As part of Academic Book Week 2015, De Montfort University is holding a one-day workshop for second and third-year PhD students in English (PT and 4th year FT students also welcome), to discuss the future of the literary PhD. The Academic Book of the Future is an AHRC-funded two-year project in collaboration with the British Library.
Consideration of the academic book of the future will be incomplete unless the training of PhD students in English is also scrutinised. We therefore invite applications from PhD students based at universities in the Midlands, and who are approaching the second half of their PhD study.
The day will consist of talks from stakeholders in academia (academics, publishers, funding councils), which will stimulate student discussion in small groups. Participants are invited to come along prepared to discuss ideas and proposals for PhD training in English, which the event co-ordinator will then collate and embed into a report sent back to The Academic Book of the Future, and ultimately to AHRC.
As the next generation of literary academics, this is your chance to envisage the future of the English PhD: by reflecting on the role of the university in society, the nature of literary criticism, the challenge of translating a PhD into an academic book, and the process of defining academia for REF purposes.
Please apply and submit an Expression of Interest using this form.
Deadline for applications is October 16th.