Monthly round-up: October 2017

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SGSAH also run an annual ‘Welcome event’ which is happening on November 10th at the National Museum of Scotland. This is a great chance to meet other Arts & Humanities students from across Scotland. It promises to be an inspiring and useful day where you can find out more about SGSAH’s funding competitions, training events, doctoral internships and artist residencies. Sign up here.

This month on the SGSAH blog

We kicked off October with this imaginative comparison between ballet and PhD research from Julie Holder, who suggested that ‘every criticism is a helping hand’. An important lesson to learn early on in the PhD journey!

On a similar theme, resident SGSAH Blogger Jo Rodgers wrote about the essential ingredients for a successful long-distance challenge in this article about completing the Great Scottish Run in Glasgow.

October saw people across the world tweeting as part of #WorldMentalHealthDay – we had two posts which touched on this topic. Ianto Jocks wrote about his time at the TransPositions Summer School in Utrecht and took the opportunity to reflect on the importance of recharging and rediscovering enthusiasm towards the end of the PhD. Jo Rodgers also discussed challenges around mental health and research, pondering how best to cope with imposter syndrome and PhD anxiety in this post.


A view of the Athenian acropolis from the Areopagus hill which Ambra visited as part of her ‘Summer of Epigraphy’


We moved to sunnier climes the following week with this article from Ambra Allison Ghiringhelli who wrote about her ‘Summer of Epigraphy’ in Athens, with plenty of envy-inducing pictures included! Then Jo Rodgers contributed a reflective article, contemplating her first year’s highs and lows. The final post this month was from Mirjam Eiswirth, who wrote about spending three weeks in Sweden at an intensive language summer school – an insight into a challenging but unforgettable experience.


This article has some excellent reading recommendations and useful advice, especially for those of us earlier in the PhD journey:  ‘What I know now that I wish I’d known when I started‘.

Retweeted as part of #WorldMentalHealthDay, this article from earlier in the year is a timely reminder to PhD students that our mental health should always be a priority: ‘How to Look After Your Mental Health as a Postgraduate‘.

Another blog on this topic came from the Pubs & Publications team who advocate taking breaks, putting your PhD into perspective and knowing where to go for advice.

I really enjoyed this article from the FindaPhD site, although #2 is definitely biased towards cat owners – I can confirm that dogs also make excellent research assistants! ‘Spoiler Warning! 11 Things That Will (Almost Certainly) Happen during Your PhD’

Riley side eye

Riley the resident PhD dog is giving some serious side-eye at the idea of cats as research assistants

This blog post from the Scottish History Network provides a fascinating insight into the history & heritage of the suffragette movement in the North East of Scotland, on the eve of the centenary of limited suffrage for women in 2018.

Calls for papers/submissions

  • The Association of Critical Heritage Studies Conference 2018 has opened its call for papers, including a session co-chaired by resident SGSAH Blogger Jo Rodgers (Find this call for papers under ‘Session 055: Bounded and Loose: Encountering and Transgressing the Conceptual Borders between Planned and Unplanned Spaces of Heritage’)
  • These opportunities are promoted by SGSAH and open to all doctoral researchers within Arts & Humanities
  • SGSAH are also looking for guest blog articles: find guidelines for submission and contact details here
  • Many of these CfPs on the Postgraduate Gender Research Network of Scotland are still open for submissions
  • The Graphic Justice Research Alliance is a multidisciplinary research network exploring the crossover between law and justice and comics of all kinds. They have a call for submissions here
  • 4th International St Magnus Conference Call for Papers ‘Alternative Fact and Actual Fiction: Constructing the Social Narrative’, Orkney Islands, Scotland, 16 -18 April 2018
  • Call for Papers — Cultural Trends Special Issue: After the Creative Economy
welcome event

The SGSAH Welcome event is coming up on 10th November


  • SGSAH are recruiting for a new blogger: deadline 19th November. Details here
  • The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow are hosting an Artist in Residence Workshop on 20th November
  • The History Girls are hosting a free workshop on ‘how as a country we should commemorate our influential women’ as part of Paisley 2021
  • The AHRC-funded ‘Reflections on the Centenary of the First World War: Learning and Legacies for the Future’ project will launch its online public survey on the 11th Find out more here
  • The Pubs & Publications blog are looking for new Committee members, and they offer 5 convincing reasons why you should apply

That’s it for the monthly round-up! Don’t forget we are always seeking new guest bloggers – if you have an idea for a blog post or would like to informally discuss writing for the SGSAH blog please get in touch with Joanna via email at, or find SGSAH Blog on Twitter.

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