HM5000 Scholarly Research Project Conference
5th June 2014
On the 6th of May the School hosted the first HM5000 Scholarly Research Project Conference, which celebrated the outstanding work that students had done on this module. The conference was entirely student-run on the day, with some background organising by Arran Stibbe beforehand to make sure it ran smoothly. The standard of the presentations was extremely high, the topics were interesting and the feedback from all was highly positive. Among the comments received from presenters were “I really enjoyed all the presentations and it was a great experience”, “Thanks again for today; we had a really great time, definitely weren’t expecting a reaction that good!”, ”It was a pleasure, and I really hope at least one student can benefit from something I said” and “I loved the whole afternoon, and am keen to research some of the topics presented.” The presenters were Alice Goodridge who gave a talk on How do Jewish Feminists interpret female figures from the Jewish narrative?, Ricky Manders, who presented on “Oh, they’re just so cute”: An investigation into the social construction of dwarfism, Joshua Shackleton whose presentation was Jihad, is there need for it in contemporary Western society? and Ben Sanders-Crook who presented The 1984 Timeline. To see this timeline in action, click on http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/263015/1984/#vars!date=1964-07-17_17:03:19! After these presentations were over, some current dissertation students (Catherine Werran, Cameron Mustard, James Docherty, and Hannah Cook) gave inspiring presentations describing the ups and downs and joys and sorrows of their dissertation processes, ending on the joys and ups of having produced a significant and meaningful piece of work.