Archive for October 5, 2014

Connecting Epistemologies: Methods and Early Career Researchers in the Connected Communities Programme – FREE EVENT 28/10/2014, City University, London

Early Career Researchers (ECRs) face a variety of issues in the changing world of contemporary academia. To mark the publication of the final report from the Connecting Epistemologies project (available to download here on 28th October 2014), City University London are hosting an event that engages with questions confronting ECRs.

Connecting Epistemologies worked with a variety of ECRs, from PhD students and postdocs to early career lecturers, over the course of the summer to capture their experiences on the Connected Communities programme. The project explored their identities as academics and their methods and practices.
The afternoon will explore the way ECRs within Connected Communities may represent a new form of academic with a new form of identity; how they negotiate issues of precariousness; the skills needed to work as an ECR; and broader questions of what is legitimate as research, as methods, and as knowledge.
The session consists of three papers: one from the project team; one from AHRC reporting on the recent report Support for researchers in the Arts and Humanities post-doctorate; and one from Connected Communities Leadership Fellow Professor Keri Facer and project Post-Doctoral researcher Bryony Enright.
The session will then have a discussion on the future of ECRs within higher education and the arts and humanities.

All are welcome! The event is free, but to make sure we have an idea of numbers, please book a place by emailing


Venue: Poynton Lecture theatre, City University London, Northampton Sq, EC1V 0HB

1.30 pm Welcome and Coffee

2-3 pm Presentations:
Keri Facer and Bryony Enright (Bristol) – The shaping of a new generation? Early career researchers working at the interface between universities and communities
Connecting Epistemologies team: Understanding ECRs in Connected Communities
Sue Carver (AHRC) Support for researchers in the Arts And Humanities
3pm-4pm Q&A and discussion.


New book- Cultural Policy: Management, Value and Modernity


New Books in Critical Theory Podcasts:


Member of the editorial board for Cultural Trends:

Connected Communities Media Collection

The Connected Communities Media Collection website (CCMC) is online and inviting all Connected Communities projects to create a ‘Project Page’ on the website and upload / embed media (audio and visual) made for, or about their project.

The process is very simple and will take no more than 10 minutes to register a CC Project and post a piece of media. Doing so will be contributing to building a comprehensive and vibrant resource for other academic researchers, community groups and Connected Community projects.

The media can be a direct output of a project, or for example, an interview about it. The Media Collection will also facilitate networking between projects and future collaborations by grouping the media made by place and theme, enabling site users to find projects with similar themes and areas of interest.

Your support and input is greatly appreciated as the aim of the CCMC is to make all the media made by and about Connected Communities projects accessible through one portal. It will make it possible for research outputs to be disseminated and shared with wide audience.

You can also attend the introductory day for the Collection, and for audio-visual archiving more widely, organised with the Community Media Association, at MediaCityUK, University of Salford on 29 October. 

Future Thinking: The AHRC Connected Communities Media Collection, Archiving the Audio-Visual and Beyond

29 October 2014

University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays


A day of thinking about and exploring archives and their use and development, in relation to the Connected Communities Media Collection….  The focus of the day is this archive built to host (and make accessible) audio-visual media outputs from more than 300 projects funded in the AHRC Connected Communities programme.

Today we will hear about a range of current audio-visual archiving practices, future digital possibilities, and have the opportunity to explore the working prototype of the Connected Communities Media Collection, before deciding on some possibilities for the archive as it goes forward.… Brought to you by Ann Light, Northumbria University and Tamar Millen, Community Media Association, with AHRC CC Leadership Fellow, George McKay.

This event is FREE, but registration is essential. First come, first served. To book a place or find out more contact us on

The day will be of interest to scholars and workers in media studies, radio, music, community media, archives, digital, heritage, Connected Communities…. Come to MediaCityUK for the day, find out more, tell us about your practice and interest…. 

The programme is below, and further information also available at: 


9.30-10.00             Arrival and coffee

10.00                    Welcome and introduction

10.10-12.10           Session 1. Archiving the audio-visual, archiving community: some current practices

·      Paul Wilson, Radio Curator, The British Library: ‘The Future Radio Archive?’

·      Caroline Mitchell, University of Sunderland: ‘Fem FM Archive: working with Bristol City Archives to establish an archive of Britain’s first women’s radio station’

·      Kathy Cremin, Director of Cooperation, Bede’s World Museum (including Hive Radio, the first radio station in and from a museum): ‘Community, Media and Place’

·      Jez Collins, Birmingham City University/Birmingham Music Archive: ‘“A pile of my history, found in my parents’ attic”: sustaining popular music’s material cultures’

12.10-12.30             Coffee

12.30-1.30               Session 2. Exploring the new Connected Communities audio-visual online archive

This AHRC Connected Communities project brought together media, academic and community partners to develop and test a means of storing the many audio-visual media outputs of the CC programme as a whole. Ann Light worked with Tamar Millen and colleagues at the Community Media Association to produce a working prototype of the archive, at this session they will introduce it and invite us to explore it using maps and themes.

1.30-2.15                  Lunch   

2.15-3.15                  Session 3. 20 ways to use a media archive

This session is a chance to think up innovative ways of using the archive and develop a plan for its future in research and in play. How are media developing? And what role might the archive take? We look at ways to bring the learning caught in these materials closer to the people who might use and develop them. We start the afternoon with a glimpse into the practice of mashing up archives, before devising our own scenarios to make the materials accessible and valuable over time and the sum equal more than the parts.

·      Prof Chris Speed, Chair in Design Informatics, Edinburgh College of Art/University of Edinburgh

3.15-4.00                   Round table discussion

Action planning:

·      What next? Where can we take an archive of this nature? Do we want to incorporate it in upcoming projects or find it a research angle of its own? How do we get maximum value out of aggregating all the outputs from 300+ research projects involving media and communities?