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Student profiles

Our student community is distinguished by breadth and diversity in the people and projects that make up M4C. Connecting across the Midlands, our students are part of a dynamic network of postgraduate researchers, with opportunities for collaboration throughout the doctoral experience.

This page offers a sample of student profiles, which are in development. A full list will be available in the coming months

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Lucretia Mccarthy

Languages and Literature
University of Leicester

My research focuses on women's contemporary and experimental life writing, touching upon themes of identity, feminism, autotheory, new media, and oversharing.

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Oresta Muckute

History
University of Leicester

I am a first year CDA PhD student researching narrations of loss during the English Civil Wars and how they differed in England, Wales and Ireland.

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Margherita Riso

Archaeology
University of Leicester

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Tuesday Goacher

Languages and Literature
Nottingham Trent University

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Laura Marie Clark

History
University of Birmingham

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Michael Lane

Law and Legal Studies
Birmingham City University

Michael is a Midlands4Cities (AHRC) funded PhD student investigating the impact of the UN's Universal Periodic Review on human rights in the UK. He also teaches on the Constitutional and Administrative Law module at BCU.

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Daniel Blanco

Music
Birmingham City University

Resident composer and co artistic director of Infinite Opera, exploring how to create new opera that is relevant to society by interdisciplinary work and collaboration.

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Jessica Cretney

History
De Montfort University

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Steve Atkin

Law and Legal Studies
Nottingham Trent University

I am researching the extent to which aspects of the legal systems of the UK and Republic of Ireland uphold the rights of disabled persons

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Laura Ewart

History
Nottingham Trent University

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Daniel Sheppard

Media
Birmingham City University

Daniel is a PhD candidate in the Birmingham School of Media, funded by Midlands4Cities. He has written for Horror Homeroom and Screening Sex, presented at various international conferences, and is currently preparing essays for several edited collections.

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Federica Mirra

Fine Art History, Theory and Practice
Birmingham City University

Sinologist interested in investigating contemporary Chinese artistic responses to the unprecedented urbanization in China to raise awareness of this phenomenon?s social implications and envision future urban imaginaries.

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Simon Clewes

Languages and Literature
University of Birmingham

My research looks at male-male desire in the Gothic writing of William Godwin and his circle, including Mary Shelley, William Godwin Jnr, Edward Bulwer-Lytton and Joanna Baillie, exoloring how authors worked to critique homophobic politics of the time.

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Judith Vocker

Political History
University of Leicester

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Claire Going

Languages and Literature
De Montfort University

My project looks at whether short stories printed in British magazines during and in the aftermath of the First World War can be considered a therapeutic tool for readers suffering from the emotional or psychological effects of war.

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Catrin Fear

Archaeology
University of Nottingham

My research explores the impact of lead use in medieval Britain from the environmental impact, social and medicinal impact through to identifying poisoning in the skeleton. I also research cave archaeology and palaeoanthropology.

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Amy Hondsmerk

Cultural and Museum Studies
Nottingham Trent University

My research looks at how video games as a medium are suited for use as an interpretative tool in museums. I’m focusing on game mechanics, narrative, emotion/affect, and how game structures can create and unpack arguments. I also dabble in coding.

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Peter Haysom

Languages and Literature
University of Nottingham

My PhD in Portuguese & Lusophone Studies considers regionalism and regional identity in modern Portuguese fiction. I hold a B.A. in Modern & Medieval Languages (Cambridge) and an M.A. in Portuguese Literature (Porto).