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LDC Postgraduate Research Critical Seminar

This 90-minute seminar takes place once a month from September to July (i.e. 9 sessions) and is open to all LDC PGR students. Its main purpose is to offer PGR students an opportunity to present their critical work to peers and staff in the form of conference papers or  20-30 minute presentations, followed by discussion. Students will gain a sense of the diversity of the School's PGR community and its research interests and hone their skills in responding productively to a wide range of research fields. as presenters students will be able to use the seminar as a platform to practice presentation and communication skills and to reflect on how to disseminate work to a non-specialist audience, respond to questions about aspects of their work (methodology, corpus, context, argument) and chair discussions.

(NB: students who present work should achieve slightly more credits than students who merely attend).

Autumn Semester

  • 30 September 2015
  • 21 October 2015
  • 11 November 2015
  • 02 December 2015 (Arts 01.03)

Spring Semester

  • 20 January 2016 (Arts 01.03)
  • 17 February 2016
  • 09 March 2016
  • 20 April 2016
  • 18 May 2016 

Time: 17:00-18:30

Venue: Arts 01.06 (unless indicated otherwise above)

Series organiser: Dr Stephen Benson (LDC) -

Eligibility: Open to all LDC postgraduate research students

Credit value: 2 for full series, plus 0.5 for presentation. Credits can be recorded via the Training and Development Form.


The LDC Buddy Scheme

The Buddy Scheme helps new postgraduate research students to find their feet in the School. It involves a minimum of four meetings (one early on, preferably in the first two weeks; one before Christmas; one Easter-time catch-up and one pre-upgrade event). The purpose of this pairing is to give the new student the chance to have the kind of conversations that one perhaps doesn't have with the supervisor, have an early social contact, and get a current student's point of view about how things work (for instance, which PPD seminars are particularly worthwhile, what not to do in your first year, share experience about the upgrade panel, reassure a peer about pace of progress etc.).

In order to be a 'buddy' will have successfully passed your upgrade panel and have your supervisor's approval. Ideally you will team up with someone who is on the same programme you are but that is not absolutely essential. Contact Dr Petra Rau for more details.

Programme organiser: Dr Petra Rau (LDC):

Credit value: 1 for 4 meetings per year. Credits can be recorded via the Training and Development Form.


Creative and Critical PhD Seminar

The module is intended primarily but not exclusively for Creative and Critical PhDs in the School of Literature and Creative Writing, an increasingly important part of the creative writing offer at the University. Embedded in both theory and practice, it is also open to other HUM postgraduates, and historically a number of PhDs in Translation Studies have attended.

Its purpose is to give training skills in writing the texts associated with the Creative and Critical research programme, namely an original literary work and an accompanying critical essay. It aims to bolster the individual supervision experience and to expose students to different creative and critical practices.

Seminars involve a member of the PhD programme giving a short creative reading followed by some critical exegesis of his/her own work. Both parts of the presentation are then discussed and analysed by those attending (usually about 20 people). Generally, Professor Chaudhuri and other participants will then draw out the wider lessons that arise from the presentation, enabling attendants to gain greater critical understanding of the creative process, and of the relationship between the original literary text and contemporary or traditional achievements in the appropriate genre. There is also usually some transfer of professional and technical know-how in relation to literary agents, publishers and the media. Literary economies and mechanisms of production and distribution, ranging from research, editing and market sectors, to the advance/royalty structure and tax for writers, are also discussed.

Autumn Semester

  • 08 October 2015, 14:30-16:30
  • 15 October 2015, 10:30-12:30
  • 22 October 2015, 14:30-16:30
  • 29 October 2015, 14:30-16:30
  • 05 November 2015, 10:30-12:30
  • 12 November 2015, 10:30-12:30
  • 19 November 2015, 10:30-12:30
  • 26 November 2015, 10:30-12:30
  • 02 December 2015, 10:30-12:30 (venue TBC)
  • 10 December 2015, 12:00-14:00

Spring Semester

  • 12 January 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 19 January 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 26 January 2016, 10:00-12:00 (Arts 01.06)
  • 02 February 2016, 10:00-12:00 (LSB 0.111)
  • 09 February 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 23 February 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 01 March 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 08 March 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 12 April 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 19 April 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 26 April 2016, 10:00-12:00
  • 03 May 2016, 10:00-12:00

Time: Various - see above

Venue: Arts 2.51 (unless indicated otherwise above)

Series organiser: Giles Foden (LDC),

Eligibility: Open to LDC critical-creative research students

Credit value: 4 per semester. Credits can be recorded via the Training and Development Form.


Literary Translation Research Seminar

This is a year-long series of seminars for students doing a PhD in Literary Translation, but it is also open to other interested PhD students. Occasional sessions will also be available to MA students in literary translation. The seminar consists of reading and discussion. The group meets every 2 weeks, and the reading for the session is circulated in advance. This consists of papers by the PhD students themselves, by members of Faculty working in the area and also important articles from the field. The various stages of writing a PhD thesis are also discussed, including questions about research, bibliographies, writing a conclusion, and so on. 

Dates: TBA

Time: 10:00-12:00

Venue: TBA

Series organiser: Lina Fisher (, Professor Jean Boase-Beier

Eligibility: The seminar is open to all graduate students whose PhD involves translation.

Credit value: TBC Credits can be recorded via the Training and Development Form.


Medieval and Early Modern Research Seminar

Meeting four times each semester, this seminar offers the opportunity to hear and discuss the research-in-progress of scholars (from UEA and elsewhere) and graduate students working in the medieval and early-modern periods. Based in LDC, our seminar aims to foster interdisciplinary dialogue between schools on a range of methodological and conceptual issues, including the history of the book, periodization, and the shaping of classical traditions by medieval and early-modern humanism.  Meetings will be followed by drinks and dinner.  Faculty, graduate students and undergraduates are all warmly welcome.      

Autumn Semester

  • 6 October 2015
  • 20 October 2015
  • 17 November 2015
  • 04 December 2015 (16:00-18:00 - note alternative day/start time)

Spring Semester

  • 26 January 2016
  • 09 February 2016
  • 08 March 2016
  • 19 April 2016

Time: 17:30-19:00

Venue: TBA (although check announcements or with

Series organiser: Tom Roebuck (LDC):

Eligibility: open to all: faculty, graduates and undergraduates from all schools are warmly welcomed

Credit value: 1 per semester, plus 0.5 for presentation. Credits can be recorded via the Training and Development Form.