Monthly Archives: March 2018

National Archives Accreditation awarded to Special Collections and Archives

Information Services’ Special Collections & Archives team are proud to have been awarded Archive Service Accreditation from the National Archive.

On Monday 19 March our accreditation was officially recognised by the National Archives’ Director of Public Engagement Caroline Ottaway-Searle and Sector Development Manager Hannah Jones.

This accreditation, from the UK Archive Service Accreditation Partnership is the UK quality standard which recognises good performance in all areas of archive service delivery. The standard looks at an organisation’s ability to develop, care for, and provide access to its collections, bringing the total number archive services achieving this to 104 nationwide.

‘We are delighted to have received accredited status from The National Archives, this is a fantastic achievement and recognition nationally for our service and teams delivering it. Achieving accredited status demonstrates that the University of Kent’s Special Collections and Archives met clearly defined national standards relating to management and resourcing, in the care of our unique collections and what the service offers to our entire range of users.’ Karen Brayshaw, Special Collections and Archives Manager, University of Kent.

The University of Kent’s Special Collections & Archives manage the University of Kent’s unique and distinctive collections so that they are preserved and accessible for the benefit of teaching, scholarship and society. Located in the Templeman Library on the Canterbury campus they collect, curate, and manage material which supports the University’s research and teaching.

The collections, numbering over 150, are open to everyone, whether for personal interest or academic research including these specialisms:

  • the British Stand-Up Comedy Archive and popular and comic performance from the Victorian era to the present, including pantomime, melodrama and variety works
  • the British Cartoon Archive and other cartoon artwork and publications, particularly satirical works
  • the history of the University of Kent and the local area
  • photographs, scrapbooks, engineer records, and published books relating to wind and watermills
  • collections of 20th century prose and poetry first editions.
This event is the first of a series, celebrating 50 years of the Templeman Library during Our Templeman Library Celebration Week 19-23 March 

Gordon Lynch on the Catholic Church’s role in child migration

Following on from his research contribution to the Government’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA), Gordon Lynch, Michael Ramsey Professor of Modern Theology in the Department of Religious Studies, has contributed a piece to The Tablet website, the international weekly Catholic journal.

The article, entitled ‘Why Serious Questions about Catholic Child Migration Need Answers’, builds upon Gordon’s research into child migration in the first half of the twentieth century. In the piece, he argues that the Catholic Church failed to take sufficient care in protecting child migrants from abuse, even by standards of that time.

‘There is clearly a somewhat greater recognition in the Church of its failings now,’ Gordon concludes. ‘The question remains whether this will translate into further action in supporting or compensating former child migrants. Will it also lead to more open reflection by the Church about how it could have given theological and pastoral sanction to so damaging a policy, including making its archives about its own organisational policies more open to external scrutiny?’

To read the full article, please see the page here.

Strange Umbrellas: SMFA’s Dr Blanca Regina, Associate Lecturer in Event and Experience Design, performing in London on Tuesday 20 March

Strange Umbrellas, a platform for free improvised music and visual art, was started in 2012 by Dr Blanca Regina with musician Steve Beresford.

An artist, teacher and curator who is currently involved in creating mixed media performances, installations and film, Dr Regina is a visiting research fellow at University of the Arts London. Her research and practice encompass expanded cinema, free improvisation, moving image, photography and audiovisual performance.  In 2010, she received a doctorate in Humanities from University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid, with the thesis The VJ and audiovisual performance: towards a radical aesthetic of postmodernism.

She is curator at the London-based Music Hackspace, Live Cinema Foundation and Strange Umbrellas. With Matthias Kispert she founded the Material Studies Group, developing a series of workshops and performances around the production of sound with everyday objects.

You can hear Dr Regina here as part of Unpredictable: Conversations with Improvisers – a collection of videos that have grown out of deep research into the nature of Free Improvisation, its history in the UK and its international connections. Research and filming began in 2011 and it was directed and produced by artist, curator and educator Blanca Regina in collaboration with Steve Beresford and Pierre Bouvier Patron.  The series was commissioned by Sound and Music for the 50th anniversary of the British Music Collection.

Strange Umbrellas Number 19 will be on 20 March, in collaboration with CAFE OTO at 18-22 Ashwin St, London, Dalston E8 3DL.  Doors at 7.30 pm, performances at 8 pm. Tickets £8 £6 ADVANCE £4 MEMBERS.

More info go to our web page.

Parliamentary Reception

EXCEPT Findings Dissemination – Social Exclusion of Youth In Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer

You are invited to attend a Parliamentary reception at Portcullis House, Houses of Parliament, to share the findings from the EU funded EXCEPT. The event will be hosted by Rosie Duffield MP and speakers include Professor Peter Taylor-Gooby from the University of Kent.

“Social Exclusion of Youth In Europe: Cumulative Disadvantage, Coping Strategies, Effective Policies and Transfer” (EXCEPT)  is an innovative EU-funded research project which aims to develop effective policy initiatives to help young people in Europe overcome labour market insecurities and related risks. Our findings highlight the policies and strategies that do make a difference.

The event aims to advance the dialogue between policy makers, civil society and researchers to discuss new interventions for reducing exclusion in Europe. Exploring the youth stories and policy analysis, this seminar will involve policy and research experts from European and international institutions, who are at the forefront of policy analysis, innovation and implementation.

Edward Kanterian on Wittgenstein

Dr Edward Kanterian, Senior Lecturer in Department of Philosophy, will be giving an invited talk at a workshop entitled ‘Fallibilismus und Gewissheit ‘ [‘Fallibilism and Uncertainty’], at the Technische Universität Darmstadt [Darmstadt University of Technology], Germany, on 23 March 2018.

In his paper, entitled ‘Neue Perspektiven zu Wittgensteins Bemerkungen’ [‘New perspectives to Wittgenstein’s observations’], Edward will argue that the traditional epistemological distinction between indubitable (certain) and dubitable propositions needs to be refined in the light of Wittgenstein‘s last reflections on the relation between our mental states and our behaviour. He will show, there is a third category of propositions, i.e. about other minds, which are not indubitable, but also not dubitable in the sense that one can never ‘really’ know what another person feels, thinks etc.

For more details of the event, please see event page here.

Centre for Critical Thought – The Future of Work seminar series

Following rescheduling due to the ongoing UCU industrial action, we are very happy to announce the final schedule for the seminar series, The Future of Work. Details on speakers, titles and rooms can be found below.

All University staff and students are welcome to attend, and please feel free to distribute to any networks, lists or individuals you feel may be interested.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch ( if you have any questions.

  • Thursday 22 March 2018, 17.00-19.00, RLT2
    Valeria Graziano (Coventry University) and Kim Trogal (University of the Creative Arts, Canterbury): ‘On repair movements, domestic fantasies and antiwork politics?’
  • Wednesday 28 March 2018, 15.00-17.00, KS13
    Dawn Lyon (Kent): ‘Making a future that counts: Young people’s narratives of working futures in a post-industrial landscape.’
  • Wednesday 9 May 2018, 15.00-17.00, W1-SR6
    David Frayne (Cardiff University): ‘Capitalism and the Politics of Free-Time’
  • Wednesday 16 May 2018. 15.00-17.00, W1-SR6
    David Bates (Canterbury Christ Church University): ‘Immaterial Labour, Exploitation and the Refusal of Work.’
  • Tuesday 22 May 2018, 17.00-19.00, RLT2
    Annalise Murgia (University of Leeds): ‘Experiencing Precariousness in the Hybrid Areas of Work: The Case of Italy.’

Find out more at:

Our Planet Week 2018

Our Planet Fortnight 2018

Our Planet Fortnight begins this week and runs until Thursday, 29 March. Organised by Kent Union’s Environment Officer, Miguel Santos, with the University’s Sustainability Team and Kent Union, this is a fortnight to raise awareness of environmental, ethical, and sustainable issues as well as to celebrate the work done on sustainability across the University.

With a variety of events taking place both at Canterbury and Medway, the fortnight showcases the University’s commitment to promoting sustainable behaviours to staff, students and the local community. Events range from a wildlife campus photography session to biodiversity nature walks, to name a few. There are lots of events for both staff and students to get involved in.

See our Facebook page (@UKCEnvironmentMiguel) for details of each event.

Our Planet Fortnight showcases the University’s dedication to sustainable policies and behaviours. Moreover, it illustrates that the University must be at the forefront of sustainable practices to be a role model for the local community and for other institutions across the UK. Join us in celebrating the University’s environmental commitment, and let us make a more sustainable Kent for the future.


Skepsi call for papers: ‘Wandering and Home’

Skepsi, a postgraduate-run journal within the School of European Culture and Languages (SECL), are organising an interdisciplinary conference entitled ‘Wandering and Home’, to be held on 25 May 2018. The editors are currently seeking 300-abstract proposals for presentations at the event.

The conference aims to highlight both the binary opposition between the concepts of ‘wandering’ and ‘home’ and the possible interrelations between them.

Many different types of homes and houses can be found in literature: the ‘gothic’ homes depicted in Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights and Edgar Allan Poe’s Fall of the House of Usher, the country homes of late-Georgian England that feature in Jane Austen’s novels, and the stifling atmosphere of the late-Victorian and Edwardian upper middle-class London homes of John Galsworthy’s The Forsyth Saga. Their role, in the history of literature, of symbolising family values, social status and the complex web of family relationships is clearly one of great importance.

But wandering is not just a physical activity; there is also mind-wandering, a metaphorical form of wandering taking place in that most intimate and homely dimension of personal space — the human mind. Modernist literature’s stream of consciousness writing functions as the means of exploring these wanderings of the mind that, by opening up multiple perspectives of literary texts, results in a wider understanding of mankind and its character.

For a suggested list to topics, please see the page here.

The conference is open to all disciplines within the Humanities as well as Psychology and Cognitive Sciences, Sociology, Politics, Architecture and Visual Arts. Papers coming from an inter-, trans- or multidisciplinary background are particularly welcomed.

Papers should last for 20 minutes and will be followed by a 10-minute discussion.

Abstracts of approx. 300 words should be sent as Word documents to the conference organising committee at by 31 March 2018. The email should also include the name of the author, institutional affiliation and brief autobiographical details. Please also indicate any audio-visual requirements that you may have.

For further details about Skepsi, please see the page here:

coffee with colleagues from image library

Coffee with Colleagues is back! Register Now

The Coffee with Colleagues scheme offers everyone working at the University the opportunity to invite a colleague they have never met in person, or do not know very well, to talk about their respective role over a cup of coffee (or tea!).

This year, there is now also a “Mystery Colleague” option for more adventurous colleagues willing to be matched with a colleague at random.

Registration is open until Friday 6 April but don’t wait too long to register as numbers are limited and vouchers allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, all you will need to do is complete a short form giving details about yourself and your guest. The registration form can be found on our webpage – click here to access the form.

If you are successful, you will receive an email mid-April confirming that a drinks voucher for two has been loaded onto your KentOne card and can be redeemed at one of the University’s commercial services outlets (Canterbury and Medway).

If you have chosen the “Mystery Colleague” option you will be given the name of the person you have been matched with so that you can get in contact and organise your coffee encounter.

Coffee with Colleagues is part of the Kent Colleagues Connect programme, jointly funded by the Academic Division, Commercial Services and Learning & Organisational Development. This programme offers a number of opportunities throughout the year to meet colleagues across the University in an informal setting and learn more about their role. The full programme can be found here.