EVENT: New Arts and Humanities research-clustering events, MMU


    The Faculty of Arts and Humanities will begin the new academic year with the launch of four new cross-disciplinary research-clustering initiatives that are open to all ManMet researchers within and beyond the Faculty, including PhD students. The first time we ran such a series of ‘clustering’ events was in 2013, which resulted in the establishment of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies, the Manchester Centre for Gothic Studies, the Creative Geographies network and the multilingual ‘Beyond Babel’ film festival.

    The four chosen themes are:

    • Digital Semantics
    • Zones of Experimentation: Manchester – Detroit
    • Beyond the Screen
    • Global Futures

    The aim of the four launch events is to introduce like-minded researchers to each other across disciplinary boundaries, to share perspectives and identify synergies, and to promote the development of new collaborative research projects and funding applications. (The lead researchers for each initiative will make an effort also to invite relevant industry and community partners to participate in the events. If you know of anyone who you think should be invited, do let us know.)

    Each event will take the shape of a half day, starting with lunch. The events will follow a format similar to ‘speed-dating’, with each participant invited to deliver a (short/pithy/memorable) 5-minute presentation on their work. (This means definitely no more than 2-3 powerpoint slides!). There will then follow 5 minutes for Q&A. The aim is to create an inspirational ‘buzz’ from listening to what everyone is currently working on and what they are hoping to achieve in the not-so-distant future. In addition, there will opportunities for productive mingling during refreshment breaks. Each event will conclude with a plenary discussion of next steps (chaired by the two lead researchers) and – finally – civilized socializing and cultured networking over a glass of wine.

    Further details of each event and contact details for the lead researchers can be found in the attached. To sign up, please email Rebecca Hewlett r.hewlett@mmu.ac.uk by the individual (four different) deadlines specified in the attached. Please provide:

    • Name
    • Department
    • Whether you are a member of staff or a PhD student
    • Your research specialism
    • Title of your presentation
    • Any special access or dietary requirements

    Ideally, we would want everyone to deliver a short presentation but, always provided there is a plausible reason, attendance-only is also perfectly acceptable. You are very welcome to sign up for more than one event.


    “Digital Semantics: How Humans and Machines Perceive, Process and Communicate Information”

    International Anthony Burgess Foundation
    Wednesday 18th October, 12.00 – 5.00pm

    Led by Frances Johnson (Department of Languages, Information & Communications)               [F.Johnson@mmu.ac.uk] and Darren Dancey (School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology) [D.Dancey@mmu.ac.uk]

    Sign-up deadline – Monday 2nd October 2017

    “Zones of Experimentation: King Cotton and Motor City (Manchester – Detroit)”
    International Anthony Burgess Foundation
    Wednesday 29th November, 12.00 – 5.00pm

    Led by Dominic Sagar [D.Sagar@mmu.ac.uk] and Richard Brook [R.Brook@mmu.ac.uk] (Department of Architecture)

    Sign-up deadline – Monday 13th November 2017

    “Beyond the Screen”

    International Anthony Burgess Foundation
    Wednesday 6th December, 12.00 – 5.00pm

    Led by Toby Heys (Department of Media) [T.Heys@mmu.ac.uk] and Andy Moor (Department of English) [A.Moor@mmu.ac.uk]
    Sign-up deadline – Monday 20th November 2017

    “Global Futures”

    International Anthony Burgess Foundation
    Wednesday 10th January 2018, 12.00 – 5.00pm

    Led by Ellie Byrne [E.Byrne@mmu.ac.uk] (Department of English) and Shoba Arun [S.Arun@mmu.ac.uk ] (Department of Sociology)

    Sign-up deadline – Monday 18th December 2017