Call for Speakers: RECSO Research Workshops: 90 Seconds, 5 Questions

RECSO invites submissions for its graduate research-in-progress workshops during Hilary Term 2015. The workshop provides a new forum for graduates, postgraduates and early career fellows to deliver, discuss and receive feedback on their research in a dynamic and diverse setting.

Paired with one of our selected RECSO interviewers, we will be asking participants to present their research in a hybrid format. They will begin by pitching their research to an interdisciplinary audience in 90 seconds, before responding to a fixed set of ‘5 Questions’. These systematic questions will allow the speaker to explain the rationale, materials, and methodology of their research in further detail, to elaborate particular case studies, and to reflect on the progress of their research more generally.

We welcome applications from all areas of the long eighteenth century, regardless of approach. Submissions are encouraged from graduates in literature, modern languages, history, philosophy, art, music, theology and oriental studies. Please send a brief abstract (max. 250 words) of your current research, along with an example of a question you would like to be asked about it, to the workshop conveners by 10th December.

Participants should expect to talk for 15 minutes for the research pitch and interview section of the workshop, followed by 15-20 minutes of constructive questions and informal discussion from an audience of graduate students and academics. These workshops will give participants the opportunity to fine-tune their all important “elevator pitch” and to receive feedback on their work from a range of disciplinary perspectives.

If you are interested in participating, or have any further questions about this series of workshops, please contact

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