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Paul March-Russell to act as guest editor for ‘Humanities’

Paul March-Russell, Lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, has agreed to be the guest editor for a special issue of Humanities on “Modernism and Science Fiction”.

The issue assembles a special issue that explores the relationship between modernism and science fiction. Topics may include (but are not limited to): science fiction elements in the work of modernist writers and artists, technoculture and the avant-garde, science fiction, modernism and cinema, and more!

Manuscripts are welcomed and should be submitted online. For further questions, contact Paul March-Russell at P.A.March-Russell@kent.ac.uk.

Flight Path with Ash - Blue North Atlantic Airspace, Working Still, Shona Illingworth. With thanks to NATS.

Topologies of Air

Shona Illingworth, artist and Reader in Fine Art, has co-organised two upcoming events which form part of a forthcoming art installation entitled ‘Topologies of Air’.

‘Topologies of Air’ examines the impact of accelerating geopolitical, technological and environmental change on the composition, nature and use of airspace. The work questions the terms by which airspace is currently understood, and invites us to look up and consider the air above their heads not as a void, free space, but as a multi-layered, complex cultural and legal space that is shared and personal, with a long history and rapidly-changing future. ‘Topologies of Air’ is commissioned and produced The Wapping Project and will be exhibited at Bahrain National Museum in 2020 before touring to The Power Plant, Toronto, in 2021.

The first event is Sky Forum, organised by Sharjah Art Foundation and The Wapping Project which will take place on Friday 11 October 2019 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The forum will bring together experts across history, culture, astronomy and space science in three panel discussions to explore the past, present and future relationship between people in the Arabian Gulf region and the sky as well as wider transformations of the composition, nature and use of airspace close to Earth and outer space beyond. The event will feature a conversation between Shona and Marta Michalowska, Artistic Director of The Wapping Project, which will also form an integral part of ‘Topologies of Air’.

The second event is The Airspace Tribunal, an international public forum established by Shona and Professor Nick Grief of Kent Law School, which will take place on Monday 14 October 2019 in Sydney, Australia. The tribunal is a hearing which invites representations from experts across a range of disciplines and lived experience to consider whether we need increased protection regarding the radical transformation of airspace. The hearing argues that the associated threats to human rights are not adequately addressed by the current legal framework, and also forms part of the installation.

The Airspace Tribunal’s inaugural hearing took place at Doughty Street Chambers, London in September 2018. Each hearing is being recorded and transcribed to form the drafting history of the proposed new human right.

Further information and tickets for Sky Forum can be found here, 

Further information and tickets for The Airspace Tribunal can be found here.

You Wont remember me

Kent students win Best Student Film award at LA Film Awards

The film You Won’t Remember Me (2019), made by students from the School of Arts and KTV Film, has won ‘Best Student Film (Feature)’ at the Los Angeles Film Awards. It has also won Best Indie Feature and Best Thriller at the New York Film Awards and Best Student Feature at Festigious International Film Festival.

KTV Film is part of the award-winning student media group Kent Television, producing a selection of films each academic year.

You Won’t Remember Me was directed by Victor Blaho, who is currently studying BA (Hons) Film with a Year Abroad. The film follows the story of Lethe, 40, who wakes up one morning believing she is 19. This sudden amnesia brings her back to a time where she experienced a life changing trauma, that she now has to face in order to overcome her condition. In addition to having to deal with her 19 year old son Lee, she needs to face her innermost past fears and adapt to her present environment strangely unfamiliar to her.

School of Arts students involved in making the film include: Victor Blaho, Rumen Russev and Niall Murphy, all currently studying BA (Hons) Film with a Year Abroad; Adam Simcox, Francesca Coman, Lia Stefanescu, Nikita Kornel, Chidi Ekwe, and Trisha-Evans-Lutterodt who are all studying BA (Hons) in Film; Amelia Mundy, who is studying the BA (Hons) in Drama and Film; Rebecca Mars Jr. and Rhys Clydesdale, who study the  BA (Hons) in  Drama and Theatre; and Olivia Kluba,who studies the BA (Hons) in Media Studies.

Students from School of English, School of Physical Sciences, School of Politics, Engineering and Digital Arts and School of Law also participated in the making of the Film.

‘The project took 13 months to complete’, Victor explains. ‘I made a film about trauma while being traumatised by the making of it. However, similarly to our main character, I now see the unfortunate series of events that we went through, not as a curse, but as a blessing filled with creative opportunities and personal growth possibilities’.

The IMDB page for the film can be found here.

The 72 minute film (rated 15) is available to watch on the KTV Youtube channel here

 

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Kent Union Wellbeing Projects

The Estates Department has been collaborating with Kent Union to create a new outdoor space called Giles Courtyard.  This area, located next to the Wellbeing Services at Keynes College, is designed to support wellbeing and encourage people to take a break away from studying and working.

The creation of Giles Courtyard involved consultation with key stakeholders including Kent Union, Student Wellbeing and Counselling Service, Keynes Master’s Office and the Sustainability Team, to ensure that the plans would support biodiversity as well as people.  To meet this requirement, Landscape & Grounds Management reviewed the existing large Japonicas, keeping the larger trees to retain height and valuable nesting, foraging and perching opportunities for birds.  This has led to increased light exposure to the garden, allowing a greater diversity of plant species to grow and invertebrates to thrive in this space.  Staff and students will now have the opportunity to grow their own herbs and produce in the new raised beds and can contact sustainability@kent.ac.uk for more details about how to do this.

The space for quiet conversations has been encouraged by installing screened off seating areas, surrounded by fragrant plants.  This provides a secluded room-like feel to the garden as well as encouraging a wide range of plant species.

This is one of a number of projects Estates is assisting Kent Union with to improve outdoor spaces with emphasis on wellbeing, and has been driven by the feedback gathered by Kent Union relating to improvements students would like to see. To find out more about these projects, or other work the Landscape & Grounds Management team are working on, follow them on Twitter @UniKentGrounds

LetsPlay

Have fun with Let’s Play activities

Want to have a break from your routine and try something new? The term 1 Let’s Play timetable includes netball, basketball, badminton, running, This Girl Can Lift, Beginners hockey and touch tennis. Why not get active, have fun, meet friends and join us for any of the sessions?

This is your chance to give these activities a go! Sessions are free to staff and student Kent Sport Premium Plus and Premium members; or pay £2 per person per session with Plus and Pay to Play membership. Kent Sport membership benefits and prices are available on the website.

“My life in Kent would definitely have been different without Let’s Play. I never thought playing sports would be that amusing; but now I actually fall in love with it, especially badminton. Let’s Play is very enjoyable and carefree as it is all about having fun. I like the variety of sports provided which enables me to try out different things and learn new skills. It is also nice to make new friends during the activities and have fun together.” Karen – Let’s Play participant.

For more information about the activities visit the Let’s Play webpage. Or pop into the University of Kent Sports Centre and pick up our Active Kent activities booklet. To keep up to date, follow @LetsPlayKent on Twitter or like us on Facebook.

See you at the next session!

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Reflexology now available at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic

Great news! We now offer Reflexology at Kent Sport Physiotherapy Clinic!

We are currently offering taster sessions at £20 for 30 minutes from Monday 14 October to Friday 1 November.

What is Reflexology?

Reflexology is non-invasive, complementary therapy and is a thousand-year-old practice that focuses on massaging the acupressure points in the feet or hands to relieve stress, illness, pain and stimulate mental, emotional, physical healing and well-being in all the body systems.  It builds stress resistance and rejuvenates by stimulating meridians, circulation and the nerve systems by flushing and detoxing.

How does Reflexology work?

Each area of the foot, hand, eye, face and ear connects via nerves and electromagnetic energy (chi) channels (“meridians”) to a particular body organ and system. By massaging that area, it stimulates and flushes that area.

The benefits of Reflexology:

  •  Stress relief
  • Relaxation
  • Hormone balance
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Balance immune system
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Support digestive system
  • Respiratory disorders (asthma)
  • Sinusitis
  • Menopause

For more information or to book in, please call us on 01227 824375 or contact physio@kent.ac.uk.

 

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Kent Law Fair offers excellent networking opportunity for aspiring lawyers!

Kent’s annual Law Fair on Wednesday 30 October offers an excellent opportunity for law students and non-law students to network with leading local, national and international law firms.

The Fair, organised by members of Kent Student Law Society (KSLS), will be held from 1pm – 4pm in Eliot Hall on Kent’s Canterbury campus. 

Law firms attending this year include two Magic Circle firms – Clifford Chance and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer – together with:

  • Boys & Maughan Solicitors
  • Cripps Pemberton Greenish
  • Dentons
  • DGB Solicitors
  • F:LEX
  • Furley Page Solicitors
  • Girlings Solicitors
  • Hatten Wyatt
  • Herbert Smith Freehills
  • Hogan Lovells
  • Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators
  • Judge & Priestly
  • Martin Tolhurst Solicitors
  • Mayer Brown
  • Outset
  • RPC
  • Thomson Snell & Passmore
  • Trowers and Hamlins

The Fair is open to all Kent students with an interest in pursuing a legal career. Anyone thinking of attending is encouraged to attend a preparatory talk in the preceding week from 6pm to 8pm on Monday 28 October in Eliot Lecture Theatre. At the preparatory talk, students will be given advice on how to maximise the opportunity to network and explore career options. 

Other organisations manning a stand at this year’s event include:

  • Aspiring Solicitors
  • BARBRI International
  • BPP Law School
  • Chambers Student
  • City Law School
  • Employability Points (Kent)
  • ICSA (The Chartered Governance Institute)
  • Kent Law Society
  • Kent Student Law Society
  • LawCareers.Net
  • Law Training Centre
  • TARGET Jobs
  • University of Law

Follow KSLS’s Facebook page for Law Fair news and updates.

ombea

E-Learning Forum: Ombea audience response / in-class polling system

As part of the 2019/20 e-learning forum series, the e-learning team is excited to invite colleagues to the upcoming session ‘Ombea – the story so far’ on Tuesday 29th October 12.00-13.30 in the UELT seminar room.

This session will not only introduce the Ombea audience response / in-class polling system (currently funded to the end of the 2020/21 academic year) but also look at engagement from academic and professional service colleagues to date, and feature guest speakers sharing their experience of how they have used the system as part of their own practice.

All staff are welcome.  The session will be recorded via KentPlayer for colleagues who cannot make it to the Canterbury campus.

To book a place, please complete the online booking form.

 

 

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Student Union President Raising Money for local Homelessness Charity Porchlight

Student Union President Sasha Langeveldt will be sleeping out this winter to raise money for a local homelessness charity. Can you help her?

On Saturday 19 October 2019 the Rotary Club of Canterbury Sunrise and Porchlight are inviting a group of local people and community leaders to take part in a one-night Sleep Out. 

Sasha says: “By taking part in this event, I hope to raise awareness and funds for Porchlight; a charity that supports and helps those who are and have suffered from homelessness. Porchlight provides many services from street outreach and supported accommodation to education and employment assistance which enables people to leave homelessness behind.

“Homelessness can happen to anyone, it can be an unexpected life changing experience that anyone can face today. For this reason, it is extremely important to do what we can to help all those who need a little more support. I have personally seen what this can do to a person’s life and I want to actively work towards challenging the stigma around homelessness.” 

You can help Sasha raise money to tackle local homelessness by clicking here.