University of Leicester showcases wide-ranging postgraduate research

Posted by pt91 at Mar 15, 2017 12:58 PM |
PhD graduates from University of Leicester to deliver Doctoral Inaugural Lectures on their research on 22 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 15 March 2017

  • Topics cover reparation; the English folk revival; betting; and black holes

Talented PhD graduates from the University of Leicester will be delivering a wealth of insight at the cutting edge of their fields at a day of lectures on 22 March.

The Doctoral Inaugural Lectures Series for 2016-2017 continues with a special double bill on Wednesday 22 March. Hosted by the Graduate School and organised by the Researcher Development Team, the Doctoral Inaugural Lectures feature presentations from the very best of the University of Leicester’s research degree graduates.

The lectures will begin at 1pm and will feature two PhD Graduates from the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.  First, Dr Fredy Mora-Gámez (School of Business) will speak on ‘Reparation beyond statehood: assembling rights restitution in post-conflict Colombia’.

Dr Mora-Gámez said: “Instead of reproducing the notion of reparation as a cornerstone of rights restitution in transitional justice societies, I suggest that a different sort of Reparation might occur beyond the boundaries of post-conflict statehood and within its intersections with alternative orders”. Dr Mora-Gámez is currently a research associate in the interdisciplinary project “Migration, mental health and social epigenetics” led by principal investigators from the School of Business and the Department of Genetics at the University of Leicester and has published on subjects ranging from citizenship to history of technology.

This is followed by Dr Katie Palmer Heathman (School of Arts) who will speak on ‘Dancing towards a better world: building communities in the English Folk Revival’. This talk will explore the late nineteenth and early twentieth century English Folk Revival and will refute the characterisation of the revival as “nostalgic, sentimental and conservative by the public, the press and by scholars”. Dr Heathman is currently developing a monograph based on her thesis, and she has recently published in The Oxford Handbook of Musical Identities and Cultural and Social History journal.

The lectures will continue at 5pm, showcasing two PhD graduates from the College of Science and Engineering. Dr Dominic Cortis (Department of Mathematics) will discuss his research on ‘Betting: Lessons from the Dark Side’. This talk will explore lessons that can be learned from gambling markets leading to a “a novel approach to measuring bookmaker solvency which involves subdividing all bets received by a bookmaker in odds ranges in order to calculate overall risk”. Dr Cortis is currently a lecturer with the Department of Mathematics at the University of Leicester.

This will be followed by a presentation delivered by Dr Martin Bourne (Department of Physics and Astronomy) on ‘Simulating feedback from supermassive black holes’. This lecture will demonstrate how state-of-the-art simulations can be used to investigate supermassive black holes and “how black hole-driven jets interact with gas in galaxy clusters.” Dr Bourne continues to research supermassive black holes as a postdoctoral research associate at the Kavli Institute for Cosmology and Institute of Astronomy, at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Helen Atkinson, Graduate Dean, said: “These doctoral inaugural lectures offer a fascinating combination; in one afternoon to range from reparation through the folk revival to the risks in betting and black holes will be a great intellectual experience. I strongly encourage University of Leicester students and staff as well as members of the public to attend.”

All lectures will be held on Wednesday 22 March in the Bennett Building, Lecture Theatre 2 and receptions will follow both the lunchtime and evening lectures.  All University staff and students and members of the public are invited to attend the Doctoral Inaugural Lectures. Entry is free, but seats must be booked in advance.

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