Festival of Postgraduate Research - Preview no.2

Posted by mjs76 at Jun 09, 2011 10:35 AM |
Postgraduate posters from the Colleges of Social Science and Arts, Humanities and Law.

Next week is our annual Festival of Postgraduate Research. A chance for some of our best postgrads to present posters of their work. In the run-up to the Festival, we’re summarising the presentations on Newsblog, grouped into slightly arbitrary bundles. Today we’re taking a look at some of the research in English, Archaeology and Ancient History, Education, Economics and Sociology.

Spanish Flu: The Forgotten Tragedy

Angela Thurstance (School of English)

The 1918 epidemic of Spanish flu struck down a third of the planet’s population and killed more than 50 million people – three times the death toll from WW1– yet most people have no idea it ever happened. This could be because much of what we know of that period is derived from fiction and the nature of the epidemic means that little has been written about it. Angela’s research examines how this event has been treated in literature, especially among contemporary novelists who are starting to see the epidemic as a powerful background for historical novels.

Chosen Ceramics: Agency and Consumption in the Hellenistic East

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Mark van der Enden slakes his thirst at a dig in Israel.

Mark van der Enden (School of Archaeology and Ancient History)

The Hellenistic period, during which Greek influence spread across much of the known world, is usually defined as beginning with the death of Alexander the Great in 323BC and ending at the Battle of Actium in 30BC. This was an age when people could shop for pottery and make a conscious choice about what sort of items they used, rather than simply having what everyone else had. It is this concept of choice, and how it signifies identities, which is the basis of Mark’s research, which was funded by a University of the Year Scholarship in 2009.

Mind Your Language: South Asian Parents and English Teachers

Anupma Mishra (School of Education)

Involving parents in schools is something that is widely encouraged, not least by the Government, but what happens when those parents don’t speak English? Anupma’s research looks at the challenges faced by both parents and teachers when there is a language barrier, drawing her case studies from the South Asian population here in Leicester. She is also investigating what impact parental involvement has on a child’s progress in school.

Electricity Co-operation and Decarbonisation

Kwanruetai Boonyasana (Department of Economics)

There has been an annual global surplus of electricity for the past 20 years and, if this trend continues, estimates suggest that by 2035 the human race will be producing half as much again as we actually use. Kwanruetai’s research, based on data from 130 countries between 1971 and 2007, investigates the possibility of a global market in electricity so that some countries could produce less and simply buy in surplus from their neighbours. Last year, Kwanruetai’s research was acknowledged by the International Association for Energy Economics which sponsored her to attend a conference in Canada.

Romans and 'Barbarians': interaction in a world of conflict

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Sergio Gonzalez Sanchez and friend

Sergio Gonzalez Sanchez (School of Archaeology and Ancient History)

The past, they say, is a foreign country and they do things differently there. Sergio’s poster suggests that may not be true as he draws parallels between the simplistic view of ancient conflicts between Rome and the ‘Barbarians’ in the north of the empire, and modern culture clash problems. His aim is to demolish the stereotypical view of the Romans-vs-Barbarians relationship, considering cultural and peaceful interactions instead of just conflict, and then to apply the same processes to comparable modern situations. Sergio’s work was shortlisted for the Graduate Junction online poster competition earlier this year.

Variations in the Size of the Public Sector. Does Intuitional Quality and Political Competition Matter? Panel data evidence from around the World.

Muhammad Saeed (Department of Economics)

Muhammad’s research considers the economic and political factors which affect the size of the public sector in different countries. In times of recession, public sector cuts are a way for governments to save money, but by studying data from 90 countries, Muhammad has shown that political competitiveness and effective rule of law can reduce the need for sprawling public sectors in the first place.

Health in the Neighbourhood: How Bodies and Place Affect Ideas about Health

Oli William (Department of Sociology)

The size and shape of a person’s body is not only a broad indicator of their health but also a psychological factor, supporting a positive view of their own state of health. It’s good to look good – but what is good? Oli’s research considers that the standard view of what constitutes a healthy body is largely defined by a middle class culture. By studying a council housing estate which has recently had a new leisure centre built alongside it, he is able to consider how socio-economic situation affects people’s views of what constitutes a healthy body.

Visit the Festival of Postgraduate Research

The Festival of Postgraduate Research 2011 will be held in the Belvoir Suite on the Second Floor of the Charles Wilson Building between 11.00am and 1.00pm on Thursday 16 June. Entry is free so come along, browse the posters and talk with some of Britain’s brightest young postgrads.

See also:

  • Preview no.1: Physics and Astronomy, Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Preview no.3: Psychology, Medical and Social Care Education, Cancer Studies and Molecular Medicine and Health Sciences
  • Preview no.4: Geology, Geography and Chemistry
  • Preview no.5: Cell Physiology and Pharmacology, Infection Immunity and Inflammation, Biology and Biochemistry
  • Preview no.6: Cardiovascular Sciences