The Methodologies and Contexts of “Recovery” Research in the C21

April 1st – 5th 2019

Beaulieu Hotel, Forest Retreat, Hampshire

A 5-day, all-inclusive residency offering an intensive, advanced training opportunity for doctoral researchers at all levels whose PhD project and seeks to bring to light, restore and/or critically recuperate works/individuals/objects that have been lost, obscured, neglected or denied.


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The Retreat

Hosted at the Beaulieu Hotel, Hampshire and supported by the CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership, this retreat brings together established scholars and doctoral researchers to discuss and develop on-going conversations about the value, method and impact of “recovery” research. The retreat will foster critical reflection on how each individual’s project fits within and speaks to wider research practices around recuperation and political commitments to diversity in the humanities.

Together we will explore the following key questions:

Why? What is the value of recovery research?
How? What methodologies might we use, and why? What theories?
For whom? What kinds of politics are at stake? What is the impact of such work?

The Venue


Formerly a Coaching Inn, the Beaulieu Hotel is located in the stunning New Forest National Park and close to many local attractions. Surrounded by beautiful open heath land and New Forest wildlife, it’s the perfect escape for this intensive, thought provoking retreat that will allow participants to benefit from meeting and working with experts in the field and researchers at different stages of their career, as well as time away to focus on their individual work. The retreat is also fully catered by the Beaulieu Hotel


Prof. Alison Donnell (University of East Anglia)
Dr Corinne Fowler (Leicester)
Dr. Roshini Kempadoo (University of Westminster)
Dr. Nicole King (Goldsmiths, London)
Dr Holly Pester (University of Essex)
Dr. Carole Sweeney (Goldsmiths, London)
Dr. Nonia Williams (University of East Anglia)


Day 1
Arrival and presentation of projects and goal setting led by Nonia Williams (UEA)

Day 2
Why? – political investments?, challenging disciplinary constraints?, developing new discoverabilities? – led by Roshini Kempadoo (University of Westminster) & Nicole King (Goldsmiths, London)

  • Small group work with academic facilitators to enable students to explore the ‘why’ of their project.

  • Feedback sessions

  • Individual study/networking

  • Reading group – Participants will have the opportunity to choose daily readings beforehand to discuss with the group.

Day 3
How? – methodologies & theories (archival/editorial/biographical/contextual) led by Holly Pester (University of Essex), Carole Sweeney (Goldsmiths, London)

Small group work with academic facilitators to enable students to explore the ‘why’ of their project.

  • Feedback sessions

  • Individual study/networking

  • Reading group

Day 4
For whom? – audiences for recovery research, and engagement methods & opportunities led by Alison Donnell (UEA) & Dr Corinne Fowler (Leicester)

  • Small group work with academic facilitators to enable students to explore the ‘why’ of their project

  • Feedback sessions

  • Individual study/networking

  • Reading group

Day 5

  • Group Feedback on Learning

  • Tutors Plenary session – Review group learning outcomes; Presentations from all on how the retreat has influenced research questions/methods; Discussion to develop potential focus for follow-up day workshop; Course evaluations.


We welcome doctoral researchers at all levels and in all humanities discipline areas in CHASE-funded institutions. Applicants are asked to submit an application (please see below) that includes:

  • Institution

  • Programme

  • Year of study

  • PhD title

  • Statement of interest explaining how the retreat will benefit your research.

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Terms and conditions

*By registering below you are requesting a place on this training programme or selected sessions that form part of the programme. A member of the CHASE team or the workshop leader will contact you in due course to confirm that a place has been allocated to you. If you no longer require a place, please email as soon as possible so your name can be removed from the registration list.  

If you are allocated a place but can no longer attend, please email so that your place can be reallocated. CHASE training is free to attend and events are often oversubscribed with a waiting list. Failure to notify us of non-attendance in good time (ideally 5 days prior to the workshop/programme) means your place cannot be reallocated and may result in your access to future CHASE training being restricted.

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