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Contemporary British Collections Placement

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 My research at Goldsmiths is investigating the implications of the internet for contemporary poetry and poetics: as a primarily text-based medium radically shifting the coordinates of communication; as a catalyst for contemporary textual saturation; and, of course, as a digital space where poetry is read, published and disseminated. It was this last theme that became the focus for my summer placement working with the UK Web Archive and the Contemporary British Publications department at the British Library. 

By Joe McCarney, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Goodbye from CHASE Director, Professor Vicky Lebeau

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I’m delighted to say that Dr Denise DeCaires-Narain will be taking on the role of CHASE Director from the beginning of August. Denise is a colleague in the School of English at Sussex, with research interests that will be close to many of you (you can read more about her here: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/profiles/682). I’m sure you will join me in welcoming her to CHASE and I hope she has as stimulating a time as I have in taking CHASE forward over the next few years.

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Reflections on the Institute for World Literature at Harvard University (20 June – 14 July, 2016)

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The Institute for World Literature (IWL) is a month long program of seminars, lectures, colloquiua and panel sessions convened by David Damrosch of Harvard University. It offers a dynamic space for more than a hundred scholars from across the globe to study questions and debates around world and comparative literary disciplines. Now in its sixth year, the institute returned to its spiritual home in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard this summer, after recent sojourns to Lisbon and Hong Kong (the event will be held at Dongguk University in Seoul next year and at the University of Copenhagen the year after).

by Matthew Lecznar (University of Sussex)

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My placement at the British Museum

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Between January and March 2016, I undertook an 8-week placement in the Coins and Medals Department at the British Museum as part of my CHASE-funded PhD.  In order to maximise my employability, I was advised that obtaining work experience at the British Museum would be beneficial.  I, therefore, immediately contacted Gareth Williams, curator of Early Medieval Coinage, and arranged to work with him updating the museum records for Anglo-Viking coins. 

Johanne Porter
UEA

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Placing Prints: New Developments in the Study of Prints, 1400-1800

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On 12th and 13th February 2016 The Courtauld Institute of Art hosted a Joint Annual Renaissance Early Modern Postgraduate Symposium, entitled “Placing Prints: New Developments in the Study of Print, 1400-1800”. The two-day conference stemmed from shared research interests of four PhD Candidates at The Courtauld, working both in the Renaissance and Early Modern sections. The overwhelming international interest we received from our Call for Papers confirmed the need of such an event and encouraged us to expand the initial programme.

by Tatiana Bissolati, Chloe Gilling (The Courtauld Instituties of Art, CHASE-funded students) and Naomi Lebens and Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings (The Courtauld Institute of Art).

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A week in the Florentine Archives with the Medici Archive Project

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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.

by Lydia Goodson

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CHASE/ICA placement report

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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.

By Eleanor Careless

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Challenging Gender, Embracing Intersectionality?

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Challenging Gender, Embracing Intersectionality? was a fantastic CHASE symposium right at the end of November at the Open University in Camden. Student led, it was a great event to be part of as a CHASE student, giving me the opportunity to meet up with some other students that I’d met at different CHASE events last year. The timing was great, coming right after the Encounters conference, and it felt like a natural continuation of discussions from some of the groups we were in.

by Elena Dirstaru

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

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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.

by Joy Stacey

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Nineteenth-Century Graphic Art and Material Culture

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The Royal Holloway Picture Gallery is a hidden treasure-trove of Victoriana. A vast oblong room with an ornate bas-relief ceiling and walls crowded with epic paintings in gilt frames, it conveys an almost obscene sense of ostentatiousness appropriate to the period. As a small group, we were almost swallowed up by the space and were privileged to be granted exclusive use of it for the day. Dwarfed by the epic grandeur, you would be forgiven for assuming that the picture gallery belonged to a palace. Indeed, the Royal Holloway campus is modelled on the Chateau de Chambord.

by Azelina Flint

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CHASE Sonics Workshop

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Once a narrow territory, now, the scholarly field of sound is extending beyond its disciplinary boundaries; its traces can be increasingly found within the academic fields of media archeology, politics, aesthetics, science, and others. Aurality, as a connecting inter-disciplinary agent, brings voices, bodies, notions of power and resistance, questions of art and forms of reception, into a lively debate – one that not only offers alternative methods and conceptualization approaches, but also introduces new forms of knowledge.

by Sandra Kazlauskaite

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First-Nation Artefacts at the British Museum

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To the British Museum Ethnographic Store (on a somewhat shabby street in Haggerston, east London) for a day thinking about the histories of First-Nation American artefacts and the social relations involved in their collection. We arrived to find a smorgasbord of objects spread out on the tables, from Inuit model snowshoes to Mayan pottery and Iroquoian wampum garters and belts.

by Jenny Reddish

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'From Above and Below'

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‘From Above and Below’ was an event I recently curated at the Mosaic Rooms in London, which brought together a series of investigations into the shifting parameters of contemporary warfare. The intention of the event was not only to convey the position or physical viewpoint - from above - which the state apparatus utilises as part of modern day conflict, exemplified by the use of armed drones and aerial bombing. But in particular the focus of the event was on the position - from below - mobilising the domestic arena as a platform, and as a material and human register of a perceivable external threat. The presented works each explored a condition that occurs through the multi-scalar effects of war, where a violent interpenetration of private and public spheres takes place. With the proposition to better understand the effect of being positioned ‘From Above and Below’ and to analyse the transformations this doubled condition might create, as it impacts directly upon the sensitive and difficult nature of the territorial subject, especially the human subject within the home.

By Helene Kazan

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Text as Object: Periodicals in the Long Nineteenth Century

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The overlap between textual and material cultures is hardly a new concept. From ages past, when the majority of the population was illiterate, objects have been understood to possess a powerful legibility of their own. And with the simultaneous increase in consumer culture and print dissemination, the written word was often accompanied with a price tag. Words are goods, regardless of their quality. This is pertinently true of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century periodicals, and was at the forefront of this workshop’s material and digital witness.

By Christine Davies

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Book History at Canterbury Cathedral Library

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I have been studying at Kent now for almost five years and have been to Canterbury Cathedral countless times for research, workshops, seminars, carol concerts, and two graduations; I even see it every morning when I eat my breakfast, but I try not to take this familiarity for granted. Approaching the library and archives via Christchurch Gate is always exciting and as I made my way around the cloisters to the Dean’s steps I thought how fitting it was to be examining the material aspects of the written word within a stone’s throw of the site of the cathedral’s medieval scriptorium.

by Stuart Morrison

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

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The Consortium for the Arts and Humanities for South East England (CHASE) welcomed Matthew Taylor 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.

Matthew Taylor is chief executive of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce. Taylor has a sustained interest in social change. Working initially with the Labour party as Assistant General Secretary, Director of Policy, and Chief Advisor on Strategy to the Prime Minister, he focused on the importance of public engagement with the political process as an engine for change. Between 1998 and 2003 Taylor was the Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research, and in 2006 he became the Chief Executive of the RSA.

by Dr Derval Tubridy

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