The purpose of this event is to provide an opportunity for postgraduate students working on the Hispanic World to present their research to fellow researchers who are at a similar stage in their academic careers, so that they can gain experience of presenting their work in a supportive and constructive environment. It is highly important that postgraduate students gain as much experience of presenting papers as possible, so that they can benefit from the feedback of their peers and develop their communication skills, helping them to become academic professionals who engage with those outside their field or discipline.
Another aim of this event is to provide an opportunity for postgraduate students to discuss the PhD and post-PhD stages of their careers with a leading expert, so that they can ask any questions or raise any concerns about this challenging (and highly rewarding) period of their professional lives. At the same time, the event will hopefully encourage taught postgraduate students to pursue their studies to doctoral level, and doctoral students to continue to post-doctoral research.
Furthermore, this event will serve the dual purpose of raising the Centre for the History of Ibero-America’s profile among the wider community in the North of England (as Dr. Baxell’s talk will allow members of the public to engage with current historical scholarship) and developing links between researchers within WRoCAH and elsewhere. This event will bring together researchers from a range of different fields, helping to enrich postgraduate students’ own research by allowing them to discuss their ideas with those working in other areas. By inviting a range of speakers from cities such as Madrid, London and Edinburgh, we hope to foster interdisciplinary research collaborations, helping those within the WRoCAH research community to network with those with similar research interests.
Nathaniel Andrews, University of Leeds
Other student organisers
- Joel Baker, University of Sheffield
- Scott Ramsey, University of Leeds