Posted on 6 June 2016
York PhD candidates have taken part in a lively conference in Bielefeld, which involved students from different academic cultures, and different disciplines.
Seven panels of students from York, Bielefeld (Germany), and Lund (Sweden) gave 10-minute presentations, and then faced tough questioning from the other attendees on their approach and methodology. They also took part in a concluding roundtable on publishing and employability.
The event built on strong existing links between the Department of History at York and the other universities. This includes a PhD Desk exchange with Lund, which is due to be extended to Bielefeld from 2017, as well as study abroad opportunities for undergraduates.
Six students from York took part, Devin Dattan, Frances Maguire, Florence Mok, Harriet Neal, Yiyun Ding, and Claire Benson. They were supported by three members of academic staff, David Clayton, Simon Ditchfield, and Lawrence Black.
Feedback from the York participants included:
Following the success this year, the conference will be repeated in Lund next year and in York in 2018.