Material Culture & Bicultural Identity

As a queer bicultural woman, I was born to a British mother and a Greek father. I was born in the UK, raised in Greece, and brought up bilingual. Having dual heritage (with the added extra of being queer)…

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Journal of International Photography

Practice used to be something you did repeatedly on the way to achieving something else. A means to an end repeated so often you no longer had to think without doing it well. Not only could it get you to Carnegie Hall, practice, so they say, would make perfect. These days practice is the beginning, the middle, and the end. It’s…

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Reaching an international audience at the IAMCR 2021 Nairobi Conference

KRISTIAN JEFF AGUSTIN  One of my main goals as a third year PhD student is to communicate my research topic and artistic practice to a larger audience. I am able to achieve this in three ways: (1) pursue teaching or tutoring opportunities, (2) publish in peer-reviewed journals, and (3)…

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Reader Expectations and Writer Obligations

What does an author owe their reader? And what does the reader owe to the person who wrote the novel that they pick up in the bookstore, or the supermarket, or even from a cardboard box that says, ‘Please Help…

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Adjusting Research Methods and Other Lessons From the Pandemic

As a lifelong fan of horror film, with many queer friends and communities who are as well, I had a hypothesis that many members of the LGBTQ+ community have a distinctive (distinctively queer) relationship with the horror genre. Therefore, I set…

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Reflections on the 2021 Annual PGR Conference

On Wednesday 17 March, the 13th annual Manchester Metropolitan University Postgraduate Research Conference took place, this year hosted virtually. In this post, members of the organising committee reflect on the highlights of this year’s conference and the benefits of getting involved.  Chloë – I…

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Walking a Tightrope

Anything that we see, hear, read, smell, or physically feel in our daily life is stimulating our senses. Within research, this input to our senses is controlled and represented through specifically created stimuli. These are called emotional stimuli and are for instance images, video…

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You are not alone in this

For something that almost every student will experience whilst at university, especially during your PhD, loneliness is not a thing that students talk about on a daily basis. Doing a PhD during a pandemic is hard enough without the added stress of loneliness and anxiety.  Recently I had an…

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Otters and Pharmaceuticals: Evaluating the impact

I’m investigating pharmaceuticals as potential environmental contaminants in otters.  Pharmaceuticals may reach the environment in many ways, such as after being excreted by humans or being disposed of unused.  They are ubiquitous in the environment, and have been found…

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The research assemblage: re-imagining the PhD ‘mess’

I’m currently in my final year of a PhD exploring transition to adulthood for young people with learning disabilities. It is a PhD which has taken far longer than anticipated thanks to a pause for maternity leave and a…

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