Archival research training has
been a consistent request of students from across the disciplines and
recent events at the Congress have proved popular. This event (organised by Rob Priest from Royal Holloway) will draw on the
practical experience of recent PhD students while also providing an opportunity
for current technē
students to discuss issues surround archival research.
During the morning, we will visit
archival collections in the Bloomsbury area. At each site, current or recent
PhD students will meet us in situ at
archives they have used for their projects, alongside a librarian or archivist.
Relevant materials will be on display, and the researcher will talk through how
they used these materials in their research, and any methodological issues that
were raised, followed by an opportunity for questions.
During the afternoon, we will
convene at Bedford Square for a series of informal presentations from technē
students who are using archival research as part of their current projects, while
also providing an opportunity to discuss theoretical and methodological issues.
MORNING: Hands-On Archival
Asiatic Society with Ed Weech (RAS librarian, current PhD student @ SOAS)
Archive with Charlie Williams (recent PhD @ Birkbeck, postdoc @ QMUL)
at Bedford Square
Presentations and Discussion (Bedford Square)
Presentations and Q&A
4 x technē-funded students present aspects of their ongoing
archival research – informal, methodological reflections rather than full
research papers, about 15-20 minutes each + Q&A. Judging by the Congress
panel there seemed to be a good clutch of students already working with
archives who might be willing to participate in this. I will send out a call
for volunteers in March.
Once you have registered your attendance on the day, we
would also like to invite up to four participants to offer informal
presentations of about 15 minutes on their current research as part
of the event. These presentations offer an opportunity to reflect on archival
research you may have carried out during your PhD with an interdisciplinary
audience of graduate students. Rather than a formal research paper, these
should offer reflections on any practical, methodological or theoretical questions
and problems that were raised during the process of your archival research
process. If you would also like to be considered as a presenting
participant, please register as usual, but also send a proposal of 2-300
words to firstname.lastname@example.org
by 5pm on 26th April.
Your name, subject area and university affiliation.
The working title of your PhD thesis.
A description of your proposed talk (200-300 words).
can put this information either in an attached document or simply in the body
of the email, but please make sure it is all there and put ‘TECHNE Archives
Proposal’ as the subject line.
from all disciplines are welcome to submit proposals. Please note that
slots are limited, so presentations will be selected to ensure diversity across
disciplines, periods, etc.
A collective consideration of themes and questions arising
from the day. All participants will be invited to raise issues from their own
research or from the preceding talks for consideration by the group.