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Department of Anthropology: Writing Across Boundaries


The Writing Across Boundaries project is dedicated to supporting social science researchers, and particularly those using ethnographic methods, who are seeking to engage more effectively with the practical and intellectual issues that arise in the quest to produce texts that are engaging, accurate and analytically insightful.

Writing on Writing is an initiative in which scholars who have made a significant contribution to the social sciences offer personal reflections on the process of writing. The anthropologist Dame Professor Marilyn Strathern of Cambridge University made the first contribution to the series and this has been followed by contributions from similarly eminent scholars from a wide range of disciplines. Our latest contribution comes from Michael Carrithers.

Click here for the latest information about the 2018 Writing Across Boundaries postgraduate workshop, which is taking place on 27th and 28th March 2018 at The Lindisfarne Centre, St.Aidan's College, Durham University.

In Postgraduates on Writing we publish short pieces from research postgraduates on any aspect of the process of writing in doctoral study. We hope that this feature will be a valuable resource for postgraduate students engaged in writing their dissertations and we welcome contributions. The latest contributions come from Soibam Haripriya, with Abandoned Chapters, a poem about writing a PhD; and Sarah Russell, with Doctorate Blues.

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Newcastle University ESRC

Writing Across Boundaries was set up by Bob Simpson and Robin Humphrey as a collaboration between the universities of Durham and Newcastle. It was developed with support from the ESRC via the Researcher Development Initiative.

Writing Across Boundaries forms part of the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Centre's (NINE DTP) programme for advanced training for doctoral students in the social sciences.