Interdisciplinary Research: Impact in Academia and Beyond
10th Jun 2016 11:30am-4:00pm
Day Event: 'Interdisciplinary Research: Impact in Academia
Date: Friday 10th June 2016
Time: 11.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Venue: Boardroom M2, University of Brighton, 58-67 Grand
Parade Campus, Brighton, BN2 0JY
This event will explore the
practical impact of interdisciplinary research both inside and outside of
academia. The event originates in students' concerns surrounding emerging
academic fields, disciplines and practices that make use of mixed methodologies
and innovative dissemination strategies.
The speakers, Andrea Cornwall,
Deidre Osborne, and Lara Torres, will critically analyse the concept of impact
in the academia, connecting the idea and concept of impact with their own
research experience. This will be followed by a discussion session about the
prospective benefits and challenges which may be experienced by researchers who
apply an interdisciplinary approach.
The speakers represent different
areas of research and are at different stages in their careers. They communicate
their work in academic contexts as well as to engage local and international
communities through writing (newspapers, blogs, books), exhibitions, workshops,
designed objects, etc. Discussion will explore this range of experience.
The event is Free and will be of
particular interest to early career researchers and those involved in
interdisciplinary research. Refreshments will be provided.
Please register your interest in attending to Frances Casey
Andrea Cornwall is
Professor of Anthropology and International Development and Head of School of
Global Studies at the University of Sussex. She has worked on topics ranging
from understanding women's perspectives on family planning, fertility and
sexually transmitted infection in Nigeria and Zimbabwe, public engagement in UK
regeneration programs, the quality of democratic deliberation in new democratic
spaces in Brazil, the use and abuse of participatory appraisal in Kenya,
domestic workers' rights activism in Brazil and sex workers' rights activism in
India. Andrea is involved in a number of international collaborative research
programmes. She directs the Consortium Pathways of Women's Empowerment, which
carries out collaborative research and communications on issues of body, voice
and work in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan,
Palestine and Sierra Leone.
Deirdre Osborne is a Reader in English Literature and Drama at Goldsmiths
University of London. She is a trained ballet dancer and studied
Classics at the University of Melbourne, English Literature at Kings College
London and completed her PhD in Victorian literature at Birkbeck College,
University of London. Over the past fifteen years she has dedicated her
research to Black British writing (prose, poetry and drama). At Goldsmiths
University she co-convenes the cross-disciplinary MA
Black British Writing. Her research interests span late-Victorian
literature and maternity, to Landmark Poetics, mixedness, adoption aesthetics
and Black writing. She has edited the forthcoming Cambridge Companion to
British Black and Asian Literature (1945-2010), and co-edited Modern and
Contemporary Black British Drama (Palgrave 2014).
Lara Torres is currently a PhD student at the University of the Arts
London where her research project, entitled “Towards a practice of unmaking: a
strategy for critical fashion practices”, is under the supervision of Prof.
Sandy Black and Dr. Thomas Makryniotis at the London College of Fashion. She
teaches at the MA Fashion, University for the Creative Arts, Rochester since
2014. Her practice-based research debates the role of the fashion designer and
questions fashion’s critical agency. She works in the expanded field of
fashion, across a range of media from sculpture to performance and video
installation. She is interested in the relation between memory and clothing,
focusing in the transient nature of fashion. In the recent years she has
explored the speculative and critical nature of design processes through the
use of video.She has presented her work globally, and was awarded the Unique
Design Award (2011) for the project "An impossible wardrobe for the
invisible" at the Fashioning the Future Awards in London. Her work was
shown in the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen exhibition “The future of fashion is
now” (2014), which then travelled to Shenzhen and Shanghai in China (2015-16).