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Postgraduate Ethnographic Writing Workshop 2019 (Durham University)

Each year the Writing Across Boundaries Project runs an intensive, two-day, residential workshop for social science PhD students in their third year to explore analytical and practical approaches to writing and offers participants an opportunity to reflect on the writing process itself as a form of social science thinking.

The next Writing Across Boundaries workshop will take place on the 4th and 5th of April 2019 at The Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University.

Eligible Participants

The workshop is for PhD students in the social sciences in their third year of study, who:

  • Are interested in the practice and product of ethnographic writing as a particular way of conveying a contextual understanding of lived reality by drawing on a range of specific methods including, for instance, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, archival research, visual analysis, life-histories and surveys.
  • Are at the point of translating this data into written out-put for a thesis; and
  • Have completed their fieldwork and have data that they have begun to process.

How to Apply

There are only 30 places available on our 2019 workshop. If you are interested in attending please complete our online application form by Monday, February 4th 2019 (5pm). Candidates will then be contacted by the Project Team by Friday, February 22nd 2019 (5pm) as to whether they have been selected to join the workshop. (Please note a slight change in dates from earlier announcements).

The online application form requires a letter of support from your principal supervisor to be attached. This letter is crucial in evaluating your application, as it is important that the needs of participants are closely matched as possible to the style and content of the workshop.

Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Identifying Value(s) in Literature, Culture, and Society 20 ─ 21 June 2019

Northern Bridge DTP would like to invite papers from students for a conference to be held in Belfast in June. They are looking for proposals for twenty-minute papers from postgraduate and early career scholars across a
diverse range of disciplines in the humanities to explore the negotiation between different
conceptualisations of value and values in literature, culture, and society from the Medieval period to
present day, including moral, economic, mathematical, linguistic, environmental, literary, and
aesthetic values. We would especially like to encourage papers from MA students. Potential topics
include but are not limited to:

● What are the identifying values of a society and how are these conveyed, questioned, or
challenged through literature and/or culture?
● How does economic value influence questions of literary and artistic value?
● The tension between economic value and environmental values.
● Are values spontaneously generated by people in society or are values created and regulated
by the state?
● To what extent is the public value of the Humanities under threat? How do we measure
literary value, artistic value, value of popular culture, etc?
● The value and impact of religious thought and/or religion-derived morality in literary works
and an increasingly secular society.
● The negotiation of the conflict between artistic value and moral values: reading the work of
authors whose behaviour is unacceptable.
● The value of natural/artificial landscapes and boundaries as the result of a chain of social,
historical and natural processes.
● Family values and pedagogical values.
● Post-truth and the value, exploitation, or weaponisation of “truth”.
● The value and exploitation of emotions.
● To what extent is the individual defined by the values of others, or defined by that which
others value?
● The valuation of gender/sexuality/queerness.
● What value is given to identity and how does this change across historical time periods?
● To what extent does literature shape moral, social, and individual values.
● The value of politeness/manners/political correctness.
● Value of progress ─ how do we measure “progress” whether social, political or economic?
Please submit all proposals to by 31 March 2019.

Submissions should include:
● 250-word abstract
● Brief bio
● Contact details (email address)


The aim is to respond to all submissions by 12 April.
Please advise us of any technical or accessibility requirements at the time of submission.


Causal Cognition in Humans and Machines

Date: 3-4 May 2019

Location: Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Call for Presenters and Registration

Causal Cognition in Humans and Machines is a two-day interdisciplinary workshop that will bring together academic researchers from the fields of psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science, linguistics, education, computer science, and philosophy. 

Work on causal cognition in humans focuses on mapping and understanding the development of cognitive processes that are involved in reasoning about cause-effect relations in both everyday life and in more formal contexts such as science. Research in computer science and AI has moved closer to modelling human cognition, aiming to capture a variety of cognitive modes by taking inspiration from leading psychologists. This is therefore a particularly good moment for researchers from these different backgrounds to share different theoretical frameworks and methodologies. For more information please click here 

Call for submissions

Researchers interested in presenting brief (15 minute) papers on their own work are asked to submit a title plus an abstract of up to 350 words by 

Monday 1 April 2019.

Submissions from doctoral students and early career researchers are particularly welcome, and should be sent to 

Notification of acceptance will be made by Friday 12 April 2019.


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