Postgraduate Research Afternoon: Work in Progress

BirkbeckFacadeDate: Wednesday 19 June
Time: 1-5pm
Venue: Room 532, Malet St.

Birkbeck’s history research students are warmly invited to participate in an afternoon of cross-disciplinary discovery and debate, exploring postgraduate work currently in progress within the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy. With presentations from seven research students – all holders of SSHP studentship-awards and each from a different department / discipline within the School – the afternoon is intended to open up comparative reflection and discussion, as well as to introduce new and exciting developments within social scientific and humanities research. All are invited to continue sharing thoughts, questions and ideas beyond 5pm, at an informal drinks reception.


1pm: Welcome and Introduction (Caroline Humfress [AD for Postgraduate Research, SSHP] and Jill Eldridge [Student Representative, SSHP Postgraduate Research Committee])

Work in Progress I:
1.10pm: Charlotte Knowles (Philosophy): “Heidegger and the Source of Meaning”
1.30pm: Gabriela Alvarez Minte (Geography, Environment and Development Studies): “What is a Backlash on Women’s Rights? The Case of Bodily Integrity in Mexico and Chile”
1.50pm: Questions and Discussion

Work in Progress II:
2.10pm: Katherine Taylor (Applied Linguistics and Communication / Social Policy and Education): “Investigating the Learning of Allotment Gardeners: Does Practice Make Perfect?”
2.30pm: Adam Leeder (Politics): “What Determines Organizational Choice when Local Authorities Procure Public Service Delivery from an External Partner?”
2.50pm: Questions and discussion

3.10-3.30pm: Break (refreshments provided)

Work in Progress III:
3.30pm: James Perkins (History, Classics and Archaeology): “The Balkans and British Liberal Internationalism, 1903-1925: from Macedonia to the Mandates System”
3.50pm: Maria Brock (Psychosocial Studies): “Fantastic Mr President – Discourses of Putinism”
4.10pm: Kate Hammer (Applied Linguistics and Communication): “The Acculturation of Poles in the UK: Linguistic and Psychosocial Perspectives”
4.30pm: Questions and discussion

5pm: Informal drinks reception (28 Russell Square)

Participation is free and open to all – but places are limited. Please reserve a ticket by registering for this event on ‘eventbrite’:

For further information contact Caroline Humfress (

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