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First symposium of AHRC ‘Metamodernism’ Research Network – Weds 31st Jan

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Professor Antony Rowland is Principal Investigator on the AHRC funded ‘Metamodernism’ Research Network. Manchester Metropolitan University will be hosting the first symposium as part of the Network on Wednesday January 31st 2018, 2.00-8.00 pm in the Business and Law School BS 3.01 (South Atrium)

Programme is as follows:

2.00-2.15 Antony Rowland (Man Met University), ‘Introduction’

2.15-3.15 Peter Boxall (University of Sussex), ‘Imagining the Future’

3.15-3.30 Break

3.30-4.15 Alison Gibbons (Sheffield Hallam University), ‘Entropology and the End of Nature in Lance Olsen’s Theories of Forgetting

4.15-5.00 Adam Kelly (University of York), ‘Metamodernism, Anti-Modernism, and the New Sincerity’

5.00-6.00 Light tea and refreshments (BS4.44 North Atrium)

6.00-7.30 Urmila Seshagiri (University of Tennessee), ‘Metamodernism: Contemporary Fiction and the Problem of Modernism’ (BS4.44 North Atrium)

Places are limited so please do register your attendance via EventBrite here:

Any queries: Prof Antony Rowland

Future events will take place at Keele University (May 2018), Oslo (September 2018), Birmingham and Nijmegen (2019).

Summary of the Network:

Metamodernism has gained impetus as an important area of academic research over the past ten years, as a way of understanding what is happening in contemporary literature and culture. However, the different critical versions of metamodernism require refining, as although many critics agree that the more general term ‘post-postmodernism’ is not sufficient, they also disagree on the central aspects of metamodernism. Tim Vermeulen proposes that metamodernism attempts to account for the emergence of a wider ‘structure of feeling’ in the twenty-first century which responds to our historicity, bound up with the aftermaths of 9/11, the financial crash and austerity. Hence this new network provides a unique opportunity to formulate a timely and multidisciplinary response to what Linda Hutcheon has termed the difficult but urgent challenge of pinpointing a more exact ‘label’, and disseminating it to a variety of audiences, including academics working in the area of contemporary literature, culture and art, but also non-academics such as architects, creative writers, and avant-garde artists. The network will bring together leading international experts on the legacies of modernism for the first time in order to reflect on, and then define, the central aspects of metamodernism. The project crosses international boundaries in order to build new collaborations and forge a multidisciplinary response to metamodernism: academics will take part from across Europe (including The Netherlands, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Sweden and Poland), Japan and the United States; they will be from a variety of disciplines, including literary and cultural studies, American studies, women’s studies, philosophy, sociology, film studies and fine art.


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Manchester Met hosting one of series of AHRC Next Generation Design Workshops – Weds 31st Jan


The Next Generation Design Research workshops are half-day workshops for design researchers that will explore the processes involved in applying for an AHRC grant. The workshops will be particularly helpful for researchers looking to secure their first AHRC funding grant and for other researchers looking to find out more about the funding schemes offered by the AHRC.

About the workshops

The Next Generation Design Research workshops have been designed to help you to understand what the AHRC currently funds and how to best prepare your AHRC funding application. On the day, there will be opportunities to meet with past and present AHRC design research award holders and network with other researchers.

The agenda will include a briefing from the AHRC Design Leadership Fellow, Professor Paul Rodgers, presentations from successful AHRC design research award holders, a research support office presentation, a presentation from the AHRC, a Q&A session and networking.

Who should attend?

  • Prospective design research academic leads from universities and IROs
  • Early career design researchers

Why attend?

  • Get inspired and learn how to create proposals with impact with presentations from AHRC funded design researchers.
  • Ask the AHRC team about funding and application processes
  • Meet and network with potential research partners


  • Professor Paul Rodgers, AHRC Design Leadership Fellow @paulstweet
  • Harry Kerr, Portfolio Manager, Creative Arts and Digital Humanities, AHRC
  • Research Support Officer from the host institute – Germaine Loader @ Manchester Met
  • Early career design researchers –  including Dr Alison Slater and Dr Jea Hoo Na

Are there events in other regions of the UK?

This workshop is part of a nationwide series of workshops taking place during 2017/2018. Other events taking place in the following locations:

Please register your attendance via EventBrite by clicking on link above.

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UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships – Royal Academy of Engineering

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The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Government Office for Science have announced the latest round of the UK Intelligence Community Postdoctoral Research Fellowships scheme.

The research may be on any one of the 13 topics identified for 2018 by the UK intelligence community. Click here for a full list of topics.


The fellowships are targeted at early career academics without a current permanent lectureship and within 5 years of their PhD award. They provide funding for two years (with an optional third year pending a review at the end of Year 1) with full salary costs covered, plus travel and subsistence linked to the research, and modest items of equipment (up to £3k incl. VAT), consumables and other expenses which are fully justified in connection with carrying out the research.

Deadline for applications is the 26th March, 2018. 

If you are interested in the fellowship, please contact the relevant research development manager. 

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COMING SOON: Stoke Association Priority programme awards – psychological consequences of stroke

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*** This opportunity will be available soon. The next call is expected to open on in March 2018 with an estimated deadline in June 2018.  ***

The Stroke Association invites applications for its priority programme awards – psychological consequences of stroke. These support research into the psychological consequences of stroke. Applicants should involve people affected by stroke in the planning and development stages of their funding application.

Funding of £410,000 is available for project over three to five years.

Further information can be accessed here

Please contact the Research Development Managers for support.

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Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI)


The NCCPE are pleased to announce the launch of the Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI). Funded by Power to Change and the Arts and Humanities Research Council, CUPI supports community organisations (including community businesses, charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations) and university researchers to create trusting and useful research collaborations which benefit all the partners involved.

Are you curious about building a new partnership? Have you got a research idea you are keen to explore? Then the current events could be a perfect opportunity to get involved.

Events are currently taking place in the following regions (further locations to be confirmed):

Applications are now being accepted for places at these two match events. Please note that applying for a match event does not guarantee your place.

CUPI is based on the successful MUPI programme – which found that a regional focus helped ensure attendees found relevant people to work with. The 4 pilot match events will be taking place in England, in line with Power to Changes remit, however applications are open to those from across the UK who identify with the geographical area of the match event. Following evaluation of the pilot programme, funding will be sought after to develop more comprehensive coverage across the UK.  

Find out more and register your interest for the Bristol or Manchester match event for the opportunity to create a new partnership, access funding and explore getting a research idea off the ground. For more information on the partnership, please contact Sam Gray –

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British Academy – Funding call for Writing Workshops 2018

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The British Academy is inviting proposals from UK-based scholars in the humanities and social sciences to develop one or more training and research workshops in the Global South aimed at furthering scholarly interaction between researchers in the UK and in the Global South and promoting the uptake of research emanating from the Global South in academic journals.


The workshops aim to cultivate professional networks and mentorship and provide access for early career researchers in the Global South to the academic requirements of journals, including international journals, equipping them with the necessary knowledge to publish in these journals. It is expected that journal editors and UK-based scholars will work intensively to support workshop participants from the Global South to produce papers in preparation for publication.


Lead applicants must be based at a UK university or eligible research institute, and be of postdoctoral or above status (or have equivalent research experience). The lead applicant must either be in a permanent position at the institution or have a fixed-term position for the duration of the award. Each application must have at least one co-applicant from an institution in the Global South.

Application deadline: Wednesday 14th February 2018, 5pm UK time. 

If you are interested in the workshops, please contact Kelly Lavender-Smith (


ISRF Mid-Career Fellowship Competition (MCF4)

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The Independent Social Research Foundation wishes to support independent-minded researchers to explore and present original research ideas which take new approaches, and suggest new solutions, to real world social problems.


The Foundation intends to make a small number of awards to support original interdisciplinary research, across the range of the social sciences, to be held from a start date no later than the end of December 2019. The award is intended to enable a scholar at the mid-career stage to pursue his/her research full-time, for a period of up to 12 months; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent. The amount will be offered to buy out the costs of replacing all teaching and associated administration in the applicant’s home institution, and will be considered to a maximum of £60,000 per successful applicant. Within that sum, reasonable support for research expenses may be considered on a matched-funding basis with the host institution.


The applicant should normally hold a salaried position at an institution of higher education and research, and be 10 years or more from the year of their PhD award. However, a shorter time from PhD award may exceptionally be considered, if the candidate has other qualifications to be considered as mid-career. Career breaks may also be taken into account. The awards are intended as providing full relief from all teaching duties and all associated academic administration for a period of (up to) one year; applications may be made by those whose sole or principal post is a part-time equivalent.

Applicants should consult the Criteria as set out on the ISRF website and show that they meet them. Applicants should follow the application procedure and should present their proposal in the format specified there.

Application deadline: 4pm (GMT), Friday 16th February 2018. 

If you are interested in the fellowship competition, please contact Germaine Loader at