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[EMoTICON] Call for Postgraduate Researchers: Empathy, Trust and Digital Technologies Postgraduate workshop


Are you a Master’s or Doctoral researcher based in the UK or EU, with an interest or passion for the relationship between empathy, trust and technology? If so, we would love you to apply for our workshop to be held in Leeds, UK, on the 9th of September 2015. We will even pay towards your travel and overnight accommodation to come and take part!

Key information:

Deadline for applications (via website): 31st July 2015

Notifications of acceptance: 3rd August 2015

Date of workshop: 9th September 2015 (10am start time)

Venue of workshop: Hinsley Hall, Leeds

Workshop website:

The ways in which empathy is manifest and trust developed in social situations, and interrelated issues such as credibility, rapport, and sense of identity, are established areas of enquiry in a variety of disciplines. However, less research has addressed the specific ways in which these appear within, and subsequently shape, online communities and environments. Social media spaces are increasingly being used by all sorts of local, national and global actors, including friendship groups, charities, small businesses, local communities, communities of interest and practice, university alumni associations, criminal networks and multinational corporations. Furthermore, a generation of young people is growing to adulthood in a world in which digital interactions and transactions are normal, ubiquitous and mundane. Digital forms of empathy may be key to translating across, and transcending, national, geographic, cultural, linguistic and other conventionally-assumed barriers to community building.

The EMoTICON Network invites postgraduate researchers to participate in a one-day workshop exploring issues such as those above as well as related challenges to do with empathy and trust and digital technologies. The workshop is being held as part of a two-day event for the EMoTICON (Empathy and Trust in Communications Online) and Digital Personhood Networks. The aim of the workshop is three-fold:

* To provide an opportunity for postgraduate researchers who are early in their career to meet with more senior members of the UK research community who have a shared interest in empathy, trust and technology.

* To promote interdisciplinary discussion, dialogue and collaborative exploration around future challenges related to empathy and trust for individuals and societies.

* To allow postgraduates to share their research with other researchers – be this the findings of their research, early insights coming from their work, or the questions, challenges and problems that motivate their work.

We are making our call for applicants open to researchers from any disciplinary background – the only requirement is that applicants are currently registered as a postgraduate student and actively conducting research that is broadly relevant to issues of empathy and/or trust and digital technology. We will pay a contribution of at least £300 towards your travel (standard class return rail fare or coach travel) and overnight accommodation in Leeds for the evening before and/or after the workshop. We will provide refreshments throughout the day and dinner on the evening of the workshop. We will provide refreshments throughout the day and dinner on the evening of the workshop.

For full details, please see the workshop website ( If you have any questions at all, please check our frequently asked questions page ( If that doesn’t provide an answer don’t hesitate to contact John Vines (, who is leading the organisation of the workshop.

If you would like to apply to participate, then please head on over to our application page (


Durham University, 3-4 September 2015

Funded by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at Durham University, and supported by the Northern Bridge Doctoral Training Partnership, this two-day workshop is aimed at PhD students in the Arts and Humanities who are either nearing the end of, or about to embark on, their final year of study. It addresses key issues facing PhD students as they make the transition from doctoral students to early career researchers:

  • how to operate effectively within a professional team and develop leadership skills
  • how to generate new projects and apply for funding (including postdoctoral positions)
  • how to build your CV for maximum impact
  • how to approach publishers and deal with the peer review process

It also includes an information session on the Research Excellence Framework, and will give you plenty of opportunities to talk informally with early-career researchers and network with publishers and academics.

The event is free of charge, and all refreshments – including the conference dinner – will be provided. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and overnight accommodation.

To register for the conference, please email, stating your department, project title, and year of study. There are 20 places available, and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis Early registration is advised.

A draft programme is given below. Full details of venues and confirmed speakers will be circulated in due course.

Draft programme

Thursday 3 September

9.30-12.30       Leadership and teamworking for early career researchers

(Mark Crabtree, Assistant Director of Human Resources, Durham).

12.30-1.30       Lunch

1.30-3.30         CV building and job applications

David Henderson, Postgraduate Careers Adviser, Durham University

Christine Bohlander, Researcher Development Officer, Durham University

Dr Aditi Nafde, Lecturer in English, Newcastle University

Dr Matthew Duncombe, Department of Classics, Durham University

Additional speaker tbc

3.30-4.00         Coffee

 4.00-6.00         Research after the PhD:

Generating new projects and applying for funding / postdocs

Dr Abbie Garrington, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Durham University

Dr James Kelly, St Cuthbert’s Society Research Fellow, Department of Theology and Religion, Durham University

Dr Harriet Archer, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, School of English Language, Literature, and Linguistics, Newcastle University

7.30     Conference Dinner

Friday 4 September

9.30-12.30       Publishing workshop

Holly Buttimore, Editor, Humanities & Social Science Journals, Cambridge University Press

Laura Macy, Senior Commissioning Editor, Music Studies, Ashgate

Additional speakers tbc

12.30-1.30       Lunch

1.30-3.30         Surviving peer review

Dr James Robinson, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, Department of English Studies, Durham University

Additional speakers tbc

3.30-4.00         Coffee

4.00-5.00         What every Early Career Researcher needs to know about the REF

Dr John Nash, Deputy Head of Faculty (Research), Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Durham