Our wonderful EEHN PhD Lab members have been awarded a University of Edinburgh Student Experience Grant to run a retreat.
The proposed 3-day residential retreat will bring together doctoral researchers working within the Environmental Humanities. It will provide a space for support, collaboration and impactful knowledge exchange, and will include site-specific fieldwork leading to concrete research outputs.
The setting will be Cove Park – located on the west coast of Scotland – and will frame the retreat’s focus, aims and objectives. Cove Park is an artist residency, and its location offers a wide range of programmes to participate in. This collective residency will encourage site-specific fieldwork within a markedly different research context; situated discussions focused on diverse EH methods are planned for the retreat, to be later developed into a co-authored report. This report will form the basis for academic publication(s) and presentation(s) fit for wider dissemination, e.g., at conferences later in 2023 or early 2024. Aligning with the critical successes of similar field-workshops (Overend & Lorimer 2018), this project aims to contribute significantly, not only to the Environmental Humanities, but to the University’s research community as a whole.
Though communal in design, this project will foster the individual work and research profile of each participant. Structured activities on both days will provide important opportunities for students to share their current research in an encouraging peer-support environment, without the pressure of more formal symposium or conference scenarios.
Planned ‘Thesis Workshop’ sessions will see participants sharing their in-progress findings in small groups. This will afford support in trouble-shooting issues arising ahead of upcoming end-of year reports.
Congratulations to all the team that work on this including Eszter Erdosi, Hannah Imlach, Ellie Bush, Matthew Lear, and Felix Clarke.