Vitae Google Hangout: How to develop your independent profile in and outside academia? 27th Nov, 2-3pm

This looks potentially very useful… How to develop your independent profile in and outside academia?  FREE Virtual Q&A, 27 November (2pm-3pm) UK Time For research staff (postdoctoral researchers, fixed-term contract researchers) As a follow-up to the Research Staff Conference, Vitae will be hosting a Google Hangout for postdoctoral researchers dedicated to self-promotion, pitching your ideas,…

New paper, new position

A quick update on a couple of rather exciting developments. A short paper I’ve written on museums and mental health has been published in the latest issue of Museum Worlds. And, I’ve been invited to join the AHRC’s Research Careers and Training Advisory Panel for two years from January 2015. Go me!

Conference alert: The ‘China Dream’: passions, policies and power, 24-25th September 2014, University of Leicester

Image taken at the Olympic Park, Beijing, September 2013 by ‘JeffMec’. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffmec/10489431614/sizes/o/ Licensed for use under Creative Commons Just popping by to post about the conference I’ve been helping to organising on behalf of ChiSRA: the University of Leicester’s China Studies Research Alliance. The ‘China Dream’: passions, policies and power takes place between 24-25th September, at…

Actual, real-life copies of my book!

A couple of days ago I took receipt of a big box full to the brim with advance copies of my forthcoming book, Museum Representations of Maoist China (officially out on 28th August). Although I’ve resisted the urge to read it (I fear finding over-looked typos), I’ve had a skim through and it looks great. And the…

Boundary Objects Launch

  Image: Courtesy of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, licensed for use under the Creative Commons A few weeks ago, I mentioned Boundary Objects, the network for early career researchers working with museums and collections, that myself and several friends have recently developed. Well, I’m delighted to announce that the network launched this morning! It’s already…

What makes a good museum?

I was recently commissioned by The Conversation, to write a short article about the Art Fund Museum of the Year Prize. It was posted yesterday and has already been tweeted 13 times and read by getting on for 300 people – now that’s what I call impact! I can thoroughly recommend that people sign up…

Museum Representations of Maoist China: release date

It is with enormous pleasure and a great deal of relief that I can announce that my monograph, Museum Representations of Maoist China, will be published in August. Hurrah! From the cover blurb: This book brings together significant first-hand research that highlights a specific and unique period of collecting along with a highly significant political moment…

Research in Translation: Expressions of interest

Last Friday, the Research in Translation team got together to plan the next phase of the project. We’ve put together a really exciting programme of workshops for participants, to be hosted by project partners in Birmingham and Leicester. But the best news is that we’re now actively soliciting expressions of interest! So, if you’re an early career researcher…