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Arts & Humanities Graduate Studies Newsletter WELCOME to the third issue of the School of Arts and Humanities Graduate Studies Newsletter. IN THIS ISSUE

30th Anniversary of the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication MSc International Publishing Management Justice and the Arts Symposium Revolutions Colloquium Media Students Visit BBC Scotland Student Photography Competition Creative Writing History PhDs LLM International Commercial Law Jamal Bahmad, inSPIRE Awards and Publications Arts & Humanities Alumni Postgraduate Merit Scholarships RATE Awards


Once again, we have a bumper edition with news of graduate and research activity across the School including updates on external events conferences, colloquia and symposia, news and views from existing masters and research students, reflections from alumni, details of external visits and guest speakers, and a report on the winners of our student photography competition. Since our last newsletter in March we have launched a new Graduate Studies website at with video podcasts from both staff and students and links to our graduate programmes and research. As we begin to look forward to the next academic year, we will be posting news and information from our programmes and constantly refreshing student views and feedback on our courses and research community. We hope that the website will become the hub for all our graduate students, and will allow prospective students to get an inside track on what’s happening in the School at any given time. In this issue we have details of a couple recent field trips by our publishing, media management and journalism students to major exhibitions and media

organisations. External links with industry and relevant public or third sector organisations is an important facet of student learning for many of our programmes, and our staff take every opportunity possible to ensure students gain first hand experiences working practices in ‘real world’ settings. Visits to international book fairs, or to prestigious organisations such as the BBC, therefore enhance the academic focus of our graduate studies. Links to industry, practitioners and policy makers can also take place in the classroom or, as in the case of the recent Justice and Arts Symposium, in events designed to bring academic and non-academic interests together around a specific theme. In this way, arts and humanities can engage with important public issues and debates beyond the strict confines of the university. I hope you enjoy our final issue, and please look out for future updates on our website. With best wishes, Dr Richard Haynes Director of Graduate Studies School of Arts and Humanities E-mail:

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Left: Staff and Chinese students and alumni at the London Book Fair.

Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication Claire Squires In 2012, the Stirling Centre for International Publishing and Communication celebrates its 30th anniversary. Over these 30 years we’ve developed a global reputation for our postgraduate degrees in publishing, our research activities, and our industry links. Our graduates include the Group Sales Director and President, Asia Region at Taylor & Francis, the Chief Executive of Publishing Scotland, and the Director of World Book Day. To celebrate, we are organizing a number of events. At the London Book Fair in April, we held a party for our alumni in association with Publishing Scotland, and a meeting of our Chinese students and alumni – China being the London Book Fair Market Focus country in 2012. On World Book Night, students set off a domino run – made of books! We had contributions from Scottish publishers, writers and libraries, and travelling bookbinder Hazell Designs Books hand-altered some books specially for the event. And in May, our annual publishing showcase and industry advisory board event included a drinks SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES

reception for alumni based in Scotland. If you’re interested in joining us, or want to get back in touch, email or go to We’d love to hear from you.

MSc International Publishing Management Chysothemis Armefti, current student 2011/12

‘A book is a window through which we escape’, says Julian Green, the famous French-American writer. I feel like I was born among piles of books; in my whole life I have been surrounded by books and literature. I have been an avid reader since the day I learnt to read. Raised in my mother’s bookshop in Cyprus and a house full of my parents’ books, my future was already foreseen. I was gobbling up books like they were candies! And I was growing up with one dream: to become a publisher. So I followed my love for books and literature from Cyprus to Paris and

finally to Stirling! I have a Bachelor in French Literature with a minor in Publishing (Licence Métiers du Livre) and a two-year Master of Research in Lettres, Arts et Pensée Contemporaine with a specialisation in Literature, History, Society where I led a comparative study on the Great War literature and especially the war experience through the writing of authors who participated in the War. During the last year of my Bachelor I did a three months internship at L’Harmattan Editions as an editorial assistant. At this moment, I am trying to deepen my knowledge on the publishing industry and develop marketing and management skills, pursuing the MSc in International Publishing Management at the University of Stirling. I should underline here that the University of Stirling is the only academic institution proposing a Master of Science in Publishing Management, at least in the UK. That was the main reason that led me to Scotland, among the modern approach in teaching that offers the University of Stirling and its great organization. The course is quite intensive with numerous assignments to accomplish, based on real-life publishers, which are preparing us for a job in the so competitive publishing market.

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Above: Delegates and Organisers of Justice and the Arts Symposium.

Justice and the Arts Symposium, Saturday 28 April 2012 Adrian Hunter More than seventy postgraduate students and staff gathered in the Pathfoot Building for a symposium on Justice and the Arts. The event was the first in an annual series of one-day events designed to bring together students and staff from Stirling and Strathclyde, and to consolidate the Arts and Humanities Consortium Agreement that exists between the universities. Former government minister and noted campaigner on justice Chris Mullin gave a powerful and moving account of his involvement in three notorious miscarriages of justice from the 1970s and 1980s, with a particular focus on the ‘Birmingham Six’ and ‘Guildford Four’ cases. After lunch, the postgraduate students presented research


papers and chaired round-table discussions in a number of subject areas covered by the Consortium Agreement. Papers from those sessions will shortly be published on the Consortium’s website: www.artsandhumanitiesconsorti Justice and the Arts was organized by a committee of students from Stirling and Strathclyde, co-ordinated by Dr Adrian Hunter (Literature and Languages). A big ‘thank you’ is owed to the following postgraduates from Stirling: Laura Brown (Creative Writing), Catriona Cox (Publishing Studies), Anne Dance (History), and Marguerite Nesling (English); and from Strathclyde: Graeme Brown (CIS), Craig Lamont (Creative Writing), and Gill Tasker (English).

Revolutions Colloquium Dr Ben Marsh and Dr Mike Rapport

History & Politics are running a small (informal) colloquium at the Pathfoot Lecture Theatre on Friday 15 June on the broad subject of “Revolutions, c.16882012” which is designed to bring together people working on the history of various revolutions (and cognate areas) and to give them and a small postgraduate audience the chance to air new research and think about comparisons and linkages between revolutions, in which Stirling has particular expertise. If you are interested in the history of revolutions, from the Glorious Revolution to the Arab Spring, then please get in touch with one of the contacts below to find out more and get involved: Ben Marsh Kevin Adamson

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Media Students Visit BBC Scotland Richard Haynes The weather may have been inhospitable but a group of students from the MSc in Media Management and the MSc in Financial Journalism certainly received a warm welcome from their visit to the BBC Scotland headquarters at Pacific Quay, Glasgow. The students were the guests of Alex Gaffney, BBC Scotland’s Commercial and Business Development Manager, who gave a tour of the state-of-the-art digital broadcast facility. Opened in 2007, Pacific Quay is on the banks of the River Clyde and is one of the most modern broadcast centres in the UK. Students were taken in to the main studio which hosts programmes such as the National Lottery and was the first high definition facility of its kind in Europe. The main television studio is also the largest studio space with a high definition facility outside of SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES


London. The students were given an insider view of the building, which delivers an end-to-end digital, high definition production infrastructure with a full range of facilities including television studios and post production. During the visit the students were able to watch a live television news bulletin going out on air, walk through the main newsroom, with journalists working on radio, television and online news outputs. They also looked in on live shows being broadcast from one of the radio studios and took a look round another smaller television studio which had been ‘dressed’ for the evening news programme Reporting Scotland. 2012 is the sixtieth anniversary of BBC Scotland Television, and Pacific Quay has a small exhibition of artifacts, images and programme notes from its illustrious broadcasting history. Students learnt about some of this history, including BBC Scotland’s move from its previous

headquarters in Queen Margaret Drive in the West End of Glasgow. Alex Gaffney answered student questions and also learnt about some of the aspirations of the students who will be looking for work in the media professions once their time at Stirling is over. After the visit, as students braced themselves against the blustery conditions (every picture tells a story), the group moved on to explore the rest of Glasgow including the Science Centre and the impressive IMAX cinema. Student visits to media organisations, such as BBC Scotland, and visits from media practitioners in the classroom form an important part of the wider learning environment on the media programmes at Stirling, and if this trip was anything to go by, the students found the whole experience truly rewarding. Further details of the MSc in Media Management are available at: e/programmeinformation/prospectus/filmstudies/media-management/

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Student Photography Competition Richard Haynes The University’s inaugural Student Photography Competition reached its climax in May with an exhibition of shortlisted images and a prize-giving event hosted by the university Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Gerry McCormac. The competition was the brain-child of Law lecturer, Dr Tikus Little, who thought a photography competition would be an exciting way for the university to develop a wider array of images for its website and publicity materials. The School of Arts and Humanities set up a working group which included Tikus Little, Kirsty MacGregor (Marketing and Communications Manager), Karl Magee (University Archivist), Eunice Skinner (PG student), Peter Meach (retired senior lecturer), Dr Eddy Borges-Rey (Lecturer in Journalism) and Dr Richard Haynes (Chair, and Director of Graduate Studies). The group developed two competitions, a judges prize for best picture interpreting the word ‘Growth’, and a student vote on the best image that captured ‘Student life’. The competition received 70 images from which eight were shortlisted for the judges prize, and three for the student vote. The top three images for the ‘Growth’ category were selected by The Guardian photography Graeme Robertson, with cash prizes of £200, £100 and £50 for first, second and third places respectively. The winner of the student vote received a week-long internship as a photo-journalist at the local newspaper the Stirling Observer. At the prize-giving in the University library Dr Haynes announced: “I am delighted with the outcome of this inaugural competition. It has provided an opportunity for our students to showcase their creative talents and have some fun on the way.” The winning photograph was taken by Psychology student Pamela Hamer with a haunting image called ‘Simple to Complex’ (see below). In commenting on Pamela’s image Graeme Robertson said: "I love pictures that make you feel you are there. This image is more difficult to capture than it looks. It's one of these scenes you see with your eye and is hard to capture exactly, but this photographer has nailed it. SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES


This picture has personality with great colours and contrast. It could do with someone in the photograph, someone walking casting a shadow or something but still a nice picture. It's good to see this photographer looking around for nice pictures. I really like it."

Other prize-winners included Criminology and Sociology student Amy Timms who received second prize for her image ‘Dinosaur’ (below) on which Graeme commented: ‘I like to smile at photographs I see from young photographers as it means they are enjoying themselves and that is so important to build up your technical skills so the photographer can be creative and achieve the results you want."

Joint third place went to Michael Foy and Jessica Bradbury for their images ‘Growth of the Night’ and ‘Growth Mirrored’. The student vote was won by Biology student Anthine Moen who pulled in 166 votes to unanimously win the prize of a week at the Observer. Congratulations to all the winners and those shortlisted. A selection of images can be viewed on Flickr at: 2157629547930658/

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News from current postgraduate students CREATIVE WRITING View an introductory video on Creative Writing by the Programme Directors, Professor Kathleen Jamie and Dr Paula Morris. Watch a video of a current student from Creative Writing. Right: Creative Writing students with Dr Paula Morris.

MLitt Creative Writing Angela Hughes, student 2011/12


Mastering Creative Writing It’s Wednesday, it’s 4pm, it’s time to join a group of MLitt Creative Writing students and Dr Paula Morris in the latest Writers’ Workshop. Five students breathe easily, two look nervous – the two whose turn it is to have their work critiqued by their tutor and peers. A cough, a giggle, the scrape of a chair pulled towards the desk. Papers rustle; the first piece of work is summarised by someone other than the author, and the workshop is underway. For half an hour the author keeps counsel and the group address issues such as character, plot, dialogue and point-of-view. If you think that to remain silent while your work is discussed is daunting, you’d be right – it’s certainly not easy to have your


work come under such close scrutiny, especially when you’re in the room. But the atmosphere is always balanced and constructive, and the feedback is invaluable for your development as a writer.

work but it’s a privilege to share your writing journey with others – the sense of community is incredible and Paula is consistently supportive and encouraging. Try it, enjoy it, have some fun.

The Creative Writing options complement the workshop. The Art of Fiction walks students through the technical aspects of the craft, and the Short Story module provides an interesting background to the writing tradition. You are encouraged to read voraciously and consider a range of writers from Jorge Luis Borges to William Trevor, Alice Munro and James Salter.

For more information on the MLitt Creative Writing, visit – http://www.creativewriting.stir.a or e-mail the Programme Directors, Paula Morris at or Kathleen Jamie at

Throw in a master class with Booker Prize Winner DBC Pierre; visits from the Royal Literary Fellows and a literary agent; and talks by Andrew O’Hagan and New Zealand poet Bill Manhire, and you can see why all of us on the first year of the course have enjoyed it so much. It’s hard

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collection that is utterly essential to any project on the American Revolution and I am thoroughly looking forward to visiting the British Library again, an institution I’m sure every academic enjoys visiting.

Christopher Minty Current History PhD student

In March 2012 I gratefully accepted two international awards for my doctoral thesis, titled ‘“Men Glowing with Resentment”: Loyalism in Revolutionary New York, c. 1763-1783’. The first, a postgraduate award from the Eccles Centre in North America at the British Library, London, will allow me to access the papers of Sir Frederick Haldimand. This vast collection contains the official correspondence and papers of Haldimand, Governor of Quebec from June 1778 to September 1785. The true value contained in this collection pertains to the muster rolls of various Loyalist Regiments from across the colonies but of noted importance to this project are the rolls from New York regiments. Thus, housed in the Haldimand Collection are muster rolls from such famous corps as Butler’s Rangers and the corps under Messrs. Jessup, Peters and McAlpin. Moreover, the correspondence within includes British and Loyalist military commanders. British correspondents include Sir Henry Clinton, Sir John Burgoyne, Gen. Jeffrey Amherst and Sir Guy Carleton and Loyalist correspondents include Sir William Johnson, John Butler, Sir John Johnson and Daniel Claus. It is a SCHOOL OF ARTS & HUMANITIES

The second award I received, from the Foundation for Canadian Studies in the United Kingdom, will facilitate another research trip—to Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. There, I will be looking at those who left New York for Fredericton, after the Revolution ended in 1783. Known as the Loyalist Diaspora, I plan to compare their lives to those they led before the Revolution to gauge the socioeconomic consequences of their Loyalism by analysing tax lists, land grants, newspapers and private correspondence. I also received a domestic award from the Royal Historical Society in March 2012 to contribute to my research in North America over the summer and have just been awarded the 2012 Larry J. Hackman Research Residency at the New York State Archives for a month’s research in Albany. I am currently part of a project the NLS are running entitled "Dreams and declarations from the Founding Fathers" and have done a short video explaining an aspect of my research and how I use the NLS colls. I'm also helping co-design a full exhibition on the NLS's American collections that should open in the autumn. =A1HW0sBrHhk&list=UUqEjEs4oSy CyWe4m7J2wpJw&index=1&featur e=plcp

I wish to thank the Eccles Centre and the Foundation for Canadian Studies for their generous contributions and Dr. Colin Nicolson and Dr. Emma V. Macleod for their valued contributions to each application.

Jill Bouchillon Current History PhD student

Friendship in Colonial America Friendship has not been seriously considered as a field of historical enquiry, partly on account of the difficulty of constructing social networks from incomplete historical evidence. Jill Bouchillon is taking on this challenge by working towards a PhD in History researching friendship as a cultural and social phenomenon during the pre-revolutionary period of Colonial America. Her most recent paper, “Friendship Networks of John and Abigail Adams,” serves as a case study for her wider project that examines how political events, popular culture, and changing societal attitudes affected the ways in which colonists thought about and experienced friendship. She is working to recreate social networks throughout New England and illustrate the changing patterns of public and private friendship through social network analysis. Jill’s paper was selected by the Colonial Society of Boston, Massachusetts to present her work at their annual graduate forum on April 27 and by the British Group of Early American History at their annual meeting in St. Andrew’s in September. She will be researching additional case studies this spring at the Massachusetts Historical Society in Boston.

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Hanbing Wang

Jamal Bahmad

Student on the LLM International Commercial Law

PhD student in Languages, Cultures and Religions

It’s been almost one year since I studied in the University of Stirling. This is my first time studying abroad. I have learned many things during my studying. Due to this is my first time studying law, at the very beginning, to be honest, I worried about so many things because I know nothing in this area and the most serious things is that my language is not good enough. Fortunately, I met my director Hong-Lin Yu who is from Taiwan. She taught me a lot of things such as how to study law and how to think like a lawyer. So through one semester studying, I’ve learned some research skills like how to write essays, examine cases and how to do legal analysis. I think the most important thing that I’ve learned is thinking and doing things independently. I believe that this experience will be very memorable in my life. At last I feel grateful to those lecturers who taught me knowledge and gave me advice. For more information on International Commercial Law visit: ate/programmeinformation/prospectus/law/lawinternational-commercial-law/


Stirling International Journal of Postgraduate Research (inSPIRE) is a research journal published by postgraduate students at the University of Stirling. Its objective is to attract high quality, original, multidisciplinary research articles and book reviews for publication in theme-driven issues. The journal is aimed at an international audience and is published online in open access mode. Launched at the SGRS Conference 2012, the first issue comprises seven research articles and three book reviews produced by students from the University of Stirling and far afield. We hope that the journal will grow and evolve, opening its doors to contributors from the UK and around the world. Please follow this link for more information: https://www.inspire

AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS Emily St Denny Current PhD student in Politics Emily has been awarded the DLI Alumni Association (DLIAA) Scholarship Program Walter Scurei Scholarship for 2012-2013 --research paper accepted for presentation at the 2012 annual meeting of the American Political Science Association (to be held in New Orleans, 30 August - 2 September).

Karin Persson Strömbäck Current PhD student in Politics Published journal article: G. Bucken-Knapp, J. Karlsson Schaffer and K. Persson Strömbäck. “Security, Equality and the Clash of Ideas: Sweden’s Evolving Anti-Trafficking Policy,” Human Rights Review, 2012, DOI: 10.1007/s12142-011-0214-y

For more information on research degrees in History and Politics visit: ate/research-degrees/historyphd/

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Arts and Humanities Alumni

Ross Cunningham Graduated with MLitt in Film Studies 2011 The MLitt in Film Studies offers students on the Creative Practice pathway the unique opportunity to do a creative project in lieu of a dissertation. Former student Ross Cunningham describes his experience making a documentary film as part of his project, which explored the intersecting themes of sport, memory, and culture: I chose to do my creative project for the MLitt on a subject really close to my heart and that was a very old football ground in Fife (Central Park, Cowdenbeath) that I have been going to with my dad since I was a young boy. I was really fascinated by the idea of memory within a cinematic space on screen and wanted to show that with this stadium as it has been in use for almost 100 years and really looks it! Unlike the undergraduate programme where you work in


groups on film projects, this was an individual project, so it was good fun doing the role of sole director, producer, cameraman, editor, sound operator, etc--all at the same time. I was given support and feedback from Tim Thornicroft, Phil Drake and Elizabeth Ezra in developing my initial idea, but once the camera rolled it was all down to me to get these stories on tape, and I am just grateful it all came together fairly well and that the film went on to receive some media coverage in the national and local press--which was nice! I put all the articles and photos from them up on my wall.

fortunate to have had this opportunity to tell this story on screen about something I love. For more information on the MLitt Film Studies, visit: or e-mail Directors:



Philip Drake, Elizabeth Ezra

I was able to feature ex-Prime Minister Gordon Brown in the film and he like the other participants in the film were only too happy to help a student with their dissertation project, and I am extremely grateful for that. The experiences I had from making this film and studying my MLitt developed my skills to the point where I was confident enough to start up my own video production business which has been my full-time job since graduating last November, and Iยนve enjoyed every minute of it. All in all my dissertation project was great fun to make, I got to meet some fantastic people throughout filming and Iยนm

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UNIVERSITY OF STIRLING POSTGRADUATE MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS : The University of Stirling is offering any UK or European Union student with a First Class Honours degree a £2,000 scholarship to study full-time on any taught postgraduate course or £1,000 for part-time study. This scholarship will be awarded in two instalments at the end of each Semester. To find out more on how to apply, please contact: Please note that award of this scholarship cannot be combined with any other scholarship or fee waiver awards.

RATE Awards – May 2012 The School of Arts and Humanities had several winners at the Recognising Achievement in Teaching Excellence awards ceremony held on 10 May 2012. (W) Excellence in teaching in the School of Arts & Humanities - Dr Michael Rapport (R) Excellence in teaching in the School of Arts & Humanities - Dr Wendy Amy-Chinn (W) Excellence in Postgraduate Teaching - Dr Peter Lynch (W) Excellence in Research Supervision - Dr Jacqueline L'Etang (W) Most Useful Feedback - Dr Paul Rutherford (R) Most Useful Feedback - Dr Phia Steyn (W) Most Inspiring Tutor - Dr Andrew Smith Congratulations to everyone. For full details on the awards visit:



SEPTEMBER The Bloody Scotland Masterclasses, in association with crime writing festival Bloody Scotland. Staff and students will be teaming up with Bloody Scotland, a new international crime festival to be held in Stirling from 14-16 September 2012. For more details go to

Graduate Studies School of Arts and Humanities University of Stirling, Stirling FK9 4LA Tel: 01786 467592 E-mail:


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