CHASE January 2015 Bulletin
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CHASE  Bulletin                                                              January 2015
CHASE Training Programmes

One of the advantages of being a CHASE student is the opportunity to access bespoke, multi-institution training programmes. Two new programmes are currently open for enrolment. ‘Material Witness – The Interrogation of Physical Objects’ offers cutting-edge, hands-on training for all researchers using physical artefacts of any kind. ‘Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age’ provides reflection and training in a very wide range of digital humanities techniques’. Follow the links below for full details and please discuss with your supervisor(s) whether either of these would be useful to your studies.

Material Witness - The Interrogation of Physical Objects for Humanities Researchers

Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age
Governance, Policy and the Arts and Humanities:
New Perspectives for 2015

by Professor Derval Tubridy

The Consortium for the Arts and Humanities for South East England (CHASE) welcomed Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA,
as a keynote speaker at the inaugural Encounters conference that marked the first cohort of Arts and Humanities Research Council Funded doctoral students, and their supervisors, from the seven universities of CHASE.

The chief concern of Taylor's talk was how far the creaking mechanisms of policy-making lag behind the pace of change. By the time a policy has been devised, the conditions that instigated the policy have changed. Policy can’t match the pace of change, but the political imperatives that govern democracy lead to conditions that mitigate against flexibility and responsiveness. ‘Big ticket schemes’ as Taylor called them, win out over ‘innovative or local solutions’, and the drive to keep election promises shackles governments to adhere to aspirational policies that have more to do with gaining power rather than wielding it. Taylor’s talk was followed by a lively Q&A session during which the new cohort of AHRC funded doctoral candidates, and their supervisors, posed questions about the efficacy of Taylor’s ‘beyond policy’ position, particularly in the context of social responsibility and ethical engagement. Questions were raised as to whether approaches to social and economic change that succeed in a metropolitan setting would work on a national scale, and there was heated debate about how current models of democratic representation would operate under this new ‘beyond policy’ model.

Training & Events

Some events that may be of interest
The National Archives - Training Days

"What are the essential skills needed for excellent humanities research using archival collections?

The National Archives is delighted to offer postgraduate students a programme of workshops, seminars and lectures designed to explore this question" TNA website

To sign up the the training, please visit The Nation Archives website

Interdisciplinary Seminar 2015
University of East Anglia

4 February

This series is run by the members of UEA's Sport and Communication group drawn from American Studies, Behavioural Social Science, Education, Environmental Studies, Film and Media, History, Linguistics, Sociology, and Translation Studies. The aim of the series is to develop and build on existing debates around the study of sport, in particular from an interdisciplinary perspective, as a platform for collaborative projects involving postgraduate students and academics at UEA and beyond. 

Open to all postgraduate researchers in the Faculty and to all CHASE students (UEA students should enrol through e:Vision, CHASE students should email

Find out more here
Curating Art After New Media - Professional Development Course 
22-28 February 2015, Central London

In 2014 this course ran with curators from Hong Kong, Austria, The Netherlands, Ireland, USA and the UK.
This intensive week-long course in London is aimed at curators, exhibition organisers, educators and others working with contemporary art. The course will critically examine how contemporary curating can best match contemporary art practices, including practices that might be collaborative, or participatory. Since new media including social networking, augmented reality and open source have changed thinking on how art works in time and space, this course aims to update professional knowledge in the field. The local, national and international contexts of curating are rigorously examined.
Visits to discuss with curators at organisations include in 2015:
 V&A - Senior Curator, Word and Image Department; Wellcome Collection - Exhibitions Curator; ODI (Open Data Insitute) - Art Associate; Serpentine - Curator of Digital; The Photographers Gallery, Curator (Digital Programme);  The White Building, Head of Art and Technology.
 For further details see:
UK Data Service - Key Data Webinars 2015

The UK Data Service provides access to over 6,000 computer readable datasets suitable for research and teaching.
To help you navigate the data that we hold we run introductory webinar
s on key data, which focus on our most popular datasets.To help you get the most from the UK Data Service
they are runninga series of introductory webinars which introduce different aspects of the Service and explain their key datasets. The webinars are repeated throughout the year so you can choose a webinar session which is convenient for you. Other webinars,  on more specialised topics, are also run by the UK Data Service.
See website for more details.
Calls for Papers
  • 'Art, Aesthetics and Function: Collaborative Approaches to Everyday Objects'
    Monday 20 April
    The British Museum

    This full-day workshop hosted at the British Museum intends to bring new life to the everyday objects that are more often found among storage shelves, rather than in full sight of the public eye.

    Please send an abstract of your paper of no more than 250 words, together with a brief biography or CV, by 30 January. We hope to receive contributions from postgraduate students, researchers, and museum and gallery professionals.

    Workshop website
  • 'Placing the Author: Literary Tourism in the Long Nineteenth Century'
    Elizabeth Gaskell's House, 84 Plymouth Grove, Manchester
    Saturday 20 June

    Proposals for 20 minute papers are limited to 300 words should be sent to by 1 March. Please also include a brief biography of fewer than 200 words. The conference is open to postgraduates, ECRs and academics working in the fields of literature, history, history of art, human geography, cultural studies, and museum studies.

    More information here
  • Beyond Speech: Silence and the Unspeakable across Cultures 
    University of Manchester
    Friday 8 May

    Proposals are invited for twenty-minute papers to be delivered in English for the international and interdisciplinary conference. Please submit abstracts of 250 words as Word or PDF email attachments to by the 16 March.

    For further information, please see website
Call for Contributions

We would like to invite contributions
from CHASE students and academics
to feature on the CHASE website and bulletin. Any events you are involved in
or attending, any articles you have
written or read that you think others
would find useful or informative.

Please send contributions to by the 28th of each month.
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