Bader International Study Centre


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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On Friday 25th November, members of the BISC student community participated in our End of Term Research Conference, sharing their work with their peers, staff, and faculty.  In the first panel we had papers from Serena Geng (Film Theory), Charis Foster, and Pascale Gulick (Development Studies) on topics as diverse as Surrealist cinema, the issue of ‘Common’ land, and the relationship between gender-related issues and theories of development.  We also had a group presentation from Janis Cheng, Geoffrey Hodges, Febri Kurniawan, and Benjamin Syms-Wilson on the re-enactment of the Battle of Hastings as a case-study in British national and cultural consciousness.

Student research presenters Fall 2016

The second half of the conference provided an opportunity for faculty to share their work.  Dr Rachael Johnstone spoke on her research into the legal framework of abortion practice in Canada and Dr Peter Lowe presented his work on the links between the history of ancient Rome and Italian involvement in the Spanish Civil War. 

As many of the BISC faculty will confirm, it is not always easy to stand in front of an audience and discuss your work, even if it is an important part of academic life to share your research with an audience of people who are involved in similar subject areas.  I would like to thank all of the students who expressed a willingness to take part in the conference.  Thanks, too, are due to Dr Christian Lloyd for his closing remarks at the session, the members of the BISC Research Committee who helped organise everything, and to those faculty members who helped students develop their work into presentations.  Finally, thanks to all students, faculty, and staff who came to support the event. 

Dr Peter Lowe, BISC Research Director