Virtual Grad School
The Virtual Graduate School runs in parallel to the real-space Graduate School and provides academic and social space for all graduate students at Goldsmiths. It is an arena for discussion and debate across Goldsmiths, and for student networking. It promotes student access to information about postgraduate training and funding, academic and social events, and support. We hope that this will enhance interdisciplinarity, and help you to feel part of a wider community.
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6-7pm, Wednesday 12th March 2014, Perrin Lecture Theatre, Whitechapel
To be followed by free curry and drinks reception in the Old Library, Whitechapel
Does today’s research culture encourage researchers to behave in unethical ways?
Does ethical review help or hinder ethical research?
You are invited to attend a discussion on the ethics of research. Discussion will be shaped by questions from the floor to a distinguished panel of experts:
Professor Richard Ashcroft, Professor of Bioethics, Department of Law, Queen Mary and Co-Director of the Centre for Study of Incentives in Health, funded by the Wellcome Trust. Professor Ashcroft is Deputy Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics and is a member of the Ethics and Policy Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council.
Professor Mark Caulfield Co-director of the William Harvey Research Institute, Queen Mary and NIHR Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit Centre for Clinical Pharmacology, co-lead for the Global BP Gen Consortium and Chief Scientist for UK Genetics.
Ms Elizabeth Hall Chair, Queen Mary Research Ethics Committee, trustee of Queen Mary Students’ Union and of People’s Palace Projects, and a member of Council. Ms Hall is also a member of the Standards Board for England and of the Bar Standards Board.
Professor John Oxford Professor of Virology, at The Blizard Institute, Queen Mary. Professor Oxford is also President, Scientific Director and founder of Retroscreen Virology Ltd, a spin-out company from Queen Mary.
Professor Jaqueline Rose Professor of English, School of English and Drama at Queen Mary. Her research interests include Feminism, Psychoanalysis, Literary and Cultural Theory as well as the politics, culture and literature of Israel-Palestine.
Professor Rose has been a British Academy Fellow since 2006.
RSVP by March 3rd 2014.
If you would like to put a question to the panel, please include your question on the attached RSVP:
A one-day symposium at the University of Exeter, Monday 14 April 2014
Presented in collaboration with the Crime Studies Network. Confirmed keynote speakers:
• Professor Sarah Street, University of Bristol
• Dr Merja Makinen, Middlesex University
Author of over eighty mystery novels, Agatha Christie was the best-selling writer of the twentieth century. Her detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple are iconic and her play The Mousetrap is the longest-running in history.
This one-day conference is the first in Britain to engage with Christie’s life, work, and popularity. An interdisciplinary event, Agatha Christie: Crime, Celebrity, Culture seeks to unite researchers across the humanities with an interest in this writer’s work, life, and her afterlife in TV, film, and, popular culture.
In addition to research presentations, the day will feature an exhibition of material from the archives in Exeter’s Special Collections and from the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum revealing the fascinating story of Agatha Christie’s relationships with publishers, fans, and film-makers.
The conference organisers invite proposals for twenty-minute papers. Possible themes include, but are by no means limited to:
• Film, television, theatre, or radio adaptations
• ‘Middlebrow’ perspectives on Christie
• Portrayals of Agatha Christie in films, TV, and fiction
• Christie in the twenty-first century
• Christie and feminism
• Gendered, sexed, and queer readings
• Genre and identity
Please email an abstract of 250 words with a short biographical note to email@example.com, no later than Friday 29 November 2013. Please direct any queries to the same address.
Archives - Work-in-Progress is an exhibition project designed by anthropologists in Association with Constance Howard Gallery and Goldsmiths Textile Collection as an exploration of what it might mean to interpret the collection in an interdisciplinary encounter. The project partners are issuing a call for works from designers, artists and film, photography, visual ethnography students.
As part of our exhibition of Romanian folk textiles and archival resources, we invite all students to create design, photography and art impressions related to the Romanian textile and folk material based in Goldsmiths collections. Works in all media can be made in response to the textiles, pattern books, folk art catalogues and any visual material related to Romanian folk art. Some proposed themes of the exhibition:
Old Threads Sustainable Futures
Technique, Tradition, Technology
Rethinking Crafts, Remaking the Sensory
Cottage to Catwalk
Works may be produced by practitioners from across different visual arts and social sciences, using a range of media or mediums.
Works submitted can be completed pieces, sketches, illustrations demonstrating proposed work.
Works will be exhibited in the Constance Howard Gallery in May 2014.
Deadline: 15th April 2014
For more details please contact Magdalena: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call for Papers
To thiNk is TO Experiment Postgraduate Research Day The Centre for Narrative Research (CNR), in collaboration with NOVELLA (Narratives of Varied Everyday Lives and Linked Approaches), organise the 13th annual Research Day for graduate students on 30 April 2014, at University of East London. We look forward to meeting participants from all over the UK and Europe for a friendly and productive day of presentations and discussions, as we did over the past years. To 'Think is to Experiment' has been a narrative space for postgraduate researchers from various disciplines for more than a decade. The event has been home to stimulating presentations and intense conversations on the multiplicities in narrative-based research, approaches and experiences. The programme and abstracts from previous years can be viewed on this link http://www.uel.ac.uk/cnr/tothinkistoexperiment.htm
This year, we invite papers that are constructed with a problem-based approach. The papers will focus on a challenge which postgraduate researchers tackle while analysing narrative material that they work with. We are also interested in the researcher's strategies for getting past the challenge. Our understanding of narrative material is purposefully broad within the context of this invitation. Defining and identifying 'narrative material' itself can be considered as a challenge around which applicants may construct their papers.
This is a call for papers for all postgraduate researchers. Participants can contribute with a paper (15-30 minutes long) or a poster. Please send an abstract (150-200 words) to Cigdem Esin, email@example.com by 10th March, 2014. Applicants will hear back from us by 15th March, 2014.
Please note that this is a free event but places are limited.
All best wishes, CNR team
Centre for Narrative Research
Narratives of varied everyday lives and linked approaches (NOVELLA)
University of Oxford, May 8th and 9th, 2014
Sponsored by The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH) and Las Casas Institute
Call For Papers
In a time when globalization emphasizes the free flow of ideas, goods, and capital, migration appears at the forefront of political agendas in many countries around the world. Discussions on migration tend to focus on the economy, emphasizing the protection of the working class and the attraction of highly skilled migrants; on national identity, emphasizing nationalism and “us versus them” sentiments; and on national security, emphasizing protection from external threats. Economists, politicians, and media outlets primarily shape the discussions around migration, while religious and faith traditions play, at best, a marginal role in defining the discourse.
The conference will explore two themes:
Faith: What discourses do faith traditions provide surrounding migration?
Action: What is the role of faith communities and faith-based organizations in the complex landscape of migration?
We encourage submissions that reflect on the following related items, among others:
What narratives do the theological and faith traditions have about migration, migrants, and those who receive them?
Does the blessed life, does the good life, involve migrating or receiving migrants?
What practices prevail now in the theological traditions regarding migration?
Which values or specific attitudes should prevail regarding migration?
How are narratives from faith traditions manifest in the world through the projects and programs of faith-based organizations?
Could a fresh way of speaking or discourse generate new approaches to migration in law and policy?
The first day of the conference will feature a documentary screening and discussion with Norma Romero, a member of “Las Patronas”, Mexico’s 2013 National Human Rights Award winners.
Please submit abstracts (300 words max) with title to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Migration, Faith, and Action” as the subject line by 15 March 2014. If you have any questions please contact the organizers, Robert Heimburger, Alejandro Olayo-Méndez, Lena Wettach, Paul Kellner, at email@example.com.
Please note: Travel funding for this conference is the responsibility of participants.
Thu 8th May 2014
Rethinking Quant and Qual in Social Media Research
Organised by: David Moats
Presenters: Noortje Marres, Dhiraj Murthy, Brian Alleyne
Date: Monday 12 May: 10:00 – 17:00
Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London
Contact: David Moats firstname.lastname@example.org
There are few social science researchers today who do not at some point confront social media data or the Internet, in the course of their work. These sources of data invite us to rethink the division of labour between quantitative and qualitative methodologies: qualitative researchers can now extend their work to different scales with quantitative tools and visualisations and quantitative researchers can more easily engage qualitatively with individual cases and texts rather than only aggregates. Yet both quantitative and qualitative researchers must be wary that if this so called ‘transactional data’, if approached uncritically, can influence our research agendas in perhaps undesirable ways.
This one day interactive workshop, open to up to 15 phd students or early career researchers, will introduce participants to some of the basics of Internet research including scraping, archiving and analysing data with a focus on freely available web based tools. The program will begin with a brief welcome by Noortje Marres, convener of the Digital Sociology MA program, followed by presentations by Brian Alleyne and Dhiraj Murthy on their recent work. David Moats will then explain the capabilities and limitations of various existing tools (including the Google Scraper, Issue Crawler, Twitter Archiver and Facebook application Netvizz) with hands on exercises. Finally we will split into small groups to experiment with some of these approaches. The goal will be for students to approach digital data, and new methods with open minds but equipped with more critical faculties.
To apply, please send a brief bio and cover letter detailing the data you work with and how this workshop could aid your research, to email@example.com. Participants will be selected based on the relevance of their work to the topic of the workshop. No experience using Digital Tools is required.
Students may also be interested in a more advanced workshop the following week entitled ‘Digital Tools for Qualitative Research’ which builds on these existing approaches to propose and develop new quanti-qualitative tools.
Friday 13 June 2014
Goldsmiths, University of London
Conference Keynote: Lisa Blackman, Professor in Media and Communications, Goldsmiths
Supported by the Centre for Feminist Research, Department of Media and Communications, and the Centre for Cultural Studies at Goldsmiths.
Proposals are due by Friday 14 February 2014
More recent feminist and queer scholarship has begun to productively address the dark aspects of human subjectivity perceived to have a detrimental impact on the self-constituting practices of the positive self, such as shame, trauma, unhappiness, loss, pain, and melancholia, and reconceptualise them not only as integral to the process of subject formation, but critical and productive affective states in which to engage political action.
This interdisciplinary conference addresses the ways in which feminist and queer research may be informed by embracing philosophical oppositions, the ‘negative double’ of the positive value. The conference will interrogate what can be learned from interventions focused on the interconnections between the negative and human agency, and how such a frame can inform ideas of feminist and queer practice.
Borrowing from Eve Sedgwick, this conference proposes that forms of the negative are “not distinctly ‘toxic’ parts of a group or individual identity that can be excised; they are instead integral to and residual in the processes by which identity itself is formed. They are available for the work of metamorphosis, reframing, refiguration, transfiguration, affective and symbolic loading and deformation (Sedgwick and Frank, 2003, p.63).”
If, like Sedgwick, we take up this challenge to valorise negative states of being as key conditions both for the production of meaning and being and as organising principles of identity, then we hope explorations into such states may provide the potential to open up new possibilities for politics and connection.
We invite papers and panel proposals that explore how negative states and conditions of being such as unhappiness, irresponsibility, passivity, vulnerability, failure, shame, hesitancy, pain, dispossession, rage, madness and depression may provide loci from which action and political engagement can arise.
Please submit paper abstracts of 300-500 words along with a short biography of 100 words.
Panel proposals should include a 300-word description along with accompanying paper abstracts for the panel of 300-500 words. Please provide a short 100-word biography for each presenter.
Email submissions to: firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 14 February 2014.
Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference, 21-22 June 2014
What is home? A place or a state of mind?
On the most literal level we can understand the home as a physical construction which allows for an enclosed, inner space, that provides shelter and protection to an individual or individu- als. Although the form that homes take may vary over the world, the needs they fulfil and the range of feelings they evoke are universal: protection, comfort, warmth, safety and privacy.
So, if home means all the above, what does it mean to be homeless? This Postgraduate con- ference, jointly organised by 3 schools of the University of Kent and with the support of the Kent Graduate School, aims at exploring the topic of homelessness across disciplines and fields of study. We therefore welcome 250-words abstracts for 20-minute papers and posters from all academic disciplines.
Prof Gordana Fontana Giusti, Kent School of Architecture (University of Kent, UK) Dr Marianne Amar, Musée de l’ Immigration (Paris, France)
For further information please contact or visit us: Email-address: email@example.com
Sat 21st Jun 2014
On 7 July 2014 NOVELLA will hold a one day conference at St Catherine’s College Oxford to discuss their methods and showcase the findings and their implications for family identities, practices and policies on environment, food, parenting, food blogs and qualitative ‘paradata’. The keynote address will be given by the leading international scholar on narrative analysis, Professor Cathy Riessman. There will be opportunities for both methodological and substantive discussion.
The conference will be held the day before the start of the NCRM Research Methods Festival in the same venue. Accommodation will be available on the nights of 6th and 7th July as well as dinner on the night of 7th July. If you would like to register your interest please visit our online store and the full programme and booking information will be sent to you when published.