5 June 2009

Opportunities to run "Inventions of the Text"

We are writing to advertise the three organiser positions of “Inventions of the Text.” The deadline for applications is 10 June 2009.

“Inventions of the Text” is a fortnightly staff-postgraduate forum in which postgraduate students and academics can present papers for discussion in a lively and stimulating session. Started this academic year, “Inventions of the Text” has been very successful and has attracted speakers both from within the department and from other universities. We hope to pass the organisation on to those who would work to see the forum thrive and enjoy an even greater level of success.

The structure of the group consists of three organising members who work together to guide, promote and organise the seminars. They are chosen by means of a transparent process each year, and would retain their positions for a year (unless resignation or unforeseeable complications would prevent this). One organiser is responsible for promoting the seminar group within Durham and to other institutions; another keeps minutes of meetings and take charge of the finances. The main organiser decides the themes of the year, liaises directly with the speakers and chairs the sessions. One of you (preferably the main organiser) must maintain the website, and email the staff and postgraduate students with the times and titles of the papers that will be given.

Applicants must specify which position they are applying for, and enclose a covering letter and an academic C.V. Please email all applications to:

All applicants must demonstrate that:

- They are committed to maintaining the forum
- They have good interpersonal skills and can work in a team
- They have excellent organisational skills
- They can devote time to the forum every week as a matter of course

Applications will be favoured from those who have frequently attended the group.

Best Wishes,

Madeleine Callaghan, Maebh Long and Paige Tovey