Blog

Our blog posts are mostly written by researchers funded by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership or involved with its events.

An Interview with Common Ground

We had a chat with Pauline Hadaway and Sarah Feinstein, organisers of a new research community, 'Common Ground'. Back in May 2016, Pauline and Sarah convened a one-day conference, partly funded by the NWCDTP, at the University of Manchester. In their own words,...

The Art of Devolution: Culture and the North Conference review

Conference review by Bob Dickinson, PGR policy correspondent for the Art of Devolution Conference. A week before the Referendum in which Britain voted by a narrow majority to leave the EU, a conference gathered in the old studios of Granada Television in Manchester....

Placement at National Football Museum: Plunging In (Pete Kalu)

  I recently started a placement at National Football Museum, UK.  There's no doubt about the centrality of football in any analysis of UK nationalism and constructions of national identity. The terrace chants of "two world wars and one world cup", and the more ...

What Dick Whittington Learned At London Book Fair (Pete Kalu)

From a seasoned professional: “flip your ID Badge so AUTHOR doesn’t rub in the face of anybody.” My guess at the best badge name? INTERNATIONAL RIGHTS BUYER. Everyone loves an international rights buyer. By size of space and position in the hall, Hachettes is the...

Thesis Writing / You Never Step Into The Same River Twice (Pete Kalu)

  This thesis chaptering. I’ve re-arranged it umpteen times. Each time the feel is different, the emphases shift. No arrangement so far has felt remotely satisfactory. What to do? Like those portraits whose eyes follow you across the room, I see the same problem...