As a result of the current situation we have had to postpone the BGRS Conference which will no longer take place on 22-23 April. However, we do intend to find an alternative date for the event later in the year and will confirm this once available.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank all who had helped to shape the conference through contributions by email, discussion off line, by attending any of the BGRS conference meetings, or by volunteering to take part in the student sessions on methods/ disciplines or the poster competition. Many thanks too to speakers who had agreed to take part.
Thanks in particular to those of you who have been active in the conference steering group and who had until recently been choosing and inviting speakers and helping to set things in place. I’m hopeful that we will be able to build on the work done so far and deliver an exciting event later in the year.
All current Birkbeck PhD students are invited to enter the BGRS Conference Poster Competition which will provide a fantastic opportunity to share your research interests and successes with doctoral students from across the College.
How to take part
If you are a current Birkbeck PhD student and would like to take part in this Poster Competition please complete this brief form by 31 March. All those who enter will be able to claim back up to £30 for poster printing costs from the BGRS.
Judging of the posters will take place on day 2 of the conference (23 April) and you will be asked to attend your poster in order to answer questions while judging takes place. The following prizes will be awarded:
We hope you will have
seen that as part of the BGRS Conference
(22-23 April) there will be a session where PhD students are invited to give
brief presentations (around 10 minutes each) about a methodological aspect of
their research project. The aim of this session is to provide opportunities for
attendees and contributors to find out about methodology they are not currently
familiar with, or to hear from doctoral researchers who have an interest in a
similar or related methodology.
We would like to
encourage all current Birkbeck PhD students to contribute to this session in
order to make it a success. We think this session will be both useful and
interesting for the following reasons:
You will have the opportunity to present your work to your fellow students and to respond to questions in a supportive environment.
If you haven’t yet given a presentation on your research this would be a great opportunity to do so.
If you have previously given a presentation on your methodology in another setting you are welcome to use that as the basis of your talk or repeat it.
The session will provide the chance to engage with doctoral researchers from across Birkbeck and to receive useful feedback.
You would be contributing to the success of the conference and helping to build connections between research students across departments at Birkbeck.
Please do use this brief form by 24 March if you would like to take
part in this session.
student members of the BGRS Steering Committee
The following events and opportunities are available via the AHRC funded CHASE Doctoral Training Programme. All of the opportunities below are open to all Arts and Humanities PhD students at Birkbeck, regardless of whether they are funded or self-funded.
Future Pathways in Medieval and Early Modern Studies:
Academia and Beyond
Friday, 6 March and Friday 27 March
The aim of these two workshops is to explore the possible
pathways that medieval and early modern studies can open up for future careers.
Both workshops will host a group of speakers with PhDs in various aspects of
medieval and early modern studies that have since pursued a wide array of
careers. Their personal knowledge and experiences will provide the springboard
for informal roundtable discussions and exercises. These events will encourage
current postgraduate students to reflect critically on the ways in which one
can communicate and curate research and teaching expertise, while they will
also offer opportunities for new connections to be made with a variety of
individuals, institutions and sectors.
FRAMES – Friday 20 March The annual TRANSITIONS symposium has been extended with FRAMES,
a day of workshops for CHASE researchers. The workshops are Graphic Medicine
with Ian Williams and Comics as Research Practice with Nick Sousanis.
The workshops are focussed on comics and arts as part of the
research process, but are open to all research students affiliated with CHASE
The day is divided into two workshop sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning session is Graphic Medicine with Ian Williams. The afternoon session is Comics as Research Practice with Nick Sousanis.
Transitions: New Directions in Comics
Studies is an annual one-day symposium promoting new research and
multi-disciplinary academic study of comics / comix / bande dessinée /
manga / and other forms of sequential art. The Transitions symposia have been a
fixture on the UK comics scholarship landscape, with a focus on new voices and
novel approaches in comics research. The programme emphasises a range of
approaches in research, and especially invites participation from research
students and early career researchers.
Critical Race Studies and the Premodern: Archive and Seminar
8 & 9 June | University
Decolonising the Curriculum (Practical Funded by the CHASE
Consortium, the Universities of East Anglia and Sussex are hosting two
postgraduate training workshops on critical race studies and the pre-modern.
This, the second of two events, will be held at The University of Sussex, 8-9
June 2020, and will focus on research. The event is designed to develop
students’ professional skills. We invite expressions of interest from all postgraduates
working in the Humanities (giving papers, designing and chairing sessions,