The following training opportunities are open to all Arts and Humanities PhD students at Birkbeck.
Coming up in CHASE Essentials
Copyright and Creative Reuse
Thursday 17 November | 1100-1215
and Using Audiovisual resources in your research
Training is over 3 days – 8, 9 & 15 December | 1000-1230
See full CHASE Essentials programme
Working With Marginalised Communities:
Towards an Ethical Practice for PhD
webinar takes place over two dates – 12 & 13 November 1500-1700 each day
growing number of PhD students and Early Career Researchers have shown interest
in pursuing research with and for communities who have traditionally been
viewed from an abstract distance if, indeed, they have been viewed at all. The
scope of these projects is wide and includes researchers working with women in
domestic violence refuges, teenagers in socio-economically deprived areas of
London and Afghani refugee communities caught in the limbo of the Aegean
these projects all have in common is that they bring academic scholars into
contact with individuals and communities that are likely to have experienced
trauma as well as disempowering if not explicitly violent interactions with
institutional and state authorities. High levels of professional and personal
sensitivity and ethics are essential if the researcher is to avoid replicating
the participants’ experiences of marginalisation and creating an abstract
rather than rich, nuanced picture of their lives and experiences.
is a two part webinar series delivered by Fred Ehresmann, Senior Lecturer in
Mental Health at the University of the West of England and Dr Jade Lee,
director of Aurora Learning and UK Programme Lead of School Bus Project, an NGO
that supports educational programmes for young refugees in Europe.
The Liquidity Cohort
group of researchers who work with various notions of liquidity from the body
(in the broadest sense, human and otherwise) to material infrastructures. We
are interested in “liquidity” as an immersive experience of being-in-the-world
and its implications for practice; questions of how to write from states of
immersion, how to work from the body immersed in experience. We are also
interested in hydrological and technological infrastructures and their impacts
on the body and its worlds.
workshop dates below:
Session 1: Saturation Epistemologies and Oceanic Media
Wednesday 18 November | 1700-1900 | Online
this session, Melody Jue will discuss saturation epistemologies in her book Wild Blue Media: Thinking Through
Seawater and the forthcoming collection Saturation: An Elemental Politics (co-edited
with Rafico Ruiz).
Session 2: Liquid Gold
Wednesday 25 November | 1500-1700 | Online
this session Melanie Jackson and Esther Leslie will present a performance
reading that draws on thematics from their recent collaborative works Deeper in the Pyramid
(2018) and The
Session 3: Bodies that Weather: Hurricane Katrina and ‘Viscous Porosity’
Wednesday 2 December | 1500-1700 | Online
Sharpe writes in ‘In the Wake: On Blackness and Being’ (2016) of the climate of
anti-blackness that black bodies continue to weather.
Session 4: Liquifying Selves: Toxicity, Tales and Transindividuation
Wednesday 9 December | 1500-1700 | Online
the pandemic forces us to adopt new hydro-hermetic praxes, we will examine some
other ways in which liquid has already presented counter-ontologies to those of
the Cartesian self.
Liquidity Cohort was initiated by Dr. Bridget Crone (Visual Cultures,
Goldsmiths) in 2018, and is open to researchers from CHASE institutions.
The role of watch forgery in the making of the modern world
November 2020 | 14:00 – 16:00 | Zoom
talk will explore how the objects history leaves behind can be used to explore
the world they existed in. Using forensic analysis to look for hidden clues
inside early C18th mass-manufactured watches – practising-watchmaker Rebecca
Struthers will reveal the moment access to portable time started its journey
towards democratisation. By weaving the physical evidence in with archival
sources, this talk will explore the transformative social impact watches had in
the UK during the Industrial Revolution.