Tuesday 30 August 2011

Images of Research Photography Competition

We invite the research community at The University of Manchester to take part in the Images of Research Photography Competition. The theme of this year's competition is Sustainability and you can enter your image in one of the following categories:
  • People
  • Environment
  • Culture
The image could be anything that captures attention but must be related to your research. Each submission must include a 150 word abstract including an interesting title, a description of the picture and the benefits of the research. You must ensure the abstract uses plain English and is jargon-free.

In the lead-up to the Manchester Science Festival in October, shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the John Rylands Library Deansgate and online. The general public will be invited to vote for the best image and associated abstract.
  • First prize: £250 Amazon vouchers
  • Runners-up per category: £100 Amazon vouchers
  • Highly commended: £50 High Street vouchers

Friday 26 August 2011

Time in Modernism

8 December

Prof. Sascha Bru (University of Leuven): 'The Sensual Experience of Time in Modernism', followed by a roundtable discussion with Prof Jeremy Tambling (Manchester), Prof Scott McCracken (Keele) and Dr Daniela Caselli (Manchester).      

4:30pm, venue to be confirmed

Tuesday 23 August 2011

Postdoc at Warwick

English and Comparative Literary Studies

Research Fellow

£27,428 - £35,788 pa (Appointments are usually made on the first point of the salary range)

Fixed Term Contract for 3 years starting January 2012   

You will serve as a researcher on the Leverhulme Trust-funded project ‘Networks of Improvement: Literary Clubs and Societies 1760-1840’, led by Professor Jon Mee of the Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies. You will conduct independent and collaborative literary, historical and interdisciplinary research in archives and libraries in the UK and abroad. You will be responsible for designing and maintaining the project’s web-based resources and database.

You must have a PhD in a field relevant to the project‘s area of focus and be able to carry out high calibre literary/historical research and analysis, both independently and collaboratively. You should possess competency in the construction of databases and web based resources.

Closing date: 6 September 2011

Monday 22 August 2011

Manchester Blog Awards

As part of the Manchester Literature Festival, the Manchester Blog Awards are now inviting suggestions for winners in various categories. The awards celebrate the best online writing in the city.

Nominations now open:

So put your favourite blog up for an award.

(EASManchester is a blog written in Manchester, just saying...)

Go get 'em, Stefan

Required reading: Stefan Collini in the LRB responds to the Higher Education White Paper:

Tuesday 16 August 2011

Augmented Reality

EAS is working with MIMAS, JRUL, History and Italian on a project using 'Augmented Reality' to develop teaching using Special Collections, more information here:

The project will be trialled in Italian for the first semester than on the L3 course 'Milton' in EAS during the second semester.

Friday 5 August 2011

Thursday 4 August 2011


Wednesday 30 November 2011

Keynote speaker (confirmed): Prof. Mary Beard (Cambridge).

Mary Beard (Professor of Ancient History at Cambridge) is an expert on the modern reception of ancient letter-collections, as well as a well-known cultural commentator, the Classics editor of the TLS, and the author of the “Don’s Life” blog for The Times. Her work is notable for its interdisciplinary outlook.

Call for contributions:
This event aims to investigate the broad intersection between letters and biography/autobiography from antiquity to the modern period, drawing on the expertise of staff from across a range of disciplines in both the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures, and the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures.

We invite contributions from across both Schools for this one day event: historical, literary, cultural and theoretical approaches are all welcomed. We envisage that talks will be some 25-30 mins in length, but we are open to suggestions of other formats.

Potential topics might include:
•    letters and narrative/narrative in letters
•    letters and letter-collections as biography/autobiography
•    letters and the revelation/rhetoric of the self
•    the use of letters in the writing of biography/autobiography
•    what are published letter-collections for and how have readers consumed them?
•    how are published letter-collections arranged (e.g. by theme, addressee, or chronology, etc.) and why?
•    letter-collections and rise of the epistolary novel or autobiography
•    What are archives of letters for and how do researchers use them?

Contributions on other relevant areas are warmly welcomed.

The context
How are letters used by biographers, historians and storytellers? Hundreds of letter-collections of different kinds have been preserved from the pre-modern era, and the impulse to use letters to structure a narrative or to illustrate a life has remained strong to this day. But what are the connections between letters, letter-collections and biographical narrative? In the modern era, letters by famous men and women are prized source material for biographers: the letters of Michelangelo, for instance, are central to every biography of the man written between 1568 and the present day. But in the ancient world, for example, the situation was rather different: even the most prominent of ancient biographers, Plutarch, writing about one of the most famous letter-writers of antiquity, builds his Life of Cicero largely from Cicero’s great speeches, rather than his extensive correspondence. A modern biographer (or his/her readership), by contrast, might regard the absence of letters, or an inability to access them, as a serious problem. Why are letters treated differently in ancient and modern biography? To what extent is this to be explained by differences in the types of letter-collection, differences in the genre of biographical writing or the influence of other kinds of narrative, especially the modern epistolary novel?

Please send a short abstract by 31 August 2011 (100-200 words), to or to

Monday 1 August 2011

Reading lists now published

Preparatory reading lists for all EAS courses are now online:

Remember that you should be reading the key primary texts for each course over the summer.