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Forthcoming events 2017-18

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image: From Manual Labours by Sophie Hope and Jenny Richards

2017-18 Corkscrew programme of student 'Show and tell' workshops and 'Staff exchanges'

Throughout the year we are running termly 'Show and tell' workshops where 2 Birkbeck practice-based PhD students present their work in progress for feedback and discussion amongst peers. These workshops are primarily for practice-based MPhil/PhD students at Birkbeck.

Alongside this will run a series of public 'Staff exchanges' between a member of academic staff at Birkbeck who will discuss their practice-research in conversation with an invited guest. These events will ask 'where's the research and where's the practice' in specific examples of work presented by the speakers. These 'Staff exchanges' are public events open to anyone to attend.

See the dates and details below.

New event:

Awkward Encounters: Consent in Practice-Research

Thursday 21 June, 6-9pm (refreshments will be served)
Birkbeck, University of London, Keynes Library, 43 Gordon Square
Facilitated by Sarah Jury and Hamish MacPherson
Organised by Corkscrew Pracitce-Research Network (Birkbeck)

Place are limited, book here.

A peer-to-peer workshop for exchanging tactics, methods and concerns about negotiating consent in practice-research.

For students, postgraduates and academics who work with other people in the process of their research, and consider this part of their practice-research.

You might be involved in practicing Participatory Action Research, using ethnographic methods to observe or be carrying out participant observation. You might be writing about your experiences with other people in reflexive and anonymised ways. Or orchestrating scenarios in which other’s perform. Or listening to people on the bus.

Within academic research, ethics forms provide frameworks for considering the modes of informed consent needed before you embark on any contact with other human beings. This can be an important reflexive moment for really questioning if the rigmarole of involving others in your research is really worth it, but it can also interrupt otherwise quite common sense, intuitive encounters. What happens at the moment when informed consent is asked for and given or refused? There are perhaps awkward pauses as you stop the flow of a conversation to hand over an ethics form. This inevitably changes the dynamic of the encounter. What happens next?

Show and tell workshops:

Autumn term: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 2-5pm
Room 317, 43 Gordon Square

Jo Coleman: "Please identify yourself for the tape.": Demystifying the interview process

Caroline Molloy: Re-imagined communities: understanding the visual habitus of transcultural photographs

Spring term: Wednesday 28 February 2018, 2-5pm

Room 106, 43 Gordon Square

Sally O'Reilly: Locomotivations: authoring text-led performance through the railway as site, material and practice

Ruth Solomons: Research findings emerging within artworks: some unanticipated consequences of carrying out academic research alongside a pre-existing art practice

Summer term: Wednesday 30 May 2018, 2-5pm
Room 106, 43 Gordon Square

Golnoosh Nourp: Representations of Iranian female sexuality in Iranian contemporary literature

Selina Robertson: A curatorial investigation into the hidden histories and cultural memory of 1980s London’s lesbian feminist and queer film curatorial practices

Staff exchanges

Autumn term: Wednesday 29 November 2017, 12-2pm

Room 106, 43 Gordon Square

Dr Sophie Hope (Birkbeck) and Dr Anthony Schrag (Queen Margaret University) will discuss their research as socially engaged practice embedded in the context of working environments and the challenges this brings.

Spring term: Thursday 15 March 2018, 3-5pm
Room 106, 43 Gordon Square

Autumn term: Wednesday 16 May 2018, 2-5pm (as part of Arts Week)
Room G05, 43 Gordon Square

Dr Julia Bell (Birkbeck) and Dr Honor Gavin (University of Manchester) will discuss their creative writing as research.

Please contact if you would like any more information.