Taking Academic Research Public: Summer Course

Join experts from MCPHH and beyond on a practical course to develop your academic historical work into formats suitable for wider publics.

Led by Professor Catherine Fletcher this free five-session course features a range of experts including Emma Nagouse from the production team of hit podcast You’re Dead to Me, Dr Mai MusiĆ©, independent public engagement specialist formerly of the Bodleian Libraries, Kate Wiles, interim editor of History Today and Dr Owen Rees, founder of #BadAncient and a regular contributor to podcasts and magazines.

Running online over five Tuesdays from 14 June to 12 July (10-3 each day), it will introduce you to essential techniques in communicating history to wider audiences.

The course will cover a range of different formats:

– short-form writing (for magazines and online)

– long-form writing (trade books)

– podcasts and radio

– engagement with the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries and Museums).

The final day will be your opportunity to present your own work.

By the end of the five sessions, you should have a good understanding of what is expected in these different contexts, and some practical ideas of where to take your own work next.

This course is free, and aimed at academic researchers (from the final year of PhD onwards), with little or no experience of this type of writing. It is essential that you have an existing piece of academic research (e.g., a close-to-final thesis chapter, article, or book chapter) that you would like to translate to other contexts.

While the course will operate primarily online, we will also offer collaborative workspace in Manchester for those who wish to take it up.

To express interest in participating, please complete the form here by Thursday 14 April. Successful applicants will be notified early in May.