Latest Event Updates

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

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Limited places available – book early to avoid disappointment.

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

Apply to be a Sussex Research Hive Scholar! Deadline for Applications: Sunday 8th June

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SAGE Research Hive Scholarships 2014-15

The Library and Doctoral School are now recruiting for next year’s Hive Scholar roles. There are three, ten-month Scholarships with an attached bursary of £3250, and the deadline for applications is Sunday 8th June 2014.

The Library’s Research Hive is a space dedicated for use by the research community at Sussex, open exclusively to doctoral researchers and academic staff. The Library, in partnership with the Doctoral School, is offering three SAGE Research Hive Scholarships to support the Research Hive and the needs of the research community at Sussex. Each scholarship attracts a fixed bursary of £3,250 for a ten-month duration: from September 2014 to the end of June 2015.

The scholarship holders will be required to contribute on average 25 hours per month for the duration of the scholarship period to provide support for the Research Hive. These hours will be flexible and dependent on any planned events. Some of this time will be spent on-site in the Hive at times to be agreed, but the Scholars will also be expected to spend time in Schools and Departments finding out about the needs of the research community at Sussex and actively promoting the Hive. The Scholars will need to work together effectively and flexibly as a self-managing team, including regular contact by email/other social media and monthly face-to-face meetings. The role will include some evening and weekend working, with emphasis on raising awareness of the Research Hive and the benefits it has to offer; generating ideas and arranging events to support the research community; and evaluating the facility.

These scholarships will provide an ideal opportunity for doctoral researchers to develop professional skills in a number of areas including: organising events; marketing; communication; project management.  The scholarship holders will be able to improve and expand their professional research networks, and to gain valuable insight and knowledge of issues affecting researchers at all stages of their careers. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about academic publishing and develop links with SAGE.

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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

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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

Researchers in Schools – Teacher Training Programme for Researchers: Apply Now!

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Researchers in Schools

Researchers in Schools ( is an exclusive school-based teacher training programme for researchers who want to maintain an academic profile, utilise their subject expertise and make a difference in non-selective state schools. All trainees enrolled on the programme will be given time, support and a budget to pursue academic research projects.

This two-year, salaried training programme has been designed with OFSTED-rated ‘Outstanding’ teacher training schools and research intensive universities, and will be delivered by expert practitioners. It seeks to help schools increase subject expertise, promote research and champion university access, while allowing researchers to augment their CVs and return to academia after completing the programme should they choose.

Researchers In Schools offers trainees a training scholarship of £17,000 in the first year and then full-time employment in the second year, with salaries typically beginning at £25,000 per year. Candidates who have completed a doctorate in maths, physics or engineering will also be eligible for a government supported training scholarship of £40,000 in the first year and an increased salary thereafter.

Applications are open to researchers from all subject backgrounds who will have submitted their doctoral thesis by Friday 15th August 2014. Candidates will be assessed by application form and at an assessment centre.

Early applications are strongly encouraged as assessment centres will be taking place in June.

Candidates are asked to submit an application form and CV to Dr Mary Henes at

The application forms and supporting materials can be downloaded at

Sights and Frights – a one-day interdisciplinary conference at Sussex

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Thursday 19th June, Fulton, University of Sussex

Sights and Frights‘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.

To find out more, take a look at the programme, or you can register now.

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.


Doctoral School BBQ- Thank you!

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bbqYesterday the Doctoral School held our annual social event for all Sussex researchers. We were thrilled to be joined by over 250 of you who came to enjoy some delicious BBQ food, a few drinks, and the chance to get to know each other. Though the sun didn’t appear, thankfully neither did the rain!

Many thanks to you all for coming along and contributing to the great atmosphere, and a really enjoyable afternoon. A special thanks also to the staff in East Slope Bar for their fantastic catering and support.