Persistence, not Perseverance: Reflections on Half a PhD

David Hartley is a writer, performer and Creative Writing PhD student at The University of Manchester. His project examines the intersections of autistic identity and screen-based works of science fiction and fantasy, alongside the creation of a novel about autism and ghosts. Outside of the PhD, his fiction has appeared in numerous literary magazines including … Continue reading Persistence, not Perseverance: Reflections on Half a PhD

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Overseas Institutional Visit

Penelope Orr is a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of Manchester. Broadly, she is interested in how the mind works but, in particular, her work concerns the nature of perception and self-awareness. Recently, Penelope took time out of her 2nd year to take up a Visiting Student Researcher position at the University of … Continue reading Overseas Institutional Visit

Writing transnational history across Europe

Julia Maclachlan is a History PhD researcher at the School of Arts, Languages and Cultures at the University of Manchester (AHRC/ESRC funded, University of Manchester President's Doctoral Scholarship). Julia specialises in transnational history, contemporary European history and the history of sexuality. Her research focuses on male homosexuality and traces how European sexual knowledge was translated into … Continue reading Writing transnational history across Europe

PhDs at ‘Sea’: Sailing and Staying Afloat

Dr Scott Midson is a postdoctoral researcher based at the Lincoln Theological Institute, University of Manchester. When he's not paddling with nautical metaphors, he explores the relationship between humans and technologies in the interdisciplinary field of posthumanism, connecting these insights to theology using topics such as theological anthropology, and themes such as love. This blog … Continue reading PhDs at ‘Sea’: Sailing and Staying Afloat

Questioning Everything: Spaces for Spectacle and Wonder in Ancient and Modern Societies

Quick, what does a modern day work office in an event planning centre and the ancient Athenian Dionysia Festival have in common? Nothing? Well, of course. There’s no reasonable link between the two, and no reason why I, a PhD student researching that very festival, should consider such an office a worthwhile avenue of investigation. … Continue reading Questioning Everything: Spaces for Spectacle and Wonder in Ancient and Modern Societies

Venturing Outside my Academic Box: Writing for Multidisciplinary Audiences

Elaine Sanderson is a second year NWCDTP funded PhD student at University of Liverpool. Some of her research interests include: Latin Literature, Latin Imperial Epic (particularly Lucan and Valerius Flaccus), Ancient Rhetoric and Greek Tragedy. Follow Elaine on Twitter at: @ElainaM42, or send her an email: e.c.sanderson@liverpool.ac.uk.   During this academic year (2017-18), I’ve been lucky … Continue reading Venturing Outside my Academic Box: Writing for Multidisciplinary Audiences

Being a Part of the Living Room of the Future

Pavel Prokopic is a filmmaker currently working toward a practice-based PhD at the University of Salford, funded by the AHRC North West Consortium. His research is concerned with exploring the potential of film for a non-rational, non-narrative meaning emerging from the alignment of chance, art-cinema style and unrepeatable nuances of performance. This gives rise to … Continue reading Being a Part of the Living Room of the Future