KLS Graduate Research Conference: Dialogue and Networks: Responses and Challenges to Power and Injustice – Call for Papers

The third annual Kent Law School Graduate Research Conference, taking place at Eliot College, University of Kent, Canterbury (UK) 8 – 9 June 2015, will explore the impact of research in challenging various forms of power and injustice and generating social change. The conference will bring together a wide variety of academic perspectives to provide a forum for conversations about contemporary social injustice. The KLS Graduate Conference Committee invites all postgraduate students from social sciences and humanities backgrounds to submit an abstract. Participants will have the opportunity to network with their fellow colleagues and discuss their ongoing research in an interdisciplinary setting.

Submission of proposals for papers, posters, panels, and roundtable discussions

The Committee welcomes papers that address the theme of the conference from various
academic perspectives including law, sociology, anthropology, criminology, politics, international relations, philosophy, ethics, literature, history, economics, social policy, psychology and film. Abstract submissions should be no longer than 300 words. The Committee also welcomes applications from participants seeking to showcase their work in the conference’s poster display. Participants will have the opportunity to display their poster in the foyer of Eliot College and will be able to discuss their research with attendees of the conference. Please submit an abstract of no longer than 300 words outlining the research the poster will present. The Committee encourages proposals of up to 300 words for small panels and roundtable discussions.

All submissions should be accompanied with the following details: name of applicant, name of institution and contact details. Submissions should be sent to lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk no later than Tuesday 7th April 2015. All submissions will be reviewed and successful applicants will be notified shortly.

KLS hope to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to £100 per person for those wishing to attend the conference who require financial assistance or are travelling from outside the UK. To apply for the bursary please send a CV and a brief statement outlining the need for assistance to lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk.

Information on research topics related to the theme of the conference can be found at http://blogs.kent.ac.uk/klsllm/2015/03/18/311/ 

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact lawgradconference@kent.ac.uk

Understanding the use of Books & Monographs by Researchers in the Humanities & Social Sciences

OAPEN-UK, an AHRC and Jisc-funded project on open access monographs, is currently running a survey to understand how researchers in the humanities and social sciences use books, and especially monographs.

The survey design has been informed by a range of funders including HEFCE and Jisc, and the findings will help build an evidence base for future policies to support monograph publishing in the UK.

No identifiable data will be made public or shared beyond the OAPEN-UK project team. All respondents to the survey can enter a prize draw to win up to £100 of Amazon vouchers.

Please spare 10-15 minutes to participate, and to help the researchers understand what you want as both authors and readers of books.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/K96XZD5

If you have any questions, please contact the survey researcher, Ellen Collins, on ellen.collins@researchinfonet.org.

Get involved in a researcher-led committee! Meeting next week

Join the Arts & Humanities Researchers’ Society Committee – Meeting Thursday 23rd May 1.30 in S2.30


The Arts & Humanities Researchers’ Society is a student-led initiative set up with funding support from the Graduate School. It seeks to provide a friendly interdisciplinary forum for early career researchers through various events at the Strand Campus.


As this academic year comes to an end, we’re looking for enthusiastic and engaged students to join the Arts & Humanities Researchers’ Society committee to continue the work we’ve been doing for the next academic year. Join us at the meeting next week to find out how you can get involved. The core responsibilities of the committee are to come up with ideas for events, plan and coordinate them (book rooms, speakers and catering), publicise events, balance budget, manage mailing list, and maintain society’s social media (blog and Facebook). 

This is a brilliant opportunity to get involved in a project that directly impacts and helps researchers at King’s, as well as providing you with invaluable experience that looks good on your CV. Taking part builds skills in events management, gives an insight into how the university works and a chance to meet other PhD students across the arts and humanities at King’s.


If you are unable to attend the meeting on Thursday but would still like to get involved, please email laura.speers@kcl.ac.uk and you will be added to the email list and kept up to date with future meetings and events.

For more information on the society and previous events that we’ve organized please see the website http://researcherssociety.wordpress.com/ or like our facebook page.
Meeting on Thursday 23rd May 1.30-2.30pm
S2.30 (Strand Building, 2nd Floor)

Short term Postdocs in Japan

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JSPS London Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) Application Deadline: Monday 3rd December 2012 Fellowships must be started between 1st May 2013 to 31st March 2014.

Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is the leading research funding agency in Japan, established by the Japanese Government for the purpose of contributing to the advancement of science. Our Postdoctoral Fellowship for Foreign Researchers (Short Term) provides the opportunity for researchers based outside of Japan to conduct collaborative research activities with leading research groups at Japanese Universities and Research Institutions for visits of between 1 to 12 months. Eligible applicants need to be either within 2 years of finishing their PhD at the time of applying to start their fellowship in Japan or have obtained their PhD after 2 April 2007. Eligible research fields are not limited.

Please visit the JSPS London website here for further information:


Research Staff Careers Adviser (part-time for Arts & Humanities & Social Sciences)

University of Cambridge Careers Service – Research Staff Careers Adviser (part-time for Arts & Humanities & Social Sciences)

Salary: £36,862-£46,696 pa, pro rata

Limit of tenure applies*

The Schools of Arts & Humanities and the Humanities & Social Sciences at Cambridge University are looking for a graduate with a strong interest in people and their futures to work as a Careers Adviser to their research staff. The successful candidate will be based in the University Careers Service, liaising with faculties and departments in the two Schools to provide career management support, principally by one-to-one consultations, workshops, and speaker events.

An arts, humanities, or social sciences background, and postgraduate experience and qualifications to doctoral level, are desirable. Essential personal qualities include enthusiasm, curiosity, objectivity, energy, asking power, and the ability to switch tasks frequently. Above all, the postholder will need to be outgoing, interested in people, a well-organised self-starter, and able to work under pressure, both independently and in a group. Professional training courses are available.

Appointment will be half-time (18.5 hours a week), starting on the 1st September 2011, or as soon as possible thereafter. The vacancy arises from the retirement of the present postholder.

Further details about this role and information on how to apply are available from our website: go to www.careers.cam.ac.uk and click on ‘Careers Adviser (postdoc)’ or contact Isabel Evans on telephone number 01223 766067 or by emailing her at Personnel@careers.cam.ac.uk.

* The funds for this post are available until 30th September 2012 in the first instance. The post is very likely to be funded long term.

Closing date: 27 June 2011. Interview date: 8 July 2011.