Recap - English in World 1: From The Outside

Posted by boo11 at Feb 19, 2019 04:25 PM |
We are delighted to present a series of blogs which have been generously written by a selection of the speakers. We’ll post one a week, starting with Tiago Sousa Garcia’s post on 25/02/2019 Working Together: The Digital World and English Studies.
There has never been a more exciting time to reach out beyond disciplinary boundaries, to discover new ways of working, and to enrich teaching and learning through partnerships both inside and outside Higher Education. Many of us have been working in this way for many years. How, then, is English Studies now perceived by those who work inside and outside the field and inside and outside HE?  What more might English Studies learn from alternative perspectives, and what do we still need to think about?

On 18 January 2018, English in the World 1: From the Outside brought together 35 colleagues to look at what we do and how we do it from different perspectives outside the field. During a series of panel discussions, we explored common ground and identified some challenges of working together. We learned from existing partnerships and explored collaborative opportunities for the future.

We are delighted to present a series of blogs which have been generously written by a selection of the speakers.

Join the conversation by tweeting us with #engintheworld.

Working Together: The Digital World and English Studies

Barbara McGillivray, The Alan Turing Institute/Cambridge

Tiago Sousa Garcia, Newcastle

Alan Blackwell, Cambridge


“When I changed my degree from engineering to literature and quit my job, I thought I had left that life behind me and would never use it, need it, or even refer to it again: like Shakespeare, I had my own lost years…”

Tiago’s blog available here


Overlapping Methodologies? English Studies and the Social World

Vicky Lebeau, Sussex

Alan Finlayson, UEA

Nicky Marsh, Southampton


“I am sure I am not the only academic who experiences discomfort when asked - at University functions, social events and even conferences - ‘So, what’s your field? What do you do?’. At best the question invites answers which feel inadequate to all concerned; at worst it requires us to tie our thinking to a discipline, a method or an object of study in a way we’d prefer to resist…”

Alan’s blog available here:


Outside Higher Education: Business and English

David Docherty, CEO National Centre for Universities and Business

Rick Rylance, CEO and Dean, SAS


“The Myth of the Great Unemployed and the Myth It Has Nothing to Do with Us: I want to call attention to two myths which concern the employment of English graduates. The first concerns their supposedly forlorn chances in the job market, the second concerns how we imagine our relations with wider society and the economy. The idea that English graduates are derelicts in employment is annoyingly persistent. It’s also – like the benefits of Brexit – evidence-free…”

Rick’s blog available here


“Magic can happen when the humanities meets science and technology…”

David’s blog available here


English Studies, from the Outside is organised by the Institute for English Studies with the English Association and University English. This series is one of a number of events promoting English Studies co-sponsored by the English Association, the Institute for English Studies and University English, following the shared organisation of English: Shared Futures (Newcastle 2017) – the first major conference across the discipline in the UK. Other events include Thinking Big (January 2018), Action on Recruitment for University English (November 2018), Early Career English (2019), and English Studies: Shared Futures 2 (2020).

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