Being Human Festival in Portsmouth. Port city: narratives of migration

Series summary

Portsmouth tends to be associated with the history of the Navy, and there is a mistaken perception that it is a monocultural city. With its lectures, walk, workshop, exhibition and readings on migration, ‘Port city: narratives of migration’ aims to dispel this notion.

Drinking tea to escape the noise of the world | Friday 13 November

The event starts with a presentation of the ‘Tea Project’ exhibition exploring aspects of the personal, political and collective histories related to the tea trade and migration. This will be followed by a talk on tea trade and migration by Portsmouth’s own local tea merchant.

Portsmouth sailortown walk | Saturday 14 November

This walk will explore the unique culture and representation of three sailortowns of Portsmouth that evolved between the 18th and early 20th centuries.

Engaging with the past: migration memories | Tuesday 17 November

A special guest lecture by Eithne Nightingale (Queen Mary University London) on her research into ‘migration museums’ in port towns, followed by a reading and discussion group on the theme of ‘migration museums’.

Reviving the Crescent: Portsmouth connects with Asia | Wednesday 18 November

Presenting a very different narrative, creative and cultural industries lecturer Tom Sykes will discuss Portsmouth’s role as a global city with close cultural and literary connections to Asia. After the lecture, British-Asian writers will read from their work about their experience of migration, integration and cultural encounter.

Exploring Walter Besant’s ‘By Celia’s Arbour’ | Saturday 21 November

A creative writing workshop led by Dr Alison Habens will take place in Milldam Building, where the novel ‘By Celia’s Arbour: A Tale of Portsmouth Town’ is set, and will end with a guided walk.

Series’ programme here

Call for expressions of interest. Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme

Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme (2016 round): call for expressions of interest in projects on Francophone Africa

The Francophone Africa research cluster at the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) invites expressions of interest from postdoctoral candidates who wish to apply to the 2016 round of the Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Scheme through our institution. Full details of the scheme can be found here:

The University of Portsmouth’s Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) is a leading centre for the interdisciplinary study of Francophone Africa and Franco-African relations in an international context. We are particularly interested in supporting applications which engage with the following themes:

  • Reassessing the legacies of French colonialism in terms of its impacts in former French colonies and in metropolitan France
  • Studying the changing relations between France and the Francophone world in the context of increasing globalisation of the world economy and culture.

Our research environment is dynamic and supportive, with a strong emphasis placed on mentoring and the career development of early career researchers. In the first instance, applicants are invited to submit an expression of interest to Professor Tony Chafer and Dr Natalya Vince by Friday 27 November 2015. This expression of interest should include:

  • A full academic CV (including research and teaching experience, publications and any public engagement/ impact activities)
  • A 1000-word outline of your proposed project, including research aims, questions, methodology and proposed outputs. You should also indicate why you think the University of Portsmouth would be a good place to pursue this project.
  • Before submitting proposal, please read the Leverhulme guidance and ensure that you are eligible for funding.

Applications will be internally assessed and only those proposals meeting the quality threshold set by the Faculty will be taken forward to full submission to the Leverhulme Trust. Internally selected candidates will receive full institutional support and mentoring from the University of Portsmouth in developing their application for the final Leverhulme deadline in March 2016. The Francophone cluster has a good track record in attracting funding for Early Career Researchers, and we currently hold a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship.

Interested applicants are warmly invited to informally discuss their proposal with Prof Chafer ( or Dr Vince ( ) before the 27 November deadline.