Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum

About the forum

About the forum

The Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum provides a platform for research students working within the modern period to present pieces of work and to share ideas with other students from across the humanities disciplines. Our aim is thus twofold: firstly, we offer opportunities for research students to develop and hone their presentational and discussion skills in an informal atmosphere amongst their peers, and secondly we hope to supplement the interdisciplinary research community based around the Humanities Research Centre. By focusing on the interdisciplinary role of the forum, we hope that a fruitful exchange of ideas and perspectives can be achieved in a manner that disciplinary segregation is simply unable to provide.

The seminar programme for each term will normally consist of five events per term, with the first opened by a keynote academic speaker. The subsequent events consist of two student presentations followed by group discussion. We try to pair speakers together who can present topics of relevance to one another, and thereby to spark a discussion which can draw from the content of both presentations.

If you would like to submit a paper for presentation at one of the forum events, please attach the text document to an email to cmods-pgforum@york.ac.uk. If you do not have a paper ready, but know that you would be interested in presenting something to the forum, or if you would like some experience at chairing a discussion, please feel free to contact us at the above email address.

You can also follow our events by joining our Facebook group.




This is a showcase of the work presented to the Centre for Modern Studies Postgraduate Forum. 

31/05/2012 Janelle Rodriques - Making a bad ting good: Hybridity and Authenticity in the BBC's Rastamouse children's series

31/05/2012 Michael J. Kelly - The Democratic Authenticity of Spontaneous Public Protest

31/05/2012 Katherine Rollo - The Posthuman Bildungsroman: The Clone as Authentic Subject

31/05/2012 Lotika Singha - Customised Authenticity in the Home: domestic experiences of first-generation, higher-educated, middle-class migrant Indian heterosexual couples

15/03/2012 Andy Munzer - American Spaces, American Stories

15/03/2012 Tim Lawrence - The Narrative of Economics, the Economics of Narrative: Realist Structures in The Wire

1/3/2012  Matthew Rounds - Why is it rational to experience emotions towards characters and situations we believe to be fictional

18/06/2011 Chiung-Ying Huang - The Confrontation between Subjectification and Objectification in Waterhouse's Lamia    

18/06/2011 David Matcham - Surveillance and the Death of God  

17/05/2011 Jay James May - These Mingle Joys of Art and Erudition: Pleasure in Materialist Film  

01/03/2011 Dominic Shaw - From Ontology to History

Annual symposium

Annual symposium

Mapping Identities in the Modern World, 1830-present

2nd June 2015

Keynote: Marius Kociejowski

Taking place on 2nd June 2015 at the University of York, this interdisciplinary one-day symposium aims to give postgraduate students across the arts and humanities the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary debates and ideas around the concept of identity, questioning the way in which identities are (re)formed, constructed and explored psychically and spatially in the modern world.

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Previous annual symposia

2013-14 Nature at War

2012-13 Advertising and Consumer Culture

2011-12 Authenticity

2010-11 Watching and Being Watched 

This term's seminars

13 November, 5:00 in BS/008 - The Past and Future of Museums: Questions of Representation and Experience

23 November, 5:30 in BS/008 - Literary Tourism and Authenticity: From Charles Dickens to Harry Potter