Man Met Provoking Discourse Conference – Call for Abstracts


The Man Met PGR Conference committee would like to invite you to the 2018 Postgraduate Research Conference, ‘PROVOKING DISCOURSE’, on 7th March 2018 at the Students’ Union, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Research in all disciplines is shared through discourse, but sometimes discourse is restricted by concerns such as being perceived as ‘wrong’ or a desire to please or to ‘fit in’. This year we are putting together a positive programme to encourage you to be a little more daring.

In the context of research, a provocation can be useful, it can push at the edges of what is possible – to make visible the questions, difficulties and issues faced. It asks your audience to speak back, encouraging debate and discussion. Drawing out potential provocations within research can allow a consideration of conflicts that push at the edges of discourse to form new perspectives and knowledge.

We invite you join us and explore the theme of Provoking Discourse through presentations, performances, artwork, recitals and film. This testing ground for ideas encourages researchers to communicate challenges experienced and engage in constructive debate around these may produce and provoke new discourse.
Examples may include but are not confined to:

– Exploration of unusual methodologies, modes of practice or curious experiments
– Research which challenges accepted theories
– Unconventional forms of participation
– Innovative and risky design
– Works-in-progress and unanswered research questions

The closing date for abstracts (no more than 250 words exclusive of the title, names, institution and references) is 1st December 2017. (Guidelines for submission is found here). Participants will be notified if they have been accepted by end of January 2018.

The conference is open to all postgraduate researchers from any university, and is a great opportunity to present your research in a supportive environment. There will be an expert keynote session (Dr. Keith Still) and workshops that are linked to the theme, and there will be lots of opportunities to network with researchers from MMU and beyond. If you are a supervisor to postgraduate students, please encourage them to apply and share within your institution.

More information can be found at Do not hesitate to contact the conference team ( should you have any questions.

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We are looking forward to your participation!