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Spring 2012 Newsletter from Arts & Humanities

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    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


    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


    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



    Bloody Scotland, and

    AHRC Digital Transformations

    Project: The Book Unbound

    Claire Squires

    MLitt Modern Scottish Writing

    Scott Hames

    MLitt English Language and


    Andrew Smith

    Translation Studies at the Royal


    Cristina Johnston


    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



    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


    Project: The Book


    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


    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,


    studies/ or e-mail 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.




    Modern Scottish


    Scott Hames/Suzanne


    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


    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 -


    degrees/msw.php or e-mail the

    Programme Directors, Scott

    Hames at

    or Suzanne Gilbert at