NDACA: The Heritage Story of the Disability Arts Movement

NDACA, the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, is a £1-million Heritage Lottery Fund project which celebrates and preserves this history; the protests, songs and artwork of the individuals who were central to this unique movement. From the satirical cartoons of Crippen, to the subversive cabaret performances of ‘The Tragic but Brave Show’, NDACA tells these stories, bringing new digital and object meaning to the Disability Arts Movement.

By Chloe Trainor, University of Kent

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On the Social in Architechture

With a focus on housing and public space, the first of three sessions co-organised by the ICA, the Architecture Space and Society Centre at Birkbeck (ASSC), and CHASE brought together practitioners, theorists, activists and students to try and answer what might at first seem like a trick question. ‘Where is the social in Architecture?’ Surely the answer is ‘everywhere’? After all, is there any aspect of architectural space and architectural practice which is not thoroughly social? 

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Placement report - Unruly Media

My CHASE placement occurred over a six-month period in the London headquarters of Unruly Media, a global video ad tech firm. Unruly are an industry leader in the distribution of online video advertising—for instance, those ads and trailers that pop up when you are reading an article online, or that you might opt-in to play on your favourite website.

Erin Pearson - University of East Anglia

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My CHASE-funded placement at INFORM

During my placement I worked with INFORM (The Information Network on Religious Movements, based at the London School of Economics. Founded in 1988 by renowned sociologist Professor Eileen Barker, INFORM is a charity that specialises in providing the public with balanced and detailed information on new religions and minority movements.

Aled Thomas - Open University


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‘Close’ Encounters – Norwich Cathedral Library Visit 2017

Delegates from all disciplines, departments and CHASE institutions were offered exclusive access to the hallowed shelves of Norwich Cathedral’s library for one afternoon only. Tucked inside the cloister is a collection of liturgical and secular works which have been donated and accumulated over the years by the diocese, with the earliest printed text in this collection dating to 1474.

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Contemporary British Collections Placement

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. 

Joe McCarney, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Goodbye from CHASE Director, Professor Vicky Lebeau

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)

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. 

Matthew Lecznar, University of Sussex

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

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. 

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

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

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.

Eleanor Careless, University of Sussex

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Challenging Gender, Embracing Intersectionality?

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

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.

by Joy Stacey (University of Sussex)

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