What career? Doing practice-research beyond the PhD

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Thursday 24 June | 14:00 - 17:00 | Online

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Who is this for? Arts and humanities practice-based/led research PhD students and recent graduates who want to explore their career ambitions in academia and/or beyond.

Getting a job in academia is not always the motivating factor for doing a practice-based PhD. If higher education is not a desirable or possible career option for practice-based researchers, what other career trajectories are there out there? If university is your preferred place of work, how will you maintain your practice-research in an academic environment? These questions are particularly pertinent to students and graduates who are facing marginalisation from academic careers and lack of access to teaching and research opportunities. This event brings together practice-based PhD researchers to share goals, concerns and practical advice for continuing as a practice-researcher beyond the PhD.

The workshop will be structured in 2 parts: we will first hear from professionals who have finished their practice-research PhDs reflecting on their career trajectories and how their practices have shifted and changed following the PhD process. We will then facilitate smaller group discussions on your career goals, identifying the steps and support structures needed for you to get there. Students will leave with concrete action points to take forward.

This workshop is organised by Dr Sophie Hope (practice-researcher in socially engaged art and cultural policy and full-time academic Birkbeck) and Dr Jo Coleman (recent practice-research PhD graduate in community radio from Birkbeck and Lecturer in Media & PR, Brunel Uni).

Contributors to the workshop include:

Sound artist Dr Nina Perry; Senior Lecturer in Digital Media at University of Sussex, Dr Emile Devereaux; contemporary folk artist Dr Lucy Wright; writer Dr Olumide Popoola; Senior Lecturer in Performance and Design at Northumbria University Dr Rachel Hann; Senior Lecturer in Film Production at Staffordshire University, Dr Agata Lulkowska and writer, poet and educator Dr Golnoosh Nourpanah.

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