CAMRI and CREAM Join Successful New AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership “TECHNE-2”

16th August 2018

The Communication and Media Research Institute (CAMRI) and the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) are part of a new doctoral training partnership. The Arts and Humanities Research Council will fund TECHNE-2, a 5-year long doctoral training partnership led by Royal Holloway that includes ten partners, among them the University of Westminster.

TECHNE-2 will annually award 57 PhD scholarships. Its doctoral students will combine critical thinking (episteme), creativity (poiesis), and reflexive ethical action (phronesis) in order to study cultural topics in areas such as the arts, digital media, philosophy, and heritage.

CAMRI Co-Director Christian Fuchs commented: “CREAM and CAMRI are delighted to join TECHNE-2. Based on our success in REF-2014 that confirmed CAMRI and CREAM’s world-class research status in communication and art research, we will use TECHNE-2 as opportunity for contributing to the education of the next generation of research leaders in arts and communication research”.

CREAM Co-Director Neal White explained: “CREAM and CAMRI has built its international reputation through our engagement of art research and communication studies with a wide range of academic disciplines, from sociology, law and politics to art, science and technology. We are delighted to take part in TECHNE 2, a programme that will help us support doctoral research as it is shaped by an increasingly transdisciplinary shift in academic research.”

CREAM PhD Director Roshini Kempadoo pointed out: “Our joining TECHNE-2 means being able to offer a CREAM/CAMRI PhD research experience with a distinctive track record in practice-based research”.

CAMRI PhD Director Anthony McNicholas said: “Participation in TECHNE 2 will is a great opportunity for the CAMRI and CREAM PhD programmes, which already have over 130 doctoral researchers between them, to both consolidate and expand on their existing contribution to research here in Westminster and now with our partner institutions”.

Professor Katie Normington (Royal Holloway, TECHNE Director) said that TECHNE will “deliver a rich, diverse and stimulating environment for doctoral students in the arts and humanities.” TECHNE-2 will start this autumn, when it will also publish its first call for applications.

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