Steve Bagienski, Department of Psychology
The Graduate School Fund allowed me to take part in the First Positive Psychology Summit, 2019 that took place from April 26 to April 28. The funding (£508) gave me an excellent opportunity to not only present results from my first-year experiment in collaboration with Abracademy but also deliver a workshop where I was able to collect data for an ongoing study. The experiment involved using magic as a tool to help foster a more supportive community with first-year Goldsmiths students.
The Positive Psychology Summit represents the applied side of research in the growing and expanding science of positive psychology. The summit included talks on a range of topics for both researchers and practitioners. These included academic topics like how to expand measures beyond questionnaires, advice on publishing applied research papers, implementing character strengths in education, and also more presentations such as an executive coaching masterclass, Lego-themed facilitation strategies, and more. As my career goals are to pursue academic research and extend it to real-world consulting, the conference was an ideal opportunity for my development. I am very grateful to the Goldsmith’s Graduate School for making this a reality because I would otherwise not have had this opportunity and am excited to see what further opportunities this summit will open up.
Alessandra Caso, Department of Psychology
The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition, SARMAC, is an international conference that gathers academically interested in a variety of areas related to human memory. This year, I will be presenting two of my PhD studies to SARMAC XIII, and this will offer me a great opportunity to gather important feedback on my research. Talking, and exchanging ideas with more experienced researchers interested in my field will likely give me new insights into my own area of research. Furthermore, I believe that the study I would present will be of great interest, and I hope this will lead to potential collaboration on future research exploring the relationship between witnesses’ confidence and accuracy. Finally, I am in the final year of my PhD, and among my most important priorities there is the dissemination of findings and networking; SARMAC XIII would be a great opportunity to present my recent studies, as well as meet and talk to people I will hopefully be working with in the near future. The Graduate School helped my funding this experience and made it possible for me to attend such an interesting but expensive conference.
Vanessa Hughes, Department of Sociology
The Graduate Fund enabled me to go and present my PhD research at the British Sociological Association Annual conference 2019 at Glasgow Caledonian University. It was the first time I presented on my overall idea of the PhD and so helpful in focusing the argument of my thesis into a 15 minute presentation. The presentation was on Thursday 25 April at 11.00 as part of the 'Race Ethnicity and Migration' stream on the panel entitled 'Migration and Young People'. I received useful feedback on my presentation 'Young people subject to immigration control in the UK: A life out of control?' which will contribute to the development of my thesis as I finalise it over the next months
Laura Henneke, Department of Sociology
The New Silk Road: A 'mobile visual ethnography' of places along the Yiwu-Madrid railway
The term 'New Silk Road' describes the phenomenon of revived trading routes across the Eurasian landmass which are often related to Chinese investment in infrastructures. For my PhD project in Visual Sociology, I follow one of such reestablished routes along the China-Europe rail corridor to investigate its visible and invisible impacts on the social and built fabrics of the places it connects. My multi-sited fieldwork is ambitious yet crucial to fully fathom the complete sense of physical scale and visual appearance of the New Silk Road. By boarding trains from Yiwu, China to Madrid in Spain, I take stock at key points, which allow me to explore relevant places where the train, goods, people and the built environment get 'entangled', and thus constitute place (Ingold 2007:103). Using a set of qualitative methods, including still and moving image recordings and spatial mapping, this research adds the missing human layer of existing scholarship on the New Silk Road, which is thus far dominated by economists and political scientists who overlook socio-spatial aspects of globalisation.
Thankfully, the Graduate School Fund supports my fieldwork plans and enables me to gather experiences and material which will eventually compose an immersive exhibition as part of my final submission. Without it, my research would not stand out as much as it could from other work that is currently being done on the topic.
Please see (and follow) my journey on Twitter: @Laura_Henneke
Sabrina Wilkinson, Department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies
The Graduate School Fund provided support for my travel to Canada to interview research participants for my doctoral research. My dissertation project is about the politics of internet policy in Canada and a seminal component of this endeavour is face-to-face interviews with a range of participants involved in internet policy development, including lobbyists, members of parliament, journalists, activists, academics and regulators. During my time in Canada, I interviewed nearly forty participants and was able to attend events and regulatory proceedings relevant to my research. The support of the Graduate School Fund allowed me to focus on my research during this period and spend the time I needed in Canada to meet and exceed my personal goals for this component of my project.
Ilaria Lombardo, Department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies
The Graduate School has funded my ‘Levantine Arabic Intermediate 3’ course at SOAS University. The knowledge of Arabic Levantine dialect is fundamental for my PhD research on the Dheisheh refugee camp (Bethlehem, West Bank). As an undergraduate, I have studied classic Arabic and, during my time in Palestine and in the Dheisheh camp, I realised the importance of speaking dialect for having a more direct and productive dialogue with the inhabitants of the camp. I am sure my research will benefit greatly from this course.
Neda Genova, Department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies
The Graduate School funded my participation in the biennial Summer Convention of the Association for Slavic, Eastern European and Eurasian Studies in Zagreb, Croatia, 14-16 June 2019. The bursary permitted me to attend and present a paper at the ASEEES conference, which is one of the leading international institutions supporting and disseminating research in this subject area. I was able to gain invaluable feedback on my own research from colleagues working in the field and to establish international contacts with academics who had travelled to Zagreb from Europe, Asia and North America. I also familiarised myself with the current research of a number of colleagues from Bulgaria (the country I focus on in my own PhD) and whose work I usually have little access to due to me being based in the UK.
Doninique Baron-Bonargee, Department of Art
Attending the ASAP Symposium in Hong Kong
The Graduate School Fund assisted me in attending the annual symposium for the Association for the Arts of the Present (ASAP) held in Hong Kong in June 2019. The theme of the symposium this year was ‘Old Lands, New Ground’ and my contribution addressed traditional crafts and their relevance to the ‘technological age’ in the context of artificial intelligence replacing manual tasks. The symposium, held at the Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and the Arts, offered an ideal platform for presenting my lecture-performance entitled ‘Encountering new ground in the process of fabrication’.
This was the first time I presented the Crochet Resistance Suit: a sculptural wearable sound object and the story of how it was made. I received some very constructive feedback and questions that have allowed me to think through how to develop this project into the next phase (I went on to present the lecture-performance on my return for the Annual Post-Graduate Conference at Goldsmiths University on 14 June 2019 with some amendments after the Hong Kong presentation).
The ASAP symposium had a strong focus on Asian art and art history and this was invaluable for my own PhD research which has its theoretical foundation in Asian/Japanese and Buuddhist philosophy. I was also amongst a diverse group of academics, curators and artists so discussions and conversations were particularly relevant to my work. The intensity of the symposium timetable allowed for ongoing interaction and exchange with fellow attendees many of whom I remain in contact with.
While in Hong Kong I met an organisation running an art residency, recommended to me by a fellow Goldsmiths University researcher. I will be applying for the residency so it was a great way to introduce myself to the curator and organisers. I also took the time to visit the south part of Hong Kong island where a number of independent art galleries have opened in industrial buildings and there, I discovered many Chinese and Hong Kong artists I hadn’t previously been aware of.
Overall my trip to Hong Kong was a great opportunity to present a very important chapter in my research, to make new contacts with academics and artists with a particular interest in Asia and to get to know the ASAP organisation, with whom I hope to continue my involvement.
I wish to thank the Graduate School Fund for making this experience possible.
Amanda Macari, Department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies
The Graduate School Fund award of £630 enabled me to attend the 69th Annual International Communication Association (ICA) Conference in Washington D.C. (2019). ICA is one of the most prestigious academic conferences in the world on digital media and social change. I presented my research as part of a multi-person panel titled “Pushing the Boundaries: New Frontiers for the Study of Audiences to Mediated Distant Suffering and Global Inequality.” As a second-year PhD candidate, taking part in the conference was crucial to my academic journey for a variety of reasons. First, participating on the panel pushed me to organize and synthesize in-progress research for public consumption. Second, it provided me with an invaluable opportunity for community building and feedback amongst fellow panel members and conference attendees. Third, being able to attend several other panel and paper presentations at the conference allowed me to get a sense of the range of relevant current research. Lastly, the experience provided me with a more thorough understanding of research expectations after the completion of a PhD. For all of these reasons and more I have greatly benefited from my experience at ICA and am grateful for the support from the Graduate School Fund.
Susan Marshall, Department of Theatre and Performance.
Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space
The Graduate School Fund gave me the wonderful opportunity to attend the 14th Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space and participate in the ‘Material Interactions: A Journey in Movement’ three-day workshop run by scenographer, researcher and writer Donatella Barbieri, choreographer Mary Kate Connolly and costume designer Giulia Pecorari. Established in 1967, PQ is the largest international festival of theatre and stage design with 600 performances and over 800 artists from 79 countries participating in this year’s event. Its mission is to act as “a global catalyst of creative progress by encouraging experimentation, networking, innovation, and future collaborations.”
Both my participation in the workshop and attending the Prague Quadrennial were fundamental to my practice-based PhD: ‘Insubordinate Costume’, scenographic costume which flouts practicalities and textual confines to embrace the role of protagonist. The workshop explored an important aspect of my research: the relationship between materiality and invention, using the moving body as a design tool, whereas PQ gave me the opportunity to observe the use of scenographic costume by other international theatre companies and collectives and meet colleagues from my discipline. Networking is vital, especially in a niche area like costume design, which has only relatively recently become a subject for academic research. Attending PQ has strengthened the existing international connections I made while presenting at the Critical Costume Conference in 2018 and provided a platform for me to engage at a high level of critical enquiry with my international peers in refining my process towards probing my research question.
Ifor Duncan, Department of Visual Cultures
The Graduate School funded my attendance and participation in the Memory Studies Association conference in at the Complutense University Madrid, 25-28 June 2019. The fund allowed me to present two papers at the highly specialised international conference. This was beneficial for my research in a number of ways. Firstly, the discussion and feedback I received from colleagues working in similar fields was productive for the direction of my project. Secondly, I was able to form new research contacts with international scholars. Lastly, attending other panels and keynotes at the conference enabled me to gauge the state of affairs in the discipline and be a part of establishing its future directions. I am grateful to the Graduate School Fund for its generous support
Dimitra Gkitsa, Department of Visual Cultures
The Graduate School Fund was a crucial financial and moral support that enabled me to attend and present part of my research in the Memory Studies Association Annual Conference in Madrid in June 2019. I received the funding (£469.28) while I was on my final year and preparing for my final thesis submission. Presenting my research to an external cohort of international researchers has been very valuable to finalise and understand better the scope of my thesis, to receive feedback on possible future research avenues after the completion of my PhD, and to situate my research in dialogue with established researchers that are working with aspects of collective memory in the visual arts.
I presented my research as part of the Memory and Arts Working Group; the panel I was part of had a strong focus on contemporary underrepresented visual practices from the Balkans and the ways they work with the complex history and collective memory in the region. As my research is also dealing with this particular geopolitical reality, this conference was a great opportunity to network, to meet scholars from the region and to discuss future potential collaborations. More crucially, the conference was a safe space to share and reflect on the ways with which personal memories and narrations can intertwine with aspects of collective memory.
I would like to thank Goldsmiths Graduate School for offering this substantial support. For more information about the conference and my research.
Jo Kenrick, Department of Psychology
I received funding support to attend the biennial conference of the Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (in Cape Cod Massachusetts) and give a presentation of my work on the metacognition of highly skilled liars. The conference attracts a truly global community of academics, professionals and practitioners, and the feedback I received during my talk and informally in various break-out sessions afterwards was encouraging and stimulating and I know it will improve my work.
Conference attendance is vital for so many reasons. I was able to attend both the Women in Cognitive Science panel discussion and a workshop on Barriers in the Worldwide Scientific Community which examined the systematic exclusion of international colleagues from events (such as conferences) and collaborative research projects. Both were enormously important for my development as a researcher and an academic. My lab at Goldsmiths (the Forensic Psychology Unit) is already committed to Open Science but it was interesting to learn how even this can perpetuate the same inequalities already in place if we don’t apply the principles in a way that actively considers existing privilege. E.g. creating open-source materials that are only available in one language.
I had already noticed an uplift in the number of hits on my Researchgate, Academia.edu and Linkedin pages just from having my name in the online conference programme and after a week of face-to-face networking that interest turned into concrete connections and an increased network of other ECRs and established academics. This will be invaluable as I enter the phase of my PhD that requires approaching an external examiner and potential collaborators for Post-doctoral applications.
Sabrina Wilkinson, Department of Media, Communications & Cultural Studies
I am very grateful for the Graduate School Fund's support for my participation in the Oxford Internet Institute's summer doctoral programme. The programme takes place every summer over the course of two weeks and brings together up to thirty doctoral researchers from around the world working in the area of internet studies. Over the course of the fortnight, I had the opportunity to hear lectures from OII faculty, take part in workshops focused on a range of computational methods and present my own research. Most importantly perhaps, I had the chance to meet and engage with a range of other doctoral students who are working on similar or complementary projects, many of whom I expect will remain a part of my academic journey for a long time to come.
Chaturawit Thongmuang, Department of Sociology
The Graduate School Fund provided me with a cost of travel (a direct return flight from London to Bangkok). I presented a paper at the 13th Anthropological Conference on ‘Human in Digital Era’ in my home country, Thailand between the 4th and 6th of July 2019 at Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Centre (Public Organisation). My paper titled ‘Digital Ethnography: Concepts, Methods, Debates, and Challenges for Research in Thai Society’. I presented a paper on the 5th of July at 13.00. It was grouped to present in ‘Digital Anthropology’ panel. It was an excellent opportunity to present my doctoral research on a methodological use. Digital ethnography is an emerging methodology in Sociology, Anthropology, and Data Science. Thai academic audiences were highly interested in my presentation. They gave valuable feedbacks, asked critical questions, and discussed on the issue. The feedbacks, questions, and discussion enabled me to rethink and revise my thesis before submission as well as a preparation for my viva. Moreover, I am happy that my paper will be accepted to publish in the conference proceeding. Dissemination of research finding is a goal of PhD study here.
The presentation and discussion of my paper about 30 minutes enhanced me to develop professionalism as a Thai scholar. Firstly, the conference opened an opportunity to build research networks in Thailand and widen research communities beyond the UK. Secondly, the practice of research presentation to academic audiences helped me to develop communication skill. Thirdly, the presentation of a paper in a conference room and through Facebook live was an excellent opportunity to promote Goldsmiths to audiences by introducing me as a Goldsmiths Postgraduate researcher and using a Goldsmiths PowerPoint template (please see the photos below). Thank you the Graduate School for your support. My mission was not completed without you!
Mina Radovic, Department of English and Creative Writing
Thanks to the Graduate School I was able to travel to Amsterdam and present my research ‘Losing and Recovering Heritage through the Archive: The Case of Dvije Sirote/Two Orphans in the Silent Period of Yugoslav Cinema’ on an expert panel at the 10th Women and the Silent Screen Conference, EYE Filmmuseum. My fellow panellists include Professor David Mayer, Professor Elena Mosconi, Dr Victoria Duckett and Helen Day-Mayer.
My participation on this panel was essential to developing my knowledge and network with the most recognized professionals in the field. The conference also provided a great opportunity for informal interaction with the panellists through luncheons, so this was an added benefit in terms of the overall experience of the conference. Being a FIAF-trained archivist, in addition to my academic expertise, was especially beneficial in terms of my contribution to the conference as I had the archival proficiency to present my research and enrich the overall quality of the panel from a practical as well as theoretical point-of-view.
As a result of attending I will be able to re-assess my methodology when it comes to researching early cinema and film cultures. Moreover, I will be able to stay in touch with the Museum in future and to develop international collaboration.
The Graduate School Funding helped me to attend a training workshop in Neurocognitive methods in infant and toddler research at the University of Utrecht, in the Netherlands, 8-12 June 2019. The summer school is organized by Dr Carlijn van den Boomen and sponsored by Dynamics of Youth, which mainly supports research on child development. The summer school goal is to inform early researchers with frequently applied methods in brain, cognition and behaviour research with infants and toddlers.
Zehra Karademir, Department of Psychology
The summer school started the Baby Brain and Cognition Symposium, which is about the developmental cognitive neuroscience, focusing on development in the first years of life. The course was a week and trained early researchers in gathering, handling and analysing data sourced neurocognitive methods. We had method lectures, such as EEG, eye tracking and behavioural techniques. Besides, every day we had subgroup discussions, talked about issues and problems we came across with the other participants and tutors. There was a plenary discussion with the lecturer, to ask questions about a particular technique. My PhD research investigates whether infants can perceive primary emotions in music. Also, how family music environment influence on this skill. Currently, I run a behavioural study to examine infants’ preferences. Working with infants is challenging; you need to adapt your techniques during the study. So, attending this course taught me how to overcome theoretical and practical issues with study design, data acquisition and analyses. Also, it is an excellent networking opportunity for me to meet other PhD students around the world. We exchange ideas, and I received valuable feedback from them. I appreciate the support I received from the Graduate School; it covered my course fee, accommodation and travel expenses.
Lucia Llano, Department of English and Creative Writing
I attended the conference "Afterlives of Slavery", hosted by Goldsmiths' Centre for Caribbean and Diasporic Studies, in July this year in order to give a paper and listen to others. It was an extremely fruitful experience, making me engage with my work in a different way and allowing plenty of opportunities for debate and to meet other people - some who I have known for some time, others who I met on this occasion. I am grateful for the grant given to me by the Graduate School that allowed me to attend this conference.
Sum Pok (Shawnea) Ting, Department of English and Creative Writing
The £500 support from Graduate School is contributing to the registration fee of the summer school at the University of Helsinki (in August 2019) which cost €900.
Attending the summer school in my field (English as a Lingua Franca (ELF)) was highly recommended by my supervisor. The theme of the course covered the latest conceptualisation of ELF as a manifestation of multilingualism, which is also one of the latest research trends in the field. Different methodologies were also covered in the course, such as Conversation Analysis, corpus linguistics, and ethnography, which are relevant to enhance my research skills. Moreover, in the academic presentation session at the end of the course, I presented part of my PhD project, which expands the field into a new research context that is yet to be explored – the healthcare context, and showed fellow (student) researchers the potential of investigating it. Therefore, participating in the summer school not only gave me knowledge and skills that are beneficial for my current study and future development, but also allowed me to contribute to the field too. I would not be able to achieve all these without the funding from the Graduate School. Therefore, I am grateful for the contribution that Graduate School made to support my research.
Alastair White, Department of Music
ROBE wouldn't have been possible without the support from the Graduate Fund and we are all so grateful for the support you have given us.
ROBE is a one-act opera which premiered at The Place in London as part of Tete-a-Tete: the Opera Festival on 6th August, 2019. Supported by Help Musicians UK, the Hinrichsen Foundation and the Goldsmiths Graduate Fund, Music Research Committee and Music Department, it was shortlisted for a Creative Edinburgh Award for Collaboration and is currently being recorded for a CD release in 2020. The opera proceeds from the conceit that virtual reality has existed since the dawn of time, in that books, theatres - even the clothes we wear - are examples of machines which transform and augment our perception of the world. Through this, ROBE uses the intersections between dance, fashion and opera to explore how the implications of future technologies such as A.I. and cyberspace may have their origin in ancient, forgotten pasts. An experiment in the application of contemporary materialist philosophy to compositional practice, the creation of the work was fundamental to the development of new approaches to contemporary opera.
“White's music has an intriguing elaboration to it, with instruments and voices executing striking arabesques, jagged and angular, and the resulting textures successfully evoked the strange abstract world of cyberspace, creating a real sense of non-reality…The performances from all concerned were excellent.” - Robert Hugill, Planet Hugill