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Researchfish survey - final reminder and clarification

CHASE Practices is now open for CHASE-funded scholars to apply. This all-day practice-based event, led by University of Sussex academic practitioners and theorists engaged in a range of creative media practices, builds on previous CHASE activities at the University of Sussex.

CHASE Practices: Situations in Art and Technology Practice
University of Sussex – 16 March 2016
The Creativity Zone, Pevensey III
Organised by Emile Devereaux with Sally Jane Norman

Small groups of PhD researchers are invited for one day of hands-on practical sessions, to collaboratively develop and present projects to the cohort within a limited timeframe. Doctoral researchers are encouraged to consider collaborative, practical and visual approaches to their research and practitioners will be able to extend their methods in new directions. The ability to engage with practical methods and communicate effectively through media forms requires more than an afterthought or illustration of theory. We seek to develop the potential for performativity and media to reach audiences beyond academic contexts and hope that this one-day immersive collaborative experimentation might lead to future exhibition, curating and dissemination of works.

Space is limited so prompt booking is recommended. Deadline to apply noon Friday 11 March.
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CHASE Networks - funding call now open

The CHASE Management Board is once again pleased to issue its biannual call to academic staff at CHASE member institutions. Small grants are available for events or other initiatives that promote that development of subject or interdisciplinary networks within the Consortium.

To read about previous awards given and how to apply, visit the CHASE Networks page.
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PhD Research Spring Symposium: Global Voices in the Archive
Monday 21 March
British Library

Join the British Library’s collaborative PhD students and curators for an exploration of new research drawing on the Library’s archives and collections. Speakers at various stages of their PhD projects will explore the theme of ‘translation’ – both in a literal sense, investigating the hidden lives and work of translators and interpreters as revealed in the archive, and more broadly in terms of how languages, values, beliefs, histories and narratives are communicated and understood within, between, and across different cultures and contexts. The event will also gather reflections from early-career academics and final year PhD students on how working with the archives has changed the direction of their research. See attached for the latest programme.
About the keynote speaker: Tom Overton will address the theme of migration in the archive, as explored in the first chapter of his forthcoming book The Good Archivist. Currently Writer-in-Residence at Jerwood Visual Arts, Tom completed an AHRC British Library/King’s College London collaborative PhD on the writer, critic and painter John Berger in 2014. In 2015 he published an edited collection of Berger’s essays.

The event is free to attend, but places are limited so advance registration is recommended. Draft programme here.
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Did you know that you could apply for funding to support a student-led event or conference as part of a your development?

Find out more on how to qualify and apply for the funding.
Women and the Criminal Justice System - past, present and future
Friday 15 April
Royal Statistical Society, London.

Join the Centre for Criminology and the School Law (University of Essex) in London for a one-day conference to discuss women as victims and as perpetrators of crime.
Throughout the day, academic researchers and professional practitioners will describe and analyse the journeys women take as they engage with the criminal justice system - from the point of being at risk of becoming a victim or offender, through experiences of trial, diversion and being inside and outside of prison - using a range of statistical and qualitative evidence.
This conference brings together the latest academic and policy analysis to key issues concerning women and the criminal justice system, aiming to inform practice, stimulate academic-professional partnerships and provide an opportunity for networking.
This conference is organised by the Centre for Criminology and the School of Law at the University of Essex with the Royal Statistical Society, co-sponsored by ESRC and Palgrave Macmillan publishers.
Tickets are free and all are welcome.  Lunch will be provided with a wine reception to close proceedings. 
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Medieval & Early Modern Festival 2016
Friday 17-Saturday 18 June
University of Kent

MEMS Summer Festival, to be held at the University of Kent at Canterbury, is a two-day celebration of all research in the Medieval and Early Modern periods, including the study of religion, politics, history, art, drama, literature, and everyday culture of different nations from c.400-1800. The festival is designed to bring together scholars from a range of disciplines, academic schools and institutions in order to foster conversations, build a greater sense of community, and develop a research network for all masters and PhD postgraduate students and academic staff within the South-East of England.


We are inviting abstracts of c.250 words for papers and c.700 words for a panel of three papers by 15 April. We are also inviting ideas for 2 hour workshops by 14 March. Email
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Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Material Culture, South East Hub Conference
Thursday 9 June
University of Kent, Canterbury campus

The School of History at the University of Kent invites submissions for papers to be given at the South East Hub Conference 2016. We seek papers which demonstrate a range of approaches to interpreting culture through an analysis of the ways in which people relate to the material world. A consideration of rare and beautiful objects, as well as those taken from the mundane existence of everyday life are encouraged.

Submissions: abstracts should be no more than 250 words, introducing the topic of your paper which should be 20 minutes in length.
All abstracts should be submitted to by Tuesday 15 March. Applicants will be notified if their paper has been accepted by Thursday 24 April.
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Benjamin and the Literary: Romantic Forms
Tuesday 11 March
Goldsmiths, University of London

Benjamin’s doctoral dissertation, The Concept of Criticism in German Romanticism, has long functioned not only as a lens through which to synthesize the theories of art and knowledge in early Romanticism, but also as a cornerstone for understanding Benjamin’s own theories and practices of criticism. In harnessing his affirmation of criticism’s ability to unfold the potential immanent to works of art, such readings proffer upon the dissertation an undeniable political and historical force.

Departing from ‘the literary’ both as a conceptually privileged mode of expression and as a configuration of linguistic experience, this workshop brings together emerging scholars with the aim of directing attention to under-analyzed aspects of Benjamin’s early work on criticism and critique, and to the possible articulations of politics and history contained therein. Presentations will focus on: the relation between criticism, philosophy and literature; irony; the afterlives of Benjamin’s dissertation; allegory and the Baroque. This will be followed by a workshop on the dissertation and selected readings.

Free and open to all, no registration required.
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Excursions 'Failure' - Call for papers

The concept of failure is gaining traction as a subject of critical attention. Our recent history has been defined by significant and far-reaching failures: from the failure of the U.S. and U.K. governments to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, to the more recent collapse of global financial markets. How might an understanding of failure help us to better understand our present moment? To reinterpret our narratives of the past? What does it mean to, in Beckett’s words, ‘Fail again. Fail better’? Excursions Journal are seeking submissions of 3,000-5,000 words from a range of disciplines that engage with conceptions of failure in its varied forms.

The deadline for submissions is Friday 1 April to

Excursions Journal is a peer reviewed, interdisciplinary journal, showcasing innovative and high quality postgraduate research, run by doctoral researchers at the University of Sussex. ‘Failure’ will be Vol. 7, No. 1.
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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
St Anthony's International Review (STAIR) "Home, Displacement and Belonging"

Seeking submissions from diverse disciplines like Anthropology, Area Studies, Development Studies, Economics, Geography, International Relations, Migration and Refugee Studies, Political Science, Sociology, and Religious Studies and others.
Abstracts of 500 words should be submitted no later than Tuesday 15 March to

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Association for the Study of Modern Italy - Postgraduate Summer School 2016
University of Bristol
Thursday 23 - Friday 24 June

Proposals welcomed from postgraduate students and early career scholars for papers on any aspect of Modern Italian culture, history, politics and society from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century.

Please send an abstract (max 250 words) and a short biography (max 100 words) to the conference organisers at by Thursday 31st March 2016.

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Researchfish survey – final reminder and clarification
AHRC’s survey of ‘research outputs’ is open until 10 March at 4pm. If you have received an email  from Researchfish, please ensure that you follow the instructions and complete the survey.
Only students in the second year of their funding need to respond (if you are in the first year of funding, you won’t have received an invitation to complete the survey).
Among other types of activity, AHRC are interested to hear if you have actively participated in a conference or workshop, e.g. organising an event or presenting a paper. Please include these using the options in the Engagement section “A talk presentation or debate” or “Event, workshop or similar”.
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