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Centre for Research on Social Inclusion

CRSI HDR Workshop

We are trialling a slightly different way of doing our PhD work in-progress-workshops. Instead of asking you to present another slice of work-in-progress draft we have a rather different idea for this workshop that we would like to hold on Monday April 18, 10:30 to 5:00 in room C5C 372.

We would like you to first imagine that you are writing for a reasonably sympathetic reader who knows next to nothing about your topic, your problem or its context. With that in mind we would like you to come with a considered answer to the following questions: 

  1. What is it that you want your readers to hear and to accept? You are trying to persuade them of what exactly? Or (same question really), What is the most important thing that your reader must know before they can accept your arguments?
  2.  What particular piece of your scholarly literature will most help you to prosecute your case? Why/How?
  3. What are the likely obstacles, roadblocks and checkpoints that your reader is likely to meet along the way? How do you plan to take them past these points to where you want to take them?

These questions are offered as prompts and not as a straightjacket. Please come prepared to speak for about 7 to 10 minutes. Yes, come with crib lines if you would like: but better not to read verbatim from a prepared script.

We expect all our PhDs to come to these workshops unless they have a compelling reason for not doing so eg just cannot be there for some reason, or in the last couple of months of writing up etc. And most importantly we want you to continue to listen to others and to join in this mutual self-help in the lovely constructive spirit that you have so far brought (thank you!) to the preceding meetings.