The aim of HaCKS is twofold: to provide a network for collaborating and sharing knowledge in contemporary and historical sociolinguistic topics, and to provide the opportunity for postgraduates to engage with the wider research community and the public. These aims will be addressed via two platforms: a website and a seminar series, to be launched in Spring 2016.
The website will be a dedicated space for academic interaction on sociolinguistic topics, with the maintenance of a regular blog feed as well as sections for core terminology, scholarship, sources, and links to other useful information for students and researchers. This would become a ‘go-to’ place for all things sociolinguistic, and a hive of discussions initiated by the blog posts. Posts will be made at least twice a month during the academic term by the core organisers, but blog submissions from anybody will be reviewed and accepted, and comments will be open to all.
The seminar series will combine talks or workshops from established scholars and current postgraduate or early-career researchers. These will be shared out across the White Rose institutions in monthly blocks that incorporate at least one guest lecturer and one PGR talk before rotating location. Ideally, these will be shared equally between historical and contemporary topics. At this stage we have confirmed three guest lecturers (Dr Nils Langer from Bristol, Dr Kris Horner from Sheffield, and Dr Diana Cullell from Liverpool), and are waiting for confirmation from another academic based in Bristol. The talks by each guest lecturer will also be followed by a brief networking opportunity with drinks and snacks. The talks by PGRs are not limited to the student organisers, so there is potential for wide scope of topics that could be discussed. If the seminar series proves popular, there is also the possibility that a one-off conference could be organised in future years.
Joshua Bengough-Smith, Sheffield
Other student organisers
Grace Wood, University of York Andrew Bradley, University of Sheffield Kate Moore, University of Leeds