Last call for Encounters contributions; training workshops and courses.
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Encounters November 2016 - Last few days to submit a proposal

We are delighted that the University of Sussex will be hosting the 5th biannual CHASE Encounters conference at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA) on Tuesday 29 November and we would like to showcase the diverse range of work being done by the CHASE researcher community. Conference chair Professor Maria Lauret invites you to contribute in one of the following ways:
Work in progress session: as in previous Encounters, you have the opportunity to share your research with the cohort. Sessions up to 15 minutes.
Suggest a panel session: we invite suggestions for panels, workshops or other conference sessions from groups.

Creative showcase: we are fortunate to have the extensive facilities of the ACCA to hand and encourage doctoral researchers (singly or in groups) to think creatively about how to present their work, be it a paper, film screening, live performance, or other format.
Join the organising committee: you can gain experience of conference organisation by joining the team producing Encounters.
This is your conference and we are keen that as many of you as possible have the opportunity to be involved, and to present your work to an audience including representatives of the AHRC and CHASE partner organisations.

If you are interested in contributing please register your interest using the link below, including any space, time or technical requirements.

Please email with any questions. Deadline for the call is Tuesday 6 September.
Call for contributions
Encounters June 2017 - University of East Anglia

With apologies, please note that the print version of the CHASE Handbook gives an incorrect date for the June 2017 Encounters.

The correct date is Friday 30 June 2017.
The National Archives - Introduction Days

PAST introduction days provide students with an introduction to The National Archives, the skills needed to undertake archival research, and scope and research potential of their collections.

In the afternoon students will receive a tour of the reading room, view a display of original documents, and have the opportunity to identify, order and consult a record for their own research, guided by their experts.

These sessions are aimed at third year undergraduate and postgraduate students.
The next introduction days in 2016 are being held on the following dates:

Thursday 13 October
Thursday 27 October

Please follow the links for registration and further information.

Please note that both events are the same and are suitable for students of all subjects and time periods.

British Library workshop: Non-text & Multimedia PhD theses
Thursday 29 September 2016 from 11:00 to 15:30

Universities are gradually allowing a wider range of research formats to be submitted within theses for doctoral degrees, including websites, gaming apps, film, creative practice, performance, data and code. It would seem that while students often wish to produce their thesis as or including a non-text output, the technical, cultural and logistical challenges of doing so are rife.
If you're expecting to produce non-text outputs, data or other multimedia content as part of your PhD, or you supervise students who do, join the British Library for this workshop to explore the issues and seek solutions. The British Library want to identify some great examples of non-text doctoral theses as well as academic departments that are embracing non-text research outputs. What are the challenges, and what can students, supervisors and libraries do to support the changing nature of PhD theses?  There'll be a chance to share information about your own thesis plans and hear from others in the same boat.
The workshop is free, and lunch and refreshments will be provided.
To register, email or request an invitation here.
Request an invitation
Case Histories in longitudinal qualitative research
An advanced training course

6-7 October 2016
The Keep, University of Sussex
What is a case study? What is the relationship between the case and an archive? How do we make a case in different disciplines and what kinds of practical and ethical challenges are raised by working with cases? How do digital methods change our understanding of cases and casing? What part does time play in this all?

These are all questions that will be explored at a two day advanced training event supported by the National Centre for Research Methods and held in partnership with the Mass Observation Archive and the Sussex Humanities Lab.

Contributors will include Julie McLeod (Graduate School of Education, University of Melbourne), Rachel Thomson (SHL, University of Sussex),  Jette Kofoed (Education, Aarhus University ), Pam Thurschwell (English, University of Sussex), Jennifer Platt (Emeritus Sociology, University of Sussex), David Berry (Digital Humanities, University of Sussex), Rebecca Taylor (Sociology, Southampton), Louise Ryan (University of Sheffield), Gina Crivello (Young Lives, University of Oxford), Fiona Courage (Mass Observation Archive), Jeanette Ostergaard (SFI, Denmark).

Costs for participation £30 per day for students and £60 per day for staff. More information here.
More information
Research Fellow in Mass Observation Studies

The Trustees of the Mass Observation Archive in conjunction with the Sussex Humanities Lab (SHL) wish to appoint to a twelve-month fixed term, non-renewable, fellowship in Mass Observation Studies. Funded by the Trustees of the Mass Observation Archive, the fellowship aims to support candidates in the immediate post-doctoral period in developing publications and engaging in individual or collaborative research activity that will explore the synergies and potentials of the Mass Observation Archive in the context of Digital Humanities.

The post holder’s discipline may broadly align with any of two of the SHL Schools: The School of Media, Film and Music (MFM) or The School of History, Art History and Philosophy (HAHP).Cross-disciplinary skills are welcome. The post-holder will be mentored by a member of the SHL associated with the appropriate School. The post will be physically based in the appropriate School with access to the facilities and expertise available in the SHL, including access to the expertise and technologies of the Department of Informatics’ TAG laboratory, where a number of SHL team members are based. They will also be provided with access and support from the Mass Observation Archive at The Keep.

The successful candidate will be expected to employ methods available in the digital humanities (such as, but not limited to, topic modelling, network analysis, text and data mining) in order to investigate a substantive topic within the MOA. We are especially interested in the following topics:

-       Childhood

-       Technology

-       Media change

-       Emotions

Deadline for applications: Friday 23 September

For further particulars please visit the University of Sussex website

Find out more
Calls for Papers

Joseph Banks: Science, Culture and Exploration, 1743-1820
With the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council, a collaborative partnership between the National Maritime Museum, University College London, Royal Society, and National Portrait Gallery, will be holding a two-day conference at the Royal Society in September 2017 to explore the intersections of Enlightenment science, culture, commerce and empire through the figure of Joseph Banks, his correspondents, circles and networks

Proposals including a title and abstract of no more than 500 words should be emailed to Sally Archer at no later than 16 October 2016.

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