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The Regional Studies Association Early Career Conference 2014 – Call for Papers

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RSC ECC 2014

The Regional Studies Association

Early Career Conference 2014

Call for Papers

Abstract submission deadline: Friday 29 August, 2014

The Regional Studies Association encourages submissions of abstracts to our annual Early Career conference, to be held in Sheffield in October 2014. This exciting conference, sponsored by new open access journal Regional Studies, Regional Science, will provide PhD students and early career researchers with the opportunity to network, collaborate and socialise with others working in regional studies and science. The objective of the conference is bring together students and early career researchers to present and debate their work in a welcoming and stimulating environment, with a view to getting invaluable feedback and new ideas and learning more about how and where to publish their research results. One session will focus on how the publishing environment is changing and the new opportunities it creates. A number of distinguished Plenary Speakers will be in attendance, in addition to the Editors-in-Chief of Regional Studies, Regional Science. Participants working in the following areas are invited to submit an abstract, though we welcome all submissions with a regional studies or regional science focus.

  • Urban and regional development and policy
  • New challenges in urban planning
  • New economic geography
  • Big data and regions
  • Climate change and sustainability
  • Urban and regional governance
  • Politics and territory
  • Innovation and knowledge
  • Mega-regions
  • City regions
  • Regional mapping and visualisation
  • Clusters and smart specialisation
  • Labour markets and migration
  • Spatial justice

Abstract submission will be available online from April 2014. For more information and updates on this event, please go to:

Conference Format

The conference will begin and end with a series of plenary lectures. In between these sessions a number of parallel workshop tracks will be held, all within the ICOSS building at the heart of the University of Sheffield’s city centre campus. Papers will be grouped thematically after submission. We will also hold a special ‘how to get published’ session with journal editors and devote one session to more innovative presentation formats.

Information About the Venue

The conference venue is 300m from the nearest tram stop, which connects directly to Sheffield train station (accessible directly from most major UK cities). For international visitors, there is a direct train from Manchester Airport to Sheffield. There are many bars, restaurants and hotels within walking distance of the venue.

For more information, please go to:


Researching Sex and Intimacy in Contemporary Life: An Interdisciplinary Symposium – 18th July

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Researching Sex and Intimacy in Contemporary Life:

An Interdisciplinary Symposium

July 18th, 9:00 – 18:00

School of Law, Politics and Sociology

Friston 108, University of Sussex

This symposium brings together researchers across the disciplines to address some key current questions and explore ways of researching and thinking about sex and intimacy. It will reflect a wealth of exciting, innovative research and thinking currently in this area. There has been a recent proliferation of research and publication spanning such diverse areas as mediated intimacies, mapping intimacies, asexuality and intimacy, enduring love, liquid love, intimacy and living alone, living apart together, seduction communities, cross-national intimacies, intimacy landscapes, intimate citizenship, sexual citizenship, plastic sexuality, sexualisation, sex work, sex and material culture. There is scope for interdisciplinary thinking and researching from a range of disciplines including Sociology, Cultural studies, Gender Studies, Anthropology, Politics, Law, International development, Education, Psychology and beyond. It is anticipated that future networking and opportunities for collaboration will arise from this event.

Confirmed speakers include Professor Andrea Cornwall, University of Sussex and Dr Meg Barker, Open University.

For more information please contact Charlotte Morris on

Book here:

Limited places available – book early to avoid disappointment.

This event is supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative Fund.

Musical Materialities in the Digital Age Interdisciplinary Conference: 27th – 28th June

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With support from the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative Fund, Music Materialities in the Digital Age is a 2 day interdisciplinary conference taking place at the University of Sussex on 27th and 28th June.

Music, while summoning notions of intangibility, transience and loss, is also associated with material objects that serve to ground the musical, make the transient permanent and defer loss. Unearthing music’s association with materiality reveals a fascinating array of artefacts, including instruments, scores, transcribing devices, sound recordings and much more. Such artefacts provide vital reference points for historical research as well as inviting new creative uses, rediscoveries and (re)mediations. They also add to the ever-growing archives of past objects, whether stored in ‘physical’ or digital forms. Music’s material traces serve as vital ways of mediating memory, whether in private collections or public exhibitions. Furthermore, the use of musical ‘ephemera’ such as record sleeves, programmes, flyers and posters as a primary means for putting the popular musical past on display in museums and galleries has highlighted the ways in which such objects are not so ephemeral after all.

 The persistence of musical artefacts and musical materialities following the period of their initial use value poses interesting questions. What is the fate of musical artefacts once they become obsolescent? What becomes of music and its objects once relegated to archives? What is the role of musical artefacts in helping us to understand the past? What is the relationship between the physical and the digital in terms of music’s objects? To what extent does a focus on music’s objects challenge the idea of music as a social process? Conversely, what role does musical materiality play in the maintenance and development of rituals long associated with music? What rituals reformulate musical materiality? What does the remediation of the musical past via ‘media archaeology’ have to tell us about present desires, anxieties and needs? What is the role of museums, galleries, sound archives and libraries in these processes?

Working from the premise that musical materiality matters, the aim of this two-day interdisciplinary conference (welcoming speakers from media studies, music studies, cultural studies, museum studies, memory studies and other cognate disciplines) will be to reflect upon the materialities of music objects/technologies in the digital age, with an emphasis on:

  • Processes of remediation
  • Residual media of ‘dead media’
  • Cultural waste
  • Media archaeology (and particular manifestations relating to sound and music, e.g. ‘vinyl archaeology’)
  • The recycling of memory and material culture
  • The digital archive
  • The future of music creation and consumption
  • Nostalgia and ‘retromania’
  • Music as ‘thing’ and/or ‘process’
  • Commodification


Scheduled papers cover a variety of topics, including contexts of reception, production and circulation of digital objects; analysis of residual media and formats (playback devices, vinyl records, cassettes, etc.); the meanings and implications of digitisation; archives, museums and sound curating; musical materiality and digitality in education, the implications of streaming for producers and consumers of music; the evocative power and physicality of music objects. The full programme will be published on the conference website later in May.

Keynotes will be provided by Professor Will Straw and Dr Noel Lobley.

Will Straw is Director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada and Professor within the Department of Art History and Communications Studies at McGill University in Montreal. Dr. Straw received his BA in Film Studies from Carleton University (Ottawa) and his Masters and PhD degrees from McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of Cyanide and Sin: Visualizing Crime in 50s America, and co-editor of the Cambridge Companion to Pop and Rock.  He has published widely on music scenes, the music industry and the relationship of music to media.

Noel Lobley is a sound curator who is currently working as an ethnomusicologist Research Associate at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, where he is developing the music and sound collections through a series of curated experiential sound events.  His interdisciplinary research in the anthropology of sound and music explores recorded heritage as a key method for understanding the relationships between archival field recordings, culture and environment.

The conference will include a specially convened panel featuring sound curators Andy Linehan and Cheryl Tipp of the British Library. This session, convened by Professor David Hendy (University of Sussex), is in collaboration with the British Library and the Sussex-based Public Culture Hub.

Registration and Fees

Registration for the conference is now open. Please register by completing the booking form and paying the appropriate fee using one of the payment methods listed on the registration page.


The organisers of the conference ‘Musical Materialities in the Digital Age’ are delighted to offer up to 30 Sussex students the opportunity to register for this 2-day conference at the reduced rate of £25. This represents a 50% saving on the current early-bird student rate and a 60% saving on the regular student rate. The reduced rate is open to any student currently registered at the University of Sussex and covers conference registration, delegate fees, lunch and refreshments on both days of the conference.

To request an application form for the reduced rate please e-mail

Completed forms must be received by 13th June 2014 to be eligible for the fee reduction, but bear in mind that applications will be dealt with as received so early submission is advised. Details of how to pay the reduced fee (£25) will be provided with confirmation of successful applications.

For more information please visit the Music Materialities In the Digital Age website.


Researcher Development Planner: Launch Event – Thursday 5th June

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Researcher Development Planner: Launch Event

Thursday 5th June 2014

12:30 – 14:30

Jubilee G22



In the current economic climate, personal and professional development planning for researchers has become increasingly more important to maintain your progress and make key decisions about your future career.

On Thursday 5th June, we are organising an event for researchers, to introduce you to the Researcher Development Framework Planner, and the free trial we are running.

The planner is designed to help you:

  • Reflect on your achievements and set aspirational goals
  • Consider skills and experiences that will enhance your prospects of success in particular career areas
  • Identify opportunities for further professional development
  • Create a personal record of progress, backed up by evidence
  • Develop an action plan
  • Highlight, articulate and evidence the transferability of your skills in your CV, in job applications and at interviews
  • Articulate your skills and attributes in a language employers outside as well as inside academia will recognise and respect
  • Prepare for one-on-one reviews with your supervisor, research manager or principal investigator where you will be discussing your professional or career development

If you are interested in testing out the planner join us at this event, and help us to decide whether this will be a useful tool for researchers in the future. It is important that you book a place, so we can arrange access to the planner.

Click here to book your place!

If you would like to be involved in the trial, but can’t attend the event please do get in touch with us at

Doctoral School BBQ – Wednesday 21st May: Drinks Voucher Offers!

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If you’ve already booked your place to attend the Doctoral School’s Summer BBQ don’t forget you can now pick up your free BBQ and drink vouchers from the Doctoral School! Alternatively, you can pick up your vouchers at the door on the day, but please be aware you may be required to queue!

For more information about the Doctoral School Summer BBQ, please visit the Doctoral School Webpages. If you haven’t yet booked a place to attend you can do so here.


For the event, East Slope Bar will be running the following drinks voucher offers, where you can get together with your fellow researchers and pool your vouchers for more!

Drink Vouchers Offers

If you have any accessibility requirements or any specific dietary requests not already catered for by the menu, please e-mail or call 01273 873366.

Developing and Funding Collaborations Workshop Series: May 2014

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Developing and Funding Collaborations Workshop Series


Workshop 1: 13th May (13:00 – 17:00) – Fulton 201

Workshop 2: 20th May (13:00 – 17:00) – Fulton 114

Workshop 3: 27th May (13:00 – 17:00) – Fulton 114

To book your place, please visit the Researcher Development Webpages

This workshop series is aimed toward research students and early career researchers wishing to initiate, build, and manage collaborations to embed their research in the creative economy, and is open not just to research students/ECRs at the universities of Sussex and Brighton, but also across the CHASE consortium.

Over the course of the workshops, participants will collaboratively analyse their research output, share and discuss experiences of collaboration, examine case studies of successful collaborations, explore synchronicities with other creative practitioners and/or arts organisations, and discuss models for funding, publication and positioning of collaborative projects in the creative economy.

The idea behind this project was conceived after doctoral students and ECRs contacted the lead student with requests for training in building and managing collaborations. The workshops will provide participants with a forum for discussing the collaborative potential of their work, and a structured context for taking steps toward initiating actual collaborations with mentoring and peer support. The workshop series is therefore designed to facilitate situated exploration and results-oriented development of ideas around collaboration.

The workshops are led by facilitators who are research active, work in the creative industry (digital media, experience design, contemporary curatorial practice, film making, sound art, and arts management, including managing touring exhibitions), and have extensive experience of initiating and managing collaborative projects. They will be working with workshop participants to generate ideas and actionable strategies, and act as progress mentors over the course of the project.

About the Facilitators:

The workshops are led by facilitators who are research active, work in the creative industry (digital media, experience design, contemporary curatorial practice, film making, sound art, and arts management, including managing touring exhibitions), and have extensive experience of initiating and managing collaborative projects. They will be working with workshop participants to generate ideas and actionable strategies, and act as progress mentors over the course of the project. The facilitators are:

  • Carina Westling (The Nimbus Group): interdisciplinary project development
  • Jamie Wyld (This is Wyld Ltd): funding specialist, project management
  • Peter Annhernu (Surface Impression): curation specialist, project management
  • Amelia Wakeford (University of Sussex): research funding advice

Complexity & the Law Workshop – Friday 30th May

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Complexity and the Law

A day of exploration in to the realms of networks, entropy, ecosystems, resistance, epistemology, all through the lens of complexity in relation to law.

Led by scholars from across the disciplinary spectrum.

  • Nathan Moore, Birkbeck College, University of London
  • Debra Benita Shaw, University of East London
  • Andres Guadamuz, University of Sussex
  • Anil K Seth, University of Sussex
  • Charlie Blake, University of Brighton
  • Tom Webb, University of Lancaster
  • Jamie Murray, University of Lancaster
  • Dominic Kniveton, University of Sussex
  • Stuart Harrop, University of Sussex
  • Emanuela Orlando, University of Sussex
  • Ben Fincham, University of Sussex
  • Lucy Finchett-Maddock, University of Sussex
Please contact Lucy Finchett-Maddock at for free registration and further information.