Special Issues

Special Issues

Sound Thought 2017: Proceedings and Documentation

The Sound Thought committee is pleased to announce the publication of two papers that were presented at the festival in May 2017. 

Very much in the spirit of one of our themes, “collaborate,” the Sound Thought committee has worked closely with eSharp, the University of Glasgow’s online academic journal for the arts, humanities, social sciences, and education, to compile a special issue drawn from this year’s festival.

In this journal, we present Dr. Iain Findlay-Walsh’s paper which investigates autoethnographic strategies in soundscape art, as well as Rachael Finney’s research of girl groups in the context of 1960s popular culture.

Along with the delegates’ work, we have compiled several impressions of this year’s festival which took place at the Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow.

We would like to take the opportunity to thank Pernille Ravn and eSharp for their dedicated work and hope that these two graduate-run organisations can continue to collaborate in the future.

The Sound Thought Organising Committee 2017

Sound Thought Beta 2014

This collection of papers is drawn from the 2014 annual conference, which consisted of music composition, performance and research run by Glasgow University music department postgraduates. Sound Thought 2014 took place in Glasgow’s renowned Centre for Contemporary Arts between January 10th and 12th provided a platform for postgraduate music students to present their work to an academic audience and an engaged public. The conference presented research and practice from a range of sound and music disciplines in an environment which contrasts, relates, and contextualises the work. The event engaged the public with music research from across the UK and promoted understanding of the research field as well as enhancing the research environment at the university through interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaboration. We are thankful to eSharp for collaborating with us to produce this final publication from the event.


This collection of papers is drawn from the 2011 annual conference of Historical Perspectives, a postgraduate history network based in Scotland. The theme of the conference was ‘Real and Imagined Communities’, and we are proud to present this selection of papers which explore that theme in interesting and new ways. From intellectual communities of the past to the disparate communities of industrial legacy; from lost communities of audiences to nationwide consumers constructed as communities; and from political dissenters across national boundaries, to sidelined ethnic communities within one. These papers ask what community means in the present, and if it can ever be real or even imagined.

The 1951 UN Refugee Convention – 60 Years On

Many of the articles included in this special issue were presented at the postgraduate colloquium 'The 1951 UN Refugee Convention – 60 Years On' organised by the GRAMNet (Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network) Postgraduate Cluster, which took place in Glasgow on 13 June 2011. Drawing inspiration from various theoretical and methodological frameworks, they discuss the changing nature of asylum and refugee protection in the last six decades.

Communicating Change: Representing Self and Community in a Technological World

A selection of papers arising from the Communicating Change: Weaving the Web into the Future conference hosted by postgraduate students from the Graduate School of Arts and Humanities, in the Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow, 8th-10th June 2009. This 7th Annual GSAH conference employed a theme of communicating change, asking delegates to present their work in light of the academic, social, literary, historical and technological challenges and changes that the organising committee felt were in operation across the different disciplines within the Arts and Humanities.

Critical Issues in Researching Hidden Communities

This Special Issue of eSharp represents the culmination of a two-year postgraduate initiative at the University of Glasgow, revolving around research with 'hidden communities'. Financed by the Roberts Fund, the focal point of this project was a two-day postgraduate conference, entitled 'Critical Issues in Researching Hidden Communities' held at the University of Glasgow in October 2008. Like the conference, the set of papers presented in this issue brings together both early-stage researchers and experienced academics, from anthropology, criminology, sociology and political science, to discuss the personal andpractical realities of carrying out research with social groups that are difficult to access.

New Waves and New Cinemas

Papers arising from the New Waves and New Cinemas postgraduate symposium at the University of Leeds, 8 July 2006.

Spinning Scotland: Exploring Literary and Cultural Perspectives

A selection of papers arising from the Spinning Scotland conference hosted by the postgraduate students of the Department of Scottish Literature in the Wolfson Medical Building, University of Glasgow, Saturday 13 September 2008. Responding to the call for further collaborative research in the field of Scottish Literature, the conference employed the metaphor of the fabric of the Scottish nation- the collaboration between literature, culture, language, history and thought- to engage with the rich texture of Scotland's literary output.

Reaction and Reinvention: Changing Times in Central and Eastern Europe

Papers arising from the postgraduate conference of the British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES), 'Reactions and Reinventions: Changing Critical Genres in Slavonic and East European Literature, Culture and Politics since 1840', Centre for Russian, Central and Eastern European Studies, University of Glasgow, 8 December, 2007.