a fragmented yet increasingly interconnected world.

Postgraduate students are invited to submit their own creative responses to this moment of artistic explosion in whatever art form seems most appropriate. This might be a homage, pastiche or parody or could be a much freer (and less historical) engagement with modernism.  You might see yourself as continuing, challenging or simply evoking the modernist project. The judges are looking for originality and hope to be made both to think and feel. Entries should be accompanied by a paragraph (up to 150 words) explaining the work of art and its relation to modernism.

The prize is open to postgraduate students from across Britain and will be judged by our Advisory Board (Lisa Appignanesi, Michael Berkeley, Rachel Cusk, Dexter Dalwood, Alison Duthie, Juliet Gardiner, Jeremy Harding, Deborah Levy, Stephen Romer, Fiona Shaw).

The deadline for the prize is Monday 28 March 2016. Entries should be submitted (or posted to Dr Lara Feigel, English department, King’s College London, Virginia Woolf Building, 22 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NR).

The three shortlisted entries will be published in the journal Textual Practice and on our website.  If a musical composition is shortlisted it will receive a concert performance before the prize-giving ceremony which will also be recorded and published on our website.  The winner will receive a year’s membership to the Tate (or the equivalent museum in the recipient’s home city) and all the shortlisted contestants will meet the Advisory Board at a dinner following the prize-giving ceremony in June 2015.

To see details of the 2015 winning entries and for more details about the prize see

The Centre for Modern Literature and Culture was founded in September 2013 and is currently engaged in a project called ‘Inventing the Modern’. We aim to provide a hub for investigating modernist culture in London, initiating conversation and collaboration between researchers and creative artists. For us modernism can be seen as reaching back into the nineteenth century and forward into the twenty-first, embracing all art forms and nationalities and often mingling popular culture and high art. Our mission is to bring together academics, writers and artists to explore, interrogate, dismantle and reinvent the notion of the ‘modern’.

For more details about the Centre see: .

To join our mailing list please email with the heading ‘join mailing list’.

Music scores, which may be accompanied by a recording (in WAV or mp3 format), should be either posted as hardcopies or send electronically in PDF.  Musical compositions for electronic medium should be submitted in WAV format only.  Any works that include extensive improvisatory or aleatoric elements should be  accompanied  by a recording of a performance.


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Church Monuments Society Essay Prize: Closing Date 31 December 2015

The Church Monuments Society offers a biennial Essay Prize for the best essay on any aspect of church monuments in any period. The maximum word length (incl. end notes) is 10,000 words with no more than 10 illustrations. The winning essay will be published in the international, peer-reviewed, green open-access journal Church Monuments.

The closing date for entries is 31 December 2015.

Further Details available here:

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