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The CHASE Cohort Development Fund’s Grant

To support doctoral training sessions organised by the Centre for the Study of the Balkans in AY 2020-2021. 

The CHASE grant has been given for the project ‘Searching digital: Methods, tools and standards of research in digital humanities’ prepared by the Centre for the Study of the Balkans. Designed for doctoral students of UK’s CHASE institutions and drawn from the CHASE’s Cohort Development Fund, the project represents a capacity-building collaboration with the Birkbeck University’s History Department that offers a series of focused training in specialised digital skills, procedures and standards currently being among the essential ones applied in the research of the humanities.

Training sessions will be conducted by UK and EU scholars at various career levels, whose extensive practice in digital research has created advanced resources or new methodological approaches for studying historical regions in the context of their global change.

As its paradigm, the training will use the history of the Balkans that is exemplary for its extraordinary diversity and historical dynamism, however, the trans-regional and global outputs of this region’s past will make all sessions suitable for the researchers of any other historical region worldwide.  

The training will take place in 6 sessions closely focusing on digitalisation of historical materials, digital archiving and library practice, digital mapping, and spatial analysis of the historical change, interpretation of digital film repositories and the latest approaches to digital reconstructions of historical space.

The sessions will run between November 2020 and February 2021. Detailed programme activities and instructions for the candidates’ application will be available at this page and related institutional links in September 2020.

As an active consortium of 9 research-intensive institutions, CHASE fosters collaborations that provide inspiring research-led training across the arts, humanities and creative practices. Working across institutions and disciplines, and in partnership with organisations in the creative and public sectors, CHASE supports a rich and responsive environment for new research, enabling doctoral students to enrich their research and professional skills in readiness for careers in the academy and beyond. As one of the UK’s 10 AHRC Doctoral Training Partnerships, CHASE is also able to offer a range of studentships each year. 

Dr Nada Zecevic presents at the International Medieval Congress in Leeds

Between July 6 and 10, Dr Nada Zecevic (History) took part in the International Medieval Congress (IMC). Since 1994, this Congress is organized by the Institute for Medieval Studies (IMS) of the University of Leeds and it represents the largest annual conference in any subject in the UK and the largest conference of its kind in Europe, regularly attracting over 2000 registered participants, and serving as a barometer for trends in Medieval Studies generally. Responding to the global challenges caused by the covid-19 crisis, this year’s Congress was held in a virtual environment, while its special thematic strand dealt with borders, covering a wide range of outlooks on physical boundaries and material borders to dynamic social and spatial relationships. In her paper 'Women with masculine characters'?: The Regencies of Noble Women in the East Adriatic and Latin Greece, 14th and 15th Centuries, Dr. Zecevic focused on power relations that challenged gender construction among the elite of the late medieval Balkans. For the full programme of sessions and other events at this year’s v-IMC, see here.

Important notice

We hereby inform you that the following public events scheduled for March 2020 have been cancelled due to the efforts of the Goldsmiths' community to prevent and contain the spread of Covid-19.

  • The public lecture on New Identity Politics on Social Media among Serbian Londoners by Dr. Sanja Vico, LSEPS (scheduled for March 25, 18:30)
  • The film screening and discussion on film Pretty Village Pretty Flame by Dr. Milja Radović of the University of St. Andrews (scheduled for March 26, 16:00) 

We are currently considering to offer both events in our programme for the next academic year, in October or November 2020. More information on the events’ new schedule will be published at the beginning of the Autumn semester 2020/21.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the cancellation and thank you for your understanding.