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CHASE Journal - (how to) get involved!

British Library - BL Labs Competition

Researchfish survey - clarification

Goldsmiths Graduate Festival

Placement Opportunities and a report by Eleanor Careless on her placement at the ICA

Student news and events & calls for papers
CHASE Journal - (how to) get involved!

Emily Bartlett and Nicole Mennell are holding a meeting for the CHASE postgraduate journal they are in the process of setting up on Tuesday 9 February in London 15:00-17:00 at the OU in Camden. The purpose of the meeting is to allocate roles and discuss the remit of the journal. Emily and Nicole are also hoping that students with web development, coding and graphic design experience will come along to the meeting and potentially assist them with the creation of the online journal system and a logo. If you would like to attend this meeting or if you want more information please email as soon as possible as spaces are limited.

Travel expenses can be claimed, please apply to your institution for reimubursement.
British library - BL Labs Competition

The BL Labs Competition, which closes on Monday 11 April 2016, is looking for innovative project ideas which use their digital collections in new and exciting ways. Two winners will be selected who will get the opportunity to work on their projects in residence with BL Labs at the British Library for 6 months,  where they will receive the necessary support to make their ideas happen. The Competition winner and runner up will receive £3000 and £1000 respectively.
The BL Labs Awards, which closes on 5 September 2016, recognises outstanding and innovative work carried out using the BL's digital content in four key areas: Research, Commercial, Artistic and Teaching / Learning. A prize of £500 for the winner and £100 for the runner up  will be awarded in each category.
The winners, runners up and other entrants’ work will be showcased and the prizes given at the annual BL Labs Symposium on the 7 November at the British Library, St Pancras, London.
More information about the Competition and Awards is available via the Digital Scholarship blog.
Why not come to one of the 15 'BL Labs Roadshow 2016' UK events we are running between February and April 2016, to learn more about our digital collections and discuss your ideas? This year, the BL are visiting institutions in: Aberystwyth, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cambridge, Edinburgh, Lancaster, London, Milton Keynes, Norwich, Sheffield and Wolverhampton. Please find further Roadshow details here.
Goldsmiths Graduate School - Call for proposals
9 May – 15 May 2016

Abstracts and proposals can be submitted by email to: Deadline: 26 February 2016.

The Goldsmiths Graduate Festival is an important celebration of postgraduate research in Goldsmiths and in universities nationally and internationally. It is organised by and for postgraduate research students as a vital platform to present and share their work.

Students are encouraged to collaborate across the stages of their research, to suggest panels and thematic streams. The Festival is open to all. Proposals are invited from postgraduate students, and particularly students from CHASE partners.

Find out how you can be involved
Researchfish survey – clarification

Students in the second year of their award may recently have received an email with the subject line
‘RCUK Submission Period 2016 – 1st February to 4pm on 10th March’
The Research Councils, including the AHRC, are using Researchfish to gather information about the activities of their award holders. This includes doctoral researchers from the second year onwards of their studentship award. AHRC have confirmed that ‘at the present time the studentship and the associated outcomes are not being published on Gateway to Research’.
AHRC does very much want students to provide them with the details of any outcomes that their funded study has generated, although they do appreciate that the breadth of outcomes will be less than those generated by research grants. They anticipate that outcome types most relevant to students will be papers that have been published, collaborations outside of the university, and engagement activities with non-academic organisations or groups. There is an option to use what is referred to as the ‘null submission’, which effectively states that no outcomes have been generated yet; this is completely acceptable for studentships and grants which have not yet finished.
Please see for more information, or for help using the Researchfish system

As a CHASE funded student you have the opportunity to undertake a placement as part of your doctoral training.

For more informaiton on placement opporunities and how to apply, visit the CHASE website.
Placement Opportunites at the BFI

The BFI have just announced the details of four placements, titles of which are below.
  • Researcher: Sight & Sound
  • BFI Future Policy research (more than one opportunity available)
  • Film Pedagogies research
  • Victorian Cinema researcher
For descriptions of the placements and to find how to apply, please visit the CHASE website potential placements page. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 1 March.
British Library Placements - Still time to apply!

The British Library are excited to be able to make 17 placement opportunities available at the Library under the current Call, based in areas such as Research Engagement, Corporate Affairs and Digital Scholarship, as well as across the Library’s specialist curatorial teams. It is hoped that these projects will appeal to researchers working across a wide range of disciplines/subject areas. All placement projects have appropriate training, supervision and support, as well as significant ownership responsibilities and opportunities for professional and personal development.

The application deadline is Friday 19 February. All applications must be supported by the applicant’s PhD supervisor and their department’s Graduate Tutor (or equivalent).

Please refer to the British Library website for full details.

ICA CHASE Placement
by Eleanor Careless

My CHASE placement entailed working for two months as a Project Coordinator for the Institute of Contemporary Arts’ Luis Buñuel retrospective. This terrific opportunity to be behind the scenes of an institution that promotes an understanding of radical art and culture brought me into close contact with a broad spectrum of activities.

The ICA – as I came to know at first hand – is a pioneering exhibition space, and presents a diverse and exciting programme of talks, screenings, workshops and events. My proximity to this wide-ranging programme, whether in terms of its overlap with the Buñuel retrospective, accompanying staff tours of a new exhibition, or exchanges with my new colleagues in the curatorial office, made this placement a truly immersive experience

Eleanor Careless is in the second year of her PhD in the School of English at the University of Sussex.
Read more about Eleanor's placement

If you are interested in undertaking a placement, read more about how you can apply and for some of the opportunities available to CHASE funded students or contact  Steve Colburn

For more information or help with applying for a placement, please contact Steven Colburn, Partnerships and Placements Officer
More about placements

The following has been provided by or are associated with CHASE students, academics or institutions.

Funding support to attend  events can be applied via the VRE.

Use the online events form or blog form to feature on the CHASE website and monthly bulletin.
Placing Prints: New Developments in the Study of Print, 1400-1800
Joint Annual Renaissance Early Modern Postgraduate Symposium
Friday 12 - Saturday 13 February
The Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House

Traditionally, the history of printmaking has fallen in the space between art history and the history of the book. Often ‘reproductive’ and multiple in nature, prints have long been marginalized in art historical scholarship in favour of the traditional ‘high’ arts. The inherent complexities in the manufacture and sale of print, often involving multi-faceted networks of specialist craftsmen, artists, publishers and sellers, has also led to much confusion. Not knowing how prints are made has affected our ability to understand the medium and its aesthetic qualities. However, recent scholarship has opened up new avenues for placing prints in Renaissance and Early Modern Europe. From the techniques applied in the making of prints to the individuals involved in their production, distribution and use, current research is continuing to shape our understanding of this complex field.

There are 8 free tickets available to CHASE students, please email if you are intested in attending. The tickets will be assigned on a first come first served basis.
Full programme here
A week in the Florentine Archives with the Medici Archive Project
by Lydia Goodson

I am researching patrons of art in the Umbrian towns of central Italy, in the years 1480 to 1510, and in particular I am interested in tracing networks of patrons in this area at a time that a flowering of patronage of artists.  Having spent time of researching existing scholarship, last year I came to a point no doubt familiar to many scholars, when I had questions that were not going to be answered without going to the primary source. It was time to start my archive research.

Working on fifteenth and sixteenth century documents in the Italian archives is far from straightforward, however.  Even when you make it past the terrifying archivists who regard you as a potential menace about to make a mess of their carefully ordered documents, a fifteenth century notary’s hand is notoriously hard to read.

Lydia Goodson is in the third year of her part time PhD in the History of Art Department at the University of Sussex.

Read more about Lydia's research
River of Ink
a debut novel by Paul Cooper

Launched last week at Asia House in London, Paul Cooper's River of Ink, is set in historical Sri Lanka during a time of division in the country.
After graduating from the University of Warwick, Paul spent two years in Sri Lanka teaching English, visiting the ruins of Plonnaruwa, learning to speak Sinhala and to read Tamil.

           “Masterly … A powerful and timely fable about freedom, resistance and
            the secret might of the weak” –  Financial Times

Paul is currently currently pursuing a CHASE-funded Creative Writing PhD at at the University of East Anglia. River of Ink is published by CHASE partner, Bloomsbury.
Read more about River of Ink here
Building a Crossing Tower: A design for Rouen Cathedral of 1516
an upcoming publication by Constanza Beltrami

As an MA student and now a first year PhD student at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Constanza Bemtrami discovered a hugely important drawing of Rouen Cathedral and has since unearthed the archival evidence to reconstruct its function and determine its significance and will be publishing a book entitled Building a Crossing Tower: A design for Rouen Cathedral of 1516.

Prompted by the recent discovery of an impressive three-metre tall late Gothic drawing of a soaring tower and spire, this book offers a rare insight into the processes of designing and building a major Gothic project. The drawing’s place and date of creation are unknown, and it corresponds to no surviving Gothic tower. Equally mysterious is the three-quarter, top-down perspective from which the tower is represented, without parallel in any other medieval drawings. Who drew this? When? And what did he hope to convey with his choice of a top-down representation of the tower? Building a Crossing Tower explores these questions, and uncovers the dramatic circumstances in which this drawing was created.
Read the preview and enquire 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
Calls for papers

‘Stains’ The Cambridge French graduate conference
Friday 27- Saturday 28 May
Emmanuel College, Cambridge

“Materialism means that the reality I see is never “whole” - not because a large part of it eludes me, but because it contains a stain, a blind spot, which signals my inclusion in it.” - Slavoj Žižek, The Parallax View

We invite abstracts for papers of 20 minutes in English or French on the theme of ‘stains’. Abstracts not exceeding 250 words should be sent by 15th February 2016 

Full details here
Bridging the Divide: Literature and Science
Friday 3 June
University of Kent, Canterbury

‘Science and literature are not two things, but two sides of one thing’ – Thomas Huxley
The relationship between literature and science has been a perennial subject of debate. Is there a divide between these two fields, or are they in fact two sides of one thing? The Universities of Kent and Sussex present a one-day conference aimed at interrogating discourses around this subject.

We welcome abstracts for 20-minute papers, short creative pieces, and readings from postgraduate students by 1 April 2016 to be sent to Abstracts should be no longer than 300 words.

Liberation, struggle and resistance – a One-Day Conference
Wednesday 18 May
University of Sussex

NGender is a research collective of postgraduate students at the University of Sussex with interests in gender and sexuality research. The annual conference has become a brilliant way of sharing ideas with a wider network of researchers and activists.

Proposals should be no more than 300 words, submissions and queries should be directed to

Full details here

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.
Creative Dementia Arts Network
Fitfth Annual Conference
Thursday 14 - Friday 15 April
St Hugh's College, Oxford

Involved or interested in arts and dementia? Wanting to update your knowledge of best practice? Keen to hear from leading researchers and practitioners in the field? Looking for guidance in making your arts venue dementia friendly? Seeking information about study, professional development and training? Wishing there were more activities to offer in your care homes? Musician or dancer keen to update your skills? Yearn for an opportunity to share, connect and network with others?

Then don’t miss this the fifth specialist CDAN conference conference and/or a day of Masterclasses.

Find out more

South Downs Research Conference 2016
Wednesday 6 July
South Downs Centre, Midhurst
Designed to bring together researchers, students, practitioners and academics this conference showcases research across all disciplines in pursuit of the special qualities of the National Park.

Abstracts are invited for posters and platform presentations. Submission deadline is Wednesday 4 May 2016.

Find out more
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