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A warm welcome to the new CHASE 2016 cohort and any supervisors new to CHASE, we hope your studentship has begun well and look forward to getting to know you over the next few years. Just a couple of lines to introduce you to our monthly CHASE bulletin, our main direct communication with CHASE scholars, faculty and the wider CHASE community.

What is included in the CHASE bulletin:
- Key information about your studentship e.g. CHASE training needs analysis
- CHASE-led training events and programmes 
- Partner-led training activities
- Call to contribute and sign up to Encounters
- Student news
- Other events and calls for papers 

We welcome contributions in various forms e.g. blog posts, photos, promotion of events and reviews, to name a few! Please email by the 28th of each month to feature in the month ahead. 

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Encounters registration

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships with the British Library

Student placement opportunity at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

The National Archive - skills training events

Other events and call for papers
Encounters - reminder to register
Don't forget to register for Encounters this November. Attendance is compulsory, and you must notify us if you have a valid reason for not attending.

Tuesday 28 November
Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts,
University of Sussex,
Falmer, BN1 9RA, (map)
Register here
For the attention of supervisors

Call for Proposals: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships with the British Library
The British Library invites proposals for AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships to start in October 2017 based around the following strategic research themes:
  • England and France: Manuscripts 700-1200
  • Future Pasts: British-Caribbean Popular Culture and the Politics of History, 1948-1998
  • Studying migration and diaspora through Russian language publishing
  • American Political Pamphlets 1920-1945
AHRC CDPs provide funding for PhD research drawing on the Library’s collections, resources and expertise. The projects are co-supervised by the Library with selected university partners. Once selected, the university supervisor has the opportunity to refine and develop the theme, in collaboration with the Library supervisor, in order for each partner to gain maximum benefit from the collaboration. A PhD candidate is then recruited and in turn will help to shape the final agreed research project.
In addition to AHRC funding for the studentship, the British Library provides financial support to the student for research-related costs of up to £1,000 a year. The student will receive staff-level access to the British Library's collections, expertise and facilities, and also benefit from the dedicated cohort development programme delivered by the Library in tandem with the other museums, galleries and heritage organisations affiliated to the AHRC CDP scheme.
Academics with research interests and expertise in the above areas are invited to apply to be CDP partners for the October 2017 cohort. Full application guidelines, including further details about the selected research themes, can be found here.
This call is open to staff of postdoctoral standing based at UK universities. The British Library expects all applications to have been given the consent of the applicant’s Head of Department. The application deadline is 25 November 2016.
For any queries about the collaborative PhD programme, or to find out more about other opportunities for research collaboration with the Library, please visit, or email

Further CDP calls can be found here.

DTP Student placement opportunity at the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

The Paul Mellon Centre is pleased to announce a new opportunity for PhD students who are affiliated to any of the AHRC’s Doctoral Training Partnerships. Candidates are invited to apply for a 6 month professional training development placement based at the Centre, working primarily with the Research Collections staff and the Digital Manager. 

The focus of the placement will be to facilitate the promotion of material held in the Centre’s Library, Archive and Photographic Archives.   A key output will be the production of an online guide.  If feasible within the project timetable, there may also be opportunities to get involved with other Paul Mellon Centre initiatives and activities. 

The placement is open to candidates from any disciplinary background, but candidates must be enrolled in an AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP).  All DTP-affiliated have the opportunity to undertake a placement as part of their doctoral training and funding is provided the Doctoral Training Partnership. The Paul Mellon Centre does not provide stipends for student placements.    

Further information about CHASE placements can be found here.

The closing date for applications is midnight on 17 October 2016. Interviews planned for the week commencing the 7 November 2016.

All details available here

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art is committed to promoting equality and diversity.

As a CHASE funded student you can apply for support for travel and subsistence costs for attending events relevant to your research.

Please use the CHASE application form for student support funding available on the CHASE VRE.

There will be more events posted throughout the month on the CHASE website

Archival skills training events for DTP students 

The National Archives (TNA) holds one of the largest collections in the world, containing over 11 million historical government and public records. From Domesday Book to the Leveson Enquiry, our records offer students a myriad of untapped research opportunities across a wide range of time periods and disciplines.

The PAST introduction days offer an introduction to The National Archives, the skills and knowledge needed to undertake archival research, and the scope and potential of their collection.

Sessions include an introduction to using Discovery, the online catalogue, a tour of the archives, and a display of some of their iconic documents.

Students will also have the opportunity to identify, order, and view original documents for their research, guided by their record specialists.

Registration is £15, including refreshments on arrival and lunch.

The next Introduction to Archival Research days are on:

Please follow the links for registration and a full programme.

As a CHASE funded student you can apply for support for travel and subsistence costs for attending events relevant to your research.

Please use the CHASE application form for student support funding available on the CHASE VRE.

There will be more events posted throughout the month on the CHASE website.
History Day 2016: history libraries, archives & research open day
Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, University of London
15 November, 10:00-14:00

A unique one-day event for postgraduate students and early career researchers. Meet librarians and archivists from across London (and beyond) to find out what they have to offer you and your research, and participate in a series of historical debates and panel sessions.
The day includes an open history fair showcasing libraries, archives and organisations, offering individual advice for your research.
Panel sessions include:
  • Public History, 10:30 to 11:15, with Prof. Lawrence Goldman (IHR), Dr Suzannah Lipscomb (NCH)
  • Libraries versus Archives! 11:30-12:30, with Dr Julian Harrison (British Library ), Isobel Hunter (The National Archives), Victoria Northwood (Independent archivist), Dr Richard Espley (Senate House Library) and Elizabeth Williams (Goldsmiths)
  • Digital research. 14:00 to 14:45
  • Keep Calm and use Business Archives! 15:15 to 15:45
Book your free place here.

As a CHASE funded student you can apply for support for travel and subsistence costs for presenting at conferences or symposia relevant to your research or career development.*

Please use the CHASE application form for student support funding available on the CHASE VRE.

The translator made corporeal: translation history and the archive
Monday 8 May 2017
British Library Conference Centre

This conference sets out to explore current progress in studying the human, flesh-and-blood translator in an historical and cultural context.  A final panel, chaired by Theo Hermans, will focus on the future potentials, limitations and risks of biographical research of translators in Translation Studies and the humanities.

Abstracts of 300 words should be sent to by Friday 28 October 2016. 

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Sibylline Leaves
20-21 July 2017
Birkbeck College

This conference invites participants to investigate the play of papers between proliferating ‘snips’, ‘scraps’, and ‘scattered leaves’, and the promise of the ‘GREAT WORK’, complete edition, or philosophical system.

Proposals welcome on the metaphorical, material and political implications of the ‘leaf in flight’, and on the composition, publication and reception of romantic poetry in relation to a diverse range of collections and composite texts: miscellanies, anthologies and beauties, multi-volume or serialised fiction, magazines and newspapers, annuals and albums, common-place books and notebooks, catalogues and guidebooks, encyclopaedias and dictionaries. 

Please submit a 500 word abstract by 15 October 2016 to

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