Register now for CHASE Digital Humanities training programme

Are you a PhD student funded by CHASE or currently studying at one of the seven funding CHASE institutions? Digital Humanities at the Open University are leading the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age programme.

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Opening Conference: Friday 20 February 2015, Room 2 Open University,Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, Camden, London NW1 8NP

This training programme is aimed at doctoral students who want to conduct research in an increasingly digital world. You will learn how how to integrate digital methodologies and media with discipline specific questions to develop your own research. Each workshop will comprise a classroom-based session that will immerse you in the key debates of Digital Humanities research and a practical, hands-on session that will train you in particular methodologies and tools. Plenary conferences will open and close the programme.

Visit the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age training programme blog for more information

Deadline – please apply by 31st January 2015 through CHASE training and development programmes

LED conference Call for Papers

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Listening to music: people, practices and experiences

24-25 October 2015, at the Royal College of Music, London, UK

The conference is held as part of the Listening Experience Database (LED) Project

The keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Frith.

Conference website:

How have people responded to listening to music in their everyday lives? We have access to plenty of professional critical opinion, but what new insights are offered by an examination of the unsolicited observations and feelings of ordinary listeners – what can we learn about the effects of music, its cultural value and the manner of its consumption in a range of social, historical and geographical contexts?

The Listening Experience Database Project focuses on the building and interrogation of a large database of personal listening experiences, with the aim of establishing a more robust evidential base for the exploration of such questions.

As we come to the end of the first phase of the project, the conference is an opportunity to take stock of progress to date, to look ahead to future developments, and – crucially – to examine some of the themes and approaches to the study of music that may be supported by the mass of evidence of listening experiences that the database is accumulating.

Proposals are invited for papers of up to 20 minutes (followed by 10 minutes of discussion), and panels or roundtables of up to 60 minutes.

We are interested in receiving proposals on a wide range of topics unrestricted by period, musical genre or culture. As a guide, you may want to consider some of the themes which already interest the project team:

  • Listening and travel
  • Wartime listening
  • Listening and gender
  • Listening and social class
  • Practitioner listening – performers and composers
  • Listening to early repertoires
  • The impact on listening of recording and other technologies

Your proposal should include:

  • the name(s) and institutional affiliation(s) of the participant(s)
  • title and abstract (250 words)
  • short biographical note(s) (100 words per participant)

The deadline for proposals is midnight on Sunday 12 April 2015

Please email your proposal to

Abstracts will be reviewed and notifications of acceptance sent out by the end of May 2015.

Registration will open in June 2015. (All speakers apart from the keynote speaker and project team members will be required to register.)

Please feel free to address any queries to the conference organizers, Dr Helen Barlow and Simon Brown, at

Book Launch: ‘Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage’, ed. Mia Ridge

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Date: Thursday 20th November, 6.30pm.

Venue:  Arts & Humanities Common Room, Foster Court, UCL

The UCL Centre for Digital Humanities (UCLDH) is pleased to announce the book launch party for Crowdsourcing our Cultural Heritage (2014), edited by Mia Ridge and published by Ashgate

Crowdsourcing, or asking the general public to help contribute to shared goals, is increasingly popular in memory institutions as a tool for digitising or computing vast amounts of data. This book, edited by Open University’s doctoral researcher Mia Ridge, brings together for the first time the collected wisdom of international leaders in the theory and practice of crowdsourcing in cultural heritage. It features eight accessible case studies of groundbreaking projects from leading cultural heritage and academic institutions, and four thought-provoking essays that reflect on the wider implications of this engagement for participants and on the institutions themselves.

Please register your attendance via Eventbrite:

Early Career Research and Interdisciplinarity, 23 September 2014

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Date: Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Venue: The Open University in London, 1-11 Hawley Crescent, Camden Town, London, NW1 8NP  Venue directions and map

Time: 10.00am until 5.00pm. Lunch will be provided.

The Open University is proud to host this British Academy-supported one-day event particularly aimed at Early Career Researchers (ECRs)*.

It is widely claimed that the future of the Humanities lies in interdisciplinarity. For example, the CHASE Consortium of Humanities and Arts South East England website announces that ‘It is fundamental to the CHASE ethos that serious disciplinary research is interdisciplinary’. However, it is not clear what this means or what the implications are. The aim of the event is to explore the nature of interdisciplinary work, discuss its place in the Humanities, and examine its problems and prospects.

The keynote speaker will be Professor Simon Goldhill, Professor of Greek Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge, and Director of the Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences, and the Humanities (CRASSH). There will also be panels to give advice on publishing interdisciplinary collections, applying for grants, digital humanities and other matters.

If you would like to attend, please email the following address to register: Please direct any questions on the event to Derek Matravers

*Our working definition of ECR for this event is someone within up to 8 years of the PhD.

via British Academy Event for Early Career Researchers – Philosophy – Faculty of Arts – The Open University.

CFP: Hidden Histories of Things: Genealogies of the Non-Human

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Call for Papers: Hidden histories of things: genealogies of the non-human

Venue: Institute of Making, University College London

Date: 26 January 2015

UCL’s Institute of Making is a creative space for those interested in materials and the made world, providing a location for investigation, research and play with an enormous variety of materials.  The Open University’s Commodity Histories project  focuses on the histories of a wide range of commodities that have become an indispensable aspect of people’s daily lives throughout the world, providing a forum for new research in the field.

They have come together to propose an interdisciplinary workshop on the hidden histories of the non-human, understood in its widest sense to include materials, objects, animals, plants and natural phenomena.

Overwhelmingly, research on the non-human, whether stressing collaborative relationships between things and humans or conversely the intractability and resistance of certain properties of the non-human to human will and control, tends to focus on the contemporary world. This one-day workshop takes a step back and aims to explore how the histories of materials and non-human phenomena might inform our understanding of their present workings and future potentialities. It views history as a creative process, capable of suggesting new possibilities by revealing hidden stories and episodes from the past. We invite papers that range across the entire spectrum of the non-human and that problematise the present by asking new questions of the connected past. Papers may, for instance, explore:

  • biographies of materials, plants, or commodities, outlining their various connectivities and agencies
  • the complex journeys of particular artefacts from past to present
  • how natural phenomena such as weather and climate have been understood in different  historical periods
  • animal-human relationships in historical context
  • the environmental and cultural consequences of the production of particular materials or minerals over time

Papers that deal with materials and natural phenomena in ‘unfamiliar’ spatial settings, e.g. locations in Africa, Asia, Oceania, the Caribbean, and Latin America, are particularly welcome as are abstracts from early career researchers and PhD students.

Papers will be circulated in advance of the workshop. Registration requests and abstracts of 300 words should be sent to by Monday 6th October 2014.

Conference organisers: Sandip Hazareesingh (OU), Sarah Wilkes (UCL), Mat Paskins (OU).

via Hidden Histories of Things: Genealogies of the Non-Human | commoditieshistories.