Dr Chris Deacy left) with Taylor Weaver

Nostalgia podcast with Taylor Weaver

The latest episode of the podcast series on ‘Nostalgia’, hosted by Dr Chris Deacy, Reader in Theology and Religious Studies in the Department of Religious Studies, has just been released.

In this week’s episode, Chris interviews Taylor Weaver, research student in the Department of Religious Studies.

Taylor talks about his journey from Texas to Canterbury in order to undertake a PhD, he recalls an early memory of getting into a fight with his brother, and explains why it was never possible in the South to escape religion. He also talks about being radicalized by leftist intellectuals, his early appreciation for the music of ‘Lynyrd Skynyrd’, why playing video games with a friend is especially bittersweet for him, how he wanted to be in the marines, and even dreamed of becoming a rock star.

Dr Eleen M Deprez and Claire Anscomb

Aesthetics journal to be edited within the Department of History of Art

Dr Eleen M. Deprez, who has recently completed her PhD in History and Philosophy of Art (HPA) at Kent, and Claire Anscomb, who is conducting her PhD in HPA, have both been made editors of the journal Debates in Aesthetics (formerly the Postgraduate Journal in Aesthetics).

Debates in Aesthetics is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal for articles, interviews and book reviews. Published by the British Society of Aesthetics, the journal’s principal aim is to provide the philosophical community with a dedicated venue for debate in aesthetics and the philosophy of art.

The journal aims to publish two issues a year. The summer/autumn issue features original articles, book reviews and an interview with a senior philosopher of art or aesthetician. The winter/spring issue concerns a senior philosopher of art or aesthetician. Commentaries on an original article by a senior philosopher, or the philosopher’s existing published work, will be published alongside a response from the philosopher concerned.

Eleen and Claire’s first edited issue will be released in the Spring next year. They are currently inviting short papers in response to ‘Black Reconstruction in Aesthetics‘, a new article by Professor Paul C. Taylor (Vanderbilt University), specially written for Debates in Aesthetics. More information will be released soon.

Claire is in the final stages of her PhD, completed her thesis ‘On the Significance of Automaticity in Image-Making Practices’. Eleen is currently teaching at the School of Art and completed her PhD, with a thesis entitled ‘The Curated Exhibition: A Philosophical and Historical Analysis’, last year.

For more details about the journal, please see the page here.

Leadership Bulletin 12 December 2018

Leadership Bulletin (12 December 2018)

The latest issue of the Leadership Bulletin, designed to give an overview of key developments at Kent, is now available.

The latest issue (12 December 2018) includes a congratulations from our Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, to everyone involved in the University’s win, for the second year running, of the Outstanding Support for Students Award. The win this year was for the OPERA (Opportunity, Productivity, Engagement, Reducing barriers, Achievements) Project.

There is also an update on Executive Group and Extended Executive Group (Executive Group plus Deans) meetings, including progress reports on KentVision and on the Medway strategy.

The “Long Read’ focuses on the review of the University’s organisational structure, led by our Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, Denise Everitt.

The Bulletin is distributed fortnightly to all members of the Senior Leadership Forum to cascade to staff in schools and professional service departments. If you haven’t received your copy yet, you can read the bulletin online.

Staff published in The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English

Dr Jeremy Scott, Senior Lecturer in the department of English Language & Linguistics, and Dr Paul March-Russell, Lecturer in Comparative Literature, have recently published chapters in The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English (Edinburgh University Press, 2018).

The Edinburgh Companion to the Short Story in English presents new scholarly essays on the short story in English as a phenomenon of world literature, and explores the history and development of the anglophone short story since the beginning of the nineteenth century. This collection of innovative essays by new and established scholars explores these and other questions, addressing stories from around the world, and considering their relationship to place, identity, history and genre.

“This paper investigates the expressive and methodological possibilities inherent in writing ‘short’ through close analysis of the narrative structure and prose style of a sample of what can be classified variously as ‘postmodern’, experimental and anti-realist short stories,” Jeremy Scott writes in regards to his chapter ‘Experimental Short Stories’. “The paper’s thesis is that the experimental short story genre can be defined and delineated in a principled manner with reference to concepts drawn from stylistics, and that such definition has useful implications and lessons for both creative practice in general.”

Paul March-Russell’s chapter, ‘Impressionism and the Short Story’, looks at the complicated history and multiple meanings of Impressionism in philosophy, aesthetics and the visual arts before focusing on short story writers such as Katherine Mansfield and Virginia Woolf.

Amalia Arvaniti receives Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship

Professor Amalia Arvaniti, of the Department of English Language & Linguistics, is the recipient of a two-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (2019-2021) for her project ‘Politics and Linguistic Variation in a Post-Diglossic Speech Community.’

Amalia will work on a monograph documenting changes in the Greek sound system as it evolved after the official abolition of diglossia in 1976, and recent developments – under the influence of moral panic due to the financial crisis in Greece – which have led to a revival of features from the diglossic era. Amalia will use social media to canvass views on these changes, will analyse speech samples and conduct perceptual sociolinguistic experiments to assess the role that these revived features have on the social evaluation of speakers and of diglossia-related registers of Greek.


Estates Department disruption to services on Friday 14 December

In order to permit members of the Estates Department to participate in their Christmas lunch, the following areas will be closed, or operating a reduced service from 11.30 on Friday 14 December:

  • Estates Customer Services will be closed from 11.30 and will re-open again at 08.00 on Monday 17 December. Anyone with enquiries about emergency defects should contact Campus Security on extension 3300. Authorised intranet users can still report non-essential defects via the Estates intranet service or email estatescustomerservices@kent.ac.uk
  • The Estates Department reception will be closed from 11.30 and will re-open at 08.30 on Monday 17 December.
  • The main Switchboard will be closed from 11.30 and will re-open again at 08.30 on Monday 17 December. If you would like any diverts set up on your landline or mobile devices, please email telexchange@kent.ac.uk before Friday.
  • Postal Services will not be delivering or collecting mail after 11.30. Timings will be brought forward for the departments that normally have their first or only delivery/collection after this time. The Post Room will be closed between 11.30 and 15.00 and the Postal Counter for personal mail will not be open on this day. If mail volumes are not excessive, outgoing items collected before 11.30 should still be processed on the same day. Urgent items of business mail may be hand delivered to the Post Room between 15.00-15.30, where they will be processed in order of priority.

All other areas of the Estates Department will be operating as usual. In particular, the Design & Print Centre and the Security & Transport Centre will remain open.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


Festive Fun at Kent Sport

This holiday season, Kent Sport are providing a variety of events and activities to help get you in the festive spirit.

Friday 14 December – Save the date! You are invited to join us for free mince pies and mulled wine at the Pavilion Café Bar, so join in the festive fun! You can also enjoy some amazing live music with Christmas classics. The Blue Wave Trio will be singing at this event. The seasoned group will be singing songs from the American songbook with a sprinkling of Christmas spirit. Free event, open to all staff and students. 12pm to 2pm. 


Wednesday 12 December – Christmas fitness and dance classes, including Santa’s Spin, Jingle Bell Zumba and Silent Night Relaxation. Free for Gold and Silver members, usual Bronze member fee. For details see the poster. The current fitness and dance class timetable (through to 14 December) and the vacation fitness and dance class timetable (17 December to 11 January) are available here. For our other timetabled sport and fitness activities through to the end of this term see Active Kent.


Festive wellbeing – Worried about all the festive indulgences? Check out our membership options.


Christmas closure – Kent Sport will be closed on Friday 21 December through to Tuesday 1 January. All facilities will re-open on Wednesday 2 January. Look out for our next issue of Active Kent in the New Year with all the details of what’s on at Kent Sport for term 2.

Staff Guide homepage

Welcome to our new Staff Guide

Our brand new Staff Guide webpages are launched today (Wednesday 12 December).

The new Guide signposts you to essential staff information, in easy-to-search categories, such as:

  • Getting Started
  • Employment and Benefits
  • Professional and Personal Development
  • Day-to-Day Support
  • Teaching and Research
  • Safety and Wellbeing
  • On Campus

You will also see an A-Z section that lists some of the things we find difficult to locate at times – including University policies and regulations, and forms, as well as a How do I? of common staff queries, from claiming expenses to booking a meeting.

The new Guide has been developed following a key recommendation from the Simplifying Kent Internal Project Phase One that we need to find a better way of signposting colleagues to key information.

A team, led by Wendy Raeside and Etienne Donzelot in Corporate Communications, have therefore spent much of the past year developing an alternative to our Campus Online webpages. They have been working closely with colleagues in other key Kent teams, such as WebDev in IS and HR, to ensure the new pages contain everything you need to know about working at Kent.

A major feature is the new Search function which, in the first instance, is limited to information contained with the Staff Guide pages, and should help you find the key information you’re looking for.

There are also prominent links to key services for staff, including Campus News (linking to news on the former Campus Online pages), Online Directory, Your Emails and Staff Connect.

Lower down the home page, you will see highlights of latest staff interest stories, again with links to latest News Centre/Campus News stories.

The Staff Guide is very much a work in progress and we will be continuing to make amends and updates on a regular basis

Please take a look and, if you find anything that isn’t clear or needs updating, let us know by emailing Communications@kent.ac.uk

We hope you enjoy using the new Staff Guide!

Etienne Donzelot and Wendy Raeside, Corporate Communications

You are all invited! | Free open day at Gulbenkian | Fri 18 Jan

2019 is Gulbenkan’s 50th Birthday! and all staff are invited to a very special open day on Fri 18 Jan.

Meet our team and see behind the scenes in our backstage tour (and be one of the first to sit in our brand new theatre seats)

  • Find out what is coming up this year in theatre & cinema and the bOing! International Family Festival
  • Learn about staff discounts
  • Unleash your own creativity and join a creative workshop
  • Try some new dishes from our kitchen, and coffee from Kent suppliers we have invited along
  • Discover the brilliant, Arts Council funded work we do with children and young people across Kent
  • Find out how you can hire our spaces, volunteer, or become more involved with your arts centre here on campus

It’s very informal and you can drop in anytime between 11am and 2pm. Please RSVP to boxoffice@kent.ac.uk so we have an idea of numbers.