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SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities A r t s & H u m a n i t i e s 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 WELCOME to the second issue of the School of Arts and Humanities Graduate Studies Newsletter. For many postgraduate students at Stirling, March is the mid-point of their learning experience at Stirling. Studies are in full swing, they are working closely with their tutors and the various student services, and new friendships are firmly in place. Amid the hectic pace of graduate life at Stirling, thoughts might also turn to what happens next. Responding to the varied needs of our students, and connecting their learning to future employment and the changing needs of the modern creative and cultural industries features strongly in much of the activity across the School. In this issue of our Graduate Studies Newsletter we have a number of fascinating examples of how graduate study in Arts & Humanities links to future careers or continuing research in related subjects areas. Claire Squires, Professor of Publishing, informs us of exciting opportunities for creative writing and publishing students, who will have the chance to engage with, and learn from, leading writers in a new international festival dedicated to crime fiction, Bloody Scotland. Cristina Johnston, Director of the MRes and MSc in Translation Studies recounts a field trip to the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh where students had the opportunity to meet practitioners and learn some of the modern techniques of cultural translation. We also have two feature articles from our graduate alumni, Suti Sahariah and Stefanie Van Der Peer, about their post-Stirling careers in both industry and academia. Both Suti and Stefanie are among a growing network of international alumni associated with Arts & Humanities at Stirling, and Tim Fitzgerald discusses what internationalisation means for both staff and students at the university. We encourage our research students to engage with a wider academic community wherever possible. In this issue we feature a range of research symposia and activities involving our students. This includes a short report from our first Postgraduate Research Conference held in January. Run by students for students, the event proved a huge success, and involved students from other Scottish universities. I hope you enjoy reading our second issue. With best wishes, Dr Richard Haynes Director of Graduate Studies School of Arts and Humanities E-mail: r.b.haynes@stir.ac.uk IN THIS ISSUE Bloody Scotland, and AHRC Digital Transformations Project: The Book Unbound Claire Squires MLitt Modern Scottish Writing Scott Hames MLitt English Language and Literature Andrew Smith Translation Studies at the Royal Observatory Cristina Johnston ASMCF, ADEFFI and SSFH Postgraduate Study Day Cristina Johnston What kind of Internationalization? Tim Fitzgerald Digital Media, Publishing and Law Media and Culture Graham Meikle New Research in Revolutions Launched at Stirling Kevin Adamson & Mike Rapport Arts & Humanities Alumni Stephanie Van De Peer, Suti Sahariah, Sophie Jones New Law Appointments Postgraduate Conference Report MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities Bloody Scotland Claire Squires Staff and students at Stirling will be teaming up with Bloody Scotland a new international crime festival to be held in Stirling from 14-16 September 2012. The festival will feature some of Scotlands biggest crime writers, including Ian Rankin, who spoke at the recent press launch of the festival revealing that the climax of his new novel The Impossible Dead takes place in Stirling. A number of international crime writing stars will also be joining the Scottish contingent in Stirling. Bloody Scotland is going to be working in collaboration with Stirlings Creative Writing courses and the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication for Creative Friday: a series of creative writing events including workshops, masterclasses, and a publishers and agents forum. There will also be internship opportunities for our students at the festival. More details to come but dont go down any dark alleyways in the meantime. AHRC Digital Transformations Project: The Book Unbound Weve just heard that the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication has been awarded a grant from the AHRC in its Digital Transformations Research Development call. Our project, The Book Unbound: Disruption and Disintermediation in the Digital Age, will be led by the Centres Director, Professor Claire Squires, with Dr Padmini Ray Murray (Lecturer in Publishing Studies) and Dr Paula Morris (Lecturer in Creative Writing) as Co-Investigators. The staff team will be completed by Scott Russell, as an External Consultant. Well also be working with the Electric Bookshop in order to present some of our findings, and there will also be opportunities for collaborations between creative writing and publishing students. The project will examine changing business models in the digital publishing environment and their impact on the communications circuit and notions of authority, authorship, audiences and access. It will do this both via a series of case studies, and an experimental mode (live publishing watch this space!). Well have a new website up with full details of the project soon, but if youd like any information about it in the meantime, please get in touch via our Contact page. For more information on Publishing programmes, visit, http://www.publishing.stir.ac.uk/courses/mlitt-in-publishing-studies/ or e-mail Claire Squires, claire.squires@stir.ac.uk BLOODY SCOTLAND Staff and students at Stirling will be teaming up with Bloody Scotland, a new international crime festival to be held in Stirling from 14-16 September 2012. http://www.bloodyscotland.com/ MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 Modern Scottish Writing Scott Hames/Suzanne Gilbert Its an exciting time to study Scottish culture. As the independence debate intensifies, fresh attention is being paid to the role of Scottish writers in shaping political identities and the writers themselves are being claimed on both sides of the constitutional question. Just yesterday the Prime Minister began a speech celebrating the Union by invoking Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson; elsewhere, James Kelman and Liz Lochhead are positioned as Braveheart nationalists by media commentators who seem not to have read much of these writers work. Each of these alignments is simplistic, and ripe for further debate. In this spirit Dr Scott Hames is editing a collection of essays by 30 writers on the independence debate, to be published by Word Power books at the end of 2012. Figures including Alasdair Gray, A.L. Kennedy, Alan Warner and Kathleen Jamie have agreed to take part, and five writers from the book project will publish brief versions of their essays in The Times newspaper in the coming weeks. New activity abounds. A student reading group on Scottish literature will be launched at Stirling in the coming months, and the web presence of the Centre for Scottish studies is being revamped to include a new blog. Among our postgraduate students, Meghan McAvoy recently gave a paper on the politics of the Scottish folksong revival at the University of Strathclyde, while Barbara Leonardi is preparing for conferences in Finland and Malta, where shell present research on James Hogg a new edition of whose Scottish Pastoral will shortly be published by Dr Suzanne Gilbert. Busy and energising times in the study of Scottish literature. For more information on the MLitt Modern Scottish Writing, visit - http://www.english.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/taught-degrees/msw.php or e-mail the Programme Directors, Scott Hames at scott.hames@stir.ac.uk or Suzanne Gilbert at suzanne.gilbert@stir.ac.uk MLitt English Language and Linguistics Andrew Smith Our new MLitt in English Language and Linguistics was successfully launched in September with a vibrant and highly motivated group of part-time students on the foundational Structures of Language module. We will continue this Spring into a more intensive examination of specific areas of study through specialist option modules, including Sociolinguistics and Varieties of English and Historical Linguistics and the History of English. On the research front, a very enlightening and well-attended symposium on Communication and Interaction: Applications for Healthcare was organised in Stirling in January by Bethan Benwell and May McCreadie, which explored the use of Conversation Analysis in therapeutic and nursing contexts. Over the next few months, ELL staff will be presenting their research to a variety of different groups, including international conferences (EVOLANG, Kyoto), international workshops (Bologna) and local research groups (Edinburgh). For up-to-date news on English Language and Linguistics at Stirling, visit www.ell.stir.ac.uk For more information on the MLitt English Language and Literature, visit - http://www.ell.stir.ac.uk/English_Language_and_Linguistics_at_Stirling/Home.html or e-mail the Programme Director, Andrew Smith at andrew.smith@stir.ac.uk SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities Translation Studies at the Royal Observatory Cristina Johnston In Autumn 2011, the students on Stirlings MRes in Translation Studies and MSc in Translation Studies and TESOL travelled to the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh for a site visit as part of their coursework on a module examining Cultural Translation. The students spent a morning at the Observatory on Blackford Hill, meeting first with William Taylor and then with Karen Moran. William is a PhD student who works as a Science Communicator at the Observatory and on outreach projects, bringing astronomy and aspects of his own research to a wide range of audiences. Karen is the Observatorys Librarian and is responsible for the Crawford Collection with its 15000 items charting the history of astronomy and the Observatory across the centuries and across languages. The aim of these site visits, is for the students to get an opportunity to meet with practitioners whose everyday work involves the communication of ideas across disciplinary and linguistic boundaries, often having to translate or adapt information for non-specialist audiences. In this way, the students are able to reflect on different means of communication, different forms that can be taken by the same message, and ultimately on their own practice as budding linguistic translators. In the Spring semester, the students will follow up on their Observatory site visit with a visit of the National Library of Scotland, where they will spend a few hours with Chris Taylor, who works with the NLSs foreign language holdings. For further information on Translation Studies, visit this page - http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgraduate/programme-information/prospectus/slcr/translation-studies or contact Dr Cristina Johnston, cristina.johnston@stir.ac.uk ASMCF, ADEFFI and SSFH Postgraduate Study Day Martin Verbeke and Angus MacDonald, who are both currently writing PhDs on aspects of French and Francophone culture, will be presenting papers at the annual Study Day organised by the Association for the Study of Modern and Contemporary France at the University of Sheffield on 3rd March. Martins paper will be entitled A Sociolinguistic Analysis of French Rap Music: The Importance of Teaching Familiar and Vulgar French and French Slang at University while Angus will be speaking on New French horror and the trauma of the future. The Study Day will also include two professional development sessions focusing on topics such as academic publishing and research in action and Martin and Angus will be presenting their work alongside Postgraduate students from across the UK and Ireland. TRANSLATION STUDIES View an introductory video on Translation Studies by the Programme Director, Dr Cristina Johnston. MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 New Research in Revolutions Launched at Stirling Kevin Adamson and Mike Rapport Mike Rapport and Kevin Adamson of the Universitys School of Arts and Humanities have launched a research initiative in comparative revolution studies with a piece in History Workshop Online looking at the Domino Revolutions of 1848, 1989 and 2011, of interest to students following MRes and PhD programmes focused on the study of revolutions. Further information can be found here - http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/the-domino-revolutions-1848-1989-2011-2/ and find our group on Facebook [Picture above of protestors in Tahrir Square, Cairo, 2011, attached copyright Mostafa Heddaya, permission kindly given for use from American Circus magazine amcircus.com] What kind of internationalization? Some thoughts from the Underground Tim Fitzgerald Tim Fitzgerald, Jamal Bahmad, Shani Zour, Sean Frye, Martin Verbeke and other PG's have been asking about the concept of Internationalization, what it means, and how raising its profile can enhance the position of PG's at Stirling. There are various groups and actions at Stirling concerned with Internationalization but they have very different aims from each other. For example, the Students' International Society is a social student union club, which anyone can join. Its current president is undergraduate student Alexandra Cron. We joined them in Underground recently for a welcome event and enjoyed the social atmosphere. However, our group has been thinking a lot about how we can not only encourage social interaction but also raise the profile of 'international' research topics and the international backgrounds of their researchers. The greatest interest so far has been expressed in favour of raising money to invite genuinely prominent and influential intellectuals from non-European countries - from Africa, Asia, Oceania or Native America for instance. There are high-level debates going on around the world, which we have much to learn from, because researchers and thinkers in those countries are dealing with issues they know about at first hand and which might challenge and shift our 'western' theoretical perspectives. We are interested in pursuing further discussion with a wider range of Stirling PG's. If anyone is aware of other internationalization ventures at Stirling, or would be willing to share some ideas with us about raising the profile of PG's with international backgrounds or international topics, then please feel free to contact any one of us. We'd be happy to hear your views on these issues, such as which prominent scholar to invite and how to fund the invitation, how and where to set it up, and how to promote such an event. We're also interested in hearing ideas about how to publicise and maximise the visibility of the international postgraduate community and research, and any other additional activities we ought to consider. Dr Timothy Fitzgerald Reader in Religion t.f.fitzgerald@stir.ac.uk http://www.criticalreligion.stir.ac.uk/ SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 Digital Media, Publishing and Law Graham Meikle The new MLitt in Digital Media, Publishing and Law launches in September 2012. This is a Masters degree about the important developments that are shaping the creative industries. It offers students the opportunity to explore legal, theoretical and industry perspectives on digital communications, on contemporary cultural industries, and on the law of copyright and intellectual property. Were very excited about this degree, says programme director Dr Graham Meikle. Its an innovative and original programme that draws on some of the best existing degrees we offer here at Stirling, and combines these into a new and flexible Masters. Students will take core modules in digital media, in the dynamics of the publishing industries, and in intellectual property law. They will also take optional modules which let them specialise in aspects of media, and/or law, and/or publishing studies. Candidates for the Masters can choose to concentrate on media classes, where they can learn about advertising, about media economics, about journalism and digital media, or about media policy and regulation. They might decide to concentrate on publishing studies, where they will learn about marketing management, editing, and content creation. Or they might decide to concentrate on law, where they can take classes in the law of information technology, sports law or intellectual property. Or you could combine parts of all of these into the Masters programme thats best for you, says Dr Meikle. This masters in Digital Media, Publishing and Law is for people who want to better understand contemporary communication, and its legal, regulatory and industrial contexts. Its for those who work in the creative industries or who want to work in those industries in the future. And its for those who recognise that their careers will benefit from gaining a competitive edge in a market that values high-level skills in communication, research and critical thinking. More details here: http://www.fmjpg.stir.ac.uk/digital-media-publishing-and-law DIGITAL MEDIA, PUBLISHING AND LAW View an introductory video on Digital Media, Publishing and Law by the Programme Director, Dr Graham Meikle. SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 Media and Culture Graham Meikle MLitt in Media and Culture programme director Dr Graham Meikle published his latest book in December 2011. Co-authored with Dr Sherman Young of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, the book is called Media Convergence: Networked Digital Media in Everyday Life. This book is about how networked digital media are being used to bring together people and ideas, images and texts, industries and technologies in new ways - media convergence. The book explores the development of the Internet, the rise of social media, the global expansion and consolidation of the major media corporations, and the new opportunities for audiences to create, remix, collaborate upon and share their own media. The book focuses on how everyday media - such as Facebook, iTunes and Google - can be understood in new ways for the twenty-first century through ideas of convergence. "Media are what we do. With this deceptively simple yet particularly powerful assertion, Meikle and Young successfully benchmark contemporary media" -- Mark Deuze, author Media Life. "Meikle and Young's 'Media Convergence' is intelligent, sensible, precise and timely" -- David Gauntlett, author Making is Connecting. You can download the introduction here, and get a good idea of whats involved in the core spring module MCCPX1 Digital Cultures http://www.palgrave.com/products/title.aspx?pid=344515 Two new option modules will be offered in 2012 as part of the MLitt in Media and Culture. MCCPX8 News, Journalism and Digital Media explores the news environment of the twenty-first century an environment that is both broadcast and broadband. Content, distribution channels, geographical constraints, production values, business models, regulatory approaches and cultural habits are all changing as new media technologies are adopted and adapted by users, often in unexpected ways. Cheap hardware and software allow anyone to blog or comment, calling into question the distinction between news and views. Ubiquitous mobiles with inbuilt cameras make everyone a potential on-site correspondent. Higher-quality software and bandwidth bring near-broadcast quality to video blogs and citizen journalism. Platforms such as Twitter offer a stream of tiny headlines from news organisations, celebrities, politicians, and your next-door neighbour. For many people, the news is no longer just something they read, listen to or watch the news is now something they do. This module discusses and explores these developments, and sets them in the context of existing understandings of news. PCMPX3 Advertising introduces students to the theory and practice of advertising. The module begins by focusing on the key stages in the production of an ad campaign, including the role of the creative brief, the ways in which ads target very specific audiences, and the different media used in campaigns. It then goes on to explore the role of branding, how advertising creates meaning, and issues of regulation. You will learn how to analyse advertisements and evaluate critiques of advertising, and you will learn how advertising functions as part of an integrated marketing communications mix. For further information on the MLitt in Media and Culture, visit this page - http://www.fmjpg.stir.ac.uk/ or contact Dr Graham Meikle, graham.meikle@stir.ac.uk SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 Arts and Humanities Alumni Suti Sahariah Graduated with MSc in Media Management in 2009 I graduated with a masters degree in media management from Stirling University in 2009. After completing my studies I interned with a prestigious public relations company in London, and soon got a full time job with a PR company in Swindon I worked there for one year. I have now returned to my home country India, and recently joined an English news channel as their London correspondent. I am currently in New Delhi; however, I will be posted in London and my job will involve reporting from the UK and Europe on stories of global importance or that have relevance to the Indian audience at large. I worked as a journalist in India before going to Stirling, but my objective of doing a degree in media management was to gain an understanding of management issues and challenges facing the media industry in general. I also wanted to enhance my career prospects by applying the knowledge gained on degree in different media environments. I chose Stirling University because I liked the course content, and also because of the beauty and sports facilities at the campus, which sometimes I still miss! My degree at Stirling not only prepared me with the skills needed for a global media career, but more importantly gave me the confidence to explore various media related sectors where the learning could be applied. I was able to use my media research and strategic management skills things learnt in my degree- to a great effect whilst working in public relations in England. Now as a journalist, the understanding of the UK media environment is becoming handy to quickly nail down the news sources. Overall, I really enjoyed my studies and stay in Stirling and hope the same for present and future students. Alumni Careers Visit by Sophie Jones Former Media Management graduate, Sophie Jones, will be visiting the campus in April as part of the universitys Pathfinder Careers Event. Sophie is Head of Corporate Relations for the broadcaster Channel 4 and graduated from the online programme in 2002. Sophie joined Channel 4 in 2008 having previously worked in corporate affairs for ITN. She will be giving a talk on careers in the broadcasting industry and will be available to talk informally to students about opportunities in the media during a break-out session. Further details of the Pathfinder event being held on 16 April are on the Careers Development Centre Website: http://www.careers.stir.ac.uk/students/pathfinder/ For further information on Media Management, visit http://www.fmjpg.stir.ac.uk/ or contact Dr Richard Haynes, r.b.haynes@stir.ac.uk SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities Arts and Humanities Alumni MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2 Stefanie Van De Peer Graduated with PhD in French 2011 I did my PhD in what was the School of Languages, Cultures and Religions, between 2007 and 2011. I researched filmmaking in North Africa, focusing on documentaries made by women. The staff were all very supportive and I especially loved the interdisciplinary nature of everyones work. The atmosphere in the corridors was just so convivial and collaborative. I loved being there. Following my viva in August 2011, I travelled to the US, where I had been awarded a semester-long research fellowship at the Five College Women Studies Research Center in Massachusetts (http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/fcwsrc/). The experience was amazing, not only on an intellectual but also on a social and an emotional level. I met the most amazing activist feminist women, who inspired me to keep working really hard for what I believe in, and to keep being an ambitious young woman. It is difficult to pinpoint what exactly is the difference between British and US-based academics, but I feel I am now really benefiting from having experienced academia on both sides of the Atlantic. I am still working on transnational feminist documentary making and will continue to do so. While in my PhD I focused on the pioneering women, such as Ateyyat El Abnoudy, Selma Baccar, Izza genini and Assia Djebar, I now look at the younger generations making documentaries in the Maghreb, Egypt and also in the Levant. I am simultaneously anxious and excited about what is happening in the Maghreb and the rest of the Arab world during the Arab Revolutions. I think it can potentially open doors for women documentary makers, and indeed it is already doing so. Nadia El Fani from Tunisia, a few other young filmmakers in Egypt and some women in Syria, like Soudade Kaadan and Reem Ali, are confronting their recent history head on. Women in Syria are using the revolution as a backdrop and central theme to new films, shot digitally and secretly. I have recently published a few articles on Syrian filmmakers, and am working on a publication that talks about how animation is used in documentaries from the Middle East, confronting issues of representability and reality. A book on Art and Trauma in Africa, co-edited with Lizelle Bisshoff (University of Edinburgh), will be published with IB Tauris in May 2012. I now work as a senior research fellow at the Winchester School of Art at Southampton University (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/wsa), where we are setting up a new research centre, called the Centre for Global Futures in Art, Design and Media. We are organizing exhibitions, events and film screenings, and attempting to bring academic research into the wider community, thinking about how it can benefit society and how society can influence research. I find it all very exciting. Being in an arts school is different again from what I am used to, but it is extremely stimulating and makes for interesting brain gymnastics. I am for example absolutely in the right place to write a paper on graphic art and animation in documentaries combining high arts with activism. The rector of the School is Palestinian artist Bashir Makhoul, who is a total inspiration. I am very lucky to be here, now. For further information about PhD opportunities in French, Spanish, Global Cinema or Religion at Stirling, please see www.slcr.stir.ac.uk SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities A&H New Law Appointments Dr Raphael Heffron Raphaels research interests are in energy and electricity policy and in particular on low carbon emitting energy. Of particular importance is the aim to understand the legal challenges involved in planning for energy infrastructure projects focusing on the EU and the US. Raphael's other research interests include competition, planning and public law and policy. Prior to taking up his appointment at the University of Stirling, Raphael was a member of the Electricity Policy Research Group at the University of Cambridge where he is in the final stages of completing his PhD. Before attending Cambridge, Raphael trained as a barrister (Barrister-at-Law), and was called to the Bar in July 2007 in the Republic of Ireland. He holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin (BA, MA), the University of St. Andrews (MLitt), and the University of Cambridge (MPhil). In the past he has held visiting positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA (visiting student), The University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA (visiting scholar), and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (visiting research fellow). Raphael has been involved as a Teaching Assistant/Supervisor in 10 courses at the University of Cambridge, including Technology Policy, Business Law, and Nuclear Energy Policy at Masters (MPhil and MBA) level. Raphael is a member of the International Nuclear Lawyers Association and the International Bar Association, and European Nuclear Energy Forum Nuclear Legal Roadmap Group. Dr Oles Andriychuk Dr Oles Andriychuk studied law in Ukraine (Lutsk, Kyiv), the Czech Republic (Charles University in Prague) and Italy (European University Institute, Florence). His main research is focused on the philosophical aspects of European competition law, exploring the phenomena of economic freedom and competition from the perspective of legal, political and moral philosophy. He has also published articles in the area of jurisprudence and legal theory, European law, antitrust law, constitutional law, media law and the theory of adjudication. Before moving to Stirling he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the ESRC Centre for Competition Policy (University of East Anglia). He also taught Competition Law; Law and Morality (Jurisprudence) and EU Law at the UEA Law School. His research has been recently presented at the various international (Bonn, EUI Florence, Frankfurt, Tilburg) and domestic (KCL, Oxford, UCL, QMUL) forums. The most representative publication, which outlines his main normative and methodological research questions is Oles Andriychuk, 'Rediscovering the Spirit of Competition: On the Normative Value of the Competitive Process', European Competition Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2010 (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1781512). Dr Beln Olmos Giupponi Dr Beln Olmos Giupponi is an Assistant Professor of International Law and International Relations at Rey Juan Carlos University in Madrid. She was born in Argentina, where she worked as an attorney and taught International Law during the period 1998-2000. In 2004 she earned a Ph.D. in Law from the University Carlos III. She holds an M.A. in Human Rights (University Carlos III) and a Magister in International Relations (Advanced Studies Centre, Argentina). Author and editor of various books: Human rights and regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean (2006), New Perspectives of Democratic Principle in America (2007), The Law of MERCOSUR/Edited with M. Franca Filho and L. Lixinski (Hart, 2010) and Climate change, human rights and the environment (2011). She has also published fifteen articles in peer-reviewed science journals. Her research has been featured in journals in economic integration and cooperation, human rights, environmental law and international migrations. She was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (2007/2009) and, previously, a Research Fellow at the Istituto di Studi Giuridici Internazionali (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) in Rome in 2006 and at the Centre de Recherche sur les Identits Nationales et l'Interculturalit (CRINI) of the University of Nantes - France- in 2005. MARCH 2012 ISSUE 2 SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities Graduate Studies School of Arts and Humanities University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA Tel: 01786 467592 E-mail: sahgs@stir.ac.uk http://www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities CALENDAR: APRIL 23rd World Book Night book domino rally. For more details contact publishing@stir.ac.uk MAY 3rd - Industry Advisory Board, Publishing Showcase and 30th Anniversary Alumni Event For more details contact publishing@stir.ac.uk SEPTEMBER The Bloody Scotland Masterclasses, in association with crime writing festival Bloody Scotland For more details go to http://www.bloodyscotland.com/ MARCH 2012 ISSUE 2 Postgraduate Conference On January 27th, 2012 over 40 postgraduate students from Scotland and beyond gathered to take part in Funding the Future: Ensuring Research Development, a workshop organised by Stirling PhD and Masters students. Aimed at broadening postgraduates understanding of research funding, the workshop began with a presentation from Daniela Bolle, Research Development Manager at the University of Stirling, on the key steps to take when applying for funding. Next, six postgraduates discussed their topics and spurred energetic debate around research methodologies, challenges for, and interdisciplinary opportunities. Overall the day reaffirmed the diversity and value of postgraduate research whilst forging new friendships and academic ties. Presenters The AHRC and the Grant Application Process - Ms. Daniela Bolle, Research Development Manager (University of Stirling) Musical Interventions in the Treatment of Anxiety - Ellen Spaeth (University of Edinburgh) The Future of Food - Francesco Buscemi (University of Stirling) Theological Reflections on Criminal Justice in Melville's Bartleby - Katja Neumann (University of Stirling) Hyperculturality and Transparency - Judith Kahl (University of Dundee) Redefining Religious Concepts through Popular Television: The Second Coming - Gemma Carroll (University of Stirling) Multi-disciplinary PhD: framing the proposal within AHRC award scheme - Val Dufeu (University of Stirling) NEXT ISSUE: MAY 2012 Items for next issue: send to sahgs@stir.ac.uk by 20 April 2012

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