Student Led Events

WRoCAH doctoral researchers can apply for funds to support events they want to run for other postgraduate students under the Student-Led Forums fund.  Most recent awards are at the top.

PaR ColloquimPerformance as Research Postgraduate Colloquium

This series of one-day events brings together postgraduate students across White Rose researching through creative practice. Each event includes practical workshops and guest speakers. We aim to provide a collaborative, supportive forum in which students can discuss their research successes and concerns.

Awarded: £1,313.45

Lead Student: Kirsty Surgey (Sheffield)

Other student organisers:
Omar Shahryar, University of York
Jade French, University of Leeds
Rommi Smith, University of Leeds
Matthew Elliott, University of Leeds
Alaena Turner, University of Leeds

Humanities and Beyond: Exploring the Frontiers of Interdisciplinarity

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The humanities departments of the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York excel in their commitment to interdisciplinary study. A large proportion of researchers, doctoral and masters students work across a range of disciplinary boundaries, within the humanities and beyond. We are running a symposium day in which students from these universities can share their experiences of interdisciplinary research with each other, and with established academics and practitioners. Students will be able to:
  • Reflect upon the processes and methods of interdisciplinary study
  • Gain knowledge of different  interdisciplinary methodologies
  • Share practical experiences and challenges of interdisciplinary study
  • Explore interdisciplinarity as a concept within and beyond academia, and how it affects day-to-day research

The day will take the form of a symposium with 15-minute conference-style papers, workshops with practitioners, a round-table discussion with established academics, and a keynote presentation from Robin MacKay, philosopher and director of UK arts organization Urbanomic, addressing the relationships between philosophy, science and art practice.

Who is it for?

Submissions are open to all Leeds, Sheffield, and York students and researchers working across interdisciplinary boundaries, whose research includes a humanities subject. We particularly welcome submissions from graduate students and early-career researchers.  We encourage speakers to present on interdisciplinary themes that may include work-in-progress, challenges you have encountered and overcome in interdisciplinary study, or interdisciplinary methodologies.

Awarded: £2,858.90

Lead Student: Madelaine Schurch, (York)

Other student organisers: Catherine Evans, (Sheffield), Fiona Hobbs-Milne, (York), Ryan Kirkbride, (Leeds), Nicola Pennhill, (Sheffield)



Society for Medieval Archaeology Student Colloquium

The SMA student colloquium 2015 taking place on 12-14th November 2015 builds on the success of previous student colloquiums. These have been well attended (62 last year) and have received positive feedback from the attendees.

The colloquium provides a forum for graduates and doctoral researchers to present and discuss their work within and involving topics around Medieval Archaeology and to:
– provide a less formal student led environment in which to present doctoral work
– stimulate discussion around collaboration/interdisciplinary working which incorporates Medieval Archaeology
– give an opportunity to network with doctoral researchers from other institutions and disciplines
– showcase Sheffield’s MARCUS group as an example of good practice via a panel discussion on day two
– keep up to date with research within Medieval Archaeology

The colloquium lasts three days.  Days one and two will contain paper presentation sessions chaired by academics from Sheffield. Day one will end with a key note lecture and day two with the panel discussion. The third day will comprise a workshop on medieval human skeletal remains and a walking tour of Sheffield followed by a tour of the cathedral. This is hoped to bring in aspects of the host city.

It is hoped that the impact of the event will come from bringing together Post Graduate students to enable potential future collaborations and raising awareness of interdisciplinary working across the medieval period which will strengthen archaeology.

Awarded: £612.50

Lead Student: Emma Green, University of Sheffield

Other student organisers: Robert Grout (York), Holly Hunt-Watts (Leeds)

Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 17.19.23Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema. Postgraduate Conference

‘Moving Pictures and Photoplays: New Perspectives in Silent Cinema’ is a 2 day conference designed to bring together postgraduate researchers working on any aspect relating to silent cinema and film industry of the silent period. It will take place on the 18th and 19th of June 2015. As organisers, we welcome papers on all the aspects of silent cinema.

Possible topics can include (but are by no means limited to) national cinemas, practices of cinema exhibition, star studies, technologies of silent film, aesthetics, film magazine and fan cultures. Postgraduate attendees will be able to build links with other institutions. The event is aimed at opening the exchange of knowledge and forging future academic relationships between WRoCAH and non-WRoCAH funded students. The conference will give new researchers an outlet to share their expertise, as well as providing them with an opportunity to network.

Awarded: £5,718

Lead Student: Agata Frymus, University of York

Other student organisers: Fiona Keenan (York)

MeCETES-Red-Lato-e1389868921153Researching European Film and Television – PhD Workshop

The event is scheduled on the 18th March, will run from 10.00 until 17.00, at the University of York, TFTV Department. There will be one key-note speaker from the University of Leeds, three panels of work-in-progress presentations by PhD students from different academic institutions working on related issues, a series of research training and career development sessions led by experts in the field and related very specifically to research in film and television.

The event has been shaped with the idea of giving PhD students researching in this field the opportunity to share ideas, research methodologies and knowledge within an informal but still academic environment. The idea behind it is bringing together PhD students at different stages in their work in order to give them the possibility to confront each other and potentially contributing to each other’s research. Doing this event under the auspices of our WRoCAH PhD Network, will give visibility to the network itself and our website

Awarded: £3,083

Lead Student: Martina Lovascio, University of York

Other student organisers: Michael Samuel (Leeds), Daniel Clarke (Sheffield)


Wider World History Network

The Wider World History Network aims to bring together postgraduate students researching topics that have an international dimension, whether that be connecting European history to the rest of the world or centred on a different continent altogether. Inviting discussion on topics ranging from the medieval period to the present day – transcending restrictive historical periodisation – the network will consider the themes of comparative cultures, international relations and encounters with difference/foreignness throughout history.

By encouraging postgraduate researchers in the Arts and Humanities to consider the global aspects of their projects, the network aims to raise awareness of interdisciplinary parallels, thus deepening the impact of their research. We aim to hold two events in Spring semester 2015 with the intention of holding more events in 2015/16 academic year. Events will include: student-led presentations, project surgeries, professionalisation workshops, external speakers.

Awarded: £540

Lead Student: Claudia Rogers, School of History, University of Leeds

Other student organisers: Sarah Gandee (WRoCAH, Leeds), Lucy Taylor (ESRC, Leeds).

Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 20.33.25Early Modern Lines Research Network

This interdisciplinary research group will explore the concept of ‘lines’ in any aspect of early modern thought or culture, from metaphor to architectural theory or scientific conceptions of the material world. It will consider how lines were used to organise, make and disrupt knowledge during 1450-1700. We aim to foster dialogue on this engaging topic from a multitude of perspectives.

Events will include a symposium at the Brotherton Library with visiting speakers, a curatorial visit to the Minster Library and roundtable sessions investigating the overlaps, intersections and distinctions between material and theoretical lines. By developing this research community we seek to encourage the transmission and exchange of ideas across the WRoCAH consortium and enhance the research and presentation skills of members. The culmination will be an international conference in the following academic year (proposed for Sheffield), giving students the opportunity to present their ideas.

Awarded: £1,526.50

Lead Student: Sarah Cawthorne, Department of English and Related Literature, University of York

Other student organisers: Francesca Dornan (Sheffield), Claudia Rogers (Leeds), Claire Canavan (York), Frances Maguire (York)


4th Annual Postgraduate Monasticism Conference

Awarded: November 2014

The Annual Postgraduate Monasticism Conference aims to bring together researchers from many different institutions and disciplines to discuss monasticism in its broadest sense. This year the topic is Monastic Sciences and two keynote speakers have already been secured, Prof. Peregrine Horden (RHUL), and Dr. Sophie Page (UCL).

The event allows delegates to network and create links with other researchers from all over Europe, and to be exposed to views of monasticism different from their own. Based on numbers from last year, 30% of the delegates are international. The event is based at the University of Leeds and is publicised throughout the country drawing on delegates from the White Rose network.

Awarded: £260

WRoCAH Lead: Francesca Dornan (Department of Archaeology, Sheffield)

Other student organisers: Amy Devenney (Leeds), Richard Thomason – (Leeds), Esther Kim (Leeds)


The Arts & Social Change Network

Awarded: October 2014

‘Arts and Social Change’ aims to describe a broad field of work in which the arts intersect with social or political intentions. In this context, art is a political act and produced in a conscious effort to facilitate and/or participate in social change. The interdisciplinary nature of this field, with blurred boundaries between arts, geography, sociology and politics, requires an equally collaborative approach to its exploration and understanding. The Network’s goals are to:

  • Introduce and share literature and practice related to arts and social change amongst a group of doctoral researchers and beyond.
  • Create a regular forum for discussion of issues relating to doctoral projects and other practice and research we are undertaking broadly related to arts and social change.
  • To initiate a network of researchers both inside and outside WRoCAH working in similar areas. This will take place in terms of regular meetings, online forum and possible future symposium.

Awarded: £1,822

WRoCAH Lead: Jade French (School of Fine Art, History of Art and Cultural Studies, Leeds)

Other student organisers: Pippa Gardner (Sheffield)

WP_20141030_008White Rose Postgraduate Philosophy Forum (WRPPF)

Awarded: October 2014

The WRPPF reaches out to a large philosophy postgraduate community across Yorkshire and provides the ideal opportunity for postgraduates to both present their research and hear about others’ research in an environment that is at the same time less formal than an academic conference and more challenging than an intra-departmental meeting.

Awarded: £2,010

WRoCAH Lead: Jared Stoughton (Department of Philosophy, York)

Other student organisers: Elisabeth Thorsson (York), Paul Fagan (Hull), Stephen M Ingram (Sheffield) , Nahuel Sznajderhaus (Leeds)