This initiative intends to support a three-year themed-project involving collaboration with another Research Centre, Institute and/or individuals and organisations, with the aim to develop a fully realised research project. Applications are sought for help to set up a single-themed research project, to turn an initial idea into a fully conceived venture (i.e. a funding application; publications like an edited collection; curatorial projects or exhibitions). The partner, along with BIRMAC, will develop a series of events and activities across a three-year period, with a budget of £300 per year. This could include (but not exclusively) sandbox initiatives, workshops, symposia, panel and keynote presentations, conferences, film screenings, exhibitions and/or other curated projects. Over the course of the three years it is expected that the project will demonstrate networking potential and a clear progression from conception to completion, thus helping to further innovative interdisciplinary research in the School of Arts. Given that these are collaborative interdisciplinary projects BIRMAC expects its partners to contribute to the network in some way, either with funding or in kind (in resources or services). It is essential that the project must involve an equal partnership, so as to demonstrate the inter-disciplinary nature of the network and research enterprise.
Knowledge exchange forms part of BIRMAC’s aim and one way in which the Centre has sought to achieve this is by bringing new insights into the research conducted within FMACS through providing funding for Research Fellows, both local and international, to share their research with the Department. Past Research Fellows have presented their research at our annual Doctoral-Led Conference and/or MPhil Symposium, and we now seek to open up this initiative to a wider audience through sponsoring an event organised by a Research Fellow, to allow for a knowledge exchange to a wider academic community in the School of Arts and the College that can result in further networking opportunities and research collaborations.
Cross-Cultural and Interdisciplinary Collaborations
As a way of continuing the curated theme strand, starting with the theme of Ruin/s, this funding is offered to an early career scholar in the Department to develop and sustain a cross-cultural conversation and interdisciplinary debate across the School, exploring potential collaborations with Research Centres both in the School of Arts but also across Birkbeck, on events that draw out common research interests and open these conversations up to a wider audience beyond academia.