OITNBible offers students and researchers from UG to ECR level opportunities to present and observe short research-led presentations to peers and academic staff on interdisciplinary topics allied to the Netflix show Orange is the New Black and the Bible. The symposium will create and nurture a research community drawing speakers and delegates from across WRoCAH and the wider UK. Following interest from Sheffield Phoenix Press, it will serve as the initial networking and preparation meeting for an OITNBible edited volume.
Students from across Arts and Humanities, alongside those from STEM and social science subjects, will experience presenting their research and interests. One physics PhD student remarked that the symposium provides an invaluable opportunity to develop a paper outside her academic discipline or field of research. Through use of diverse presentation formats, including bettakultcha style presentations and traditional short papers, participants also get to consider which format best suits their topic and how to adapt their presentation style accordingly. OITNBible offers 50 delegates the experience to engage with diverse and inspiring papers following the CFPs, which received great national and international responses. The most successful presenters will be approached to develop their papers into content for the forthcoming edited volume.
Through launching the project under the established project ‘Hidden Perspectives’ OITNBible is located in continuity with earlier interdisciplinary work, including public engagement and outreach, undertaken by SIIBS (Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies), while promoting closer working relationships between different students and departments in WRoCAH and wider afield. Scheduled to fall within LGBT* History Month, the symposium engages with the ongoing work on diversity training and awareness, and includes contributions from staff and students involved in the Faculty of Arts LGBT* Studies module.
Jo Henderson-Merrygold, Sheffield
Other student organisers
Charity Hamilton - University of Leeds Lucy Skerratt - King's College London (MA Student)