Following our inaugural conference in May, we will be running four intensive workshops which address the skill sets needed to form a sustainable and independent research practice in the public sphere. These workshops are supported by the Graduate School at King’s College London, and are limited to King’s postgraduate students only.
1. Impact and Research Communication Skills
Led by Josie Dixon, Lucian Consulting.
2. Reaching people with simple do-it-yourself online tools
26th September 2014, 1400 – 1700
In this workshop, David Gauntlett invites you consider a ‘do-it-yourself’ approach to connecting and communicating about your research. Although some aspects of publication and impact typically involve having to ask editors and producers for permission to do things, there is actually a lot you can do yourself, quite simply, right now.
By using straightforward online tools, such as blog systems, Twitter, and YouTube, researchers can share their work, exchange ideas, and reach a range of audiences.
The workshop will look at online examples, as well as including hands-on exercises. We will consider how, when and why to blog and tweet; how much stuff to give away; and how to do it all while maintaining a professional reputation.
The workshop requires no previous experience, and offers reassuring thoughts to those fearful of blogs, or plagiarists, or being invisible.
We anticipate a high volume of interest for this workshop, so please only book a place if you know you are able to attend. Book here.
David Gauntlett is a Professor in the Faculty of Media, Arts and Design at University of Westminster. He has written several books, including the bestselling Making is Connecting, as well as developing a significant online presence for more than 15 years. He says he has no particular technical skills but just did it himself ‘in the normal way – trial and error – with some emphasis on error’.
3. Cultural Collaborations
- Reframing your research according to your audience, and to your cultural or exhibition context
- Pitching projects to potential collaborators and funders.
- How research, outreach and impact are defined by different funding bodies and agencies
We will work on practical case studies as well as theoretical ones and look at public channels ranging from Wikipedia to academic journals. Please bring a 50-60 word abstract of your current research topic with you to the workshop.
To book: https://culturalcollaborations.eventbrite.co.uk
Kate Dorney is senior curator of modern and contemporary performance at the Victoria & Albert Musem and co-editor of the Routledge journal, Studies in Theatre and Performance. She has published widely in the area of modern and contemporary theatre and performance curation, documentation and practice. She curated the redisplay of the Theatre & Performance galleries at the V&A and has worked on a range of display and interpretation projects including the film Encounters in the Archive (LCF/V&A) and the ipad app Played in Britain: Modern Theatre in 100 Plays. She is an artistic assessor for Arts Council England, a member of the AHRC Peer Review College and the Research Careers and Training Advisory Group and was an impact and output assessor for subpanel 35 (Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts) for REF.