PGF Seminar 18th November, 1-2pm

We will be hearing from Elly Polignano a first year PhD candidate within our school. Her research focuses on the wide-spread literary form of the epigram and her thesis will offer the first critical edition and commentary of Marcus Argentarius’s thirty- seven epigrams.  Elly will deliver her paper “P.Oxy. 3723: limits and ambiguity on the elegiac genre“.

For more information please contact Leanne –

PGF Seminar 11th November, 1-2pm

Our next seminar will take place online on Wednesday 11th November 1-2pm.  

Adrian Pole Seminar

We will be hearing from Adrian Pole a current PhD candidate at University of Edinburgh. His research focuses on cross-cultural interactions between international volunteers in the Spanish Civil War and the people, places, and politics of 1930s Spain. Adrian will deliver his paper “No exit today – It’s a Revolution!’ Britons in Revolutionary Catalonia, 1936”.

For more information please contact Leanne –

Postgraduate Forum Seminars – Semester 1 Timetable

We have a full schedule for our first semester covering a broad range of fantastic subjects.

All the seminars for semester 1 will take place online and details of the Zoom meeting will be sent in the week prior to the seminar.

Grab a cuppa and join us on Wednesday’s 1-2pm.


  • 11th November – Adrian Pole (University of Edinburgh), “‘No exit today – It’s a Revolution!’ Britons in Revolutionary Catalonia, 1936”


  • 18th November – Elly Polignano (Newcastle University), P.Oxy.3723: limits and ambiguity on the elegiac genre


  • 25th November – Harry Lewis (University of Edinburgh), Jacobite Rebellions in the Caribbean


  • 2nd December – Katherine Waugh (Newcastle University), The Industrial Past in the Deindustrialised Present: Exploring cross-generational experiences of County Durham’s pit closures


  •  9th December – Alice Robinson (Newcastle University), Mapping Ancient Rome in Percy Shelley’s Writing


  • 16th December – Marcela Delia (University of Edinburgh), Justices in that pairt:  revisiting the Aberdeen witchcraft trials in light of a recent discovery (c. 1597)


  • 13th January – Leanne Smith (Newcastle University), Politics of the Apocalypse: William Aspinwall’s godly republicanism


  • 20th January – Thomas Little (Newcastle University), My Secret Life—the erotic adventures of a Victorian gentleman


  • 27th January – Jerome Ruddick (Newcastle University), “The Festival of Despoina: Creating mythological narratives through material culture”