CHASE November Bulletin - Encounters - Arts & Humanities in the Digital Age
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Encounters - November 2015

Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age

Luis Buñuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational

CHASE Annual Review

AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships with the British Library

CHASE student profiles

Student news & events

Other events
Encounters - November 2015
Open University, Milton Keynes

Looking forward to seeing all our funded students at Encounters next week, some for the first time. You can expect an email finalising details later this week. In the meantime, please take a look at the programme for the day.
Encounters programme
Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age - Coming Soon

Final plans are being made for a new curriculum for the 2015/16 edition of the CHASE Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age training programme.


The first event will be a three-day 
Introduction to Digital Humanities winter School. It will take place on 
14-15-16 December 2015 at The Open University in London.

Stay tuned for programme and registration details!

Luis Buñuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational - ICA Retrospective
12 November – 6 December 2015

The Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) are excited to bring you a retrospective celebrating Buñuel’s work from the very beginning of his career with one of the most famous short films ever made, Un Chien Andalou (1929), through his extraordinary Mexican period including
Los Olvidados (1950), Nazarin (1959) and The Exterminating Angel (1962), to his last works and such legendary films as Belle de Jour (1967), Tristana (1970) and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972).

There will be rare screenings of Él and The Young One and the majority of the films will be presented from 35mm prints. There is also the rare chance to see short film Eating Sea Urchins, a surrealist home movie that Buñuel filmed at Salvador Dali’s house in 1930.

Highlights of the season include panel discussions and Q&As with speakers including eminent collaborator Jean-Claude Carrière, grandson Diego Buñuel, leading academics such as Maria Delgado, Jo EvansPeter Evans, Julian Gutierrez-Albilla and Rob Stone, and film critics Tim Robey (The Telegraph) and Ryan Gilbey (The New Statesman and The Guardian).

CHASE is the academic partner for the Luis Bunuel: Aesthetics of the Irrational season and, CHASE funded student, Eleanor Careless has undertaken a placement with the ICA to bring together a panel discussion and other events as part of the season's programme.

CHASE have been allocated tickets for our students for the following events:

Un Chien Andalou + L’Age D’Or + Discussion featuring Maria Delgado, Jo Evans, Peter Evans, and Rob Stone (opening night) Thursday 12 November

Diary of a Chambermaid + Q&A with Jean-Claude Carrière Wednesday 25 November

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Thursday 3 December

That Obscure Object of Desire + Discussion with Jean-Claude Carrière Sunday 6 December

Tickets are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please RSVP to stating which screening you would like to attend.
Full programme of events here

Please see the CHASE website for more placement opportunities, or contact
Steve Colburn, Placements and Partnerships Officer.
CHASE Annual Review

The CHASE Strategy Board met on the Tuesday 27 October, hosted by Birkbeck, University of London, and were presented with a review of the first year of the CHASE DTP. The Board enjoyed presentations by CHASE students and academics which displayed the wide-ranging and fascinating research that has been carried out over the first year of CHASE.

Among the presenters was Edwin Coomasaru (pictured), student at The Courtauld Institute of Art, who spoke about his PhD project Northern Irish Masculinities and the Legacy of the 'Troubles'. To close the presentations an extract was screened of an essayistic film by University of Kent practice-based student Adam Freeman.

Many thanks to all who presented and contributed to this very enjoyable event.
CHASE Annual Review
CHASE Student Profiles

By now all CHASE-funded students should have access to the Virtual Research Environment (VRE). You may be aware that there is a page where you can enter your academic profile and include your thesis topic andmore about you and your research interests. The students profiles are then used on the CHASE external website and form a  database of CHASE researchers that can be refined by themes, institutions and keywords.

If you don't have a profile picture to use for your online profile, we will have a photographer on hand at Encounters who will be abe to take a professional profile image for you use. Please enquire on the day with the CHASE team.
Complete my profile
AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships with the British Library
Call for Applications*

The British Library is looking for university partners to co- supervise PhDs to start in October 2016, in the following areas:
  • The Working Life of Scientists: Exploring the Culture of Scientific Research
  • Digital Publishing and the Reader
  • Hans Sloane’s Books: Evaluating an Enlightenment Library
Application deadline: 27 November 2015
Application guidelines and further details about each research theme are available on the British Library website.
Find out more

*Please note that this more for the attention of CHASE supervisors and academic faculty than CHASE-funded students.

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.
Blogpost by Joy Stacey
CHASE funded student at the University of Sussex

Autonomy of Self : Rejecting violence with the lens in former Ottoman territories,

Autonomy of Self was my first curated group exhibition, bringing together moving image and photography from across the former Ottoman territories to explore how individuals are using the human image to refuse violence and conflict. Consequences of the Empire’s collapse in 1922, and the impact of subsequent interventions from “Western” states still resonate in the identity and actions of countries in this territory today. Diverse cultures and conflicts are fundamentally connected through this shared history, from the Bosnian war to the invasion of Iraq and now the rise of Daesh (ISIS/IS/ISIL). With political representation in deficit for many, individuals are instead utilising the democracy of visual technologies, and presenting themselves to the lens to claim alternate representation in the face of violence.
Read full article here
Masculinity and the Metropolis:
An Interdisciplinary Conference on Art History, Film, and Literature

Friday 22 - Saturday 23 April 2016

Call for papers
This interdisciplinary conference, hosted by the University of Kent, takes as its starting point the range of complex and contradictory engagements between masculinity and the developing metropolis since the beginning of the twentieth century. Throughout this period the metropolis maintained a paradoxical status as a place of liberation and possibility, but simultaneously as one of alienation, sin, and oppression. What do responses to the modern city in visual art, film, and literature tell us about masculinity as it both asserts itself and registers its own anxieties, and subsequent representations of the city? In what ways do these contrasting positive and negative conditions, which encouraged complex responses, fit within the framework of masculinity?

The orgainsers are currently seeking submissions from students from a range of disciplines across the Arts and Humanities, and would like to extend the CFP to the CHASE network. We invite submissions of short abstracts (300 words) accompanied by a brief biography (100 words), to be sent via email to The deadline for submissions is 20 December.
James Finch, History of Art
Hannah Huxley, CHASE funded student, Centre for American Studies
Sara Janssen, Film
Margaret Schmitz, History of Art
Find out more
Critical Methods in the Social Sciences: Creativity and Critique
Monday 14 December 9:30-12:30
Graduate Training Room (3rd Floor), Cornwallis East, Canterbury Campus
University of Kent

One of the central elements of critical methods is that they express a complex relationship between discovery and creativity. At the heart of this complexity is the philosophically rich notion of the event. After a scene-setting presentation into the major themes, the session will focus on open discussion related to the nature of events and how events relate to history and causality. 

At stake in these discussions will be questions that are especially pertinent for researchers using methods inspired by the dialectical tradition of modern European philosophy (for example, Hegelian and Marxist approaches) and for those that aim to use genealogical methods within their work (for example, Nietzschean and Foucauldian approaches). This session develops themes raised in the workshop on Critical Methods in the Social Sciences: A Philosophical Introduction but attendance at that workshop is NOT a prerequisite for attendance at this one.

The workshop will be delivered by: Dr Iain McKenzie, School of Politics and International Relations.

Please book your space through Kent’s Online Store. More information on our fee structure and cancellation policy is available at this link.
Find out more

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.
Law and Ethics for Social Science and Humanities Research
Friday 4 December
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies

What kind of content could provoke a libel claim? What does the ‘right to be forgotten’ mean for archival material? What rights do citizens have to access academic data under the Freedom of Information Act? How can academics use freedom of information and data protection law for their own research? Is it possible to protect the identity of a source?  These and many more questions will be addressed at this one-day intensive training course on the legal and ethical issues that researchers in the social sciences and humanities could encounter during the course of their social research.

This programme featuring a range of specialist and experienced practitioners and researchers is tailored for PhD/MPhil students and academic staff working in the social sciences, humanities and law.  It would be relevant to anyone using social data - not only generated by interviews and surveys, but also from public data sets and social and mass media sources
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Cinematic Thinking Outside Itself
Friday 4 - Saturday 5 December
University of Cambridge

This interdisciplinary two-day academic conference aims to explore film and film theory as a mode of thinking, understanding, and re-evaluating other fields and their interrelationships: from architecture, literature, philosophy, and the sciences, to the practical act of filmmaking itself. The conference speakers include prominent academics from a range of backgrounds and experiences drawn from the Universities of Cambridge, Chicago, Harvard, London, Manchester, and Oxford. We are asking each of the speakers to think specifically about how their discipline has been and/or could be reshaped by cinematic thinking. This AHRC-sponsored conference is aimed at advanced graduates, post-graduates, and senior academics from any discipline.
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Climate Change and Human Society
Friday 4 - Saturday 5 December

How do changes in climate impact human societies? How do people perceive such changes? How do people adapt and respond to these changes? These questions apply to a wide academic audience - archaeologists, historians, anthropologists, sociologists, geographers and researchers within related disciplines – with a shared interest: the relationship between climate change and human societies.
The above questions are very important in the present day, attracting the interest of academics and policy makers alike. Yet they equally apply to the past; people throughout (pre)history have faced climate change and responded to it in various ways. An understanding of past climate change, its effects, and people’s responses to these can help build the resilience of communities facing climate change today (van de Noort 2013). Moreover, the impacts of climate change often exceed human experiences of time. Thus, in order to come to terms with climate change and its effects in the present, and find solutions to the challenges we face in the future, we need to consider the past as well.
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