NiTRO Creative Matters

Perspectives on creative arts in higher education

HOW LIFE GETS IN – NiTRO Creative Matters

Submissions close Sunday 14 January 2024

HDR + ECR Special Issue of NiTRO Creative Matters


We have been told that when you’re doing a PhD, ‘everything’ is the PhD… 

But is it? We’re interested in what happens when the academy and life collide.

How does your practice change, inform, and permeate your PhD?

How does your PhD permeate, inform, or change your practice?

For this issue of NiTRO Creative Matters we invite HDRs and ECRs to submit creative and critical responses to the prompt: How Life Gets In.

Send us your fruitful, frustrating, frantic experiences of what happens/happened when your existing practice met your practice research met your everyday life.

What are the ways in which your PhD has shifted the way you practise? Which changes will you keep, and what will you discard? And how does this state of living-researching-practising impact you?

And what windows, doorways, pathways has (or might) your PhD open to a life beyond?

Rules for engagement are wide open – see our submission guidelines below.

We are five researchers in our second, third and fourth year of PhD candidature engaging with practice research across poetry, prose, playwriting, screenwriting, podcasting, and essaying.  

–– Carina Böhm, Didem Caia, Clare Carlin, Emilie Collyer, Ruth Fogarty


Submissions close Sunday 14 January 2024

Notification of acceptance February 2024

Publication April 2024

Email submissions and any queries to

The work

Your submission can take any form that is publishable and that you feel adequately communicates your response. This can include written, audio, visual and audiovisual. Written works can be creative or scholarly. There is no word count or durational limit, our only guideline is that your work should communicate your response in the best possible way.

Note: Published audio and video submissions should include one to two still images, a brief description of the content and should provide a link to a third-party platform such as Vimeo (with no password protection OR password provided).

Research statement or abstract

Around 200 words to contextualise your submission.

Please note this is not a peer-reviewed journal in the scholarly sense. If you would like your submission recognised as a formal research output, please check with your institution.

Copyright of all your original material remains with you. Credits and permission to publish all submitted content required.

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