Travelling through art history

My PhD research is the first in-depth scholarly study of the painter Karl Weschke (1925-2005). He’s mostly unheard of, yet he played a significant role in formations of Modern British Art in post-Second World War St Ives, and wider…

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The importance of collaboration in conservation

Historically, conservation has been undertaken using methods that can be seen as neo-colonial. For example, many national parks and conservation areas were designated via ‘land grabs’, fencing out communities that relied on this land and its resources for their…

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Stories for the Archive

My PhD is entitled Memorial Benches: A Cultural Marker in the Landscape. It is a creative non-fiction place writing project which involves desk and field research.   With many years of business experience behind me I felt confident about initiating and conducting interviews in my search for…

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Attending a Conference during the COVID-19 pandemic

The ISTH Congress is one of the most important gatherings of scientists specialised in thrombosis, hemostasis and vascular biology. Thousands of researchers from all over the world attend this conference every year, where the most recent breakthroughs in haematology…

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Returning to the River and Recording the Singing Places

My original thesis was a practice-led examination into the characteristic of acoustic and emotional resonance within landscape with particular reference to the upper reaches of the River Thames. Drawing upon my background as a professional musician, I intended to…

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Half a Conference is Better than None

In late July, I attended the International Conference on Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution held in Berlin, Germany. The main aim of the conference was to bring together leading academics to exchange and share their experiences and research results on…

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Material Culture & Bicultural Identity

As a queer bicultural woman, I was born to a British mother and a Greek father. I was born in the UK, raised in Greece, and brought up bilingual. Having dual heritage (with the added extra of being queer)…

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Journal of International Photography

Practice used to be something you did repeatedly on the way to achieving something else. A means to an end repeated so often you no longer had to think without doing it well. Not only could it get you to Carnegie Hall, practice, so they say, would make perfect. These days practice is the beginning, the middle, and the end. It’s…

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Reaching an international audience at the IAMCR 2021 Nairobi Conference

KRISTIAN JEFF AGUSTIN  One of my main goals as a third year PhD student is to communicate my research topic and artistic practice to a larger audience. I am able to achieve this in three ways: (1) pursue teaching or tutoring opportunities, (2) publish in peer-reviewed journals, and (3)…

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Reader Expectations and Writer Obligations

What does an author owe their reader? And what does the reader owe to the person who wrote the novel that they pick up in the bookstore, or the supermarket, or even from a cardboard box that says, ‘Please Help…

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