Research

Beyond the Books

An LLC podcast that gives you a behind-the-scenes look at research and the people who make it happen. Researched, curated, edited and presented by PhD student, Ellen Davis-Walker.

Every episode we sit down with a new guest to find out more about their academic journey, and how their research has changed their view of the world. When we move beyond the books, what do we have in common, and what can we learn in the process?

Ellen Davis-Walker, PhD candidate in French and Francophone StudiesEllen is the Employ.ed for PhDs LLC Web and Communications Postgraduate Intern 19/20                  

Trailer

Listen to our trailer for Beyond the Books, where host Ellen Davis-Walker introduces the podcast and explains what it's about, who she talks to in the series, and why she got involved.

Episode 1

In this first episode of Beyond the Books, Ellen sits down with Rachel Chung, a third year PhD candidate in English Literature, to talk about Rachel's journey from Applied Maths graduate with a masters in narrative medicine, to her current research on gender, violence, and Shakespeare (especially as performed by all-women casts).

 

Find out more about Rachel's research

Episode 2

In this second episode of Beyond the Books, recorded remotely during lockdown, Ellen talks to David Farrier, a researcher in Environmental Humanities (and Senior Lecturer in English Literature) whose latest book Footprints: in Search of Future Fossils explores what traces of present societies will persist in the deep future. David’s episode is subtitled.

Video: Beyond the Books: Episode 2, David Farrier
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Read our interview with David about Footprints: in Search of Future Fossils

Episode 3

Also recorded remotely during lockdown, this third episode of Beyond the Books features Ellen in conversation with Katie Hawthorne, a final year PhD student in European Theatre and German at LLC and freelance writer and reviewer for The Guardian, The Skinny, and The Stage among others. Katie’s thesis is a Comparative Study of Scottish and German Theatres and their Audiences in a Digital Age and is rapidly evolving to take into account changes brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The episode is subtitled.

Video: Beyond the Books: Episode 3, Katie Hawthorne
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Episode 4

Ellen's fourth and final episode of Beyond the Books, recorded remotely during lockdown, features Peter Dayan, Professor of Word and Music Studies and Head of French and Francophone Studies at the University of Edinburgh. Ahead of the launch of our new MSc in Intermediality: Literature, Film and the Arts in Dialogue, the conversation centres on Peter's book 'The Music of Dada: A Lesson in Intermediality for our Times', which won the 2020 R. Gapper Book Prize. The episode is subtitled.

Video: Beyond the Books, Peter Dayan
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Acknowledgements

Photo of Ellen recording Beyond the Books
Ellen recording Beyond the Books in LLC

With special thanks to John Glendinning (LLC) for additional technical support and En-Chi Liu (Development and Alumni) for advice. Our logo was designed by Ann Harrison (Digital Innovation Team, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences). The theme music is taken from the track ‘ThunderBird’ by ‘Oyy’, hosted by Epidemic Sound.

Related links

Read our interview with Ellen Davis-Walker

Find out more about PhD study in the School of Literatures, Languages and Cultures (LLC)

Read more about Ellen's research