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Durham University

Department of Anthropology: Writing Across Boundaries

Postgraduate Workshop 2019

Each year the Writing Across Boundaries Project runs an intensive, two-day, residential workshop for social science PhD students in their third year to explore analytical and practical approaches to writing and offers participants an opportunity to reflect on the writing process itself as a form of social science thinking.

The next Writing Across Boundaries workshop will take place on the 4th and 5th of April 2019 at The Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College, Durham University.

Eligible Participants

The workshop is for PhD students in the social sciences in their third year of study, who:

  • Are interested in the practice and product of ethnographic writing as a particular way of conveying a contextual understanding of lived reality by drawing on a range of specific methods including, for instance, participant observation, semi-structured interviews, archival research, visual analysis, life-histories and surveys.

  • Are at the point of translating this data into written out-put for a thesis; and

  • Have completed their fieldwork and have data that they have begun to process.


The provisional programme for the workshop will be available soon, but we are delighted to confirm the participation of Professor Bob Simpson (Durham) and Dr Sarah Winkler-Reid (Newcastle).

How to Apply

Applications for 2019 are now closed.

Please check back in late 2019 for details of how to apply for the next workshop, to be run in 2020.

Applicants for 2019 will be informed of the outcome of their application shortly.


The workshop registration is free for those from our regional and Northern Irish universities (Durham, Newcastle, Northumbria, Teesside, Sunderland, Queens and Ulster). For those from outside the Northern Ireland and North East Doctoral Training Partnership, we are charging £60. This includes lunch on both days and an evening hot buffet on the 4th of April.

There will be limited overnight accommodation available at one of the Durham University Colleges, on the 3rd, 4th and 5th of April if needed, for £52 per night. If you accept a place on the workshop, you will be provided with a link to book your own accommodation online. Unfortunately we are not able to assist with accommodation or travel costs for any of the participants.

Further Information

Please contact Cathrine Degnen on , or Tom Yarrow on , if you require any further information about the Writing Across Boundaries workshop.

Participant Feedback

'The impact [of the workshop] has been phenomenal. I was losing sleep before but when I came back I got straight on to it and wrote reams and reams, so it was like opening a floodgate - it gave me the opportunity to move on as a writer.' (Doctoral Candidate in Education, Workshop 2)

'I was scared before I got there, I felt challenged about things I didn't know about, that I wouldn't know enough. But when I got there I wasn't intimidated at all, everyone was very willing to share. It gave me permission to let my creative intuition take me forward.' (Doctoral candidate in Gerontology, Workshop 3)