September is the obvious time to plan ahead for the coming academic year; whether you are just starting your PhD, mid way through, or nearing completion. It is a valuable opportunity to think aboutRead More
With just a few days remaining in my role as Director of CHASE, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish you the very best with your doctoral research - whether you are about to start, are just getting stuck in or are working to an imminent submission deadline.Read More
Sunday, the last full day of the residency. I slept a full ten hours, uncharacteristically, as if my body was already anticipating the early mornings and structured time to which it would soon be returning. It promised to be a fine day, so I set off on long stroll through the Cheshire countryside.Read More
North of Watford, just south of Chester, Uber-able from the station.
Today, like yesterday, and the day before, there’s a fly in the coachhouse kitchen. It panics at my actions to set it free and flies away from the open door. Poor stupid fly. I’ll try again tomorrow.Read More
By Friday, everyone had established a morning routine. I had some fruit, cereal and black coffee and then started writing, in the little nook of Scarlet Hall that had become my personal work space over the past week.Read More
I wake early, go downstairs for coffee. The rain is my constant companion. Back upstairs with the coffee, in bed, I write. About anything. The only rule is that I write by hand. Today I copy out two poems: Some Trees by John Ashbery, and To Be of Use by Marge Piercy. I love the rhythm of poetry to start a day.Read More
Arriving on Monday evening, the storm clouds were brewing and there was a chill in the air. Inside Parr Green Hall, however, it was more than warm enough, and it wasn't just emanating from the Aga.Read More
I wake from a long sleep; have strawberries for breakfast; find a table by a window in a quiet spot; watch the rain fall and fall, the puddles widen, the birds shelter in the ivy.Read More
On May 10-11th 2019, PhD Candidates Sofia Cumming (University of East Anglia, 2017 Cohort) and Federica Mure (Goldsmiths, 2018 Cohort) put together a programme of events centred on the work of German-Jewish philosopher and critic Walter Benjamin (1892–1940).Read More
This piece is a response to a seminar on ‘Politics and reflexivity when studying conflict’ organised by doctoral students from the Courtauld Institute of Art that took place at Birkbeck University on the 19th March 2019. This issue is suggestive for my doctoral project because I am looking at the representation of the First and Second Congo War in popular culture but I am neither Congolese nor of African origin.Read More
This story starts with a letter. As I was sitting in the Houghton Library of Harvard University in the first year of my PhD, I was drawn to a beautifully calligraphed manuscript, inked in an elegant cursive hand.Read More
Language is always about far more than just efficient communication. Learning a new language opens a gateway to a new world, new knowledge, new ways of being, and a potential new community of friends.
By Kit Ashton, CHASE funded PhD student at Goldsmiths, University of LondonRead More
Intelligent Futures was a postgraduate and ECR conference, supported by CHASE DTP and Sussex Humanities Lab. Over the course of two days, the conference challenged researchers to find original, philosophical and cultural approaches to Artificial Intelligence. The interdisciplinary explorations spanned the social sciences, informatics, psychology, art, literature and more, promoting critical and speculative engagements with technical cognition.Read More
There was a man from London who said his family was from St Lucia; a woman whose accent I couldn’t quite place from the South-West of England; an Iranian poet committed to changing the narrative of queer, female representation in Iran; a Scot who when he opened his mouth I swore was from Barbados (he wasn’t, but his partner was);Read More
Nadifa Mohamed gave a masterclass at UEA on ‘Writing Violence: Literature as Reportage/Recovery’ and she began by sharing with the group how she came to write her debut novel Black Mamba Boy, for which she won the 2010 Betty Trask Award. The novel is a fictionalised account of her father’s experiences as a child and young man in Africa in the 1930s and 40s.
By Elspeth Latimer (CHASE funded student, University of East Anglia)
We began the day with dedicated writing time, where people were free to take up position on the lawns or the garden table or the sofas or the dining table, or the many benches scattered around Great Barn Farm.Read More
Today was the first day of discussions and workshops—and what a perfect place in which to do all these! The weather was wonderful, the atmosphere serene and contemplative, the people all friendly and smart.Read More
The focus of my PhD is ekphrasis in response to modernist paintings, especially those that are very dark or near-black. One example is a poem I wrote about Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square (recently published in The Ekphrastic Review).
by Patrick Wright, Open UniversityRead More