SGSAH November 2020 Newsletter

Published: 23 October 2020

In this edition, we bring you opportunities, noteworthy online events, achievements within our doctoral communities and more.


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The Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities (SGSAH) November 2020 Newsletter is now available. Read it here. Or see below for a unformatted and imageless version.

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Welcome to the November 2020 edition of SGSAH's monthly newsletter

In this edition, we call for proposals for our Spring into Methods 2021 programme, announce the launch of SGSAH Student Committee applications, bring you news of noteworthy workshops and events taking place in December, highlight achievements within our doctoral & alumni communities and more. Have a question? Please get in touch

Info & Updates

Spring into Methods 2021 – Call for Proposals

We at SGSAH are once again collaborating with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) on Spring into Methods to commission high quality methods training for our postgraduate researchers. We are now inviting proposals from members of staff in our affiliated HEIs to provide this interdisciplinary online training. The deadline for applications is 4pm on Friday 22 January 2021.

Find out more and submit a proposal

Applied Research Collaborative Studentships (ARCS)

The SGSAH ARCS programme funds doctoral research projects that are developed in collaboration with external organisations across creative, heritage, third and business sectors based in Scotland. We are pleased to announce the launch of the ARCS scheme for an October 2021 start. Application guidance for both HEI and industry partners applicants can be viewed here on our website.

Heritage Careers Event Overview

The SGSAH Heritage Careers Event took place online on 12th November 2020. The event allowed doctoral researchers to learn about heritage opportunities and pathways from a range of professionals working in the sector. The following topics were covered:

  • Introduction to Heritage Careers
  • From Doctorate to Heritage Career
  • The SGSAH Internship Experience
  • Applying for Jobs

Thank you to all attendees and contributors for making it an interesting and engaging event. One of our attendees stated:

“I really appreciated the honesty of the panellists, and their reflections on their experiences were very insightful in helping consider how I might go about finding where I can get a foot in the door of the heritage sector.”

If you were unable to make it on the day, don’t despair; we recorded the full event! The link below will lead you to a youtube playlist where you will be able to watch each session.

View the recordings

Black History Month Overview

As part of the National Black History Month programme in October 2020, we at SGSAH joined forces with the Scottish Graduate School of Social Science (SGSSS) to deliver a series of free ‘Lunchtime talks’ to our Doctoral communities celebrating the history, achievements and contributions of black and minority ethic people from across and beyond Scotland. Every week in October, we heard from a variety of insightful speakers and had close to 400 attendees overall tuning in to hear them, including members of the general public. The sessions were recorded, so you can watch them again here.

Take a look at our events page and subscribe to our mailing list to keep informed about upcoming events.

Read more and view recordings


SGSAH Student Committees – Applications now open!

We are looking for doctoral researchers to join us as part of our governance structure. This is a unique opportunity to join the flagship SGSAH training programme, working with your peers and our partners to build effective research communities that can support doctoral researchers to reach their full potential, while adding valuable Board/Committee member experience to your CV. If you are committed to developing your organisational and communication skills and to shaping the future of doctoral research training across the arts and humanities in Scotland, we want to hear from you! Applications are open until Monday 14 December 2020.

Find out more and apply

UKRI: New fund for public engagement related to Census 2021

Does your research make use of the census? Read on! AHRC has announced a new funding call which offers UK-based researchers up to £10,000 for innovative and ambitious public engagement activity linked to the census, to be delivered between February and April 2021. They are looking for proposals for public engagement activity that explores the role of the census in shaping our understanding of modern Britain and our changing identity. They are encouraging proposals from researchers of all career stages, from doctoral level upwards, and from across the arts, humanities, economic and social sciences. Applications are open until 15 December 2020.

Find out more and apply

Call for Papers: Symposium for Seventeenth-Century Scottish Literature

The Symposium for Seventeeth-Century Scottish Literature will take place between 11.00am and 2.30pm on the 18th and 19th of February 2021 via Zoom. Abstracts are welcome on any aspect of seventeenth-century Scottish literature, including but not limited to: literary communities; travel writing; historical writing; romance; the novel; theatre and plays; poetry; ballads; polemic; news; pamphlets; sermons; legal discourse; proto-colonialism; slavery; migration and exile; satire; manuscript culture; publics and counterpublics; nationalisms; utopianism; book history; grand narratives. The deadline for initial abstracts of no more than 200 words is 1 December 2020, with extended abstracts due 1 February 2021. Please email initial abstracts to Researchers at any stage are encouraged to submit. Click below for full information.

Find out more

Events and Training

The Scottish Arts and Humanities Alliance (SAHA) Roundtable Series - 30 Nov; 7 Dec; 14 Dec 2020

The Scottish Arts and Humanities Alliance (SAHA) is a joint initiative of ten Scottish Higher Education institutions, the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. It was established in 2019 to give a public and collective voice to the Arts and Humanities in the context of Higher Education and will also make connections as appropriate with work at a UK level to promote the value of SHAPE (social sciences, humanities and the arts for people, the economy and the environment). SAHA launches with three in-depth discussions on the following themes: post-COVID society, climate change and education policy. These will take the form of round table events, featuring arts and humanities academics, early career researchers, and practitioners. All events are free and will take place online via Zoom. 

  • The Arts & Humanities and COVID-19, Monday 30 November 1-2pm
  • The Arts & Humanities and the Environment, Monday 7 December 1-1.45pm
  • The Arts & Humanities and Education Policy, Monday 14 December 1-1.45pm
Beyond Statutes and Caselaw: Data collection during a Pandemic and Wellbeing, 11 December 2020, 10am-12pm

Organised by the Law Catalyst, this is an online two-part workshop for doctoral researchers in Law to discuss the implications of the recent lockdown for the design of their research, data collection and on their doctoral timetable.

'Digital Humanities: Humanities research in the digital age’ online course

Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP have launched a free online course: ‘Digital Humanities: Humanities research in the digital age’. The course is designed specifically for doctoral students as an introduction to this growing field of scholarship and is open to all via the Open University’s OpenLearn platform.

Find out more and access the course.

British Library Webinars for new PhD Researchers

The British Library are offering all new PhD researchers an engaging and inspirational series of introductory events on the topic of how to use the British Library’s various collections. They are all free and you can join as many as you like. However, places are limited so be sure to book in advance.


Congratulations to the following researchers for their recent viva success: Karen Mailley-Watt, 'The Glasgow Society of Lady Artists (1882-1942): A feminist sanctum of opportunity, visibility and community?', University of Glasgow and The Glasgow School of Art. Karen received funding via our ARCS program. During her research, she undertook an internship with Four Acres Charitable Trust producing the Women, War & the West End exhibition and educational resources.

Pernille Ravn-Højgaard, 'The Sonic Text: Translingualism and Transmediality in Contemporary Poetic Practices', University of Glasgow. Pernille received funding via the AHRC/SGSAH and undertook an internship with Archaeology Scotland.

Quote of the Month

"The person who says it can't be done should not interrupt the person doing it"

Puck magazine, 1902

Alumni News

SGSAH alumnus and composer, curator and artist, Luca Nasciuti, has recently released a new work: 'The Gift', part of the 'Footfalls' series on Flaming Pines. The piece is an immediate and instinctive response to Luca’s current environment, Cairo, where he now lives and it features planned field recordings, soundwalks and unplanned, improvised recordings from his daily routine and urban explorations. The series also features works by Linda O'Keeffe and Egor Klochikhin. The release comes in a pro-printed USB drive in a custom tin & digital download.

Listen here 

Connect with Luca: @lqaz

Tell us about your activities and achievements

SGSAH’s monthly newsletter is an opportunity to promote your research, teaching, awards, and other achievements, and publicise your events. Submissions are welcome from all academic staff from within our HEI members, from our wider networks, and of course from our community of PhD researchers. To submit a story, email your idea to:

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First published: 23 October 2020