Monthly Archives: January 2018


Muster Station at Tate Modern

SMFA Fine Art students are part of the new artists’ collective Muster Station, created in response to the University of Kent’s planned closure of the School of Music and Fine Art.

As Muster Station, they have been invited by Whitstable Biennale to take part in the 2018 Tate Modern Exchange projects, at the Tate Modern in London, with a theme “Production”.

It takes place on 3-4 February, and will involve SMFA alumni, students and some MA’s and BA’s as well as staff, and is open to the public throughout.

Through a programme of workshops, talks, interactions and interventions Muster Station will explore the means by which artists produce in response to constantly shifting conditions of space, time, audience and the ebb and flow of economic and political support.

For more information, please see our webpage.

global hangouts

Global Hangouts – Celebrating Love

International Partnerships is hosting the next Global Hangout of the series on Wednesday the 7 February between 17.00-19.00.

The event will be themed ‘Celebrating Love’ in the lead up to Valentine’s Day on the 14 February. All Canterbury students are welcome to attend and we are inviting everyone to book their places online now by following this link. Places are limited and tend to go quickly – so please get booking asap!

Global Hangouts is a series of free global networking events arranged throughout the academic year. With a fun and relaxed atmosphere, the hangouts include interactive activities, refreshments and live music and performances. If students or staff wish to find out more information, they can visit our webpage.

Managing the HE learning environment

Colleagues are invited to attend this discursive session of the ‘New Approaches to Teaching for Experienced Staff at Kent’ series taking place on Thursday 22 February 2018, 12.55-14.00 in the UELT Seminar Room, Canterbury.

‘Managing the HE learning environment’ presented by Dr Jennifer Leigh and Dr Tom Parkinson, Lecturers in Higher Education and Academic Practice, Centre for the Study of Higher Education.

This discursive session focuses on challenges relating to managing the learning environment.  While many such challenges are familiar to teachers across the university, others are specific to disciplinary, geographical or other contexts.  Time is therefore devoted to sharing, exploring and reflecting upon our personal experiences, identifying commonalities and differences.  In the second half of the session we move towards identifying solutions and strategies for surmounting these challenges.  ​

Please note this is a repeat of the successful session run at Medway earlier this term.

To book a place please email

Tamara Rathcke collaborates in Russian–English language research

Dr Tamara Rathcke, Lecturer in the Department of English Language & Linguistics, is to act as an external cooperation partner on a project entitled ‘Intonation and Word Order in Majority English and Heritage Russian across Speaker Populations’, funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (German Research Council). This research will be conducted at the University of Stuttgart, Germany.

The project, led by Professor Sabine Zerbian as Primary Investigator, will look at the two languages of heritage speakers and compare them to monolingual native speakers, adopting a new approach in research on intonation in heritage languages. Tamara will contribute expertise and skills concerning understanding and analysis of Russian intonation and prosody, and will contribute to the modelling of empirical observations.

For full details of the project, please see the webpage.

Sports UV night

Kent Sport dates for the diary

Kent Sport will be hosting some pretty incredible events over the next few months, so be sure to put the following dates in your diary. You can also check the online events calendar to see what’s coming up.

  • Friday 26 January – Xercise Factor application deadline. Make long-lasting changes to your lifestyle through Kent Sport’s Xercise Factor programme through an overhaul of exercise and lifestyle habits over six weeks. Complete your application form now.
  • Saturday 24 February – UV touchtennis. After a popular term one event, UV touchtennis is back on the programme for term two. Experience a mini version of the game suitable for all levels, but in UV! Book by emailing
  • Sunday 25 February – UV sports night. Enjoy glow in the dark sports and fitness classes, including an awesome roller disco! Book by emailing
  • Monday 26 February – FitnessFest. Join the Kent Sport fitness team for an evening of masterclasses you won’t forget! Check out the events calendar for more details.
  • Friday 2 March – Canterbury Fire and Ice walk in aid of Pilgrims Hospices. A real mental and physical challenge. Brave the fires (and/or glass) for charity. Don’t forget to bring friends and family for support! Register here.
  • Tuesday 10 to Friday 13 April – Easter Sports Camps for kids. A great opportunity for children to learn a range of sports and meet new friends at the same time at our sports camps run by qualified coaches. Email to book your place.
  • Sunday 6 March – Pilgrims Hospices Cycle Challenge. Kent’s biggest cycling challenge returns for its eighth year. Join more than 1,200 riders at the Pavilion and cycle for charity. Register here.
  • Sunday 20 May – University of Kent Canterbury 10K. A scenic route starting at the Pavilion using some of the historic “Crab and Winkle Way” in the lovely countryside on the edge of Canterbury. Register here.

For all the sports, events and activities, pick up a copy of the Sport at Kent booklet from the Sports Centre and Pavilion receptions.

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lgbt rainbow

Researching the Rainbow Conference 2018 – Registration now open!

Registration is now open for the Researching the Rainbow Conference from 15.00 – 19.00 on Thursday 15 February 2018 in Grimond Lecture Theatre 1 on the Canterbury campus. We strongly suggest you register online to confirm your place byMonday 5 February.

The conference, which forms part of the University’s LGBT History Month celebrations, is to showcase the vast array of excellent research being done on or related to LGBT+ people and issues, and to encourage multi-disciplinary collaboration and networking. The conference will be opened by University of Kent Vice-Chancellor and President, Professor Karen Cox, who also acts at the Executive Group’s LGBT+ Champion.

Topics include literary and cinematic representations of homosexuality, transsexuality in mental health care and the legal system, and the decolonization of sexuality, from students and academics from a range of schools and disciplines, as well as external partners.

If you would like to display a research poster, please email by Monday 5 February.

The conference is free and open to all. Please forward this invitation to any colleagues/friends who may be interested.

LGBT+ Staff Network

Kent Law School

£5k grant to research digital vulnerability

Kent Law School early career researchers Dr Asta Zokaityte and Dr Will Mbioh have been awarded a grant of £5,000 for an interdisciplinary research project to examine the relationship between vulnerability and the management of personal data.

The concept of vulnerability is used for the first time in the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into force in the UK on 28 May 2018, to regulate how the personal data of children and employees are collected and processed. With their grant from the University of Kent’s Social Sciences Faculty Research Fund, Dr Zokaityte (Primary Investigator) and Dr Mbioh (Co-Investigator) seek to engage academics in a broader discussion of the concept of “digital vulnerability” and to further investigate the relationships and intersections between vulnerability and the governance of personal data in the UK.

The project team will write a co-authored article, for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, that will describe digital vulnerability. It will also conduct academic and policy scoping exercises with researchers, NGO and representatives of public bodies. As the project evolves, the team plan to apply for external funding that will enable them to run workshops and establish a digital vulnerability research network.

Dr Zokaityte is a Lecturer in Law. Her research explores the ways in which novel edu-regulatory techniques are deployed by financial regulators to govern consumer behaviour in financial markets. Her book Financial Literacy Education: Edu-Regulating our Saving and Spending Habits (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) offers an innovative way of thinking about financial literacy education and has been shortlisted for the Hart-SLSA Prize for Early Career Academics.

Associate Lecturer in Law Dr Mbioh has research expertise in the field of data protection. He has recently published in leading, international peer-reviewed journals including European Data Protection Law Review and the Journal of Internet Law.


Faversham Literary Festival

Faversham’s first literary festival is being held 23-25 February.

The varied line-up includes a number of staff at the university:

  • Alex Preston will be talking about his new book – As King Fishers Catch Fire.
  • Prof Alex Stevens is be in conversation with historical novelist.
  • Jane Harris about her new book – Sugar Money.
  • Prof Tim Strangleman will be participating in a panel discussion with two contributors of ‘Know Your Place’ a collection of  essays on contemporary working class experience.
  • Angela Koch will interview refugee activist.
  • Gulwali Passarlay on his book ‘The Lightless Sky’.
  • Dr Maggie Butt will host an open mic poetry session.

For more information on the full listings, see the website

inspiring courses

Inspiring short courses at Medway campus

A series of inspiring lectures in association with Medway U3A will take place at the University’s Medway campus from March to June 2018.

You can explore a subject purely for interest in a friendly group, led by an expert tutor. These lectures are open to all and no previous knowledge of the subject is expected.

Lectures include:

•       History

Cunning Regal Women: English queens before Elizabeth I

Saturday 17 March, 10.00-13.00, £17.50

Julia Cruse PhD

•       Literature

George Orwell

Saturday 21 April, 10.00-13.00, £17.50

Sarah Anthony MA

•       Art History

Let’s talk about Art

Saturday 23 June, 10.00-13.00, £17.50

Katia Mai PhD

To find out more and to book your place see our Tonbridge webpages or telephone 01732 352316.

Edward Kanterian on Kant

Edward Kanterian on Kant, God and metaphysics

Dr Edward Kanterian, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy, has published a new book entitled Kant, God and Metaphysics: The Secret Thorn (Routledge, 2018).

Kant is widely acknowledged as the greatest philosopher of modern times. He undertook a famous critical turn to save human freedom and morality from the challenge of determinism and materialism. He believed that man is a fallen creature and in need of ‘redemption’, and intended to provide a fortress protecting religious faith from the failure of rationalist metaphysics, from the atheistic strands of the Enlightenment, from the new mathematical science of nature, and from the dilemmas of Christian theology itself. Kant was an epistemologist, a philosopher of mind, while upholding his own religious faith.

Dr Kanterian’s book aims to recover the focal point and inner contradictions of his thought, the ‘secret thorn’ of his metaphysics (as Heidegger once put it). It takes its cue from an older approach to Kant, but also engages with recent Anglophone and continental scholarship, and deploys modern analytical tools to make sense of Kant. What emerges is an innovative and thought-provoking interpretation of Kant’s metaphysics, set against the background of forgotten religious aspects of European philosophy.

For more details, please see the publisher’s page.