Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Festival of Research
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) presented their third annual Festival of Research on Thursday 24 January, which celebrated collaboration across the Schools and Departments in FASS, showcasing the impressive and diverse range of research which takes place across the Faculty.
The event kicked off with a series of bite-size presentations showcasing innovative methodologies. Topics ranged from tips for research grant success in both EU and UK bidding, use of digital technologies in both eye tracking and computer-based text analytics, and the benefit of qualitative methodologies such as walking interviews and creative-practice text “remixes”.
After fascinating demonstrations from the Department of Music and Media over the lunch break, two interdisciplinary panel sessions followed in the afternoon. The panel 'Aspects of Wellbeing and Ill-health' considered how the research of FASS colleagues from a range of disciplines contributes to wider debates surrounding the concepts of wellbeing and illness. This panel featured members from the Department of Sociology, School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, School of Literature and Languages, School of Law, Guildford School of Acting and School of Economics.
'Being a Human in a Technological Age' saw colleagues from politics, sociology, hospitality and tourism, law and business present their research and discuss the wider societal impact of digital technology developments, including the opportunities and unintended outcomes.
The event concluded with a keynote speech by Professor Diane Watt, current holder of a Leverhulme Trust Major Research Fellowship, who presented 'The Dark Ages of the Female Imagination: Women’s Literary Culture Before the Conquest', which challenged conventional assumptions that female authors did not exist in the British Isles during the dark ages of the Anglo-Saxon period, introducing a range of female authors and patrons from this period.
The close of the Festival announced Gloria Crabolu from the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management as this year’s postgraduate research student poster competition winner, with Sue Richardson from the Department of Music and Media as runner-up.
Gloria’s research aims to improve the implementation process of the European Tourism Indicator System to make it more influential in the policy-making process. This is achieved by methods of co-creation which consider the complex dynamics of both sustainability management and policy-making.