Call for Papers

The Graduate Centre for Europe publications team has a couple of cfp announcements for our end of year GCfE Newsletter and the Birmingham Journal for Europe.

First, our GCfE Newsletter is open for submissions for short articles on any topic. This can include reports of recent conferences and seminar series, new research and works, collaborative projects, opinion pieces and so forth. The Newsletter would also be happy to run artistic pieces such as original poems, sketches and photography. For the Newsletter submissions do not have to be linked exclusively to European research, although the GCfE always loves to see more topics of this nature. If you would like to submit a short piece for publication within our final newsletter of the 2015/2016 year please email your submission as a Word Document to gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk by 22 May 2015. If you have any queries feel free to send those our way as well. Previous versions of our newsletter can be found here: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/gcfe/news/index.aspx.

Second, our cfp for the next issue of the Birmingham Journal for Europe is open for article submissions. This issue is accepting articles on any topic relevant to research in Europe. This is an interdisciplinary publication which is peer-reviewed by relevant academics at the University of Birmingham. In previous years this publication has been linked to our conference themes, and articles related to this year’s Dissidence theme or last year’s Travelling Europe theme are certainly welcome as we do not have journal issues on these topics. However, articles touching on other themes, topics and ideas are also encouraged as the journal moves to broaden its scope over the next year. Articles should be approximately 6000 words in length and adhere to the MHRA referencing guide. The full cfp for this issue is available on our publications tab and articles should be submitted no later than 30 November 2015. To see the previous issues of our journal please visit: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/activity/gcfe/journal/index.aspx

Finally, if anyone is interested in getting involved with the GCfE committee and/or publications team we are always looking for new members to get involved. The committee organises a series of events and an annual conference and the publications team edits and publishes the journal, a newsletter and this blog. If you would like to get involved please do get in touch. Official positions may be advertised soon, but there is always room for members who would like to participate in the forum without taking on a dedicated role.

GCfE 9th Annual Conference: Roundtable Discussions

Each year the GCfE Annual Conference hosts a series of skill sessions or roundtable discussions alongside the plenary panels. This year’s conference will feature two roundtables on the second day, A Guide to Publishing and Editing and How to Get the Most from your PhD Experience.

A Guide to Publishing and Editing

Date: 26 March 2016 Venue: 4th Floor West, Muirhead Tower Time: 13:15 – 14:15 This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Zainab Naqvi, Gail Mobley and Dr Stephen Forcer. Zainab is a second year Law PhD candidate and the current Co-Chair (Publications) of the GCfE and as such the Chief Editor of the Birmingham Journal for Europe (BJFE), a peer-reviewed, online postgraudate publication. She is also responsible for overseeing the production of the GCfE Newsletter. Gail is a third year English Literature PhD candidate and was the 2013/2014 Co-Chair (Publications) and currently still works with the GCfE publications team as an Editor and Blog Manager. Stephen is a Senior Lecutrer in French Studies at the University of Birmingham whose general research interests include Dada and Surrealism in French literature and film. During this session Zainab will discuss the BJfE as well as her experience in running an editorial committee. Gail will discuss her past experiences as Co-Chair as well as her experience in editing a Cambridge Scholars Publishing edition. Stephen will share his own publications experience as well as a bit of background to professional journal editing. This roundtable will offer the opportunity to discuss and raise questions about personal experience editing and/or publishing, the value of peer review, the potential for academic impact without publications and the role of new media in the future of academic publishing.

How to Get the Most from your PhD Experience

Date: 26 March 2016 Venue: 4th Floor West, Muirhead Tower Time: 15:45 – 16:30 This roundtable discussion will be chaired by Jim Bell, Holly Prescott and Dr Isabelle Hertner. Jim is currently the Marketing and Events Manager of the University Graduate School (UGS), which hosts a variety of skills workshops and events to help PhD students gain experience and skills useful both during and after their studies. Holly Prescott works with the Careers Network and previously completed her PhD in English Literature at the University of Birmingham. Dr Isabelle Hertner is a Lecturer in German and European Politics and Society as well as Deputy Director of the Institute for German Studies. Jim will introduce the Graduate School and his own role as Marketing and Events Manager. Holly will discuss the Careers Network as well as her personal PhD experience and what she’s done in the years after. Isabelle will discuss her role as a PhD supervisor. This session will explore ways in which postgraduates can maximise their time at the unviersity while undertaking a Masters or PhD. Possible discussion topics and areas to raise questions might include teaching experience, the relationship with a supervisor, support sources (e.g. PGMSA), networking and preparing for what comes after (be that in or outside of academia). The conference including is free to attend and includes coffee/tea and lunches. You can still book your place by emailing gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk (the booking form is available on our conference tab on the left).

Birmingham Journal for Europe – Extended Deadline and Expanded CFP Theme

The Birmingham Journal for Europe is at this time extending its deadline for the submission of articles to the 30th of November 2014. As the GCfE Publications team has been involved with another publications project on the theme of “Travelling Europe” we are at this time also opening the call to include further papers on any topic relevant to research in or about Europe. As always the BJfE is open to postgraduates researching within any academic field currently offered within the University of Birmingham including politics, sociology, economics, technology, communications, medical and biosciences, education, law, history, music, culture, literature, environmental sciences, engineering and physical sciences, modern languages and business. The journal is peer reviewed by academics within the university who specialise in the field closest to research area of the author in order to ensure all papers are of the highest academic standard.

Our full call for papers can be found here: Birmingham Journal for Europe 2014-2015 CfP

Please note that papers need to be approximately 6,000 words in length, be submitted as a Word document and most conform to the MHRA style guide (a quick guide is attached to the CFP) prior to submitting your paper. Papers that do not meet these requirements will not be considered for initial review. If you have any queries about the requirements please do not hesitate to contact the publications team at gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Authors will retain the full copyright to their work and may use it for any purpose (including commercial) in the future. However, we do ask that you do not submit papers to us that you have currently submitted to other journals and that you notify us in the event that you submit your article elsewhere in the future (i.e. after the next issue of the BJfE is published).

If you are looking to submit book reviews and/or notes we will launch a second call for these shorter submissions after the closing date of our article deadline. Keep an eye on our pages for more information about this.

We look forward to receiving your articles and invite our readers to circulate this call for papers amongst interested postgraduates.

 

Spring Newsletter

The third issue of our newsletter is now available on our publications tab and on our academic web profile available here: Spring Newsletter. Our publications team has had an exciting year, with our biggest staff to date the Birmingham Journal for Europe team has been able to expand our endeavours to include both the newsletter and this blog. Provided we have as enthusiastic a team as this year our aim will be to expand the BJfE in 2014/2015 to include reviews and notes sections. If you are interested in getting involved with any part of our publications team next year please contact us at gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk for further details.

The third issue of the BJfE will be uploaded onto our academic site in the next few weeks. Keep an eye on our pages for the cfp for our fourth issue ‘Travelling Europe’ which will be launched in July.

The Graduate Centre for Europe

Since 2005 the Graduate Centre for Europe (GCfE) has been an interdisciplinary academic forum run by postgraduate students at the University of Birmingham. The group has been established to enable the exchange of ideas on Europe among graduate students across a variety of disciplines, including politics, history, economics, languages, sociology, literature, environmental sciences, international relations, law, business and technology. The forum runs a series of roundtable discussions, workshops, skills sessions and socials throughout the year, as well as a two day annual conference. Our conferences have invited speakers from around the globe and always feature at least one prominent keynote speaker. The GCfE also run a publications subcommittee who produce the Birmingham Journal for Europe (BJfE) once a year.

To find out more about what we do or to get in touch:

University hosted research page: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/gcfe

Email: gcfe@contacts.bham.ac.uk.

Twitter: @gcfe_bham

Facebook: facebook.com/graduatecentreforeurope