Future Events

Some dates for your calendars.

All events are at the Vat and Fiddle pub and start at 7.30 pm.

PubhD #68: Wednesday, 22 January 2020

  • Alex Marchbank (History) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham, supported by the AHRC Midlands 4 Cities doctoral training partnership. Her research looks at how people in late medieval England (c. 1450-1530) used their last wills and testaments as sites for self-expression.
  • Ben Curtis (Philosophy) is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. His research is into metaphysics and ethics. He is currently working on the topic of moral status, seeking answers to the questions: What kinds of being have moral status? What grounds moral status? What does it mean to say that some kinds of being (e.g. humans) have a higher moral status than others (e.g. dogs)?
  • Jodi Watt (Medicine) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. She uses MRI to look at the metabolism which underlies dementia, attempting to pinpoint where dementia may differ from healthy ageing.

PubhD #69: Wednesday, 19 February 2020

  • James Mcintosh (Social Psychology) studies at Nottingham Trent University and spoke at PubhD in February 2018, just as he was starting his PhD. He will give us an update on his “social cure” research and its application to the Royal British Legion, how the Legion veteran identity impacts health and wellbeing, including the factors that make people feel like they belong, and how these can possibly be enhanced.
  • Hayfa Sharif (Medicine) is a PhD candidate at the University of Nottingham. She focuses on MRI approaches to study diseases of gastrointestinal function in children.
  • Jen Caddick (History) is a third-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research focuses on the social networks, political structures and ideologies that underpinned late medieval English kingship, and people’s experiences of political spaces and ceremonies.

PubhD #70: Wednesday, 25 March 2020

  • Christopher Booth (Archaeology/History) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on the archaeology of apothecaries in the seventeenth- and early eighteenth- century North Atlantic, he is particularly interested in the ways this material culture can help us examine the intersection of retail and medicine in this period.
  • Ruth Tarlo (Social Policy) is a PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Her research examines the experiences of people with mild learning difficulties who are looking for work.
  • Robin Huson (Anthrozoology) is a PhD student at the University of Exeter. Anthrozoology is the study of human-animal interactions. Robin is researching how dog trainers and dogs communicate with each other during training interactions.

PubhD #71: Wednesday, 29 April 2020

  • Grace Feehan (Computer Science) is a first-year student at the University of Loughborough researching artificial intelligence. Her work utilises an interdisciplinary approach (from backgrounds in Psychology and Robotics) to study game theory problems such as the notorious Prisoner’s Dilemma. Her current project is building a multi-agent system within which different and novel strategies for the Dilemma can be simulated – including using machine learning, emotion and mood modelling, and more.
  • Adam Edwards (English Literature) is a third year PhD student from the University of Birmingham. His research focuses on the growing popularity of the Cyberpunk genre of Science Fiction. He is particularly interested in how it responds to rapidly developing digital technologies and how Cyberpunk can be used to critique how these technologies could exploit its users.
  • Jamie Smith (History) is a third-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham, researching medieval diplomacy. He focuses on relations between the English, Welsh and Scots in the tenth, eleventh, and early-twelfth centuries. He is interested in historic peacemaking methods, as well as what the medieval period can tell us about international relations in the twenty-first century.

PubhD #72: Wednesday, 20 May 2020

  • Joe Peake (History) – more info to come.
  • Justyna Kuska (Biotechnology) is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. Justyna’s research is focusing on Biocatalysis – utilising natural catalysts to produce chemicals and fuels. Her project explores biosynthesis of antidiabetic molecules but she will talk about the power of enzymes, their current applications in industry and the future of creating chemistry.
  • Emily Smith (Medical Physics) is an NHS medical imaging physicist and part-time MSc student. Currently working across Lincolnshire’s hospitals, her research aims to optimise CT imaging and reduce radiation doses for lung scan patients. Emily is interested in the inherent variation in human perception; she is seeking to reduce the discrepancies it causes in image analysis, using computer software to objectively measure what makes a ‘good quality’ medical image.

PubhD #73: Wednesday, 22 July 2020

  • Maxine Spry (History) is a PhD candidate at Nottingham Trent University and is researching English Reformation History. Her research focuses on the presence of angelic belief within the Protestant martyrology, Actes and Monuments. By using angels as a unit of historical enquiry Maxine hopes to demonstrate that belief in angels was utilised by Protestant reformers, to comfort the English populace into accepting a new reformed religion whilst simultaneously warning of the dangers of the “old faith”, Catholicism.
  • Ben White (Classics/Archaeology) is a second-year PhD student at the University of Nottingham. His research focuses on architectural spaces in the ancient city of Rome and specifically the structure known as a portico (a colonnade) which was the most frequent and characteristic building of the ancient Mediterranean. He is particularly interested in reconstructing daily life in urban spaces and using these insights into social interaction to shed light on broader cultural and political themes. Fundamentally, he wants to investigate what happened in the city of Rome day-to-day and how that was shaped and controlled by the built environment.
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PubhD #74: Wednesday, 19 August 2020

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PubhD #75: Wednesday, 16 September 2020

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PubhD #76: Wednesday, 21 October 2020

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PubhD #77: Wednesday, 18 November 2020

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