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

The Email Dilemma (Shelley Farrar)

This month I have learnt that I am terribly impatient. I have been waiting for writing feedback, data catalogues to choose the best museum material, responses from curators, details of the long awaited departmental building move and the looming decision of an...

Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night*

Watching on television a group of people in grief at the death of a relative after some bombing, some atrocity or even some accident, those sudden 3 second shots have always for me suggested a spontaneous expression of grief. So the idea of the performance of emotion...

The Lecturing Learning Curve (Shelley Farrar)

Looking back at the last term, I consider my increasing participation in departmental teaching to be a small achievement. I had already gained experience in human osteology lab demonstrations but guiding a small group of second year undergraduates through their lab...

Dreaming Up Ideas

I've always felt the best ideas come to me when I'm not formally paying attention to the problem: they sneak in when my guard's down and declare themselves, usually at night, when I am in a certain mood.  I've often wondered whether there could be a way of noticing...

The Invisible Man

Research takes us down strange paths.  I wonder sometimes if subconsciously I am heading to a place that I am not fully aware of, that all my explorations and creations are an attempt to make sense of something that continuously stays just out of reach. Time and...

There Is No Such Thing As A Final Draft (Pete Kalu)

I finished a novel recently about a boy who is mad about football and who goes deaf. I sent the final  manuscript off and got the nod from a publisher – they will publish it in 2015. Cue applause? If only. We dream that getting a book published will be like a ship...

How To Stare At Walls (Pete Kalu)

I’ve had another day of staring at walls. And doors. And ceilings. I’ve been reading around the critical thinker, Homi Bhabha (buzz words: liminality, mimicry, post colonial discourse, hybridity, culture). ‘Culture’ is one of the two or three most difficult words in...