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  • SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities

    A r t s & H u m a n i t i e s

    G r a d u a t e S t u d i e s N e w s l e t t e r

    WELCOME to the second issue of the School of Arts and

    Humanities Graduate Studies Newsletter.

    For many postgraduate students

    at Stirling, March is the mid-point

    of their learning experience at

    Stirling. Studies are in full swing,

    they are working closely with their

    tutors and the various student

    services, and new friendships are

    firmly in place. Amid the hectic

    pace of graduate life at Stirling,

    thoughts might also turn to what

    happens next.

    Responding to the varied needs of

    our students, and connecting their

    learning to future employment

    and the changing needs of the

    modern creative and cultural

    industries features strongly in

    much of the activity across the

    School. In this issue of our

    Graduate Studies Newsletter we

    have a number of fascinating

    examples of how graduate study

    in Arts & Humanities links to

    future careers or continuing

    research in related subjects areas.

    Claire Squires, Professor of

    Publishing, informs us of exciting

    opportunities for creative writing

    and publishing students, who will

    have the chance to engage with,

    and learn from, leading writers in

    a new international festival

    dedicated to crime fiction, Bloody

    Scotland.

    Cristina Johnston, Director of the

    MRes and MSc in Translation

    Studies recounts a field trip to the

    Royal Observatory in Edinburgh

    where students had the

    opportunity to meet practitioners

    and learn some of the modern

    techniques of cultural translation.

    We also have two feature articles

    from our graduate alumni, Suti

    Sahariah and Stefanie Van Der

    Peer, about their post-Stirling

    careers in both industry and

    academia. Both Suti and Stefanie

    are among a growing network of

    international alumni associated

    with Arts & Humanities at Stirling,

    and Tim Fitzgerald discusses what

    internationalisation means for

    both staff and students at the

    university.

    We encourage our research

    students to engage with a wider

    academic community wherever

    possible. In this issue we feature a

    range of research symposia and

    activities involving our students.

    This includes a short report from

    our first Postgraduate Research

    Conference held in January. Run

    by students for students, the

    event proved a huge success, and

    involved students from other

    Scottish universities.

    I hope you enjoy reading our

    second issue.

    With best wishes,

    Dr Richard Haynes

    Director of Graduate Studies

    School of Arts and Humanities

    E-mail: [email protected]

    IN THIS ISSUE

    Bloody Scotland, and

    AHRC Digital Transformations

    Project: The Book Unbound

    Claire Squires

    MLitt Modern Scottish Writing

    Scott Hames

    MLitt English Language and

    Literature

    Andrew Smith

    Translation Studies at the Royal

    Observatory

    Cristina Johnston

    ASMCF, ADEFFI and SSFH

    Postgraduate Study Day

    Cristina Johnston

    What kind of Internationalization?

    Tim Fitzgerald

    Digital Media, Publishing and Law

    Media and Culture

    Graham Meikle

    New Research in Revolutions

    Launched at Stirling

    Kevin Adamson & Mike Rapport

    Arts & Humanities Alumni

    Stephanie Van De Peer, Suti

    Sahariah, Sophie Jones

    New Law Appointments

    Postgraduate Conference Report

    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

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    Bloody Scotland

    Claire Squires

    Staff and students at Stirling will

    be teaming up with Bloody

    Scotland a new international

    crime festival to be held in Stirling

    from 14-16 September 2012. The

    festival will feature some of

    Scotlands biggest crime writers,

    including Ian Rankin, who spoke

    at the recent press launch of the

    festival revealing that the climax

    of his new novel The Impossible

    Dead takes place in Stirling. A

    number of international crime

    writing stars will also be joining

    the Scottish contingent in Stirling.

    Bloody Scotland is going to be

    working in collaboration with

    Stirlings Creative Writing courses

    and the Stirling Centre for

    International Publishing and

    Communication for Creative

    Friday: a series of creative

    writing events including

    workshops, masterclasses, and a

    publishers and agents forum.

    There will also be internship

    opportunities for our students at

    the festival. More details to

    come but dont go down any

    dark alleyways in the meantime.

    AHRC Digital

    Transformations

    Project: The Book

    Unbound

    Weve just heard that the Stirling

    Centre for International

    Publishing and Communication

    has been awarded a grant from

    the AHRC in its Digital

    Transformations Research

    Development call.

    Our project, The Book Unbound:

    Disruption and Disintermediation

    in the Digital Age, will be led by

    the Centres Director, Professor

    Claire Squires, with Dr Padmini

    Ray Murray (Lecturer in

    Publishing Studies) and Dr Paula

    Morris (Lecturer in Creative

    Writing) as Co-Investigators. The

    staff team will be completed by

    Scott Russell, as an External

    Consultant. Well also be working

    with the Electric Bookshop in

    order to present some of our

    findings, and there will also be

    opportunities for collaborations

    between creative writing and

    publishing students.

    The project will examine changing

    business models in the digital

    publishing environment and their

    impact on the communications

    circuit and notions of authority,

    authorship, audiences and access.

    It will do this both via a series of

    case studies, and an experimental

    mode (live publishing watch this

    space!).

    Well have a new website up with

    full details of the project soon,

    but if youd like any information

    about it in the meantime, please

    get in touch via our Contact page.

    For more information on

    Publishing programmes, visit,

    http://www.publishing.stir.ac.uk/

    courses/mlitt-in-publishing-

    studies/ or e-mail Claire Squires,

    [email protected]

    BLOODY SCOTLAND

    Staff and students at Stirling will be teaming up with

    Bloody Scotland, a new international crime festival to

    be held in Stirling from 14-16 September 2012.

    http://www.bloodyscotland.com/

    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

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    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

    Modern Scottish

    Writing

    Scott Hames/Suzanne

    Gilbert

    Its an exciting time to study

    Scottish culture. As the

    independence debate intensifies,

    fresh attention is being paid to

    the role of Scottish writers in

    shaping political identities and

    the writers themselves are being

    claimed on both sides of the

    constitutional question. Just

    yesterday the Prime Minister

    began a speech celebrating the

    Union by invoking Walter Scott

    and Robert Louis Stevenson;

    elsewhere, James Kelman and Liz

    Lochhead are positioned as

    Braveheart nationalists by

    media commentators who seem

    not to have read much of these

    writers work. Each of these

    alignments is simplistic, and ripe

    for further debate.

    In this spirit Dr Scott Hames is

    editing a collection of essays by

    30 writers on the independence

    debate, to be published by Word

    Power books at the end of 2012.

    Figures including Alasdair Gray,

    A.L. Kennedy, Alan Warner and

    Kathleen Jamie have agreed to

    take part, and five writers from

    the book project will publish brief

    versions of their essays in The

    Times newspaper in the coming

    weeks.

    New activity abounds. A student

    reading group on Scottish

    literature will be launched at

    Stirling in the coming months,

    and the web presence of the

    Centre for Scottish studies is

    being revamped to include a new

    blog. Among our postgraduate

    students, Meghan McAvoy

    recently gave a paper on the

    politics of the Scottish folksong

    revival at the University of

    Strathclyde, while Barbara

    Leonardi is preparing for

    conferences in Finland and

    Malta, where shell present

    research on James Hogg a new

    edition of whose Scottish

    Pastoral will shortly be published

    by Dr Suzanne Gilbert. Busy and

    energising times in the study of

    Scottish literature.

    For more information on the

    MLitt Modern Scottish Writing,

    visit -

    http://www.english.stir.ac.uk/po

    stgraduate/taught-

    degrees/msw.php or e-mail the

    Programme Directors, Scott

    Hames at [email protected]

    or Suzanne Gilbert at

    [email protected]

    MLitt English

    Language and

    Linguistics

    Andrew Smith

    Our new MLitt in English

    Language and Linguistics was

    successfully launched in

    September with a vibrant and

    highly motivated group of part-

    time students on the

    foundational Structures of

    Language module. We will

    continue this Spring into a more

    intensive examination of specific

    areas of study through specialist

    option modules, including

    Sociolinguistics and Varieties of

    English and Historical Linguistics

    and the History of English.

    On the research front, a very

    enlightening and well-attended

    symposium on Communication

    and Interaction: Applications for

    Healthcare was organised in

    Stirling in January by Bethan

    Benwell and May McCreadie,

    which explored the use of

    Conversation Analysis in

    therapeutic and nursing contexts.

    Over the next few months, ELL

    staff will be presenting their

    research to a variety of different

    groups, including international

    conferences (EVOLANG, Kyoto),

    international workshops

    (Bologna) and local research

    groups (Edinburgh).

    For up-to-date news on English

    Language and Linguistics at

    Stirling, visit www.ell.stir.ac.uk

    For more information on the

    MLitt English Language and

    Literature, visit -

    http://www.ell.stir.ac.uk/English

    _Language_and_Linguistics_at_St

    irling/Home.html or e-mail the

    Programme Director, Andrew

    Smith at

    [email protected]

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    Translation Studies at

    the Royal Observatory

    Cristina Johnston

    In Autumn 2011, the students on

    Stirlings MRes in Translation

    Studies and MSc in Translation

    Studies and TESOL travelled to

    the Royal Observatory in

    Edinburgh for a site visit as part

    of their coursework on a module

    examining Cultural Translation.

    The students spent a morning at

    the Observatory on Blackford Hill,

    meeting first with William Taylor

    and then with Karen Moran.

    William is a PhD student who

    works as a Science Communicator

    at the Observatory and on

    outreach projects, bringing

    astronomy and aspects of his own

    research to a wide range of

    audiences. Karen is the

    Observatorys Librarian and is

    responsible for the Crawford

    Collection with its 15000 items

    charting the history of astronomy

    and the Observatory across the

    centuries and across languages.

    The aim of these site visits, is for

    the students to get an

    opportunity to meet with

    practitioners whose everyday

    work involves the communication

    of ideas across disciplinary and

    linguistic boundaries, often

    having to translate or adapt

    information for non-specialist

    audiences. In this way, the

    students are able to reflect on

    different means of

    communication, different forms

    that can be taken by the same

    message, and ultimately on their

    own practice as budding linguistic

    translators.

    In the Spring semester, the

    students will follow up on their

    Observatory site visit with a visit

    of the National Library of

    Scotland, where they will spend a

    few hours with Chris Taylor, who

    works with the NLSs foreign

    language holdings.

    For further information on

    Translation Studies, visit this

    page -

    http://www.stir.ac.uk/postgradua

    te/programme-

    information/prospectus/slcr/tran

    slation-studies or contact Dr

    Cristina Johnston,

    [email protected]

    ASMCF, ADEFFI and

    SSFH Postgraduate

    Study Day

    Martin Verbeke and Angus

    MacDonald, who are both

    currently writing PhDs on aspects

    of French and Francophone

    culture, will be presenting papers

    at the annual Study Day

    organised by the Association for

    the Study of Modern and

    Contemporary France at the

    University of Sheffield on 3rd

    March. Martins paper will be

    entitled A Sociolinguistic

    Analysis of French Rap Music: The

    Importance of Teaching Familiar

    and Vulgar French and French

    Slang at University while Angus

    will be speaking on New French

    horror and the trauma of the

    future. The Study Day will also

    include two professional

    development sessions focusing

    on topics such as academic

    publishing and research in action

    and Martin and Angus will be

    presenting their work alongside

    Postgraduate students from

    across the UK and Ireland.

    TRANSLATION STUDIES

    View an introductory video on Translation Studies by the Programme Director, Dr Cristina Johnston.

    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

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    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

    New Research in

    Revolutions Launched

    at Stirling

    Kevin Adamson and

    Mike Rapport

    Mike Rapport and Kevin

    Adamson of the Universitys

    School of Arts and

    Humanities have launched a

    research initiative in

    comparative revolution

    studies with a piece in

    History Workshop Online

    looking at the Domino

    Revolutions of 1848, 1989

    and 2011, of interest to

    students following MRes and

    PhD programmes focused on

    the study of revolutions.

    Further information can be

    found here -

    http://www.historyworkshop

    .org.uk/the-domino-

    revolutions-1848-1989-2011-

    2/ and find our group on

    Facebook

    [Picture above of protestors in

    Tahrir Square, Cairo, 2011,

    attached copyright Mostafa

    Heddaya, permission kindly

    given for use from American

    Circus magazine amcircus.com]

    What kind of

    internationalization?

    Some thoughts from the

    Underground

    Tim Fitzgerald

    Tim Fitzgerald, Jamal Bahmad,

    Shani Zour, Sean Frye, Martin

    Verbeke and other PG's have been

    asking about the concept of

    Internationalization, what it means,

    and how raising its profile can

    enhance the position of PG's at

    Stirling. There are various groups

    and actions at Stirling concerned

    with Internationalization but they

    have very different aims from each

    other. For example, the Students'

    International Society is a social

    student union club, which anyone

    can join. Its current president is

    undergraduate student Alexandra

    Cron. We joined them in

    Underground recently for a

    welcome event and enjoyed the

    social atmosphere.

    However, our group has been

    thinking a lot about how we can

    not only encourage social

    interaction but also raise the

    profile of 'international' research

    topics and the international

    backgrounds of their researchers.

    The greatest interest so far has

    been expressed in favour of raising

    money to invite genuinely

    prominent and influential

    intellectuals from non-European

    countries - from Africa, Asia,

    Oceania or Native America for

    instance. There are high-level

    debates going on around the

    world, which we have much to

    learn from, because researchers

    and thinkers in those countries are

    dealing with issues they know

    about at first hand and which

    might challenge and shift our

    'western' theoretical perspectives.

    We are interested in pursuing

    further discussion with a wider

    range of Stirling PG's. If anyone is

    aware of other internationalization

    ventures at Stirling, or would be

    willing to share some ideas with us

    about raising the profile of PG's

    with international backgrounds or

    international topics, then please

    feel free to contact any one of us.

    We'd be happy to hear your views

    on these issues, such as which

    prominent scholar to invite and

    how to fund the invitation, how

    and where to set it up, and how to

    promote such an event. We're also

    interested in hearing ideas about

    how to publicise and maximise the

    visibility of the international

    postgraduate community and

    research, and any other additional

    activities we ought to consider.

    Dr Timothy Fitzgerald

    Reader in Religion

    [email protected]

    http://www.criticalreligion.stir.ac.u

    k/

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    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

    Digital Media,

    Publishing and Law

    Graham Meikle

    The new MLitt in Digital Media,

    Publishing and Law launches in

    September 2012. This is a

    Masters degree about the

    important developments that are

    shaping the creative industries. It

    offers students the opportunity

    to explore legal, theoretical and

    industry perspectives on digital

    communications, on

    contemporary cultural industries,

    and on the law of copyright and

    intellectual property. Were very

    excited about this degree, says

    programme director Dr Graham

    Meikle. Its an innovative and

    original programme that draws

    on some of the best existing

    degrees we offer here at Stirling,

    and combines these into a new

    and flexible Masters.

    Students will take core modules

    in digital media, in the dynamics

    of the publishing industries, and

    in intellectual property law. They

    will also take optional modules

    which let them specialise in

    aspects of media, and/or law,

    and/or publishing studies.

    Candidates for the Masters can

    choose to concentrate on media

    classes, where they can learn

    about advertising, about media

    economics, about journalism and

    digital media, or about media

    policy and regulation. They might

    decide to concentrate on

    publishing studies, where they

    will learn about marketing

    management, editing, and

    content creation. Or they might

    decide to concentrate on law,

    where they can take classes in

    the law of information

    technology, sports law or

    intellectual property. Or you

    could combine parts of all of

    these into the Masters

    programme thats best for you,

    says Dr Meikle.

    This masters in Digital Media,

    Publishing and Law is for people

    who want to better understand

    contemporary communication,

    and its legal, regulatory and

    industrial contexts. Its for those

    who work in the creative

    industries or who want to work in

    those industries in the future.

    And its for those who recognise

    that their careers will benefit

    from gaining a competitive edge

    in a market that values high-level

    skills in communication, research

    and critical thinking.

    More details here:

    http://www.fmjpg.stir.ac.uk/digit

    al-media-publishing-and-law

    DIGITAL MEDIA,

    PUBLISHING AND

    LAW

    View an introductory video on Digital Media, Publishing and Law by the Programme Director, Dr Graham Meikle.

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    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

    Media and Culture

    Graham Meikle

    MLitt in Media and Culture

    programme director Dr Graham

    Meikle published his latest book in

    December 2011. Co-authored with

    Dr Sherman Young of Macquarie

    University in Sydney, Australia, the

    book is called Media Convergence:

    Networked Digital Media in

    Everyday Life. This book is about

    how networked digital media are

    being used to bring together

    people and ideas, images and

    texts, industries and technologies

    in new ways - media convergence.

    The book explores the

    development of the Internet, the

    rise of social media, the global

    expansion and consolidation of the

    major media corporations, and the

    new opportunities for audiences to

    create, remix, collaborate upon

    and share their own media. The

    book focuses on how everyday

    media - such as Facebook, iTunes

    and Google - can be understood in

    new ways for the twenty-first

    century through ideas of

    convergence.

    "Media are what we do. With this

    deceptively simple yet particularly

    powerful assertion, Meikle and

    Young successfully benchmark

    contemporary media" -- Mark

    Deuze, author Media Life.

    "Meikle and Young's 'Media

    Convergence' is intelligent,

    sensible, precise and timely" --

    David Gauntlett, author Making is

    Connecting.

    You can download the introduction

    here, and get a good idea of whats

    involved in the core spring module

    MCCPX1 Digital Cultures

    http://www.palgrave.com/product

    s/title.aspx?pid=344515

    Two new option modules will be

    offered in 2012 as part of the MLitt

    in Media and Culture.

    MCCPX8 News, Journalism and

    Digital Media explores the news

    environment of the twenty-first

    century an environment that is

    both broadcast and broadband.

    Content, distribution channels,

    geographical constraints,

    production values, business

    models, regulatory approaches and

    cultural habits are all changing as

    new media technologies are

    adopted and adapted by users,

    often in unexpected ways. Cheap

    hardware and software allow

    anyone to blog or comment, calling

    into question the distinction

    between news and views.

    Ubiquitous mobiles with inbuilt

    cameras make everyone a

    potential on-site correspondent.

    Higher-quality software and

    bandwidth bring near-broadcast

    quality to video blogs and citizen

    journalism. Platforms such as

    Twitter offer a stream of tiny

    headlines from news organisations,

    celebrities, politicians, and your

    next-door neighbour. For many

    people, the news is no longer just

    something they read, listen to or

    watch the news is now

    something they do. This module

    discusses and explores these

    developments, and sets them in

    the context of existing

    understandings of news.

    PCMPX3 Advertising introduces

    students to the theory and practice

    of advertising. The module begins

    by focusing on the key stages in

    the production of an ad campaign,

    including the role of the creative

    brief, the ways in which ads target

    very specific audiences, and the

    different media used in campaigns.

    It then goes on to explore the role

    of branding, how advertising

    creates meaning, and issues of

    regulation. You will learn how to

    analyse advertisements and

    evaluate critiques of advertising,

    and you will learn how advertising

    functions as part of an integrated

    marketing communications mix.

    For further information on the

    MLitt in Media and Culture, visit

    this page -

    http://www.fmjpg.stir.ac.uk/ or

    contact Dr Graham Meikle,

    [email protected]

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    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

    Arts and Humanities Alumni

    Suti Sahariah

    Graduated with MSc in

    Media Management in

    2009

    I graduated with a masters

    degree in media management

    from Stirling University in 2009.

    After completing my studies I

    interned with a prestigious public

    relations company in London,

    and soon got a full time job with

    a PR company in Swindon I

    worked there for one year.

    I have now returned to my home

    country India, and recently joined

    an English news channel as their

    London correspondent. I am

    currently in New Delhi; however,

    I will be posted in London and my

    job will involve reporting from

    the UK and Europe on stories of

    global importance or that have

    relevance to the Indian audience

    at large.

    I worked as a journalist in India

    before going to Stirling, but my

    objective of doing a degree in

    media management was to gain

    an understanding of

    management issues and

    challenges facing the media

    industry in general. I also wanted

    to enhance my career prospects

    by applying the knowledge

    gained on degree in different

    media environments. I chose

    Stirling University because I liked

    the course content, and also

    because of the beauty and sports

    facilities at the campus, which

    sometimes I still miss!

    My degree at Stirling not only

    prepared me with the skills

    needed for a global media career,

    but more importantly gave me

    the confidence to explore various

    media related sectors where the

    learning could be applied. I was

    able to use my media research

    and strategic management skills

    things learnt in my degree- to a

    great effect whilst working in

    public relations in England. Now

    as a journalist, the understanding

    of the UK media environment is

    becoming handy to quickly nail

    down the news sources.

    Overall, I really enjoyed my

    studies and stay in Stirling and

    hope the same for present and

    future students.

    Alumni Careers Visit

    by Sophie Jones

    Former Media Management

    graduate, Sophie Jones, will be

    visiting the campus in April as

    part of the universitys

    Pathfinder Careers Event.

    Sophie is Head of Corporate

    Relations for the broadcaster

    Channel 4 and graduated from

    the online programme in 2002.

    Sophie joined Channel 4 in 2008

    having previously worked in

    corporate affairs for ITN. She will

    be giving a talk on careers in the

    broadcasting industry and will be

    available to talk informally to

    students about opportunities in

    the media during a break-out

    session.

    Further details of the Pathfinder

    event being held on 16 April are

    on the Careers Development

    Centre Website:

    http://www.careers.stir.ac.uk/stu

    dents/pathfinder/

    For further information on

    Media Management, visit

    http://www.fmjpg.stir.ac.uk/

    or contact Dr Richard Haynes,

    [email protected]

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    Arts and Humanities Alumni

    MARCH 2012 GRADUATE STUDIES NEWSLETTER ISSUE 2

    Stefanie Van De Peer

    Graduated with PhD in

    French 2011

    I did my PhD in what was the

    School of Languages, Cultures

    and Religions, between 2007 and

    2011. I researched filmmaking in

    North Africa, focusing on

    documentaries made by women.

    The staff were all very supportive

    and I especially loved the

    interdisciplinary nature of

    everyones work. The

    atmosphere in the corridors was

    just so convivial and

    collaborative. I loved being there.

    Following my viva in August

    2011, I travelled to the US, where

    I had been awarded a semester-

    long research fellowship at the

    Five College Women Studies

    Research Center in

    Massachusetts

    (http://www.fivecolleges.edu/sit

    es/fcwsrc/). The experience was

    amazing, not only on an

    intellectual but also on a social

    and an emotional level. I met the

    most amazing activist feminist

    women, who inspired me to keep

    working really hard for what I

    believe in, and to keep being an

    ambitious young woman. It is

    difficult to pinpoint what exactly

    is the difference between British

    and US-based academics, but I

    feel I am now really benefiting

    from having experienced

    academia on both sides of the

    Atlantic.

    I am still working on

    transnational feminist

    documentary making and will

    continue to do so. While in my

    PhD I focused on the pioneering

    women, such as Ateyyat El

    Abnoudy, Selma Baccar, Izza

    genini and Assia Djebar, I now

    look at the younger generations

    making documentaries in the

    Maghreb, Egypt and also in the

    Levant. I am simultaneously

    anxious and excited about what

    is happening in the Maghreb and

    the rest of the Arab world during

    the Arab Revolutions. I think it

    can potentially open doors for

    women documentary makers,

    and indeed it is already doing so.

    Nadia El Fani from Tunisia, a few

    other young filmmakers in Egypt

    and some women in Syria, like

    Soudade Kaadan and Reem Ali,

    are confronting their recent

    history head on. Women in Syria

    are using the revolution as a

    backdrop and central theme to

    new films, shot digitally and

    secretly.

    I have recently published a few

    articles on Syrian filmmakers, and

    am working on a publication that

    talks about how animation is

    used in documentaries from the

    Middle East, confronting issues of

    representability and reality. A

    book on Art and Trauma in

    Africa, co-edited with Lizelle

    Bisshoff (University of

    Edinburgh), will be published

    with IB Tauris in May 2012.

    I now work as a senior research

    fellow at the Winchester School

    of Art at Southampton University

    (http://www.southampton.ac.uk/

    wsa), where we are setting up a

    new research centre, called the

    Centre for Global Futures in Art,

    Design and Media. We are

    organizing exhibitions, events

    and film screenings, and

    attempting to bring academic

    research into the wider

    community, thinking about how

    it can benefit society and how

    society can influence research. I

    find it all very exciting. Being in

    an arts school is different again

    from what I am used to, but it is

    extremely stimulating and makes

    for interesting brain gymnastics. I

    am for example absolutely in the

    right place to write a paper on

    graphic art and animation in

    documentaries combining high

    arts with activism. The rector of

    the School is Palestinian artist

    Bashir Makhoul, who is a total

    inspiration. I am very lucky to be

    here, now.

    For further information about

    PhD opportunities in French,

    Spanish, Global Cinema or

    Religion at Stirling, please see

    www.slcr.stir.ac.uk

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    A&H New Law Appointments Dr Raphael Heffron Raphaels research interests are in energy and electricity policy and in particular on low carbon emitting energy. Of particular

    importance is the aim to understand the legal challenges involved in planning for energy infrastructure projects focusing on the

    EU and the US. Raphael's other research interests include competition, planning and public law and policy. Prior to taking up his

    appointment at the University of Stirling, Raphael was a member of the Electricity Policy Research Group at the University of

    Cambridge where he is in the final stages of completing his PhD. Before attending Cambridge, Raphael trained as a barrister

    (Barrister-at-Law), and was called to the Bar in July 2007 in the Republic of Ireland. He holds degrees from Trinity College Dublin

    (BA, MA), the University of St. Andrews (MLitt), and the University of Cambridge (MPhil). In the past he has held visiting

    positions at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA (visiting student), The University of Texas at Austin, TX, USA

    (visiting scholar), and the British Institute for International and Comparative Law (visiting research fellow). Raphael has been

    involved as a Teaching Assistant/Supervisor in 10 courses at the University of Cambridge, including Technology Policy, Business

    Law, and Nuclear Energy Policy at Masters (MPhil and MBA) level. Raphael is a member of the International Nuclear Lawyers

    Association and the International Bar Association, and European Nuclear Energy Forum Nuclear Legal Roadmap Group.

    Dr Oles Andriychuk Dr Oles Andriychuk studied law in Ukraine (Lutsk, Kyiv), the Czech Republic (Charles University in Prague) and Italy (European

    University Institute, Florence). His main research is focused on the philosophical aspects of European competition law, exploring

    the phenomena of economic freedom and competition from the perspective of legal, political and moral philosophy. He has also

    published articles in the area of jurisprudence and legal theory, European law, antitrust law, constitutional law, media law and

    the theory of adjudication. Before moving to Stirling he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the ESRC Centre for Competition

    Policy (University of East Anglia). He also taught Competition Law; Law and Morality (Jurisprudence) and EU Law at the UEA Law

    School. His research has been recently presented at the various international (Bonn, EUI Florence, Frankfurt, Tilburg) and

    domestic (KCL, Oxford, UCL, QMUL) forums. The most representative publication, which outlines his main normative and

    methodological research questions is Oles Andriychuk, 'Rediscovering the Spirit of Competition: On the Normative Value of the

    Competitive Process', European Competition Journal, Vol. 6, No. 3, 2010

    (http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=1781512).

    Dr Beln Olmos Giupponi Dr Beln Olmos Giupponi is an Assistant Professor of International Law and International Relations at Rey Juan Carlos University

    in Madrid. She was born in Argentina, where she worked as an attorney and taught International Law during the period 1998-

    2000. In 2004 she earned a Ph.D. in Law from the University Carlos III. She holds an M.A. in Human Rights (University Carlos III)

    and a Magister in International Relations (Advanced Studies Centre, Argentina). Author and editor of various books: Human

    rights and regional integration in Latin America and the Caribbean (2006), New Perspectives of Democratic Principle in America

    (2007), The Law of MERCOSUR/Edited with M. Franca Filho and L. Lixinski (Hart, 2010) and Climate change, human rights and

    the environment (2011). She has also published fifteen articles in peer-reviewed science journals. Her research has been

    featured in journals in economic integration and cooperation, human rights, environmental law and international migrations.

    She was a Max Weber Postdoctoral Fellow at the European University Institute (2007/2009) and, previously, a Research Fellow

    at the Istituto di Studi Giuridici Internazionali (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche) in Rome in 2006 and at the Centre de

    Recherche sur les Identits Nationales et l'Interculturalit (CRINI) of the University of Nantes - France- in 2005.

    MARCH 2012 ISSUE 2

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    Graduate Studies School of Arts and Humanities University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA Tel: 01786 467592 E-mail: [email protected] http://www.stir.ac.uk/schools/arts-and-humanities

    CALENDAR:

    APRIL

    23rd World Book Night book

    domino rally. For more details

    contact [email protected]

    MAY

    3rd - Industry Advisory Board,

    Publishing Showcase and 30th

    Anniversary Alumni Event For

    more details contact

    [email protected]

    SEPTEMBER

    The Bloody Scotland Masterclasses, in association with crime writing festival Bloody Scotland For more details go to http://www.bloodyscotland.com/

    MARCH 2012 ISSUE 2

    Postgraduate

    Conference

    On January 27th, 2012 over 40

    postgraduate students from

    Scotland and beyond gathered to

    take part in Funding the Future:

    Ensuring Research

    Development, a workshop

    organised by Stirling PhD and

    Masters students. Aimed at

    broadening postgraduates

    understanding of research

    funding, the workshop began

    with a presentation from Daniela

    Bolle, Research Development

    Manager at the University of

    Stirling, on the key steps to take

    when applying for funding. Next,

    six postgraduates discussed their

    topics and spurred energetic

    debate around research

    methodologies, challenges for,

    and interdisciplinary

    opportunities. Overall the day

    reaffirmed the diversity and

    value of postgraduate research whilst forging new friendships and academic ties.

    Presenters

    The AHRC and the Grant

    Application Process - Ms. Daniela

    Bolle, Research Development

    Manager (University of Stirling)

    Musical Interventions in the

    Treatment of Anxiety - Ellen

    Spaeth (University of Edinburgh)

    The Future of Food - Francesco

    Buscemi (University of Stirling)

    Theological Reflections on

    Criminal Justice in Melville's

    Bartleby - Katja Neumann

    (University of Stirling)

    Hyperculturality and Transparency

    - Judith Kahl (University of Dundee)

    Redefining Religious Concepts

    through Popular Television: The

    Second Coming - Gemma Carroll

    (University of Stirling)

    Multi-disciplinary PhD: framing

    the proposal within AHRC award

    scheme - Val Dufeu (University of

    Stirling)

    NEXT ISSUE: MAY 2012

    Items for next issue: send to [email protected] by 20 April 2012