GradNet 11th Annual Postgraduate Humanities Conference (Uni. Southampton)

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The Humanities Graduate School Student Network (GradNet)
11th Annual Postgraduate Conference

GradNet Southampton is pleased to announce the theme for this year’s postgraduate conference:


“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.”
(Winston Churchill)

As researchers in the Humanities, we are required to challenge previously accepted thinking using innovative approaches, conduct original research by revisiting existing materials, and add our critical voice to historic and current academic discourses. Our projects and practices form a bridge between the past, present and future of our disciplines, revealing and presenting new discoveries to be challenged by others in time. However, we should always consider the precise nature of the relationship between tradition and innovation. Are they in conflict or somehow more symbiotic? How do traditions form and who is responsible for breaking from them? Is progress limited to innovation or can it be underpinned by tradition? Is innovation simply a reaction to learning from the mistakes of the past, or something more radically different altogether? Is tradition typically regressive and innovation its natural solution? Why are either important to us at all?

This day-long, interdisciplinary conference aims to bring together research from across the disciplines of Archaeology, English, Film, History, Modern Languages, Music, and Philosophy.

Please note presenters will also have the opportunity to submit a paper for publication for the Humanities peer-reviewed journal, Emergence. For more information, please contact the editor at

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

Who can attend the event?

The event is open to all postgraduate students from any institution.

Where can I find the programme of events?

The programme of events will be released as soon as possible after abstract submissions have closed.

Can I submit an abstract for a presentation?

We welcome abstract submissions from postgraduate research students. We will be accepting abstracts for either 20 minute presentations, Pecha Kucha presentations, and posters. The abstract deadline is Sunday 28th January 2018.

Please see the Call for Papers for more information.

When will registration be open?

Registration is open and will close on Sunday 18th March 2018. If you would like to register after this date, please contact us and we will see if there are any available spaces.

While registration is free, we kindly ask that you inform us as soon as possible if you will be unable to attend so that the space can be released to another delegate.

How can I get to the event?

Train: The nearest railway station is Southampton Central, from there you can take the Uni-link bus to Avenue Campus. From the North (Platform 1) side of the station you can catch the Uni-link U2 to Avenue Campus. Please note that on the day of the conference the Uni-link bus will be operating on the vacation timetable.

Coach: The nearest coach station is Southampton University Highfield Campus (Highfield Interchange), and there is also the Southampton Harbour Parade coach station in the city centre (behind ASDA). If you arrive into the coach station in the city centre, it is a five minute walk to the Southampton Central railway station to catch a bus.

Bus: Avenue Campus is served by the Uni-link bus service. Please note that on the day of the conference the Uni-link bus will be operating on the vacation timetable.

Car: Please note parking is very limited at the University campuses, and therefore parking cannot be guarenteed. You are advised to use alternative transport options where possible. Should you need to travel by car, please contact the Conference Committee urgently to apply for parking even if you are a blue badge holder.

Are lunch and refreshments provided?

Yes, lunch and refreshments will be available to delegates. Vegetarian will be provided for, but if you have any other special dietary requirements please email us and let us know after you have registered for the event.

What if I am no longer able to attend?

Please email us at and let us know as soon as possible.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact the GradNet Conference Organising Committee at

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