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CHASE Research & Training

Training Programmes

CHASE Training currently open for registration

Aesthetics in the Anthropocene
10-11 April | University of Sussex 

This training event will explore how the humanities engages with the concepts of aesthesis/aesthetics in the Anthropocene. As such, the training event has two principal aims: to develop participants’ understanding of the historical relationship between ecology and aesthetics; and to identify new methodologies for writing critically about ecology, the non-human, and environment.

CHASE Creative Writing Residency
18-25 May | Great Barn Farm near Kings Lynn

A creative writing residency to provide an opportunity for creative writers across the CHASE network to build creative writing skills, further CHASE creative writing projects, develop pedagogical skills and build relationships across the network.

Network: The Matter of the Archive before 1700  
The Construction of a Medieval Cathedral

Tuesday 27 March | Walking tour workshop: 14.00-16.00 followed by conversation in the pub at Canterbury Cathedral

This is a workshop for all medievalists and early modernists - historians, literary scholars, art historians and beyond - who are looking to understand the construction of a medieval cathedral. The session is conceived as a focused introduction, and source of inspiration, for people working broadly on the middle ages and early modern period in Europe (including the British Isles). 

Addressing Access: Widening Participation and the Arts and Humanities
Wednesday 11 April | 0900-1700 | Open University, Camden

This doctoral training event seeks to promote the value of Widening Participation in the Arts and Humanities for PhD students. It will take into consideration the recent changes to higher education and current Widening Participation strategies.

Thought & Image:  Processes of Reciprocity
Friday 23 March 2018 | Goldsmiths, University of London | MRB Screen 1

We are happy to announce this programme of Master Classes with leading artists who will talk about the generation of ideas and artworks in their current practice. For our second event, Aura Satz will trace the research for Between the Bullet and the Hole, a film centred on the elusive and complex effects of war on women's role in ballistic research and early computing. She will discuss the methodological shifts that have led her to where she finds herself working today

British Library - Meet the curators
March 2018 (26th or 28th) at the British Library, London,

CHASE PhD students are invited to participate in one of three seminars at the British Library in March 2018 to discuss and explore British Library research collections and resources. The seminars are an opportunity to meet BL curators, reference specialists and collaborative PhD students for an inside view on the Library’s collection and research resources. 

Researching Popular Music: Methods, Debates, Publics
2-3 March 2018 | Goldsmiths, University of London

Students are investigating music-making communities, musical-cultural identities and histories, modes of musical production and dissemination, theories of sound and sonic practice, and other musical topics. What ties almost all of these projects together is some idea of the popular: of music’s publics, and its modes of everyday musical participation. But the popular music studies canon cannot always provide methodological models for what is a set of highly innovative PhD studies. To address this, Researching Popular Music will bring together CHASE students to present and discuss their work, both with each other, and with invited speakers working at the forefront of music and sound studies.

Training currently underway or recently finished (for reference)

On the Social in Architecture
24 November, 9 March & 21 June | ICA, London
These three CHASE training days, co-organised by the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the ASSC (Architecture, Space and Society Centre, Birkbeck) will collaboratively consider a question fundamental to PhD students in architecture and other disciplines, particularly in relation to public institutions, social housing, and resettlement: ‘What is the social in architecture?’ Each training day will be comprised of a participatory training/skills session and a more public presentation of exemplary work in this area. 

Writing and Reading Landscapes of Utility
Various dates and locations (please see more for details)
This training is now full - a waiting list in operation. 

Series of in-situ training sessions seeks to direct critical and creative attention to a range of aesthetically under-imagined or neglected fringe environments such as landfills, industrial wastelands and utility plants, as sites of an emerging cultural sensibility (as distinct from the established critical category of ‘non-places’ such as shopping malls and retail parks and other familiar spaces of urban and peri-urban modernity). 

Object Literacy: Research through Epigraphy and Inscriptions in Chinese Art History
18 December & 2 further dates TBC | SOAS University of London and the Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum and British Library
The aim of this training is to build the capacity of participants to employ inscriptions on objects of art and material culture as historical evidence, through a rich introduction to epigraphy—specifically, to the historical framework for the addition, positioning and textual content of inscriptions as well as appraisal of the significance of stylistic references and graphic modes employed.

Researching (with) Difficult Feelings
14-15 December 2017 | Birkbeck Centre for Contemporary Theatre

This two-day training workshop for PhD students focuses on the study of and dealing with difficult feelings in theatre and performance research. Difficult feelings can be considered as those that complicate or compromise the researcher’s approach to their material, including anger, sadness, guilt, shame, love, offence, frustration, boredom – the list goes on. Addressing conceptual, methodological and interpersonal issues, the training event will focus on three areas of concern: 1) feelings: how to research with and about them 2) language: finding the right words 3) ethics: identifying responsibilities.

The 15 December will focus on invited 15 minute presentations from PhD students at CHASE institutions whose projects have unearthed difficult feelings, in terms of research content and experience, with advisory input from academics. The emphasis of this panel is discussing feeling in the context of PhD research projects, towards developing strategies for project development, writing and analysis. 

Transmissions: Mapping Communicability through Artistic and Creative Research
From Friday 6 October | Various venues
Running over the course of three years, this series of events will offer specific training in artistic and creative research in the areas of Fine Art, Art-Writing, Performance and Poetry.
The event series will involve an opening Roundtable discussion between CHASE researchers; a series of Public Lectures + Masterclasses delivered by national and international artists, performers and poets; and a concluding Research Banquet.

Women of Colour Index (WOCI) Reading Group
From 1 November | Women’s Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London
The aim of the training sessions is to create a forum for discussing this openly and through critical frameworks, which is key to our research strategy. We strongly encourage individuals from all backgrounds, genders, religions, sexualities and races to engage with our research and hope that we have a strongly interdisciplinary and intergenerational mix of researchers to add complexity to our conversations. We hope the connections formed through our conversations with CHASE researchers beyond Goldsmiths will develop long-term collaborations and contributions to the field.

Scholarly Editing Unpacked
17 November 2017, 10.30-18.30, followed by drinks reception | Keynes Room, Birkbeck, University of London
This day-long workshop brings together leading scholars to explore why editing matters and to exchange and develop practical advice and experience. It will challenge preconceptions of the relative unimportance or invisibility of scholarly editorial skills, and will equip its delegates with nomenclature and a roadmap for navigating the field.
Whether you are embarking on an editorial project, harbouring thoughts of doing so in the future, or are simply keen to know more – and to know more accurately – about the literary objects you study this workshop will be of value and use.

The Future of Arts Research
Wednesday 4 October 2017 & Wednesday 21 February 2018
Innovative Skills Training for Practice Research in the Arts. This programme of innovative skills training is geared toward those involved in practice research, generally, and arts research, specifically. The nature of the training is inherently interdisciplinary, devised and developed by researchers across Fine Art, Performance and Poetry. 

Sensible Cinema - A CHASE Advanced Research Craft Workshop Session
Friday 19 & Saturday 20 January 2018 | Goldsmiths, University of London & Birkbeck, University of London
This two-day advanced training workshop brings key practitioners in film, video, and sound together with CHASE PhD students and staff to explore new research methods for creating moving-image works organised around an ecological sensibility; one that is attuned to both human and non-human modes of perception.

Latin for Early-Modernists  - This training is now closed for registrations
5-10 November 2017 & 10-15 June 2018
This two-part residential course will provide you with the tools required to read and understand the Latin texts relevant to your research at a deeper level and will allow you to explore the challenges of working with Classical, medieval and Renaissance Latin materials over the course of the academic year.

Researching interculturally: Conceptual and methodological issues - Deadline passed and registration no longer open
Friday 24 November | October Gallery, Central London
This workshop will focus on the core conceptual and methodological issues of researching interculturally and is designed to create a space for thinking through and about interculturality both critically and creatively. 

Funding for Student-led training

The CHASE Training and Development Group is happy to consider proposals for a range of activities from single day events to multiple day, multi-site programmes. Budget can be made available to cover costs for external speakers, catering, external venue hire (where appropriate).

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