From feeding the city to researching a country in turmoil: PhD graduates return to share their research

Posted by pt91 at May 23, 2017 11:26 AM |
Next doctoral inaugural lectures at the University of Leicester take place on 24 May

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 23 May 2017

The past is present in the next Doctoral Inaugural Lectures at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 24 May as PhD students from Archaeology and Museum Studies return to deliver presentations about their research.

Hosted by the Graduate School and organised by the Researcher Development Team, the Doctoral Inaugural Lectures feature presentations from among the University’s leading research degree graduates.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Professor Julie Coleman said: “Doctoral Inaugural Lectures are an opportunity to hear about cutting edge research from our most excellent early career researchers. Having two presentations together always provides fascinating juxtapositions between disciplinary approaches. For current PhD students, these lectures are a great way to understand what a finished PhD looks like and to think about how you could present your own research to a non-specialist audience.”

The lectures will begin at 5pm with Dr Rebecca Gordon (School of Archaeology and Ancient History) speaking on ‘Feeding the city: Animals, food and city life in post-medieval England (AD1500 -1900)’.

On the subject of zooarchaeology, Dr Gordon said: “This research shows animals were integral in the development of England’s economy and were embedded in the social construction of Britain’s cultural identity. In addition, this research shows how animals can assist in our understanding of aspects of the meat trade; urban history; rural economies; and the evolution of urban culture.”

Dr Gordon is currently a Finds and Environmental Processing Officer at the Museum of London Archaeology (Northampton office). She has also recently been granted a research dividend to continue her work in zooarchaeology.

This will be followed by Dr Cintia Velázquez Marroni (School of Museum Studies) who will speak on ‘Researching a country in turmoil: History, museums and their visitors in contemporary Mexico’. This talk will describe and present research focused on the experiences of visitors to two history museums in Mexico City.

Dr Marroni said: “By looking at the way in which visitors interpret the history museum, and therefore the way in which they make sense of the past, I have been able to map what matters to them, what their fears and hopes are, who their idols and villains are, and also what they ignore or do not care about.”

Professor Helen Atkinson, Graduate Dean, said: “I am really looking forward to these two fascinating talks, stretching my mind from animals in the development of the economy and cultural identity, through to museums in Mexico.”

The lectures will be held on Wednesday 24 May 2017 in the Ken Edwards Building, Lecture Theatre 3, followed by a reception.  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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