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Postgraduate Ethnographic Writing Workshop 2019 - Durham University

Postgraduate Ethnographic Writing Workshop 2019

Each year the Writing Across Boundaries Project runs an intensive, two-day, residential workshop for social science PhD students in their third year to explore analytical and practical approaches to writing and offers participants an opportunity to reflect on the writing process itself as a form of social science thinking.

The next Writing Across Boundaries workshop will take place on the 4th and 5th of April 2019 at The Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University.

Eligible Participants

The workshop is for PhD students in the social sciences in their third year of study, who:

  • Are interested in the practice and product of ethnographic writing as a particular way of conveying a contextual understanding of lived reality by drawing on a range of specific methods including, for instance, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, archival research, visual analysis, life-histories and surveys.

  • Are at the point of translating this data into written out-put for a thesis; and
  • Have completed their fieldwork and have data that they have begun to process


The provisional programme for the workshop will be available soon, but we are delighted to confirm the participation of Professor Bob Simpson (Durham) and Dr Sarah Winkler-Reid (Newcastle).

How to Apply

There are only 30 places available on our 2019 workshop. If you are interested in attending please complete our online application form by Monday, February 4th 2019 (5pm). Candidates will then be contacted by the Project Team by Friday, February 22nd 2019 (5pm) as to whether they have been selected to join the workshop. (Please note a slight change in dates from earlier announcements).

The online application form requires a letter of support from your principal supervisor to be attached. This letter is crucial in evaluating your application, as it is important that the needs of participants are closely matched as possible to the style and content of the workshop.

Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.


The workshop registration is free for those from our regional and Northern Irish universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside, Sunderland, Queens and Ulster). For those from outside the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership, we are charging £60. This includes lunch on both days and an evening hot buffet on the 4th of April.

There will be limited overnight accommodation available at one of the Durham University Colleges, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of April if needed, for £52 per night. If you accept a place on the workshop, you will be provided with a link to book your own accommodation online. Unfortunately we are not able to assist with accommodation or travel costs for any of the participants.

Further Information

Please contact Cathrine Degnen on , or Tom Yarrow on , if you require any further information about the Writing Across Boundaries workshop.

Tue 22 January 2019, 17:00

Applications are open for candidates to apply for an ESRC-Turing Studentship at the University of Birmingham

The Midlands Graduate School ESRC DTP is offering one Project-Linked ESRC-Turing Doctoral studentship in conjunction with The Alan Turing Institute for October 2019 entry. The project will be undertaken as part of at the Department of Economics, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham to be supervised by Professor Ganna Pogrebna (ESRC-Turing Fellow, University of Birmingham). The student will be registered at the Department of Economics, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham but will spend the majority of the programme at The Alan Turing Institute in its headquarters at the British Library.

For further details regarding the project available and information on how to apply please see here.

The deadline for applications to apply for the ESRC-Turing Project-Linked studentship is: 7 February, 2019 at 12 noon (GMT)

For any enquiries regarding this position, please contact

Fri 18 January 2019, 10:28

MGS Student Eleonora Alabrese referenced in the Independent

Many congratulations to our Midland Graduate School funded student Eleonora Alabrese from the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, who has been referenced in the Independent newspaper. Eleonora's joint-authored study with Dr Thiemo Fetzer ‘Who is NOT voting for Brexit anymore?’ was quoted by the Independent in their article ‘Brexit voters hit by austerity now realise how EU membership benefits them, new academic study finds’ available online here:

Fri 07 December 2018, 15:51

ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme - Applications now open

Applications for ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship competition with the Midlands Graduate School commencing in October 2019 are now open. The final deadline for applications is 16.00 on Friday 22nd March 2019 although there are earlier individual institutional deadlines that may apply.

For further information on how to apply and to access the relevant application forms please visit:

Fri 23 November 2018, 14:00

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MGS Events Calendar

Please see the above link for the full events calendar. A selection of our upcoming events are listed below.

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