Beyond Boundaries: Homerton graduates showcase their pioneering research

Photo: flat plate vortex formation. Image credit Robbie Stevens under creative commons licence

On Saturday 7th June 2014 Homerton College held its second annual Graduate Research Day, when higher degree students gave presentations on their current research projects.

This year’s theme, ‘Beyond Boundaries’, led to a fascinating array of papers, on topics from early modern trading networks to the aerodynamics of flapping flight, storytelling in nature conservation policy to the ethics and aesthetics of postmodern poetry. Demonstrating the breadth of postgraduate subjects housed at Homerton, the event offered an opportunity for students to reflect on their work in an interdisciplinary and supportive Collegiate context, making connections between areas and methods of research. The range of references on display was indeed broad, including analogies between the pharmaceutical industry and Tolkien films, impounded poets, eschatology and social action, historical bedspreads, and even a homemade laser, cobbled together in an afternoon for the sake of a visual aid.

The two Graduate Tutors, Dr Melanie Keene and Dr André Neves, added to the programme by presenting their own papers, on Fiction and facts in Fairyland, and Early cancer detection using molecular imaging.

The papers provoked a stimulating discussion, encouraging participants to think of their work in new ways, as well as considering the relationship between academic research and the wider world, going beyond the boundaries of the College itself to reach new audiences.

Papers were given by:

  • Robbie Stevens, PhD, Engineering, The Quest for Lift: An Insight into the Aerodynamics of Flapping Flight
  • Harry Jubb, PhD, Biochemistry, Drugging the “undruggable”: Computational analyses of therapeutically challenging molecular targets
  • David C. Rose, PhD, Geography, The art of policy-relevant storytelling in nature conservation
  • Johannes Laubmeier, MPhil, Social Anthropology, “An actual world of value”: The ethical trajectory of Charles Olson’s poetry
  • Joseph Florez, PhD, History, Pentecostal Social Thought and Activism, la Misión Iglesia Pentecostal, and Military Authoritarianism in Chile, 1973-1990
  • Josefine Baark, PhD, History of Art, In the Company of Strangers: Danish Trading Networks in Asia, 1620-1780


Applying for graduate research at Homerton

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