The Rehearsal Room is a peer support group for the DMM ECR Network, a place where researchers can share work and ask for feedback in an informal and constructive environment. Meetings take place monthly, or every second month on Wednesday afternoons.
Researchers are invited to present for 20 minutes, followed by 20 minutes’ feedback and discussion. Types and content of presentations are very flexible – they can be a draft conference paper, an exhibition proposal or a discussion of new and evolving work. Presenters might ask for advice on a particular problem or issue within on-going research– anything! A short paragraph outlining the presentation topic and its intended audience is circulated prior to the session.
Researchers have found their presentations and feedback to be a great deal of help in improving the direction of their research and in articulating their ideas effectively in preparation for presenting to external audiences.
The following ‘diary’ outlines Rehearsal Room presentations between May 2015 and June 2017.
25 January 2017
David Hancock, Independent Scholar: ‘From Thrift to the Libidinal Economy: An Outline of the Development of the Heroic Image of American Capitalism’
David’s paper examined heroic archetypes of American capitalism - the pioneer opening the West, the thrifty individual, the organisation man, the entrepreneur. He discussed his current research which follows Max Weber’s understanding of the ‘spirit’ of capitalism, to ask how this spirit is represented in American culture. Using examples from American film, David suggested that the spirit of capitalism has evolved from the restricted economy of Weber into a libidinal economy of risk and excess but now is reflected in popular representation.
29 March 2017
‘Creating Conference Posters’
In this informal session, we discussed the factors that make up an interesting and engaging conference poster and looked at software that could help. Sara Eaglesfield, Learning Development Tutor at Bucks, shared a draft of her poster for discussion and advice.
17 May 2017
Professional Practice into Teaching Practice
Jane Bowler, Course Leader, BA (Hons) Fashion Design: ‘Making, Craftsmanship, Innovation’
Jane, a celebrated international fashion, textile and accessories designer discussed how craftsmanship and traditional approaches to making can be subverted or reimagined, to create innovation and change the way garments are worn. She spoke about her innovative research and practice, how she translates her work into workshops for Fashion Design students at Bucks and at the Victoria and Albert Museum and how her teaching feeds back into her practice.
David Hopwood, Senior Lecturer, BA (Hons) Fashion: ‘The Importance of Being Relevant – an Ode to Self Care’
David discussed the challenges of working both as a tutor and mentor to fashion students, and as a designer for the fashion industry. He reflected on how to help students to develop an aesthetic language, how to perceive the complex concept of ‘authenticy’ and maintain a critical voice addressing the reality of the industry.
28 June 2017
Dr.Sainey Faye, Senior Lecturer and Course Leader BA Accounting and Finance: ‘Corporate governance regulation’ and ‘Diversity management in power organisations’.
Sainey’s research investigates bank corporate governance regulation in The Gambia with the aim to determine what contributions, if any, effective governance systems can make to the management of the needs of different stakeholder groups within the financial sector. Through the application of grounded theory methodology, Sainey’s research has built a substantive theory of corporate governance regulation within The Gambian banking sector and provided a model of corporate governance currently prevailing in the sector.
Mr Samuel AsanteNnuro, Business Management lecturer and programme leader for the Business Management Top-Up and Foundation degrees: ‘Diversity Management in power organisations and issues of exclusion and inclusion among Black Employees: the case of the British Army’.
Sam spoke about his research on diversity management in the British Army. Using an integrated conceptual framework, Sam’s research examines concepts of trust, power, teamwork and group formation, prejudice, classism, colonialism and white supremacy, institutional racism and discrimination in the British Army, as well as historical concepts of black people and their service to the Army.
27 January 2016
Dr. Nic Fryer, Course Leader BA Performing Arts: The ‘Third Thing’: Rancière, Pedagogy and Theatre
Nic discussed the theory of Jacques Rancière, particularly The Ignorant Schoolmaster, to suggest that both process drama and experimental theatre offer a space for mutual reflection between spectator and performer, and that this can also inform a relationship between teacher and student that perceives education as part of an ongoing process of learning. Nic suggested that this space is possible through the artificial space of the 'third thing' of art, where a hierarchical pedagogy and a hierarchical performer-spectator relationship can give way to a more processual model of learning and understanding.
You can watch the full presentation in this video.
17 February 2016
Nondirective pedagogy and globalisation of fashion brands
Dr. Jem Kelly, Course Leader MA in Performing Arts and Research Co-ordinator, School of Media Production and Performance: ‘Remediating childhood recollection: facilitating intermedial theatre based on lived-experience, recollection and remediation of digital video’.
Jem’s paper examined nondirective pedagogy as an effective learning agency for Level 5 and 6 undergraduate performance makers. He discussed the interplay between theoretical approaches in devising performance, and the students’ agency in self-direction and exploration. Click here to view an article from this presentation.
MD Moshiur Rahman, IT Support Analyst at Bucks, Student Ambassador and a PhD student in the Faculty: ‘Globalization Of Creative Fashion Brands of Bangladesh’.
Moshiur examined the extent to which Bangladeshi creative fashion brands can emerge as an international brand. He discussed how Bangladeshi fashion products could be more effectively marketed internationally, analysed the challenges and benefits of branding the creative industry of Bangladesh and evaluated the barriers and facilitators to the development of global brands in relation to the approach of other countries.
9 March 2016
Dr.Stan Erraught, Senior Lecturer, Department of Music and Event Management: ‘Hearing other Worlds?’
Stan’s presentation was a ‘dry run’ for a paper which he delivered in Birmingham in April in which he challenged the paradoxes in Theodor Adorno’s famous objections to popular music. Stan argued that jazz and popular music can more generally be defended by developing Adorno’s ‘placeholder’ thesis in a direction he would certainly have resisted.
27 April 2016
Dr. Fran Carter: ‘The Hysterical Paroxysm Machine’
Fran documented the very early stages of a research project which will re-examine the ‘story’ of the early vibrator in order to challenge evidence for the accepted history of the object. She explored the ways in which this research builds on and extends her existing work around female focused sex shops and sex shopping; she considered possible research avenues for the project and she reviewed the opportunities and challenges offered by collaborative research bringing together Material Culture and the History of Medicine.
Dr. Neil Brownsword, Professor of Ceramics: ‘Topographies of the Obsolete’
Neil has led and co-ordinated this collaborative artistic research project since 2012. The project explores the associated histories of the post-industrial landscape through site-specific artistic research and practice. Neil’s presentation discussed the project’s emergent methodology, examined the benefits of collaboration and how collaborators have shaped its core ideas into parallel strategies, and demonstrated the impact of this research. Neil’s research is of particular interest to academics interested in broad contextual approaches to contemporary art that include literature, philosophy, performance, museum/archival practice and the social/economic sciences and to those involved with and interested in pursuing practice based artistic research.
18 May 2016
Research partnerships and collaborations
Rebecca Rochon, Senior Lecturer Academic Enhancement: ‘Student-staff partnership in software development: scaffolding communication processes’.
Rebecca reflected upon a collaborative student-partnership project involving undergraduate software management engineers. She considered the effective management of collaborative working against the themes of convergence - the coming together to agree and review goals - and divergence - periods of separation where the bulk of development work is carried out independently by group members.
Dr. Catriona Craig, Lecturer BA Performing Arts and BA Creative Writing: ‘Connecting Bucks students to British popular culture in collaborative projects with the Blackpool Museum’.
Catriona explored ways in which the Blackpool Museum project, which will place popular culture at the centre of British heritage, intersects with courses run at Bucks, and she suggested ways in which Bucks students and academics could potentially work with the museum.
22 June 2016
Dr. Richard Mather, Research Reader, School of Management and Professional Studies: ‘Unravelling student responses to learning environments – making sense of messy data’.
Richard will present his ongoing research with colleagues in the Computing Department evaluating student progress and responses in an immersive environment to teach computer programming. The presentation concerns both the research instrument (which provides a means for simplifying complex data and visualising patterns of student engagement) and findings based on experiences from teaching L4 programming modules.
Dr. Allen Stroud, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Film and TV Production - Course Development Lead - BA (Hons) Creative Writing for Publication: ‘Transmedia Storytelling – Creator Empowerment’
Allen’s paper explored transmedia storytelling with examples drawn from modern computer games, new media, written fiction, film and television. It examined the event concept story and discussed a proposed layering system for multimedia narratives, along with the design concept of the macrotext.
The presentation included a demonstration of Allen’s work on Frontier Developments Elite: Dangerous (2014) and Snapshot Games, Chaos Reborn (2015).
23 November 2016
Collaborating with community partners. Connecting students to community projects.
Catriona Craig, Senior Lecturer Performing Arts: ‘Connecting Bucks students to British popular culture in collaborative projects with the Blackpool Museum’
Catriona spoke about the forthcoming Blackpool Museum project, how it intersects with courses run at Bucks, and suggested ways in which we could potentially work with the museum.
Helena Chance, Reader in the History and Theory of Design: ‘The Social Landscape of the High Wycombe Furniture Industry’.
Helena spoke about a new project SHE developing with local residents, the Wycombe Museum, Wycombe District Council, Buckinghamshire Archives, The Wycombe and Chilterns Societies and other potential partners to investigate the history of High Wycombe’s furniture industry from the perspective of its social landscape.
23 April 2015
Research into Practice, Practice into Research
Prof Neil Brownsword and Prof Gloria Moss, whose work bridges academia and industry, showed how their different models of research engage audiences outside academia.
28 May 2015
Charlotte Nichol, Lecturer in Dance and Phd Researcher
Charlotte screened her recent installation work on the body for critical review. Her installation forms part of her PhD research on somantic encounters with bodies in film.
18 June 2015
Dr. Ray Batchelor, Principal Lecturer in Visual and Material Culture
Ray discussed his co-edited The Queer Tango Book - how the book and, by inference, Queer Tango itself - addressed masculinities. He noted and speculated on the gender imbalance among contributors to the book and Queer tango activists (far more women than men), looked at the ways Queer tango offers opportunities to subvert conventional gender relationships for the men and for women who dance it, and considered how men address masculinity in how they dance, and at how women also address masculinity. Following Ray’s presentation, he successfully delivered a lecture at La Vie en Rose, the International Queer Tango event in Paris.
You can watch the full presentation in this video.
3 September 2015
Emma Rigby, Programme Co-Leader BA (Hons) Fashion Design: ‘Design and the laundry. Changing behaviour and the rhythm of consumption’
Emma discussed her Phd research and methodological approaches for her exploration of the extent to which the design of a garment influences the user’s washing behaviour; how a garment is laundered and how often. Emma’s prescient work responds to emerging research that evidences home laundering as one of the most environmentally damaging stages in a garment’s lifecycle.
Dr. Helena Chance, Reader in the History and Theory of Design: 'Chocolate heaven. Productive consumption and corporate power in the landscapes of Cadbury, Bournville and Hershey, Pennsylvania in the early 20th century.’
This wasa trial run for a presentation delivered on 12th September in San Francisco at the annual Design History Society Conference in which Helena discussed the early 20th the parks of the Cadbury and Hershey parks as complex spaces. She considered how design contributed to the production and consumption of leisure and pleasure and the ways in which the parks were subject to, and symbolic of corporate power.
14 October 2015
Alan Franklin, Senior Lecturer in Fine Art, discussed relationship between research, process, language and materials in his work and the ways in which meanings reveal themselves during the making. He said; ‘ perhaps my work is about the gap; there is always a gap; the space between mind and matter, the dislocation between language and reality, the dilemma between problem and resolution, the divide between one person’s view and another. I like the idea of understanding outside of words, but words are always there like a handrail. This is a handrail.’
17 November 2015
Stella Whalley, Senior Lecturer, Fine Art
discussed her recent work for the Nakanojo Contemporary Art Biennale, Japan. Stella’s yarn and sound installation in the 200-year-old Yumoto House, once a silk farm and then a hospital, re-traces and tracks the movements of human activity through time. Stella’s installation, which has become an important component in her professional practice and research, reveals how space can be arranged into forms through the performative act of drawing whether with ink, threads or sound.
Dr. Catriona Craig, Lecturer in Performing Arts and Creative Writing presented her book chapter entitled 'Popular Form and Middlebrow Taste: An Examination of the Uses of Romance in Comedy Improvisation’. The analysis, which focuses on the work of the improvised comedy troupe ‘Austentatious’, explored how female improvisers have accessed the romance genre as a means both to connect with a new audience, and to import received notions of male/female role-play into their work to question, undermine and reframe.