Our postgraduate community
Get the most out of postgraduate life in literatures, languages and cultures by joining our reading groups, journal teams and more.
The postgraduate community in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC) brings together people of all backgrounds, experiences, ages and abilities.
There are lots of ways in which you can collaborate within and across the School and the wider University, from regular research and student-led work-in-progress seminars, to reading groups, conferences, workshops and film screenings - not forgetting our annual evening of academic storytelling, LLC Blethers.
You can hone writing and editing skills through the multi-media platform Inciting Sparks, and FORUM a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduate students working in culture and arts.
Funding is available to support new ideas and initiatives.
What's going on?
Interested in getting involved in a reading group or seminars? Want to get some inspiration to start your own?
Here's what's currently going on in the LLC postgraduate community (compiled by PhD student, and LLC Web and Communications Postgraduate Intern 2020/21, Emma Aviet)...
This is a monthly seminar series that provides a cross-disciplinary space for nineteenth-century studies researchers in LLC and beyond. Students are invited to submit 20-minute-length papers to accompany presentations by researchers from other institutions. Papers are followed by discussions and a drinks reception, which will give you plenty of opportunities for feedback and informal networking.
For more information you can speak to Valentina P. Aparicio (PhD English Literature), Rupert Spurrier (PhD English Literature), Apolloniya Vlasova (4th year History of Art Undergraduate), Alice de Galzain (PhD English Literature), Alejandro Cathey (PhD English Literature), Aayushi Gupta.
This is a discussion group for (self-defining) men in LLC to talk about gender issues in academia, and how these affect people of all genders and backgrounds in our community. This group is a space to reflect on, and discuss, issues of gendered behaviour and discrimination. It also aims to learn from the experiences of women and non-binary colleagues in the School, and actively look for meaningful ways to support them.
This is a peer-reviewed journal for postgraduate students working in culture and arts, which accepts submissions throughout the academic year. Forum produces two annual issues, with a double-blind peer review process by LLC postgraduate students. Each issue has one open review meeting, and provides excellent feedback if you are looking to practice your academic writing or simply improve your work in a friendly, supportive environment.
Organised by PhD students at the Edinburgh College of Art, this cross-disciplinary reading group explores queerness through the lens of critical theory and warmly welcomes students from LLC. The group explores themes such as race and queerness, gay shame, and sentimentality through literature, film, and other mediums. Meetings are normally held on a weekly basis in Main Boardroom – Northeast Studio Building, ECA.
This is an Edinburgh-based discussion group for postgraduates, researchers, and Netflix binge-watchers interested in the cultural relevance of American TV. This group meets weekly in 50 George Square during term time to discuss everything from cartoons to HBO shows, and what they reveal about American Culture. Sessions are episodic rather than serialised, so you can drop in at any point throughout the semester.
Go to the American Television Reading Group Facebook page
This group meets once a month during term time at the department of Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies in George Square. It is open to all students in LLC and beyond. This is a 'research in progress' group, where you can present papers or talks on the history of the pre-modern Islamic world, and receive feedback in an informal, relaxed setting.
To find out more send an email to the group convenor, Andrew Marsham.
This is a collaborative research initiative that aims to bring together scholars working on memory. They invite students, early career researchers and experienced scholars from across the University of Edinburgh and from further afield to participate in a series of events to stimulate fruitful interdisciplinary discussion concerning the many and varied ways in which memory features in contemporary research. The project seeks to create a space for presently unconnected researchers working on memory to interact, as well as share their perspectives and reflections.
Go to the Connecting Memories website.
This is a reading group for Edinburgh-based postgrads, researchers, and dragon enthusiasts interested in the study of fantasy, myth and fairy tales. Meetings are held roughly every three weeks in 50 George Square, and provide a space for friendly chats on selected readings, ranging from monster theory to feminist rewritings of mythology.
This is a social-academic event held at the beginning of each calendar year, and a staple in the school calender. It is open to all Literatures, Languages, and Culture (LLC) postgraduate students and staff who want to ‘blether’ about their research and interests (in 50 George Square and beyond). It is a great opportunity to showcase your work in a supportive setting, and practice presenting to friends and colleagues.
This is a bi-weekly publication dedicated to developing the impact of graduate and community research across the Arts and Humanities. It an opportunity for researchers in LLC to ‘spark’ debate and engagement in their research (so long as it can be read, watched, or listened to in five minutes!). This is the perfect chance to hone your 'non scholarly writing skills' and think about broader research questions in new ways.
Are you interested in setting up your own reading group or seminar series? Have you got a great idea for an event you’d like to host? The University and LLC have a range of grants to help you make it happen.
- The University’s Student Experience Grants, offer up to £5000 for student-led initiatives.
- The LLC Local Student Experience Grant is available to all students with ideas that benefit a cross-section of the student community. Applications for funding from £50 to £600 are welcome. More information is available on the application form.
- The PhD Collaborative Research Fund is available to PhD students based within the School. Applications for funding from £50 to £300 are welcome for projects which aim to develop networks and exchange in the LLC PhD cohort and beyond. More information is available on the application form.