Date and Time
16th May 2016 14:00 –– 19th May 2016 11:30
The Burn, Glenesk, Brechin

STAR2 is a residential training event for post-fieldwork writing up PhD students in Social Anthropology in Scotland that combines master classes focused on writing up PhD research projects with sessions preparing PhD students for careers in anthropology within and beyond the academy.

All STAR2 sessions will be specifically designed for post-fieldwork writing-up students of social anthropology. Dr Adam Reed (St Andrews), Dr Lotte Hoek (Edinburgh) and Dr Jo Vergunst (Aberdeen) will attend for the full 4 days. Other staff from Edinburgh (Dr Delwar Hussain), will attend for all or some of the days.

Master Classes in PhD writing over 3 days will be given by distinguished international social anthropologists, Prof Yael Navaro Yashin (Cambridge), Prof Catherine Alexander (Durham) & Prof Mattijs van de Port (University of Amsterdam). These master classes provide writing-up PhD students with the opportunity to conceptualise and rethink their ongoing research work and writing practice with a recognized ‘master’ of the discipline and alongside peers from the three departments.

Single sessions on career training; publishing; impact and knowledge exchange; and non-academic careers with appropriate experts on these themes will be held.


2016 STAR2 Programme Schedule

Monday 16th May

2.00-2.30 Introductions, icebreaker and Masterclass allocations; Adam Reed, Lotte Hoek, Jo Vergunst

2.30-4.30 Masterclass 1

4.30-5.00 Tea

5.00-6.00 Your Brilliant Career (1) Delwar Hussain: ‘Getting Published’

7.00 Dinner

8.00-9.00 Talk: Yael Navarro-Yashin (University of Cambridge)


Tuesday 17th May

9.30-12.30 Masterclass 2 (Coffee/tea at 11) 

1.00 Lunch

2.00-6.00 Your Brilliant Career (2)

2.00-5.00 Lucy Pickering (University of Glasgow), Zem Moffat & Henrietta Lidchi (National Museums of Scotland), will talk on charity and non academic careers, museum careers, applied anthropology, ‘impact’, and identifying and presenting your skills

(4-4.30 Tea)

5.00-6.00 Lotte Hoek: ‘Getting Grants’

7.00 Dinner

8.00-9.00 Talk: Mattjis van de Port (University of Amsterdam)


Wednesday 18th May

9.30-12.30 Masterclass 3 (coffee/tea 11.00) 

1.30 Sandwich Lunch

Afternoon Free (walk up valley, stroll in garden, drink disconsolately while looking at horizontal rain through window etc . . .)

6.00-7.00 Talk: Catherine Alexander (University of Durham)

7.00 Dinner


Thursday 19th May

9.30 -10.00 Check out and clear rooms

10-11.30 Roundtable and plans for future STAR meetings


The venue

We will be staying at The Burn, a lovely old estate in Aberdeenshire. Please take time to familiarise yourself with The Burn by looking at their website:

A few key things to note:

  • Alcohol is on sale at The Burn. They do not allow guests to bring their own alcohol. Please respect this rule!
  • The grounds of The Burn are great for walking or running, so feel free to bring your gear. There are also outdoor sports and indoor games.
  • Mobile reception at The Burn is spotty, and while there is WiFi, it is not the fastest. So, please be prepared to be less connected than normal.


To book your place, please go to Eventbrite


For any enquiries regarding the event please contact Mhairi Aitkenhead in the first instance. 


Last updated 4 Mar 2016 1:11pm