Doctoral Training Days:
Philosophy and Sociology of Science
Poetry and Science
13-14 January 2011, Manchester and Salford
Applications are now open for the fourth event in this two-year AHRC funded doctoral training programme to teach the ‘Theories and Methods’ of projects that connect literature, science and medicine. There will be twenty funded places for doctoral students to apply for accommodation and travel.
Day 1: Philosophy and Sociology of Science for Literature and History Students (Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at the University of Manchester).
Workshops and seminar discussion of key theorists in the philosophy and sociology of science, such as Kuhn, Popper, and Feyerband.
Day 2: Poetry and Science – poetry written by scientists and poetry informed by science from the eighteenth to the twenty-first centuries. (University of Salford).
Teaching team to include: Hasok Chang (Cambridge), John Holmes (Reading), Sharon Ruston (Salford), James Sumner (Manchester), Stephanie Snow (Manchester), Michael Whitworth (Merton College, Oxford).
Applications due 1 December 2010
See http://litscimed.org.uk/page/event4 for more information and application forms
An excellent short talk from Cumberland Lodge and eminent careers adviser Douglas Board, on how to think about the strengths and supposed weaknesses of your PhD skills.
(Links directly to an audio file)
The Leverhulme funded research network ‘Commodities and Culture in the Colonial World 1851-1914′ have announced details of their first workshop, to be held 5-7 July 2010.
Three postgraduate bursaries have also been announced, comprising a waiver of
the registration fee, 2 nights accommodation in London and meals during
Postgraduate students wishing to apply should send 300 words outlining their
research and its relevance to the network, and also send a CV. Please email
these to Josephine McDonagh and Sarah Easterby-Smith at
The deadline for applications is 28 May 2010. Further details are available at: http://www.commoditiesandculture.org/home.html
The Ph.D. Problem
On the professionalization of faculty life, doctoral training, and the academy’s self-renewal.
An extract from Louis Menand’s new book, The Ideas Marketplace. Menand is a brilliant commentator on the state of current academic training – if you’ve ever had a moment of unease about how doctoral programs operate, the rhetoric of professionalization, or the seemingly unmanageable gulf between far-reaching creative work and the demands of academic life, this is essential reading (AW).