Graduate Research Forums
There are nearly 200 graduate students at St Hilda’s College. Our students have the opportunity to engage in and with the highest quality research here. Graduate students are encouraged to develop and sustain disciplinary strengths, while also responding creatively to complex areas of enquiry. The Fellows support them to engage with specific research cultures and wider networks, while the cross-disciplinary links in the College encourage development of creative collaborations across disciplinary boundaries.
The St Hilda’s Philosophy Forum is a Middle Common Room event that is open to anyone interested in philosophy. The Forum will take place on Thursdays of Weeks 1,3,5,7 of Hilary Term at 5.30pm-7.00pm in the Lady Brodie Room. The topic of the Week 1 Forum is ‘Free Will and Ethics – The Threat of Determinism’.
Each term, St Hilda’s graduate students hold a MCR Research Symposium, at which selected students present their research to College members and visitors.
In Hilary Term 2018, the Research Symposium featured five graduate student students from a range of disciplines, from medieval history to twenty-first century immunology, who spoke on the theme of 'The Five Senses - Sensory Stimulation in Education, Marketing, Neuroscience and Art':
- Alice Spiers (MSt Medieval History): 'Feeling the Past: Sensory Experience and the History of Emotions'.
- Sasha Rasmussen (DPhil History): “Lieux de Sensibilité: the role of the senses in creating the ‘modern woman’ in fin-de-siècle Paris and St Petersburg”.
- Jack Thomas (MSt General Linguistics and Comparative Philology): 'When Blood Boils: Sensory Experience as a Metaphorical Stimulus'.
- Oliver C.Knight (MSc Integrated Immunology): "The Sixth Sense: Understanding the Neuroimmune Connectome".
In Hilary Term of 2017, the MCR decided to set a challenging and topic theme for their Symposium: Post-truth. The speakers were:
- Dr Casey Doyle (JRF in Philosophy) Keynote speaker - 'Plain Truths and Post-Truth'
- Amy Orben (DPhil in Experimental Psychology) - 'Post-Friendship in the Time of Post-Truth'
- Stephen Zhao (MPhil in International Relations) - 'An Inconvenient Post-Truth: How Conflation Can Save Us from Climate Change'
- David Cheifetz (MSt in Legal Studies) - 'Law and Truth'
At the Michaelmas Term 2016 MCR Research Forum, we congratulated graduate student David Ewing on winning the prize for the best presentation. Speakers from St Hilda's Middle Common Room presenting papers on areas of their research, which was attended by JCR, MCR, and SCR members and guests, were:
- Sabrina Bennstein: Vaccinations from an immunological point of view.
- Mara Gold: From Hatshepsut to Haute Couture: Women and Ancient Egypt in Early 20th Century Britain.
- Mpho Makola: Drug discovery: how far have we come and what are the future prospects?
- David Ewing: Is Michel Houellebecq the twenty-first century's answer to Jean-Paul Sartre?
- Moses Batwala: Health Economics of one-stop fertility clinics.
'...this term's research symposium has indeed shown thought-provoking and fascinating research.'