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A postcard from… Taiwan

A postcard from… Taiwan

By Wen-Hsi Harman, PhD student in ceramics at the School of Art &Design, Bath Spa University   I recently visited the National Taiwan University of Arts Department of Crafts and Design. This project allowed me to share my enthusiasm about ceramic research and practice in relation to Taiwanese cultural identity. This was my first time that I have had the opportunity to share my research wi...

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A postcard from… India

A postcard from… India

  Landing in Ahmedabad at 5am, we left little time for recuperation and sleep before venturing out to the city in search of Gandhi’s Ashram. Post-diwali, the streets were by definition quiet yet still seemed to encompass the renowned hustle of the Indian roads. That first weekend was spent familiarising ourselves with the city; its architecture, its people, the heritage and culture, the food. Once...

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A postcard from… China

A postcard from… China

By Charlotte Sexton My experience in China was amazing! Before the Gala funding was awarded to me, I never imagined that I would have the chance to travel to China and experience its  culture, heritage and history, particularly in Qufu and Beijing. My overriding memory, however, is seeing how different cultures define and promote their heritage.  Being a mature student, the funding was particularl...

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Shiftworks to Columbia College, Chicago

Shiftworks to Columbia College, Chicago

  by Joy Merron   Shiftworks is a travelling exhibition created and curated by Seam, a contemporary textile collective, founded by Bath Spa alumni. In 2015 it began its journey around the UK, being shown at many locations including Eastville Project, Yeovil, during Somerset Arts Week, Devon Guild of Craftsmen, SIT Select and The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford. Following several t...

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A postcard from…  J.M. Coetzee Centre

A postcard from… J.M. Coetzee Centre

With support from GALA, I had the wonderful opportunity to travel to Adelaide University to present a paper at the interdisciplinary conference ‘H20: Life & Death’ (14-16 Sep) organized by thefor Creative Practice, and part of GALA’s Lost Water series. My paper, ‘Flooding the Bathtub: The Politics of Invisibility and Community Resilience in Behn Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)’, w...

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A postcard from… Columbia College Chicago

A postcard from… Columbia College Chicago

  Whenever you visit a new city it’s important to get to grips with a few basics before arrival. Chicago is pretty easy because there’s only two. 1) You’re not allowed to put ketchup on your hotdog (but mustard, sweet pickle relish, sports peppers, a dill pickle spear, chopped onions, tomato wedges, and celery salt are a must) and 2) it’s important to know your teams: the C...

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A postcard from… University of Udine

A postcard from… University of Udine

Thanks to support from GALA’s Outreach Fund, I was able to travel to the University of Udine to present a paper at the conference ‘Living Together on this Earth: Eco-sustainable Narratives and Environmental Concerns in English Literature/s’ (19th-21st April 2017). The paper, entitled ‘Cultures of Nature and Wellbeing: Narratives of Sustainability and Green Healthcare’, was connected to my current ...

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A postcard from SUNY GENESEO

A postcard from SUNY GENESEO

In May 2017 Helena McCaskie, Student Accommodation Coordinator and myself Karen McGinty, Student Accommodation Deputy Manager had the exciting opportunity to visit State University of New York Geneseo as part of the GALA programme. Our main objective for the trip was to better understand the American College experience in relation to the student’s accommodation and living environment. We found the...

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Postcard from… Parma

Postcard from… Parma

By Amy Mowers, 3d year Heritage and Publishing student at Bath Spa University The University of Parma is a partner of a museum on the outskirts of town called CSAC (Centro Studi e Archiviodella Comunicazione) which translates as: Study Center and Communication Archive. It was founded in 1968 by a gentleman called Professor Artuo Carlo Quintavalle. Since its founding, it has concentrated on assembl...

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Confucian Studies Summer Institute

Confucian Studies Summer Institute

Confucian Studies Summer Institute          Elena Syvokaite   The one-month study programme in China was truly one of a kind experience. Every single day I learnt a ton of new things, from Chinese philosophy to politics, culture, language, food, customs, and lots more. The people participating were all of incredible skill and were keen to learn and share thoughts on Chinese culture, which mad...

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