The Work in Progress seminar series provides an opportunity for the Institute's MPhil/PhD and MA/MRes students, as well as staff and fellows, to talk informally about their research and receive feedback from peers. Each seminar will feature three short talks or papers by students, staff, or fellows at different stages of their research followed by a question and answer session. Lunch will be provided and all students, staff and fellows in the institute are welcome to attend.

Please note this series is restricted to students, staff and fellows of the Institute.


2017 - 2018

Tuesday 31 October, 12.00 - 14.00, Room G21A

Tuesday 5 December, 12.00 - 14.00, Room 243

Tuesday 30 January, 12.00 - 14.00, Room 243

Tuesday 6 March, 12.00 - 14.00, Room 243

Tuesday 17 April, 12.00 - 14.00, Room 243

Tuesday 22 May, 12.00 - 14.00, Room 234


2016 - 2017

Wednesday, 12 April, 12:00 - 14:00, Room G26

  • Sharon Ellis: "The ecstasy and the agony: turning private passion into rigorous research and academic writing: The transition of humanist script into roman type"
  • Margaret Joachim
  • Tony Russ
  • Christianna Thompson

Wednesday, 10 May, 12:00 - 14:00, Room G26

  • Matthew Fay: 'The Fay Archive: Towards a Copy Specific Analysis of Key Research items by WB Yeats, Lady Gregory and JM Synge'

I plan to catalogue and introduce a new archive of interest to scholars of Irish Theatre History and the work of W.B. Yeats. This archive belonged to Frank Fay (1870-1931), actor and producer, who with his brother, helped to found the Abbey Theatre, still Ireland’s national theatre, and one of the first such in the world. Using provenance analysis, I will try to explain how some of Yeats plays reached a recognisable final form and the contribution of the Fays to this process.

  • Carey Karmel: 'Prufrock as Metaphor of Displacement'

Eliot writes his break-through poem 'The Love Song of J.Alfred Prufrock' in three different locations: Cambridge, Paris and Munich.  I examine the composition of the poem through the lens of  psychogeography to develop through the analysis of locale a fresh critical understanding of the poem. 

  • Grace Touzel: 'A Hardback Herbarium: Establishing Provenance in Specimen Volumes at the Natural History Museum'

Historical specimen collections, such as those held by the NHM, give scientists valuable information on biodiversity, geographic dispersal, and evolution. However, although studied intensively by natural historians, the 330 volumes of Sir Hans Sloane’s herbarium (or Horti sicci), have never been examined as physical objects or analysed from the perspective of a book historian. The research proposed for this paper seeks to address this, using physical characteristics and archival resources to determine the provenance of volumes from their collation up until the present day. 

Wednesday, 7 June, 12:00 - 14:00, Room 349

  • Bonnie Walker
  • Sadaf Fahim: 'That Divine Stare': Fitzgerald, The Devil, and Rupert Brook
    This paper argues that Rupert Brooke appears to have played a more extensive and lasting role in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s artistic development than is currently acknowledged. Although there has been little or no consideration of Brooke’s non-fiction writing in relation to Fitzgerald, I have found evidence that some key passages significantly influenced Fitzgerald’s thinking.
  • Martina Mastandrea: "Echoes of the Silent Movie Age: F. Scott Fitzgerald on the 1920s Silver Screen." 
    I'll present a power point with images of posters and other materials related to the subject of my thesis, the six silent film adaptations of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s work that were released between 1920 and 1926.