Disciplinary Specific Training

Hub Festivals

The SGSSS-DTP Hub Festivals are a brand new training and development opportunity, which bring together students from thematically aligned disciplines.

What is a hub?

Hubs are thematically aligned disciplines. We use the language of ‘pathways’ in our studentship competitions to describe these disciplinary streams, and we collect the 15 pathways into 3 broader groups, which we call Hubs. By collecting pathways together in this way, we can offer richer training opportunities. Take a look at our pathways page for more details.

What is a Hub Festival?

Much of our training emphasises methods, but these are not the only forms of learning that PhD students need. The Hub Festivals are designed to offer an opportunity to critically consider the ontological position of your discipline, and to consider how or if this differs from similar, but different disciplinary approaches. The Festivals offer space to intellectualise questions of disciplinary boundaries, and so consider the value and limitations of interdisciplinary working.

Taking place over one-two days, the Festivals collect together academic staff and students to explore the contribution of their disciplinary areas. The Hub Festivals are not methods focused; rather they aim to exercise your intellectual curiosity.

SGSSS will host 3 festivals each year, each hosted by one of our ‘Hubs leaders’. The Festivals take place in late August or early September. Students interested in attending are encouraged to attend the one most aligned to their disciplinary ‘home’ but could choose to go to a different hub. (Please note: Places will be decided on a case-by-case basis if a student decides to apply for the Hub Festival out with their discipline, and preference will be given to those students already aligned to the Hub)

Please keep an eye on our social media and website for updates #HubFest2018