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Spring 2012 Newsletter from Arts & Humanities

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<ul><li><p>SCHOOL OF ARTS &amp; HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities </p><p>A r t s &amp; H u m a n i t i e s </p><p>G r a d u a t e S t u d i e s N e w s l e t t e r </p><p>WELCOME to the second issue of the School of Arts and </p><p>Humanities Graduate Studies Newsletter. </p><p>For many postgraduate students </p><p>at Stirling, March is the mid-point </p><p>of their learning experience at </p><p>Stirling. Studies are in full swing, </p><p>they are working closely with their </p><p>tutors and the various student </p><p>services, and new friendships are </p><p>firmly in place. Amid the hectic </p><p>pace of graduate life at Stirling, </p><p>thoughts might also turn to what </p><p>happens next. </p><p>Responding to the varied needs of </p><p>our students, and connecting their </p><p>learning to future employment </p><p>and the changing needs of the </p><p>modern creative and cultural </p><p>industries features strongly in </p><p>much of the activity across the </p><p>School. In this issue of our </p><p>Graduate Studies Newsletter we </p><p>have a number of fascinating </p><p>examples of how graduate study </p><p>in Arts &amp; Humanities links to </p><p>future careers or continuing </p><p>research in related subjects areas. </p><p>Claire Squires, Professor of </p><p>Publishing, informs us of exciting </p><p>opportunities for creative writing </p><p>and publishing students, who will </p><p>have the chance to engage with, </p><p>and learn from, leading writers in </p><p>a new international festival </p><p>dedicated to crime fiction, Bloody </p><p>Scotland. </p><p>Cristina Johnston, Director of the </p><p>MRes and MSc in Translation </p><p>Studies recounts a field trip to the </p><p>Royal Observatory in Edinburgh </p><p>where students had the </p><p>opportunity to meet practitioners </p><p>and learn some of the modern </p><p>techniques of cultural translation. </p><p>We also have two feature articles </p><p>from our graduate alumni, Suti </p><p>Sahariah and Stefanie Van Der </p><p>Peer, about their post-Stirling </p><p>careers in both industry and </p><p>academia. Both Suti and Stefanie </p><p>are among a growing network of </p><p>international alumni associated </p><p>with Arts &amp; Humanities at Stirling, </p><p>and Tim Fitzgerald discusses what </p><p>internationalisation means for </p><p>both staff and students at the </p><p>university. </p><p>We encourage our research </p><p>students to engage with a wider </p><p>academic community wherever </p><p>possible. In this issue we feature a </p><p>range of research symposia and </p><p>activities involving our students. </p><p>This includes a short report from </p><p>our first Postgraduate Research </p><p>Conference held in January. Run </p><p>by students for students, the </p><p>event proved a huge success, and </p><p>involved students from other </p><p>Scottish universities. </p><p>I hope you enjoy reading our </p><p>second issue. </p><p>With best wishes, </p><p>Dr Richard Haynes </p><p>Director of Graduate Studies </p><p>School of Arts and Humanities </p><p>E-mail: r.b.haynes@stir.ac.uk </p><p>IN THIS ISSUE </p><p>Bloody Scotland, and </p><p>AHRC Digital Transformations </p><p>Project: The Book Unbound </p><p>Claire Squires </p><p>MLitt Modern Scottish Writing </p><p>Scott Hames </p><p>MLitt English Language and </p><p>Literature </p><p>Andrew Smith </p><p>Translation Studies at the Royal </p><p>Observatory </p><p>Cristina Johnston </p><p>ASMCF, ADEFFI and SSFH </p><p>Postgraduate Study Day </p><p>Cristina Johnston </p><p>What kind of Internationalization? </p><p>Tim Fitzgerald </p><p>Digital Media, Publishing and Law </p><p>Media and Culture </p><p>Graham Meikle </p><p>New Research in Revolutions </p><p>Launched at Stirling </p><p>Kevin Adamson &amp; Mike Rapport </p><p>Arts &amp; Humanities Alumni </p><p>Stephanie Van De Peer, Suti </p><p>Sahariah, Sophie Jones </p><p>New Law Appointments </p><p>Postgraduate Conference Report </p><p>MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 </p></li><li><p>SCHOOL OF ARTS &amp; HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities </p><p>Bloody Scotland </p><p>Claire Squires </p><p>Staff and students at Stirling will </p><p>be teaming up with Bloody </p><p>Scotland a new international </p><p>crime festival to be held in Stirling </p><p>from 14-16 September 2012. The </p><p>festival will feature some of </p><p>Scotlands biggest crime writers, </p><p>including Ian Rankin, who spoke </p><p>at the recent press launch of the </p><p>festival revealing that the climax </p><p>of his new novel The Impossible </p><p>Dead takes place in Stirling. A </p><p>number of international crime </p><p>writing stars will also be joining </p><p>the Scottish contingent in Stirling. </p><p>Bloody Scotland is going to be </p><p>working in collaboration with </p><p>Stirlings Creative Writing courses </p><p>and the Stirling Centre for </p><p>International Publishing and </p><p>Communication for Creative </p><p>Friday: a series of creative </p><p>writing events including </p><p>workshops, masterclasses, and a </p><p>publishers and agents forum. </p><p>There will also be internship </p><p>opportunities for our students at </p><p>the festival. More details to </p><p>come but dont go down any </p><p>dark alleyways in the meantime. </p><p>AHRC Digital </p><p>Transformations </p><p>Project: The Book </p><p>Unbound </p><p>Weve just heard that the Stirling </p><p>Centre for International </p><p>Publishing and Communication </p><p>has been awarded a grant from </p><p>the AHRC in its Digital </p><p>Transformations Research </p><p>Development call. </p><p>Our project, The Book Unbound: </p><p>Disruption and Disintermediation </p><p>in the Digital Age, will be led by </p><p>the Centres Director, Professor </p><p>Claire Squires, with Dr Padmini </p><p>Ray Murray (Lecturer in </p><p>Publishing Studies) and Dr Paula </p><p>Morris (Lecturer in Creative </p><p>Writing) as Co-Investigators. The </p><p>staff team will be completed by </p><p>Scott Russell, as an External </p><p>Consultant. Well also be working </p><p>with the Electric Bookshop in </p><p>order to present some of our </p><p>findings, and there will also be </p><p>opportunities for collaborations </p><p>between creative writing and </p><p>publishing students. </p><p>The project will examine changing </p><p>business models in the digital </p><p>publishing environment and their </p><p>impact on the communications </p><p>circuit and notions of authority, </p><p>authorship, audiences and access. </p><p>It will do this both via a series of </p><p>case studies, and an experimental </p><p>mode (live publishing watch this </p><p>space!). </p><p>Well have a new website up with </p><p>full details of the project soon, </p><p>but if youd like any information </p><p>about it in the meantime, please </p><p>get in touch via our Contact page. </p><p>For more information on </p><p>Publishing programmes, visit, </p><p>http://www.publishing.stir.ac.uk/</p><p>courses/mlitt-in-publishing-</p><p>studies/ or e-mail Claire Squires, </p><p>claire.squires@stir.ac.uk </p><p>BLOODY SCOTLAND </p><p>Staff and students at Stirling will be teaming up with </p><p>Bloody Scotland, a new international crime festival to </p><p>be held in Stirling from 14-16 September 2012. </p><p>http://www.bloodyscotland.com/ </p><p>MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 </p></li><li><p>SCHOOL OF ARTS &amp; HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities </p><p>MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 </p><p>Modern Scottish </p><p>Writing </p><p>Scott Hames/Suzanne </p><p>Gilbert </p><p>Its an exciting time to study </p><p>Scottish culture. As the </p><p>independence debate intensifies, </p><p>fresh attention is being paid to </p><p>the role of Scottish writers in </p><p>shaping political identities and </p><p>the writers themselves are being </p><p>claimed on both sides of the </p><p>constitutional question. Just </p><p>yesterday the Prime Minister </p><p>began a speech celebrating the </p><p>Union by invoking Walter Scott </p><p>and Robert Louis Stevenson; </p><p>elsewhere, James Kelman and Liz </p><p>Lochhead are positioned as </p><p>Braveheart nationalists by </p><p>media commentators who seem </p><p>not to have read much of these </p><p>writers work. Each of these </p><p>alignments is simplistic, and ripe </p><p>for further debate. </p><p>In this spirit Dr Scott Hames is </p><p>editing a collection of essays by </p><p>30 writers on the independence </p><p>debate, to be published by Word </p><p>Power books at the end of 2012. </p><p>Figures including Alasdair Gray, </p><p>A.L. Kennedy, Alan Warner and </p><p>Kathleen Jamie have agreed to </p><p>take part, and five writers from </p><p>the book project will publish brief </p><p>versions of their essays in The </p><p>Times newspaper in the coming </p><p>weeks. </p><p>New activity abounds. A student </p><p>reading group on Scottish </p><p>literature will be launched at </p><p>Stirling in the coming months, </p><p>and the web presence of the </p><p>Centre for Scottish studies is </p><p>being revamped to include a new </p><p>blog. Among our postgraduate </p><p>students, Meghan McAvoy </p><p>recently gave a paper on the </p><p>politics of the Scottish folksong </p><p>revival at the University of </p><p>Strathclyde, while Barbara </p><p>Leonardi is preparing for </p><p>conferences in Finland and </p><p>Malta, where shell present </p><p>research on James Hogg a new </p><p>edition of whose Scottish </p><p>Pastoral will shortly be published </p><p>by Dr Suzanne Gilbert. Busy and </p><p>energising times in the study of </p><p>Scottish literature. </p><p>For more information on the </p><p>MLitt Modern Scottish Writing, </p><p>visit - </p><p>http://www.english.stir.ac.uk/po</p><p>stgraduate/taught-</p><p>degrees/msw.php or e-mail the </p><p>Programme Directors, Scott </p><p>Hames at scott.hames@stir.ac.uk </p><p>or Suzanne Gilbert at </p><p>suzanne.gilbert@stir.ac.uk </p><p>MLitt English </p><p>Language and </p><p>Linguistics </p><p>Andrew Smith </p><p>Our new MLitt in English </p><p>Language and Linguistics was </p><p>successfully launched in </p><p>September with a vibrant and </p><p>highly motivated group of part-</p><p>time students on the </p><p>foundational Structures of </p><p>Language module. We will </p><p>continue this Spring into a more </p><p>intensive examination of specific </p><p>areas of study through specialist </p><p>option modules, including </p><p>Sociolinguistics and Varieties of </p><p>English and Historical Linguistics </p><p>and the History of English. </p><p>On the research front, a very </p><p>enlightening and well-attended </p><p>symposium on Communication </p><p>and Interaction: Applications for </p><p>Healthcare was organised in </p><p>Stirling in January by Bethan </p><p>Benwell and May McCreadie, </p><p>which explored the use of </p><p>Conversation Analysis in </p><p>therapeutic and nursing contexts. </p><p>Over the next few months, ELL </p><p>staff will be presenting their </p><p>research to a variety of different </p><p>groups, including international </p><p>conferences (EVOLANG, Kyoto), </p><p>international workshops </p><p>(Bologna) and local research </p><p>groups (Edinburgh). </p><p>For up-to-date news on English </p><p>Language and Linguistics at </p><p>Stirling, visit www.ell.stir.ac.uk </p><p>For more information on the </p><p>MLitt English Language and </p><p>Literature, visit - </p><p>http://www.ell.stir.ac.uk/English</p><p>_Language_and_Linguistics_at_St</p><p>irling/Home.html or e-mail the </p><p>Programme Director, Andrew </p><p>Smith at </p><p>andrew.smith@stir.ac.uk </p></li><li><p>SCHOOL OF ARTS &amp; HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities </p><p>Translation Studies at </p><p>the Royal Observatory </p><p>Cristina Johnston </p><p>In Autumn 2011, the students on </p><p>Stirlings MRes in Translation </p><p>Studies and MSc in Translation </p><p>Studies and TESOL travelled to </p><p>the Royal Observatory in </p><p>Edinburgh for a site visit as part </p><p>of their coursework on a module </p><p>examining Cultural Translation. </p><p>The students spent a morning at </p><p>the Observatory on Blackford Hill, </p><p>meeting first with William Taylor </p><p>and then with Karen Moran. </p><p>William is a PhD student who </p><p>works as a Science Communicator </p><p>at the Observatory and on </p><p>outreach projects, bringing </p><p>astronomy and aspects of his own </p><p>research to a wide range of </p><p>audiences. Karen is the </p><p>Observatorys Librarian and is </p><p>responsible for the Crawford </p><p>Collection with its 15000 items </p><p>charting the history of astronomy </p><p>and the Observatory across the </p><p>centuries and across languages. </p><p>The aim of these site visits, is for </p><p>the students to get an </p><p>opportunity to meet with </p><p>practitioners whose everyday </p><p>work involves the communication </p><p>of ideas across disciplinary and </p><p>linguistic boundaries, often </p><p>having to translate or adapt </p><p>information for non-specialist </p><p>audiences. In this way, the </p><p>students are able to reflect on </p><p>different means of </p><p>communication, different forms </p><p>that can be taken by the same </p><p>message, and ultimately on their </p><p>own practice as budding linguistic </p><p>translators. </p><p>In the Spring semester, the </p><p>students will follow up on their </p><p>Observatory site visit with a visit </p><p>of the National Library of </p><p>Scotland, where they will spend a </p><p>few hours with Chris Taylor, who </p><p>works with the NLSs foreign </p><p>language holdings. </p><p>For further information on </p><p>Translation Studies, visit this </p><p>page - </p><p>http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgradua</p><p>te/programme-</p><p>information/prospectus/slcr/tran</p><p>slation-studies or contact Dr </p><p>Cristina Johnston, </p><p>cristina.johnston@stir.ac.uk </p><p>ASMCF, ADEFFI and </p><p>SSFH Postgraduate </p><p>Study Day </p><p>Martin Verbeke and Angus </p><p>MacDonald, who are both </p><p>currently writing PhDs on aspects </p><p>of French and Francophone </p><p>culture, will be presenting papers </p><p>at the annual Study Day </p><p>organised by the Association for </p><p>the Study of Modern and </p><p>Contemporary France at the </p><p>University of Sheffield on 3rd </p><p>March. Martins paper will be </p><p>entitled A Sociolinguistic </p><p>Analysis of French Rap Music: The </p><p>Importance of Teaching Familiar </p><p>and Vulgar French and French </p><p>Slang at University while Angus </p><p>will be speaking on New French </p><p>horror and the trauma of the </p><p>future. The Study Day will also </p><p>include two professional </p><p>development sessions focusing </p><p>on topics such as academic </p><p>publishing and research in action </p><p>and Martin and Angus will be </p><p>presenting their work alongside </p><p>Postgraduate students from </p><p>across the UK and Ireland. </p><p>TRANSLATION STUDIES </p><p>View an introductory video on Translation Studies by the Programme Director, Dr Cristina Johnston. </p><p>MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 </p></li><li><p>SCHOOL OF ARTS &amp; HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities </p><p>MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 </p><p>New Research in </p><p>Revolutions Launched </p><p>at Stirling </p><p>Kevin Adamson and </p><p>Mike Rapport </p><p>Mike Rapport and Kevin </p><p>Adamson of the Universitys </p><p>School of Arts and </p><p>Humanities have launched a </p><p>research initiative in </p><p>comparative revolution </p><p>studies with a piece in </p><p>History Workshop Online </p><p>looking at the Domino </p><p>Revolutions of 1848, 1989 </p><p>and 2011, of interest to </p><p>students following MRes and </p><p>PhD programmes focused on </p><p>the study of revolutions. </p><p>Further information can be </p><p>found here - </p><p>http://www.historyworkshop</p><p>.org.uk/the-domino-</p><p>revolutions-1848-1989-2011-</p><p>2/ and find our group on </p><p>Facebook </p><p>[Picture above of protestors in </p><p>Tahrir Square, Cairo, 2011, </p><p>attached copyright Mostafa </p><p>Heddaya, permission kindly </p><p>given for use from American </p><p>Circus magazine amcircus.com] </p><p>What kind of </p><p>internationalization? </p><p>Some thoughts from the </p><p>Underground </p><p>Tim Fitzgerald </p><p>Tim Fitzgerald, Jamal Bahmad, </p><p>Shani Zour, Sean Frye, Martin </p><p>Verbeke and other PG's have been </p><p>asking about the concept of </p><p>Internationalization, what it means, </p><p>and how raising its profile can </p><p>enhance the position of PG's at </p><p>Stirling. There are various groups </p><p>and actions at Stirling concerned </p><p>with Internationalization but they </p><p>have very different aims from each </p><p>other. For example, the Students' </p><p>International Society is a social </p><p>student union club, which anyone </p><p>can join. Its current president is </p><p>undergraduate student Alexandra </p><p>Cron. We joined them in </p><p>Underground recently for a </p><p>welcome event and enjoyed the </p><p>social atmosphere. </p><p>However, our group has been </p><p>thinking a lot about how we can </p><p>not only encourage social </p><p>interaction but also raise the </p><p>profile of 'international' research </p><p>topics and the international </p><p>backgrounds of their researchers. </p><p>The greatest interest so far has </p><p>been expressed in favour of raising </p><p>money to invite genuinely </p><p>prominent and influential </p><p>intellectuals from non-European </p><p>countries - from Africa, Asia, </p><p>Oceania or Native America for </p><p>instance. There are high-level </p><p>debates going on around the </p><p>world, which we have much to </p><p>learn from, because researchers </p><p>and thinkers in those countries are </p><p>dealing with issues they know </p><p>about at first hand and which </p><p>might challenge and shift our </p><p>'w...</p></li></ul>

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