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Utrecht University Humanities Graduate Conference

Keynote speakers

Professor Beatrice de Graaf

History of International Relations and Global Governance at Utrecht University

Professor De Graaf is interested in the history of national security (19th-20th centuries), counterterrorism and political violence, securitisation and international relations, historical development of securitarianism.

The topic of Professor De Graaf’s keynote lecture is:

Talking terrorism with children. Or: the challenges of doing peer-to-peer research in a pedagogical and political minefield


When and Where:
14 April 2019, Tuesday. 18:30 – 19:30.
University Hall, TBA

Professor Jane Hodson

English Language and Literature at the University of Sheffield

Professor Hodson‘s research lies at the interface of language and literature. She is interested in the way in which style is contested at an ideological level. Jane Hodson is currently studying the way in which dialects of English are represented in literature.

The topic of Professor Hodson’s lecture is:

“Public engagement and your brilliant career”

Public engagement (along with the overlapping categories of Knowledge Exchange and Impact) is something that successful PhD candidates are often expected to offer as part of their portfolio, and there are good reasons for this. But it can be intimidating and difficult to get started, even with the opportunities that are now routinely offered as part PhD programmes. How do you find members of the public to engage with? How do you balance the demands of your core research against time spent on Public Engagement activities? And what do you do if the public inexplicably don’t seem to be that interested in your area of expertise?

In this presentation, I will reflect on my own career as an academic from a rather niche research area who has worked on a number of public engagement projects with partners ranging from the world-famous Chatsworth House to the tiny literacy charity, Grimm & Co. I will also draw on my experiences as Faculty Director for Impact and Engagement, where I supported academics at all stages of their careers from across the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the University of Sheffield, as they undertook Public Engagement activities. I’ll think about what has worked, what has not, and highlight some of the lessons I have learned. Above all, I will argue that there is no “one size fits all” model for the size and shape of public engagement within a PhD student’s development.

When and Where:
15 April 2020, Wednesday. 19.00-20.00.
University Hall, TBA