Monthly Roundup: May 2017

It is time for the May monthly round up on the SGSAH blog – bringing together a collection of blog posts, articles and other stuff that may be of interest to arts & humanities PhD students.

We’ve had a slightly quieter month that usual here on the SGSAH blog while we made some changes to the appearance and functionality of the website, but we still managed to fit in some excellent guest blogposts. Alison Mayne wrote this incredibly useful post on the trials, tribulations and rewards of publishing as a PhD student, Erin Farley wrote a beautiful piece on the role Dundee plays in her research, and, of course, Birdie (the PhD dog) wrote this post on how best to care for a stressed out PhD student. Rebecca Hasler shared some thoughts on what to do when your research becomes topical, and we also had a lovely farewell post from SGSAH director Jude as she moves on to a new job. It is pretty hard to compete with that line up, but I really enjoyed writing about my own research for a change this month, in this post on the role of feminism in my PhD thesis.

Blogs & Podcasts 

I’ve given the blogs and podcasts section a subcategory of pirate themed content this month, because I can. I’ve just been seeing pirates everywhere! Why not bring them together into one bundle of pirate-y goodness?


Capture of the Pirate, Blackbeard, 1718, by Jean Leon Gerome Ferris, c. 1920. Image via Wikimedia Commons.

CFPS & Opportunities 

Events & Projects


Articles, News Stories & Other Stuff

  • This has been a pretty tough month for a lot of people, so please do remember to practice good self care and give yourselves a break now and again. I was so incredibly sad to hear the news of the passing of Grace McDermott, co-founder of the brilliant Women are Boring blog, at the start of this month. Women are Boring do an amazing job in promoting and celebrating the research carried out by women in all different fields of academia and beyond. They are understandably on a little hiatus right now, but there is a whole archive of articles to catch up on. The blog has filled a void and the networks they have formed on social media are admirable. (I am part of their Facebook forum and it is a safe, supportive and incredibly well-informed space). I did not know Grace but it is not hard to tell that she will be missed by very many people. I’d like to thank her and her co-founder Catherine Connolly for everything they have done.

That’s it for this month. We have some exciting guest posts lined up for the next few weeks, and then I’ll be back at the end of June with another round up. If you’d like to write a guest post for us, or have any links you’d like us to share, please do get in touch!

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