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Student Research Showcase

The Student Research Showcase is a space where students – at whichever point they may be in their studies – can share what they are working or have recently worked upon in a relaxed space and receive informal feedback from their peers. It is our ambition to foster a friendly, open, and creative community where we can learn about and from one another’s research in literature, whether for attestations, mémoires, or indeed any other purpose.

Presentations can be up to 10 minutes, but needn’t be that long, and should introduce your topic, your texts, and your key research question (or questions). See below for some guidance on what should be included! Presentations will be followed by a relaxed and friendly discussion, which we hope will develop your ideas – or even spark new ones. It will also provide a precious opportunity to practice engaging with an audience (and, of course, allow you to prove that you have done so on your future CV…). 

You are also very welcome to attend the Showcase without presenting anything – although you should come prepared to be an active, and curious, listener! 

The Showcase will take place on the 27th October 2021 at 18:30 in B214. Due to COVID regulations, inscriptions are mandatory and can be made here: https://forms.gle/EspaNsz4AqMxcXfY9
As with all University events, Covid certificates are mandatory and shall be checked upon entrance.

If you have any questions, or would like to discuss a presentation further, please contact the organisers at student-showcase-anglais(at)unige.ch. We’ll also be hosting an informal session where you can practice your presentation: at 5pm-6pm on the 22nd October, we will be in the Writing Lab (Comédie building), so do come along!

Examples of Presentations

N.B. The following bullet-point lists are intended to spark ideas: do not feel obliged to cover all their questions!

To present a piece of work-in-progress, you could tell us:

 

  • Which text(s) are you working upon?
    Can you contextualise them for us?
  • Is there a particular theme, topic, or idea which you are interested in?
  • Where and why is it important in the text(s)?
  • In which directions do you see your work developing?
  • Are there any areas in which you’d like the audience’s advice: for instance, any arguments you’re not sure about, or reading recommendations you’d like to seek?

    To present a piece of work you have already completed, you might want to:

  • Discuss your thesis.

    What was your key contention?

  • Provide a brief overview of your main lines of argument.
    What evidence did you corral to prove your points?

  • Summarise your research process – the tools you used, books you consulted, and how you structured your writing.
    Reflecting upon your methodology, do you have any advice for your listeners – or, on the contrary, can you point out any pitfalls to avoid?

We look forward to hearing all about your work!