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Durham University

Department of English Studies

January 2012 Prospective Postgraduate Newsletter

Inventions of the Text seminar series

Inventions of the Text is a fortnightly staff-student seminar series in the Department of English Studies. Run by postgraduate students, it is an opportunity for students and staff to present their research and to contribute to lively debate.

Speakers at the seminars include academics at other universities, and academics and postgraduate students from within Durham.

This term, seminars include Dr Katy Mullin (Leeds) discussing barmaids in Victorian and Modern literature; Durham postgraduate student David Varley on the witch-queen in Old Norse literature; and other presentations by Dr Laura Marcus (Oxford) and by Jahnavi Misra and Agata Wozniak (Durham).

Details of forthcoming seminars, and podcasts of previous talks are available to download from the Inventions of the Text website.

Faculty of Arts postgraduate funding deadline

Details of funding opportunities for prospective MA and PhD students have recently been released on the Faculty of Arts website.

Durham's funding competition includes both Durham and research council (AHRC) bursaries for MA study, and Durham and AHRC Doctoral Studentships for PhD research. The closing date for awards is Monday 27th February.

English events in and around Durham

As the Inventions of the Text seminars featured in this newsletter show, Durham's Department of English Studies hosts an active programme of lectures and events for and by postgraduate students.

However, Durham is situated within a rich cultural hub in North East England. Local universities, museums, libraries and galleries put on a wide range of other activities that are of interest to our postgraduate students and researchers.

To help you to keep track of these opportunities, the Department sends out a monthly email listing of all "English Events" at Durham and in the wider region. As a prospective postgraduate student, you should be automatically enrolled to receive these newsletters. Do watch out for these arriving in your inbox around the start of every month.