Establishing an independent career in chemistry
16th-17th September 2014
Royal Society of Edinburgh,
Early-career researchers, postdoctoral researchers and final-year PhD students who aspire to establish an independent career in chemistry are welcome to attend this two-day conference, dedicated to addressing barriers to career progression in the chemical sciences.
To find out more and to view the programme, visit the Royal Society of Chemistry webpages.
MELSIG: Digital Media Interaction and Inclusivity
9th September 2014
Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) Teaching Building
University of Sussex
The Media Enhanced Learning Special Interest Group (MELSIG) recognises the enormous potential of digital media as an enabler for inclusive practice and wider educational change.
This one day event asks us to consider how digital media can be used positively to address disadvantage in teaching and learning, and in disciplinary practice. It will also explore the challenges and opportunities facing individuals (students, teachers and practitioners) operating in professional contexts.
The day will address questions like ‘how effective are digital tools at supporting inclusive learning?’, ‘what challenges do they create?’, ‘how important is it to be aware of our digital footprint?’ and ‘what guidance/measures should be offered or put in place to help teachers and students manage and protect their professional identity online?
Attendance is free but places are limited therefore early registration is recommended.
View the programme: http://melsig.shu.ac.uk/?page_id=645
Register (free): https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/melsig-digital-media-interaction-and-inclusivity-tickets-12149875605
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
- 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:
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: http://www.regionalstudies.org/conferences/conference/regional-studies-association-early-career-conference-2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Limited places available – book early to avoid disappointment.
This event is supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative Fund.
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’
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.
** DOCTORAL RESEARCHERS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX CAN APPLY FOR A REDUCED CONFERENCE FEE! **
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 R.Elliott@sussex.ac.uk.
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.
Thursday 19th June, Fulton, University of Sussex
‘Sights and Frights’ is a one-day interdisciplinary conference, aimed at both academics and postgraduate students, whose aim is to explore and interrogate cultural cross-currents between nineteenth-century visual culture, science and social practice, particularly where these concern attitudes to, and instances of, the supernatural and horrific.
The lively programme includes a magic lantern show and a live ectoplasm performance, so there’s something for everyone.
We hope to see some of you there!
Sights and Frights is sponsored by the Centre for Visual Fields at the University of Sussex & supported by the Doctoral School’s Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund.
Open Sharing & Curating
Wednesday 12th March
14:00 – 15:00
Facilitated by Dr Anne Hole
This workshop is open to all University of Sussex staff and students.
Together we will consider ways in which open sharing and/or curating can enhance learning for everyone and look at some free tools such as Evernote, Flipboard and Diigo that facilitate those processes.
To find out more about the events taking place at University of Sussex as part of Open Education Week 2014, visit the RUSTLE blog