SSHP Research Means and Ends Saturday School

There are still  a few places left on the SSHP Research Means and Ends Saturday School on Saturday 6th of May from 10am to 2pm. At this event, two of Birkbeck’s leading researchers will provide hands on advice about two important but neglected issues relating to research and career opportunities. The event is also a great opportunity to you to meet other postgraduate research students from SSHP.

Session 1: Dr Melissa Butcher – cross-cultural field work

Dr Melissa Butcher, Reader in Social and Cultural Geography at Birkbeck, is a social and cultural geographer whose research examines the impact of global mobility and local transformation in urban spaces, focusing on questions of identity and belonging as well as the skills needed to manage cultural change and positions of difference. Using ethnographic, participatory and visual methods, Melissa has led research projects in London, Delhi, Singapore and Sydney, examining the local impacts of globalization, including migration, economic liberalization and urban redevelopment. Melissa has taught in universities in the UK, Ireland and Australia, as well as working in the corporate and development sectors. She has practiced as an intercultural consultant, trainer and facilitator in industry, community and government sectors. Her recent books include: New Perspectives in International Development (ed. with T. Papaioannou, Bloomsbury 2013); Managing Cultural Change: Reclaiming Synchronicity in a Mobile World (Ashgate 2011), and Dissent and Cultural Resistance in Asia’s Cities (ed. with S. Velayutham, Routledge 2009). Melissa presents and writes regularly on issues relating to urban redevelopment, globalisation, migration, youth cultures, and global human resources management.

Session 2: Professor Catharine Edwards – choosing referees

Catharine Edwards was made Professor of Classics and Ancient History at Birkbeck in 2006.  She came to Birkbeck in 2001, having previously been a Reader in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol (where she was also for three years a research fellow in association with a Leverhulme-funded research project on Receptions of Rome in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries).  She works on Roman cultural history and Latin prose literature (particularly the Younger Seneca), as well as having interests in the reception of Classical antiquity in later periods.

Please email Dr. Dermot Hodson ( as soon as possible if you would like to attend.

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