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New Research Trajectories: Navigations in City and Online Space



for more detailed information please visit website and my blog http://voiceofanother.wordpress.com/collaborative-projects

photographs taken by Heather Connelly at first event in Nottingham Contemporary meeting room 22.09.10

New Research Trajectories is a student led initiative funded by the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council) as part of their Beyond Text programme. Developed collaboratively by PhD candidates Heather Connelly (Loughborough University School of Arts), Rachel Wells (American and Canadian Studies, University of Nottingham) and Andy Coverdale (School of Education, University of Nottingham)

Our aim was to create a network for Post Graduate Research Students (PGRs), where they could discuss and experiment with alternative modes of disseminating their research and explore the potential of research in action, in process. Thus challenging the usual protocol of publishing or presenting papers as the outcome of your research.

We planned three face-to-face meetings i) at Nottingham Contemporary in September 2010, ii) at Loughborough in October 2010 and iii) in various venues in Nottingham City Centre in December 2010 to coincide with the British Art Show 7 as part of Sideshow Nottingham Artists Fringe event. Our aim is to encourage and emphasise active participation, breaking down the assumed position of the speaker and audience, expert and layman.

The events consist of a mix of formal and informal activities and discussions, presentations by artists and researchers, field trips and performances.

In order to maximise participation and continued dialogue we set up an online space http//newresearchtrajectories.net where participants and web-users can interact and follow the process as it happens, and help shape the activity. We deliberately used open-source platforms, software and familiar social network tools to maximise interactivity and collaboration. This has also enabled peer to peer training to occur as participants instinctively discover web tools that can aid their research and put them in touch with other researchers and networks etc. We will be evaluating the project in January and submitting a report to our funders, and we are hoping that it will have a number of legacies and continue to be sustainable in some form or another.


photographs taken by Heather Connelly at Beacon Hil, Loughborough, Leicestershire 20.10.10 site for second event/meeting on 27.10.10

New Research Trajectories Second Meeting - Loughborough 27.10.10

for an outline report of what happened at the second meeting visit http://newresearchtrajectories.net/website/second-meeting/


everyone on beacon hill

field workpeople on coach

walking up hillmichelle sat in room


New Research Trajectories Event - Nottingham 15.12.10

A day of activities/events and happenings at various venues in Nottingham, scheduled as part of Sideshow, Nottingham Artist Fringe festival for the British Art Show 7. Visit http://voiceofanother.wordpress.com/collaborative-projects for a summary of the days events.


looking down on people from tunnel steps
Park Tunnel, off Derby Rd, Nottingham
light back stage
seats of nottingham arts theatremichael and becci infront of theatre curtainparticipants on stage ready to perform
Backstage - Nottingham Arts Theatre
cooking at labpeople listening to discussion
Critical Pedagogy talk at Lab, Surface Gallery.


Outcomes and further details can be seen at http//newresearchtrajectories.net and http://voiceofanother.wordpress.com/collaborative-projects