Seminar on "Both Sides of the Table: Being a Researcher and Reviewer in the Humanities and Creative Arts"

27 June 2016 (Monday)
10:30 am – 11:30 am (Seminar)
Room C0816, 8/F, Block C, Homantin Campus
Speaker: Professor Matthew Turner
Professor Emeritus of the School of Arts and Creative Industries
Edinburgh Napier University
About the speaker:   Professor Matthew Turner is Professor Emeritus of the School of Arts and Creative Industries, Edinburgh Napier University, where he was also former Head of the Design Department. He taught at the Hong Kong Polytechnic from 1981 to 1994, and has since maintained strong ties to Hong Kong as Hong Kong Arts School’s Director, Visiting Scholar at the Hong Kong Baptist University, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum’s Consultant, Thinker-in-Residence at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University’s Design School, and the Hong Kong Museum of History’s Consultant. As one of the few specialists of the history of Hong Kong design, Turner has published, curated, designed, consulted, and given keynotes worldwide.

Abstract:   At first glance, empathy does not seem to have much to do with doing funded research. Drawing on his experience as both researcher and reviewer for many disciplines in both Hong Kong and the United Kingdom, including the University Grants Committee, Arts Development Council, and various universities and publishers, Professor Turner suggests that a little bit of empathy can go a long way. Knowing what the other side is looking for could turn an alienating process into a conversation that engages researchers and reviewers alike. After the seminar, Professor Turner will stay for a roundtable meeting to carry on the conversation with interested staff members.

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