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Volume 3 Issue 3

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Call for New Members

Under Construction @ Keele are calling for new members.

We are looking for applicants to fill the following posts:

  • Communications Secretary & Finance Officer
  • Publicist & Designer
  • Peer Review Liaison
  • Humanities & Social Sciences Editor
  • Members of the Peer Review Board

If you are interested in any of the above roles, please send your expression of interest to underconstruction@keele.ac.uk. Our communications secretary will then provide you with the role descriptions.

The deadline for final applications is Friday 30 June 2017 (5pm). In no more than 300 words, please specify the role(s) you would like to apply for and explain why you would be suitable. Please note that you must be a student at Keele University until at least January 2018 in order to be eligible for consideration.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Call for papers – Summer 2017 Issue

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Under Construction @ Keele is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University. The journal is an Open Access publication, produced by students, for students, and provides a platform to showcase the high quality of postgraduate research here at the university.

We are currently calling for 300 word proposals from Keele postgraduate students from any discipline across the Humanities and Social Sciences. We encourage submissions from students at any stage of their research and hope to reflect the interdisciplinary approach of academic study that Keele promotes.

We encourage articles that focus on and discuss, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Presentations of individual research
  • Development of ideas and approaches
  • Responses to certain theoretical and/or conceptual questions
  • Critical analysis of certain ideas and theoretical standpoints
  • Reviews of published work
  • Broader critical reflections on the postgraduate experience.

Please send abstracts for consideration to the following email address: underconstruction@keele.ac.uk.

The deadline for abstracts is 5pm on Monday 20th February 2017. Please include your name, discipline and a proposed title with your abstract, attaching also a short bio. If your proposal is successful, the deadline for the submission of full articles for our Summer 2017 issue is 5pm on Friday 14th April 2017.

If you have any general queries or require more information about our call for papers, please do not hesitate to contact us at the above email address.

For more information about the journal and to download our back issues, please visit:

https://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/journals/underconstructionkeele/

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Under Construction @ Keele team.

View the current issue of Under Construction @ Keele on Joomag

The team at Under Construction @ Keele are happy that now that you can view the current issue of the journal through Joomag!

Joomag is a leading digital publishing service which provides professional online editing for enriching and interactive publications. We are very pleased with our new look as it is a significant development that portrays the journal’s continuing growth.

You can check out how we look at the following link:

Volume 3 Issue 1

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Call for New Members

Under Construction @ Keele is currently calling for postgraduates to join our dedicated journal team. The journal is a student-led, peer-reviewed publication for the Humanities and Social Sciences.
Posts that are available are:
1x Peer Reviewer

1x Social Science Editor

2x Humanities Editor

This is a really great opportunity to work with other lively and dedicated postgraduates on a peer-reviewed publication.
If you are interested in any of the above roles, please send your expression of interest of no more than 300 words to: underconstruction@keele.ac.uk by 5 pm on Friday, 9th December 2016.
Please specify the role you would like to apply for and explain why you would be suitable. Please note that you must be a student at Keele University until at least June 2017 in order to be eligible for consideration.
We look forward to hearing from you.

Call for Papers – Winter Issue

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Under Construction @ Keele is a bi-annual, peer-reviewed journal for the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University. The journal is an Open Access publication, produced by students, for students, and provides a platform to showcase the high quality of postgraduate research here at the university.

We are currently calling for 300 word proposals from Keele postgraduate students from any discipline across the Humanities and Social Sciences. We encourage submissions from students at any stage of their research and hope to reflect the interdisciplinary approach of academic study that Keele promotes.

We encourage articles that focus on and discuss, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Presentations of individual research
  • Development of ideas and approaches
  • Responses to certain theoretical and/or conceptual questions
  • Critical analysis of certain ideas and theoretical standpoints
  • Reviews of published work
  • Broader critical reflections on the postgraduate experience.

Please send abstracts for consideration to the following email address: underconstruction@keele.ac.uk.

The deadline for abstracts is 5pm on Friday 2nd September 2016. Please include your name, discipline and a proposed title with your abstract. If your proposal is successful, the deadline for the submission of full articles for our Winter 2016 issue is 5pm on Friday 14th October 2016.

If you have any general queries or require more information about our call for papers, please do not hesitate to contact us at the above email address.

For more information about the journal and to download our first and second, please visit:

https://www.keele.ac.uk/humssr/journals/underconstructionkeele/

We look forward to hearing from you,

The Under Construction @ Keele team.

Humanities Postgraduate Research Symposium 2016 – Take a look at the programme

Check out the finalised programme for this year’s Humanities Postgraduate Research Symposium at Keele University. It is sure to be an exciting event, with a Key Note Lecture from our own Dr Ceri Morgan, as well as a number of papers from members of our Under Construction staff.

Make sure to register for the event, here. If you have any more queries you can email the symposium team at keelepghumanitiessymposium@gmail.com, and make sure to follow them on Twitter @KeeleHUMPGRSymposium.

Humanities Symposium Programme 2016

Humanities Symposium Programme 2016

Humanities Symposium Programme 2016

Productive(?) Distractions

I’d like to share with you my thoughts about distractions. Not the usual, run of the mill kinds of distractions we find ourselves doing to escape our PhD work. Not Facebook procrastination or Netflix or anything we do to distance ourselves. I don’t even mean those ones that are not really our fault – family days, socialising or all those outside things that remind us that sunshine is so very different from the light of a 17” computer monitor.

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No, I am talking about the real subversive distractions; the ones you do not notice until it is too late. They seem connected to your work. They are interesting and engaging and can be far more threatening to timetables and your self-imposed deadlines than any of the more overt kind of distractions – they are fantastic. I try not to let these ones take too much of a hold. I can get busted when binging on a Netflix show or reading a novel on the Kindle but if someone sees me surrounded by history books they are none the wiser that I’m happily skipping down a side track and not the research path of my topic.

Let me give you a couple of examples. My subject is history, and my topic that of logistics and supply systems in the British Civil Wars 1638-1660. I want to see how supplies were gathered, processed and distributed and the impact this had on strategy, people, politics and the way the wars were fought. Still here? Great, now onto my first example. Throughout my secondary reading I was occasionally coming across a name, Sir John Heydon. I started to research and collate a biopic of information on this chap, merely because he had caught my attention in an otherwise pretty dreary book. I spent hours on this intermittently and, even now, keep half an eye out for his signature amongst the documents I am transcribing. When a colleague found out what I was doing, I got a lecture on how I shouldn’t be distracted from my topic. I was warned that anything that distracted me from studying for my main research goals was to be avoided at all costs. Here I was, happily researching the life and times of a mid-level seventeenth century bureaucrat when I had books to read, documents to transcribe and a deadline to meet all of which had far more immediacy to my work than what the Earl of Clarendon thought of Heydon’s character. But evils of distraction or not, I really did enjoy it.

My other example is connected to arms manufacture, not logistics and supply. I noticed an apparent oddity in the technology of the firearms of the time. It had me wondering wonder why, in the creation of a professional standing army, they were using a much inferior firing mechanism. This led to a pretty intense amount of work on the development of firearms technology in Europe during the seventeenth century. I looked up from the books after a day or so on it and realized I was doing it again! Distracted by a little oddity to the “detriment” of my wider research. Chasing down the differences in matchlock and flintlock firing mechanisms when I should have been reading up on financial developments of taxation. I cannot imagine why I was finding myself getting distracted from the latter…

And yet, I don’t come down on myself anywhere near as hard on these types of distractions as I do the more internet browser based ones. I’m following my interests and still, tangentially, working on or around my topic. Sure it is a digression, but as long as I keep myself in check and don’t let my other work suffer for it, what is the harm? Or do I sound like I am trying to convince myself?

The work on the firearm mechanisms I am keeping in a drawer for now. Sir John Heydon is probably going to work his way into my appendices at least. The work was not a waste of time – I followed my interests, I remained productive. I do wonder if this will change as I get further along in my PhD – will these tangential diversions have to be stamped on in the interests of greater focus and higher word count? I hope not. On a rare day when I am just not feeling like reading what I must it is really nice, even cathartic, to read what I want and still be able to convince myself I am being “productive.” For other days, there is always Netflix.

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Have any of you found yourselves drifting down a distracting tangent? What was it? And do you allow yourself the interesting diversion, or do you stamp down on temptation and stay on topic?

This post was written by Glenn Price, a part-time PhD student in History. Glenn began his research at Keele in the Autumn of 2015, which focuses on the English Civil War. Glenn can be contacted via email (g.w.price@keele.ac.uk) or you check out his profile on Twitter (@gwprice207).

Do you have any interesting distractions that you can tell us about? Or do you have something to post on our blog? Let us know and drop us an email at underconstruction@keele.ac.uk.

View Under Construction @ Keele through Joomag

The team at Under Construction @ Keele are happy that it’s Friday – especially now that you can view both the current and back issues of the journal through Joomag!

Joomag is a leading digital publishing service which provides professional online editing for enriching and interactive publications. We are very pleased with our new look as it is a significant development that portrays the journal’s continuing growth.

You can check out how we look at the following links:

Volume 1: Issue 1

Volume 2: Issue 1

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Call For Paper Proposals – Humanities Postgraduate Research Student Symposium (14 June, 2016)

Humanities Postgraduate Research Student Symposium – Claus Moser Research Centre, Keele University


CALL FOR PAPER PROPOSALS

The Research Faculty for the Humanities invites proposals from postgraduate taught and research students for 20 minute papers on any areas of humanities research. These may include, but are not limited to, History, Music and Music Technology, English and American Literature, Cultural and Media Studies, Cinema and Creative Writing.

The deadline for proposals is 15th April 2016. We aim to deliver feedback by 22nd April 2016.

Places are limited and successful participants will be decided on by a committee including the PGR director and current PhD students at Keele. We welcome 250 word abstracts, which should also include your name, institutional affiliation, email address and proposed paper title. These should be sent as an email attachment to keelepghumanitiessymposium@gmail.com

We are pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries to cover rail travel for external presenters, and these should be applied for on registration. For further information on this facility and for general enquiries please contact: keelepghumanitiessymposium@gmail.com

Dr. Kathleen Cushing, Director of Postgraduate Research in the Humanities

PhD student committee: Kimberley Braxton, Gemma Scott, Rob Croton