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PhD Workshops 2021-22

All workshops will be online via Microsoft Teams, and run by Dr Caterina Albano. For further information email: c.albano@csm.arts.ac.uk. To join the sessions and confirm your attendance, please email Debi Kenny in advance: d.kenny@csm.arts.ac.uk.

Upcoming workshops

Workshop 1: Dr Caterina Albano

6 October 2021, 11–13.00

REGISTRATION 1:  The workshop gives an overview of the registration process and focuses on how to develop a registration proposal through a close consideration of the registration form.

Workshop 2: Lucy Ashdown

13 October 2021, 11–13.00

HOW TO SEARCH E-RESOURCES: Lucy Ashdown, Academic Support Librarian for Post-Graduate Students, leads a workshop on library e-resources and how to access other resources.

Workshop 3: Dr Jamie Brassett

20 October 2021, 11–13.00

TAKING CARE: This workshop will engage with some of the key issues involved with considering the ethics of one¹s research. We will consider ethics of some key cases, as well as discuss ethical matters in relation to our own projects.

PLEASE NOTE: This workshop replaces the previously scheduled workshop by Prof Joanne Morra which will be rescheduled

SHARING PRACTICES: (Self)Care, Wellbeing and PhD Research: An (im)possible balancing act.  In this session we will explore the ways in which (self)care and wellbeing are fundamental to the practice of research. As we engage ourselves in our work, it is important to consider how our research is connected to our lived experience: personally, politically, institutionally, and socially. We will spend some time thinking through this entanglement with Tacita Dean, Nancy Fraser, bell hooks, Hanif Kureishi, Emilie Pine, Claudia Rankine, amongst others.

Workshop 4:  Prof Jeremy Till

27 October 2021, 14–16.00

How to Read and Rite/The Contingent Researcher: Jeremy Till presents a double header, starting with some very basic, but necessary, observations on reading and writing, and then moving on to answer the question - how can good research possibly be contingent?

Workshop 5: Dr Royce Mahawatte

3 November 2021, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: DECENTRALISING RESEARCH: How can we understand decolonial thinking when it comes to our research practices? This will be an interactive session where you will be introduced to some of the central ideas around decoloniality and critiques of modernity. You will also be shown some methods that you can adapt and develop to fit with your own research programmes. Please bring a primary source or an example of your practice that you can work with in the session.

Workshop 6:  Dr Caterina Albano

10 November 2021, 11–13.00

REGISTRATION 2: The workshop offers an opportunity for students to share their registration draft with others and discuss improvements.

Workshop 7:  Dr Anthony Powis and Dr Becca Voelker (Post-Docs)

17 November 2021, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: Architecture after Architecture: Spatial Practice in the Face of the Climate Emergency.  We will discuss our individual experience and prior research, and how this has led us to our current positions as Postdoctoral Research Fellows on the project Architecture after Architecture: Spatial Practice in the Face of the Climate Emergency (AHRC/ DFG). Anthony worked as an architect at muf architecture/art before completing a PhD in Architecture (University of Westminster, 2021). Becca has a PhD in Film and Visual Studies (Harvard University, 2021) and combines research with journalism and curatorial projects. We will discuss how our backgrounds feed into the project’s interdisciplinary scope, and the various outputs and audiences we hope to reach with it.

Workshop 8:  Prof Rathna Ramanathan

24 November 2021, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES:  Decentralising Design: Intercultural Communication Methods and Practices.

Workshop 9: Dr Caterina Albano

1 December 2021, 11–13.00

TECHNE 1:  The workshop is for continuing students who intend to apply to TECHNE. The workshop gives a brief overview of the application process and focuses on how to write an application. Students are invited to bring a draft application for group discussion.

Workshop 10: Dr Caterina Albano

5 January 2022, 11–13.00

REGISTRATION 3: The workshop offers an opportunity for students to share their registration draft with others and discuss improvements.

Workshop 11: Dr Caterina Albano

12 January 2022, 11–13.00

TECHNE 2:  The workshop is for continuing students who intend to apply to TECHNE. The workshop focuses on TECHNE applications and students are invited to bring their working draft for group discussion and help with  any queries.

Workshop 12:  TBC

19 January 2022, 11–13.00

TBC

Workshop 13: Dr Caterina Albano

26 January 2022, 11–13.00

CONFIRMATION  1: The workshop focuses on an overview of what the written document for confirmation entails (e.g. abstract, thesis chapter plan, contextual review etc.) and how to shape them. Confirmation 1 looks at abstract and chapter plan. Students are invited to bring their drafts for group discussion.

Workshop 14: Dr Caterina Albano

2 February 2022, 11–13.00

CONFIRMATION  2: The workshop builds on Conformation 1 and focuses on the structuring of the contextual review. Students are invited to bring a draft of the contextual review for group discussion.  Chapter plan for group discussion.

Workshop 15:  Tom Corby

16 February 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: CLIMATE CRISIS.

Workshop 16:   Lucy Ashdown

23 February 2022, 11–13.00

HOW TO SEARCH E-RESOURCES 2: Lucy Ashdown, Academic Support Librarian for Post-Graduate Students, leads a workshop on library e-resources and how to access other resources. The workshop will build on the previous one and provide you with extra support for your research and help you find relevant material.

Workshop 17:   Dr Caterina Albano

2 March 2022, 11–13.00

HOW TO SEARCH E-RESOURCES 2: Lucy Ashdown, Academic Support Librarian for Post-Graduate Students, leads a workshop on library e-resources and how to access other resources. The workshop will build on the previous one and provide you with extra support for your research and help you find relevant material.

Workshop 18:   Prof Carole Collet

9 March 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: Living Systems Thinking in Design. This lecture will define principles of living systems thinking in design and present a series of research projects that explore the protocols and ethical questions raised by the integration of biological systems in material practice.

Workshop 19:   Dr Adriana Cobo Corey

16 March 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: Living Systems Thinking in Design. This lecture will define principles of living systems thinking in design and present a series of research projects that explore the protocols and ethical questions raised by the integration of biological systems in material practice.

Workshop 20:   Dr Catherine Dixon

23 March 2022, 11–13.00

VISUAL CONCEPTUALISATION OF RESEARCH: Dr Catherine Dixon will lead this workshop that explores visual means of conceptualisation.

Workshop 21:   Annie Goh

30 March 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES:  SOUND, ARCHAEOLOGY, ART & THE HIERARCHY OF THE SENSES. Scholars have described how European colonisation led to the development of a “homogenisation of sensory words” in non-European countries due to the export of “the European hierarchy of the senses, with sight and hearing associated with cognition and place above and apart from the so-called lower senses” (Classen et al., 2014, p. 17). In this workshop, we will explore how listening and other sensory modes are imbricated in colonial hierarchies of the senses. Following this, we will ask how artistic practices might articulate challenges to embedded sensorial norms.

Workshop 22:   Dr Caterina Albano

20 April 2022, 11–13.00

An Eloquent Argument: The workshop will consider what is an argument and how it can be constructed. We will look at what makes an argument convincing. You are invited to bring short examples to share and discuss.

Workshop 23:   Dr Alison Green

27 April 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: TBC

Workshop 24:   Dr Alison Green

4 May 2022, 11–13.00

The Art of Writing an Abstract: The workshop will focus how to write an abstract. You are invited to bring your own abstract for a journal article, conference paper and/or for your thesis to share and discuss.

Workshop 25:   Dr Andrea Zimmerman

11 May 2022, 14–16.00

SHARING PRACTICES:  Being / Seen: Towards an activist poetics.

John Berger wrote that ‘Between the experience of living a normal life at this moment on the planet and the public narratives being offered to give a sense of that life, the empty space, the gap, is enormous’. Such an understanding drives my sense of the making films. For the past 10 years my work has focused on the often under-explored and under-expressed intersection of public and private memory, especially in relation to place, location and to structural and political violence. Throughout, my approach has been socially collaborative, in content, form and production. Formally, all my work seeks to open (for both the participants and audience) a space for consideration of the shifting border between documentary and fiction, using long-term observation, interventions into real-life situations, re-enactment, found material, archive traces and always the honouring of lived experience. Throughout, I seek an ethically engaged, culturally resonant expression of shared humanity, and a co-existence with larger ecologies (beyond human-centred subjectivity).

Workshop 26:   Kate Lane

18 May 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES:  Performance Echoes: Live Performance and Documentation How can you capture the ephemeral nature of a live performance? How can you recreate the embodied experience of the audience within documentation? In this session Kate Lane will discuss her performance practice, looking at her practice as research and devising methodology through design-led and embodied play.  She will discuss the relationship between liveness in performance and its relationship to documentation.  Kate Lane is the Course Leader in Performance: Design and Practice. Her practice focuses on scenography and performance exploring scenography as a visual dramaturgy. www.katelane.co.uk

Workshop 27:   Dr Erika Tan

25 May 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: Archival Antics: Using a number of her projects as case studies, Erika will be speaking about her research work with/without/within/with held from ARCHIVES, institutional and otherwise and how this has informed the development of her practice, and her relationship to history. Erika Tan is an artist, curator and researcher  whose work focuses on the postcolonial, transnational and decolonial - working with archival artefacts, exhibition histories, received narratives, contested heritage, subjugated voices and the transnational movement of ideas, people and objects. Her work has been exhibited & collected internationally. She is currently The Stanley Picker Fine Art Fellow, MA Fine Art Course Leader in Central Saint Martins and Research Associate with Decolonising The Arts Institute, UAL. www.erikatan.net  www.arts.ac.uk/research/ual-staff-researchers/erika-tan

Workshop 28:   Dr Caterina Albano

1 June 2022, 11–13.00

How to Structure an Oral Presentation: We shall discuss ways to organize visual material for an oral presentation. You are invited to bring your own presentation for a talk to share and discuss.

Workshop 29:   TBC

8 June 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: TBC

Workshop 30:   TBC

15 June 2022, 11–13.00

SHARING PRACTICES: TBC