[UPDATE] Vehicles for Thought: Goldsmiths Graduate Festival 2016

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Goldsmiths University of London
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DEADLINE EXTENDED MARCH 11. The Goldsmiths Graduate Festival is an important celebration of postgraduate research in Goldsmiths and in universities nationally and internationally. It is organised by and for postgraduate research students as a vital platform to present and share their work.

The Festival is scheduled to take place over one week, from 9th May until 15th May, and will consist of a broad range of activities including keynote speakers, performances, exhibitions, film screenings, papers, roundtables and panel discussions.

Students are encouraged to collaborate across the stages of their research, to suggest panels and thematic streams. The Festival is open to all. We invite proposals from postgraduate students, and particularly students from our partner universities in doctoral training at AHRC funded CHASE and Design Star, EPSRC funded IGGI, and ESRC funded London Social Science.

Proposals are invited for papers, presentations, performances workshops and exhibitions that articulate the vision that underpins your research. Use the festival as a springboard to present your work in a supportive environment. Make links with other researchers across universities. Gain experience as a presenter, organiser or chair of a panel. The Goldsmiths Graduate Festival will also include valuable advice on professional development with a series of expert talks.

How you can be involved?

1. Volunteer for the Festival Organising Committee.
The Festival will be organised by a team of postgraduate research students. We invite students to form themselves into groups and to organise all elements of the festival including the festival programme, publicity and social media, logistics. Please email gradfestival@gold.ac.uk for further information.

2. Propose a paper.
Submit an abstract of 400 words, outlining your name and departmental location, the title of your presentation and a description of its main arguments. Presentations will be 20 minutes and we would recommend that you address your paper to a broad academic audience.

3. Propose a panel.
We welcome proposals for panels of 3 papers, of 20 minutes each, on a shared theme which would last for no more than 1 hour 30 minutes. This means 30 minutes would be left for Q&A and discussion at the end of your panel. Panel proposals should include abstracts and we would like to encourage collaborations between academic disciplines and also between students at different stages in the academic work. Your proposal should also indicate who will chair the panel.

4. Propose a Performance, installation, event, film screening(s), workshop, or laboratory.
We would also like to receive any ideas that students might have about ways to animate their work be it through performances, installations or related events that can be scheduled during the Festival.

Your submission should take the form of a short 400 word proposal giving details of what is proposed and indicating the manner and timeframe of the event(s). Please indicate the time required for your event and any particular space or technical requirements.

5. Submit a Poster.
Goldsmiths Library will be hosting a poster exhibition of current research. Articulate your vision in words and images: submit an A3 poster to the Festival.

6. Chair a panel.
You can also be involved in the organisation of the event as a chair of a panel and we will provide guidance with regard to how to do this. Email to indicate your availability.

Abstracts and proposals can be submitted by email to:

gradfestival@gold.ac.uk. Deadline: EXTENDED to 11 March 2016.

Questions can be sent to D.Gkitsa@gold.ac.uk

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