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King's CLASH Fellowships

Collaborative Learning in the Arts, Society and the Humanities (CLASH) is a programme of training and support around public engagement.  

The fellowships, supported by the AHRC, provide an opportunity for doctoral or early-career researchers to work on innovative and unique projects with a London-based museum, cultural, creative or heritage organisation. 

King’s is one of four partners, working with University College London alongside the  Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Trust and the Share Academy (London's smaller museums) to provide  12 CLASH Fellowships. These are open on a competitive basis to participants and are each supported by up to £2,500 for public engagement activities.

The university's Culture team selected three from a large number of applications. The successful Fellows particularly impressed the selection panel with their originality, creativity and their commitment to collaboration and public engagement.

CLASH Fellows 2014/15

Sheridan Humphreys, Menzies Centre for Australian Studies, King’s College London

Writing Indigenous Characters for the Screen, with the support of the university's Culture team

Currently Undertaking a PhD by Creative Practice, Sheridan is writing a screenplay based on the true stories of the first Australians who came to the UK, 1800-1860. With the support of staff from the university's Culture team, Sheridan will run a series of masterclasses for screenwriters (as opposed to novel writers) interested in exploring and developing characters outside their own cultural background. Sheridan’s audience will be screenwriters who are working on or wish to write stories about the Commonwealth/colonial diaspora and forgotten histories. Her workshops will focus on how writers can explore character journeys and dialogue for people who have not been written into what we know as “history”, whose stories are on the margins.

Athina Lazaridou, Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London 

Exploring Galleries and Museums Spaces with the support of the university's Culture team

Athina’s PhD examines how the three-dimensional configurations of space influence visitors’ behaviour in terms of its architecture. With the support of staff from the university's Culture team, Athina’s Fellowship will allow her to work closely with staff of a museum or gallery space and the audience attending one of their exhibitions to observe and better understand which routes people choose to move through galleries.

Penelope Quinton, the Institute of Middle Eastern Studies, King’s College London

Shelter and Security in Times of War and Military Occupation, with the support of the university's Culture team

Penelope’s research examines the effect of military occupation on the social determinants of health and the health capabilities of the occupied population. In collaboration with Turtle Key Arts, Penelope will use her Fellowship to devise an immersive theatre performance designed to engage young people and improve awareness of the necessity of human rights amongst the participants, performers and audience.

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