This is a temporary replacement for the ‘Speculative Lunch’ scheme. Its aim is the same: to offer researchers in the arts and humanities the opportunity to discuss interdisciplinary research ideas at an early stage of formulation, with a view to establishing research collaborations around particular themes.
Meetings will take place online. They will be coordinated and led by at least two members of academic staff who are based in at least two different Schools, at least one of which should be in the Faculty of AHC. Participation is open to all staff, postdoctoral fellows, and postgraduate students across the University. Meetings will be advertised via University and LAHRI channels.
Due to the demands of online working, meetings will be no longer than one hour and will be attended by a maximum of 10 colleagues.
There is no expectation that Speculative Conversations will lead directly to particular outcomes; they are an opportunity for enjoyable and informal discussion of research ideas. Nonetheless, they may also explore potential collaborations leading to funding bids, or consider responses to Research Council themes. Coordinators are free to structure discussion as they wish and to set their own agenda.
This scheme is managed by the LAHRI Deputy Director, David Higgins.. He and the LAHRI Director, Jamie Stark, are available to chair/facilitate meetings for any conveners who would find that helpful.
The LAHRI Deputy Director and the event conveners will meet shortly after the conversation to discuss how LAHRI might offer further support.
How to apply to run a Speculative Conversation
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org outlining:
• The proposed title.
• The names of at least two colleagues leading the meeting.
• Any indication of specific colleagues or research groups who might be interested in joining the meeting.
• A brief outline of how the topic is, or could be, related to a new direction for collaborative research.
The decision or further request for information will usually be returned within a week.
There is no deadline for the scheme, provided that there is sufficient time to arrange the meeting.
Examples of previous Speculative Lunches & Conversations
2020-21 Speculative Conversations Series:
- Material Immersions and Immersive Materials (6 January 2021)
- Documentation as Research (3 March 2021)
- Languages and the City (17 March 2021)
2019-20 Speculative lunch Series:
- Protective Shields and the Female Body: Boundaries of Privacy in the Public Domain (30 October 2019)
- The Digital as Method, Tool and Field (21 November 2019)
- Women’s Aid Federation of England Collection (5 December 2019)
- Staging futures: Memory, performance and justice in the African diaspora (10 December 2019)
- Leeds animation workshop (6 February 2020)
2018-19 Speculative Lunch series:
- Irish Studies in Leeds (21 February 2019)
- Body Parts and Fluids: Rethinking the Human in Bioeconomy (21 March 2019)
- The Herbert Read Archive: To Hell with Culture (4 April 2019)
2017-18 Speculative Lunch series:
- The Transcultural Fantastic (7 February 2018)
- Spatial Connections (1 March 2018)
- Audience of the Future (9 March 2018)
- Special Collections focus: Meet the Cecil Roth Collection et al (17 April 2018)
- Investigating cosy crime fiction and the Golden Age (27 April 2018)