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PEGS (Public Engagement in Gender and Sexuality) at Newcastle University, UK
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This event is a two-day interactive training initiative for postgraduate students in the arts and humanities whose research is connected by an interest in gender and sexuality. The event aims to both introduce and 'demystify' public engagement by providing a toolkit of knowledge and skills to help enable postgraduate researchers to realise the public engagement potential of their research. In addition to keynote presentations by experienced academics actively involved in public engagement, the event will offer an interactive workshop and Q&A session.

The organisers invite doctoral researchers from all disciplines across the arts and humanities to submit 300-word abstracts (including institution, department and contact details) for 15-minute presentations on any aspect of their research to by 11th February 2011. Please note that presentations should be aimed at an audience comprised of specialists as well as non-specialists, and academics as well as non-academics. You will be notified whether your abstract has been accepted by 27th February 2011.

With Keynotes, Workshops and Performances by:

Hera Cook
Lecturer in the History of Sexuality and Women, University of Birmingham

Emma Gersch
Artistic Director of Moving Stories Theatre Company

Philip Pothen
Head of Communications, AHRC

Maggie O'Neill
Specialist in Participatory Research Methodologies, Durham University

Susan Sellers
Author of Vanessa & Virginia,
University of St. Andrews

Chrissie Tiller
Convenor of the MA in Cross-Sectoral and Community Arts, Goldsmiths College

There will be 10 travel bursaries worth £50 each available to postgraduate speakers. To apply for a bursary, please download and complete the application form available at and submit it to the above email address together with your abstract. Registration for the entire event will be £15, including refreshments, a wine reception and buffet lunch. If you have any questions regarding this event please contact the organisers at the above email address.