Welcome to the LSE Research Festival blog, where we will be showcasing some of the very best that LSE has to offer in terms of social science research. For our first post, we are providing a bit of background to the Festival, as well as an idea of what to expect on the blog in coming months.
LSE Research Festival has its roots in a PhD-student-led event held in May 2010. At this PhD Student Poster Exhibition, as it was then known, 56 PhD candidates from LSE exhibited their posters to an audience of staff, alumni, employers and fellow students, with a number of prizes awarded. Year on year, the exhibition and competition have expanded and evolved into LSE Research Festival as it is today, with the organization gradually being handed over to LSE’s Teaching and Learning Centre. In 2013, the Research Festival Exhibition included the work of not only PhD students but also academic and research staff, from LSE, UCL, SOAS and University of Cambridge. Entries were also for the first time invited across a number of categories – posters, photographs, films and apps. In 2014, we’ll see the list of partner institutions expand further to include the Bloomsbury Doctoral Training Centre.
LSE Research Festival 2014 promises to be bigger and better than any before. The exhibition and competition from which it grew continues to be its focal point, but we’ve added to the events that happen around it. Over the course of the academic year so far we’ve held workshops designed to help researchers present their work through new or unfamiliar formats including film, posters and slam techniques. During the Festival week, 6-8 May 2014, we’ll see PhD students putting the skills they learnt into practice – at the exhibition itself and at a Social Science Slam during which each student will have 10 minutes to present their research in as amusing and entertaining a way as possible and a winner will be chosen based on audience applause. We’re also collaborating with LSE Faith Centre on a panel event looking at the role religion and faith plays in academic research. We’ve invited a great panel for this event, including Madeleine Bunting (Guardian columnist and associate editor), and discussion will focus on the particular challenges that might be faced by those conducting research on religion and faith. In the run-up to the Festival week, and following each of the events, this blog will host further information and insights from those involved.
You can also expect to see posts designed to celebrate the incredible variety of research going on at the School. In particular, we will be hosting a ‘best of LSE blogging’ series, where every Wednesday we’ll feature a post from a different research-focused LSE blog, chosen by managing editors as a great example of what their blog does best. This Wednesday, Charlie Beckett will be introducing a post from the POLIS blog, on the philosophy of news.
With the week of LSE Research Festival 2014 fast approaching, remember to check back regularly for information and updates. More information on the Festival, as well as booking for the events mentioned here, is available at lse.ac.uk/lseresearchfestival
To view the entries from all of the Research Festival exhibitions, see LSE Research Online