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SWW DTP Collaborative Training Programme

Berkshire Downs. Photo by tristanf / Flickr

In addition to the exceptionally wide range of institutional training already available to DTP students, each year the SWW DTP develops a programme of collaborative training, bespoke to the needs of each cohort. This training not only allows students to develop their knowledge of particular research skills and methodologies, it is another opportunity for students to engage in interdisciplinary debate with their peers and experts in the field. South west & wales doctoral training partnership, lecture on Archiving held at MERL, The UNiversity of Reading.

In 2014/15 and 2015/16 the SWW DTP delivered the following programme of collaborative training events:

Gender and the Body: Transnational Perspectives

A training day on the theme of gender and the body delivered via a range of activities: a plenary lecture, workshops, round table discussion and interactive group work. The event was led by specialists from the University of Exeter with a ‘transnational perspective’, ensuring that case studies and research methods were not restricted to an Anglo-American perspective.

Cultural Translation

Hosted by Cardiff University, the training day explored:

  • What is Cultural Translation?
  • How might the various themes, methodologies and issues which the broad field of Cultural Translation addresses inform our research?

The morning session was devoted to cutting edge research papers presented by invited speakers and experts in the field (Prof. Geoffrey Gilbert, American University Paris; Prof. Ananya Kabir, King’s College London; Prof. Adam Watt, the University of Exeter; Emma West, Cardiff University). The papers introduced different perspectives on Cultural Translation to raise awareness of this important emerging field.

In the afternoon, students were invited to participate in a number of parallel themed workshops that explored how the different constructions and practices of Cultural Translation can inform doctoral research.

Early Modern Palaeography: Reading and Translation Workshop

The training workshop was hosted by Dr Felicity Henderson, the University of Exeter’s Lecturer in archives and material culture, and was located at Devon Heritage Centre, whose collections include a rich variety of early modern manuscripts and documents. Students had the opportunity to refresh and extend their technical grasp of the challenging, highly cursive scripts that occur in the period 1500-1700 as the capacity to carry off a fair text hand reached beyond a narrow clerical elite. The workshop also addressed matters of textual editing.

Feedback from students:

Surviving Archive Fever: Working Effectively in World Archives

Hosted by Professor Alison Donnell, Head of the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Reading, and by the Centre for Collections Based Research of the University of Reading’s Museums and Special Collections.

What do you need to know in order to get the most out of archival research and working with museum and archive professionals in research contexts, both in the UK and internationally?

This Training Day was designed to guide students through the challenges – and opportunities – awaiting the doctoral researcher abroad.  Hands-on experience with Special Collections archival materials from the University of Reading collections was conjoined with structured guidance from expert researchers and collections professionals with experience in the UK, Europe, Asian and the Americas.

Seminar Leaders

  • Guy Baxter, University Archivist, University of Reading
  • Professor Alison Donnell, Head of the School of Languages and Literatures, University of Reading
  • Dr Martha Fleming, Programme Director, Centre for Collections Based Research, University of Reading
  • Dr Florian Stadtler, Lecturer in Global Literature, University of Exeter
  • Dr Claire Shaw, Lecturer, University of Bristol

Surviving Archive Fever – 5th November 2015 at the University of Reading

Making Connections with Collections: Meet the Professionals

This event was held at the Museum of Rural Life at Reading University on Monday 13th June, and provided the opportunity for doctoral students to meet with collections professionals – including an archivist, rare book librarian, curator, museum manager, public engagement specialist and academics expert.

Through presentations and Q&A sessions, participants improved their understanding of how effective collaborations can transform the possibilities for locating sources, developing methodologies, engaging different audiences and communicating research outcomes.

Making Connections with Collections – Meet the Professionals

In 2016/17 the SWW DTP delivered the following programme of collaborative training events, with more to be added soon:

Surviving Archive Fever: Working Effectively in World Archives - 9th November 2016

Hosted by Professor Alison Donnell, Head of the School of Languages and Literatures at the University of Reading, and by the Centre for Collections Based Research of the University of Reading’s Museums and Special Collections.

What do you need to know in order to get the most out of archival research and working with museum and archive professionals in research contexts, both in the UK and internationally?

This Training Day was designed to guide students through the challenges – and opportunities – awaiting the doctoral researcher abroad.  Hands-on experience with Special Collections archival materials from the University of Reading collections was conjoined with structured guidance from expert researchers and collections professionals with experience in the UK, Europe, Asian and the Americas.

Seminar Leaders

  • Guy Baxter, University Archivist, University of Reading
  • Professor Alison Donnell, Head of the School of Languages and Literatures, University of Reading
  • Dr Rhi Smith, Programme Director in Collections Based Research, Director of the Institute for Heritage and Creativity, University of Reading
  • Dr Florian Stadtler and Dr Felicity Gee, Lecturers in Global Literature, University of Exeter
  • Dr Andy Willimott and Samantha Sherry, Lecturers in History, University of Reading

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Oral History/Interview Training - 9th December 2016

Hosted by the SWW DTP’s Director, Professor John Foot, at the University of Bristol, the day provided attendees with training in the following areas:

  • Working with audiences and interviews
  • Ethics, Legality and Permissions in Oral History
  • Digital oral histories and community co-production

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