Category Archives: School of the Arts

Transfer seminar: Contemporary Art and the Liminal Space: Refuge for the divine in an empirical world?

Please note venue change to W23a, Walgrave building, Avenue Campus

You are invited to view Adam Ghani’s work and attend his transfer seminar entitled Contemporary Art and the Liminal Space: Refuge for the divine in an empirical world? on June 14th, 2016 in W23a, Walgrave building, Avenue Campus.

Adam will be screening his practical work on loop, projecting several montages from 10am and his seminar will commence at 1pm in the same venue. All are welcome.

Adam’s practice led research aims to explore if the idea of the liminal state (the in-between, the transitional) has ‘divine’ resonance in an atheistic age, through contemporary art practices.

 

A fond look back at my research life at the University of Northampton

By Dr Nadia Anwar

Nadia in the SOTA research office

Now that my academic life at the University of Northampton has come to a close, I take this opportunity to reflect on and share my experiences as a research student. In July 2012 the decision to leave my former university and move to the University of Northampton was not an easy one to say the least, especially when as an international student I was required to pass through the rigors of applying for a new study visa and starting my research process afresh. But my first two experiences at Northampton helped overcome my initial apprehensions and concerns to a great deal. The first was my preliminary meeting with Prof Janet Wilson, Dr Victor Ukaegbu, and Dr Jumai Ewu, my potential Director of Studies and supervisors who ensured me of the potential of my research and showed profound insight and knowledge into the field of my study. The second was the highly professional manner in which my move was handled by both the administrative staff and visa department of the UoN.

From the very beginning of my academic journey in Northampton, I realised that I was at the right place and in the right hands to receive the kind of guidance I had come to the UK for. Read the rest of this entry

School of the Arts research events for Autumn 2015

The School of the Arts announces its research seminars and events for autumn 2015, with a strong line-up of unique conferences, lectures and engaging seminar discussions with noted researchers and scholars.  All Seminars will be held in room MR34 at 2.15pm unless otherwise stated.  There will be refreshments and biscuits.  All SOTA staff and students are welcome to attend.

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Professor Gina Wisker announced as keynote for SOTA Postgraduate Conference!

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s School of The Arts Postgraduate Conference (15th -16th September 2015) will feature a keynote lecture from Professor Gina Wisker (The University of Brighton).

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New Book: ‘Holocaust Remembrance between the National and the Transnational’

I am pleased to say that my book. ‘Holocaust Remembrance between the National and the Transnational’ will be released on 30 July 2015.  I held my launch for the book as part of the British Association of Holocaust Studies conference at the University of Birmingham (21-22 July 2015).  To listen back to my launch talk which discusses the books main themes, influences and contribution to Holocaust Studies, please use the audio player below or download as MP3.

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TLS Coverage as Programme Announced for International Brigid Brophy Conference!

The English Division at the University of Northampton School of the Arts is very pleased to announce the full programme for the forthcoming Brigid Brophy conference on 9th and 10th October 2015.  In the words of Professor Richard Canning, organizer of the conference, the event will,  “celebrate all aspects of Brophy’s literary career, as well as her leading contributions to animal rights, vegetarianism, anti-vivisectionism, humanism, feminist politics and advocacy of the Public Lending Right.”  Already gathering positive publicity in this week’s Times Literary Supplement (10 July 2015),  the conference will feature keynote lectures by author of The Northern Clemency and The Emperor Waltz, Professor Philip Hensher (Bath Spa University), Goldsmiths Senior Lecturer in Modern Literature, Dr Carole Ann Sweeney and British writer, psychologist, and animal rights advocate, Dr Richard Ryder.  For more information on the conference, including details of how to register, please read below.

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Congratulations to CoHaB Scholar Alba de Bejar!

Congratulations to CoHaB Early Stage Researcher, Alba de Bejar Muiños who this summer has been awarded the prestigious Prix Barbara-Godard essay prize offered by the ACLQ ACQL/Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences Conference in Ottawa, for her essay on the work of Chinese diasporic and American born Canadian Sci-Fi writer, Larissa Lai.

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Santander Staff Research Award

SantanderSantander funding is available for staff that require support for a research project. The project should be aligned to the University or School’s objectives, and have an international theme or connection with one or more of the countries below. The project should also be in collaboration with a current or potential Partner University.

Santander network countries currently include Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Russia, Singapore, Spain, USA, UAE and Uruguay.

There are 5 awards of £1,000 available.

Applications using this form should be submitted by 30 June 2015 to corinna.coleman@northampton.ac.uk

Further information can be obtained from
Corinna Coleman
Scholarships Administrator
Direct Line: 01604 893009
Email: corinna.coleman@northampton.ac.uk

‘Opps for Apps’ Symposium (17 June 2015) will welcome mobile technology innovators Touchpress

Dr Sonya Andermahr and Dr David Simmons will be hosting the ‘Opps for Apps’ symposium on Wednesday 17 June 2015.  Sponsored by the Institute of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, this event will be a great opportunity to discuss the use of digital technologies such as apps in educational environments.  We are also very lucky to have two representatives of app design company Touchpress, Selam Zuru and Louise Rice addressing the symposium.

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From ‘Memory Frictions’ to ‘Decolonizing Trauma’: May activities in the Trauma Research Group

May 2015 has seen Dr Larissa Allwork and Dr Sonya Andermahr, representatives of the CCN&CT’s Interdisciplinary Research Group in Trauma, Narrative & Performance participate in a major conference at the University of Zaragoza, Spain as well as hosting an international one-day symposium on ‘Decolonizing Trauma Studies’ at the University of Northampton School of the Arts.

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