EUROTAST is embarking on an ambitious educational programme for its PhD students working across multiple disciplines. Rather than focussing primarily on international conferences as a platform for learning and presentation, the network will use its symposia programme as an opportunity to integrate complimentary training on the nuances of exploring this history, in addition to formal skills development. The programme includes:
- 13/06/12 – Starting and finishing a PhD: Overview workshop detailing formal logistics and requirements for the completions of a doctoral thesis, within the context of an EU Initial Training Network.
- 13/06/12 – The Ethics of characterising difference: Special workshop given by Professor Fatimah Jackson exploring the ethical considerations for acquiring and using biological data from people of African descent and their historical ancestors.
- 13/06/12 – Unsettling the Dust: What to expect from Slavery Research: Workshop focused on the process of uncovering challenging histories and data linked to slavery
- 13/06/12 - Hard to swallow?: Representing the unrepresentable: Special roundtable discussion led by Professor Helen Weinstein on museum responses to slavery, particularly focussed on the International Slavery Museum ‘immersion’ film on the middle passage.
- 13/06/12 – Introducing Google Services: Technical workshop introducing Google educational platform, and generally exploring how this communication technology can be used to build network synergy.
- 14/06/12 – Introductory Media Training for PhD fellows: Day course with Screenhouse media, who specialise in supporting scientist engagement with the media. Training included learning how to speak to diverse audience, finding unique research stories, writing press releases to encourgae media interest, and negotiate the common pitfalls and challenges of working with media. As part of the day fellows were also given unique access to a state of the art, professional TV studio set up at the University of York’s Department for Theatre, Film and Television (TFTV). Here they practiced TV interviewing, and hands on camerawork and production skills.
- JUNE 2012 – Professional Media Training for Postdoc: One-month intensive media training with Historyworks, who provide public engagement media products and skills development for historians, educators, universities and heritage organisations. Training included developing interview techniques, recording and editing audio to make podcasts, stills photography to illustrate presentations and websites, and introductory video capture and edit to make shorts for presentations and websites.