BAVS 2018 PGR/ECR Workshop
Postgraduate and early-career researchers are invited to participate in the morning programme before the start of the main conference on the 29th of August, co-organised by the University of Exeter’s Heather Hind, Lucy Morse, Teresa Sanders, and Eleanor Shipton, and BAVS Postgraduate representative, Briony Wickes. You can participate regardless of whether you are a speaking delegate or a non-speaking delegate at the conference. The workshop schedule and additional details can be found below.
Those wishing to participate in the workshops must register in advance. Places are limited, so please do so as soon as possible. Instructions for registration and link to the Eventbrite page can be found below.
This year’s programme consists of several workshops:
- A ‘Working with Material Collections: Fashion and Film’ workshop, on handling Victorian objects and collaborating with museums and archives, led by Charlotte Eddington, Assistant Costume Curator at Killerton House, and Dr Phil Wickham, Curator of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum.
- A ‘Your Research in the Media’ workshop, on fostering the expertise, resources, and techniques to contribute to different media platforms with The Conversation, a current-affairs media outlet that sources content from the academic and research community.
- A ‘Developing Your Academic Identity: Beyond The PhD’ workshop, that aims to demystify the time after the PhD, by offering practical advice on job-hunting, postdocs, and non-academic work.
All workshops include practical elements for participants to become involved. The workshops will each be given twice, once during the first block of time (9.15-10.15) and once during the second (10.45-11.45). More detailed descriptions of the workshops can be found in the programme below.
To register for the PGR/ECR morning programme, please follow the link to the Eventbrite page.
Please sign up to two of the workshops (places will be allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis). There is no additional registration cost for the morning programme as it is generously supported by BAVS and by the University of Exeter, but do ensure that you have registered for the conference itself (either the full conference or part of it).
Programme and Schedule
Each workshop will last for one hour and will run twice, once during the first block of time (9.15-10.15) and once during the second (10.45-11.45). Tea, coffee, and lunch for participants will also be provided.
9:15-10:15 First round of workshops
10:15-10:45 Tea & Coffee Break
10:45-11:45 Second round of workshops
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
Workshop One – Working With Material Collections: Fashion and Film
This workshop offers the chance to learn more about working with archives and museum collections and allows participants to engage with Victorian objects firsthand. It aims to provide a professional framework in which to approach archival and museum materials and offers guidance on how to use archival research to best effect. It will be led by Charlotte Eddington, Assistant Costume Curator at Killerton House, and Dr Phil Wickham, Curator of the Bill Douglas Cinema Museum. The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to archival and museum collections, what they are, why we use them and what the importance is of consulting archival material in academic research. Discussion will then open out into a Q&A session to explore these issues further, as well as considering some of the issues attendant with archival research. The workshop will also entail small group work on handling materials in order to gain a better understanding of objects and their impact in our research.
Workshop Two – Your Research in the Media
This workshop aims to provide BAVS PGRS/ECRS the skills and resources to disseminate their research in the media. With a focus on fostering the expertise, resources, and techniques to contribute to magazines, online journals and media platforms, the workshop will offer a unique opportunity for participants to begin enhancing their public and institutional profiles. The workshop will be led by The Conversation (https://theconversation.com/uk), a current-affairs media outlet that sources content from the academic and research community. Beginning with a discussion on presenting your work for wider audiences (what to pitch, where to pitch, and how), participants will then begin drafting short test pitches using aspects of their individual research. These pitches will be workshopped individually and collectively, offering an invaluable opportunity to test out ideas, receive feedback and advice, and consolidate the path to publication.
Workshop Three – Developing your Academic Identity: Beyond The PhD
This workshop aims to demystify that terrifying time that follows after the completion of the PhD, by offering practical advice on job-hunting, postdocs, and non-academic work. In particular, it focuses on developing your academic identity and how to transition from mentality of a PhD student to the peer mentality of the job market, coming up with ways to think beyond your doctoral niche and reposition yourself as an attractive candidate in a search. Led by Dr Simon Rennie, a Senior Lecturer at Exeter and the lead investigator on a large-scale AHRC project, ‘The Poetry of the Lancashire Cotton Famine (1861-65)’, and Dr Ryan Sweet, Wellcome Trust ISSF Early Career Fellow and incoming Lecturer at Plymouth University, the workshop will offer tips and advice for presenting yourself to shortlisting panels, as well as key strategies to help you survive after the viva. The session will then open out into a broad-ranging Q&A.