Guest speakers: Professor Bernhard Klein, University of Kent
Professor Rebecca Stott, University of Essex
Humanities Live!: the launch of the Consortium for Humanities and Art in the South East (CHASE)
This event launches CHASE, which brings together academics and doctoral students at The Open University; The Courtauld Institute of Art; Goldsmiths, University of London; and The Universities of East Anglia, Essex, Kent and Sussex to deliver outstanding postgraduate training in arts and humanities across the south-east of England.
This Consortium has a distinctive intellectual ethos and a commitment to putting human creativity and critical thought at the heart of public life. From the archive to the studio, from the classical to the contemporary, we offer an intellectual environment able to foster problem-driven research. This is vital to the understanding of a world shaped by the speed of technological innovation and unprecedented global change. Offering PhD scholars the opportunity to study alongside faculty with established international reputations across the range of disciplines sponsored by the AHRC, we also stress the challenge of imagining new modes of scholarship and new forms of knowledge for the arts and humanities today.
Professor Rebecca Stott (University of East Anglia) experiments with forms of historical fiction and life-writing. Her 2012 book Darwin’s Ghosts is a history of scientific heresy and ideas about the origins of life over 2000 years. She has published extensively on aspects of Victorian science and poetry, and on writers including Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, Tennyson, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. A regular presenter on BBC radio, she is also the author of two acclaimed historical novels.
Professor Bernhard Klein (University of Kent) writes on early modern literature and culture, Irish studies, and maritime history. His many books include Maps and the Writing of Space in Early Modern England and Ireland and Sea Changes: Historicizing the Ocean (with Gesa Mackenthun). He is a co-founder of the Erasmus Mundus joint doctoral programme Text and Event in Early Modern Europe.
The event will be introduced by Professor Robert Allison, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Sussex and Professor Les Back, Dean of the Graduate School, Goldsmiths, University of London.
A Reception Follows
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