Graduate Seminar 2021-2022

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Graduate Seminar 2022-2023

Intro to GRS: 11:00 am 23-9-2021

Outcome: Project Proposal (trim 4)

Outcome: Thesis (trim 4 & 5)

This is the page for the Graduate Research Seminar 2021-2022 run by Steve Rushton, Natasha Soobramanien and Marloes de Valk. The seminar will comprise individual tuition with Steve, Natasha or Marloes and group sessions on specific methods (including peer to peer commentary, editing, line-editing and proofing). The days set aside for the seminar will be devoted to achieving specific outcomes which further the research and completion of the proposal and thesis. This page will be used to upload information on your Project Proposal and Thesis and to serve as an ongoing record of research.

How The Sessions Are Structured

The sessions will be for all second year media students: Y2LB and Y2XPub. These will take the form of all-day workshops which will take place every other Thursday. The outcome of each session will be published on the wiki (or Pad or PubPub document) and reviewed by the group. Sessions will include group work, individual work and individual tutorials with Marloes, Natasha & Steve. Achievable aims will be set ahead of the next session. 

Key Dates and Deadlines

These are the key dates for 2021-22

Last year's Graduate Proposals last year's proposals

  • 19 November - Thesis Outline Deadline

Last year's Thesis Outlineslast year's outlines

  • 3 Dec - Deadline First Chapter
  • 18 Feb - Deadline First Draft Thesis
  • 18 March - Deadline Second Draft thesis (texts to 2nd readers)
  • 1 April - Deadlines Second readers' comments
  • 14 April - DEADLINE THESIS

Grading procedure (Thesis):

Early May: Steve, Marloes and Natasha draft feedback on the thesis texts they supervised

Mid-May: Steve, Marloes and Natasha review each other’s feedback and grades

End of May: Finalize feedback and grades.

Early June: Finalized feedback and grades communicated to students.

Guides and Guidelines


Second Readers Guidelines

A Guide to Essay Writing (including guide to Harvard method).

Handbook details- thesis and final project

Thesis Guidelines

Criteria for evaluation (Thesis)

LB Code link (in progress)

Session One

Hosted by Steve, Natasha and Marloes Outcome session one: introductions of all students and writing tutors, outline of basic GRS plan for the year. Pad for note taking and reference during the session. Here is the pad from last year's session:

Preparation for session one

What have you been making?

What do you want to do next?

Be prepared to give an account of where you are at with your self-directed research and talk about what you want to achieve this year and what you want to do. Lens-based students will give brief demos of current work flow. How have you been using the 2 week cycle between tutorials with Steve to make work?. Xpub students will talk about the work they have been doing on the Special Issues (individually and collectively). All students will be asked to consider what possibilities they wish to explore in the coming year.

Think concretely about what you want to make this year, how you are going to make it and why you are going to make it. Consider: What possibilities are open to you? (It is understood that making a final project is a process and things will change as you work on it). What material have you written (for previous presentations, descriptions of work , assignments for last year's methods class, the methods of annotation you developed &c) which you can use? Review the written feedback from tutors you got from previous assessments and have it available for reference during the first session.

The tutors will talk to you about doing a "hackpact" ahead of the next session

Session Two

Outcome session two: Draft Project Proposal

Methods: outline on pad - discussion on draft proposal - hackpact show and tell

1 What do you want to make?
2 How do you plan to make it?
3 What is your timetable?
4 Why do you want to make it?
5 Who can help you and how?
6 Relation to previous practice
7 Relation to a larger context
8 References/bibliography
  • groups of 3 discuss drafts and write feedback on pad (1 writer who takes notes, 2 readers/respondents who discuss)
  • end of session, preparations needed for next session

Session Three

The presentation slides:


11:00 - 17:00


• Morning: a short presentation with whole group,

  • break, split into 3 groups for drafting the outline.

• 11:00 - 13:00 introduction

  • Past students’ theses (Marloes will show different examples). 10 mins +Q&A
  • What's a thesis, how to go about writing an outline (Steve). 10 mins + Q&A
  • Resources and referencing (where to find texts and books, how to reference them in Harvard style; the Bootleg library &c. (Natasha) 10 mins + Q&A.
       Shadow libraries:
  • Homework for next session:

1) Hackpakt!

2) Continue to work on thesis outline and proposal

• 13:00 - 14:00 Break

• 14:00 - 15:30 Writing

• 15:30 - 17:00 Review in small groups of 3/4

Session Four

November 4

Outcome session four: (review draft project proposal, extended thesis outline and annotated bibliography).

11:00 - 12:00 hackpact/prototyping show and tell 
12:00 - 12:45 writing tutor meetings with 2 students (see Calendar for schedule)
12:45 - 13:45 break
13:45 - 14:30 writing tutor meetings with 2 students
14:30 - 15:15 writing tutor meetings with 2 students
15:45 - 16:30 writing tutor meetings with 2 students
16:30 - 17:00 group wrap up in aquarium

From next session (18 Nov) tutors are dedicated to individual students.

Graduate Proposals 2021-2022

Session Five

Outcome: Final Graduate Proposal and Thesis Outline

Methods: one-on-one sessions, group session, line editing draft texts, including first chapter

Session Six

Outcome: First Chapter Draft

Methods: review hackpact, one-on-one session, group session line editing texts, including first chapter

Session Seven

Outcome: Draft Second Chapter

Methods: one on one sessions discussing progress and planning next steps

Sessions Eight - Seventeen

  • Outcome: draft thesis
  • Methods (depending on process and access to WdkA): buddy teams feedback on draft thesis, group reading and feedback, groups of three- 1 writer, 2 readers (readers discuss the text and writer listens = WRITER DOES NOT COMMENT, the writer takes notes).

Feb: 2 sessions

  • Outcome: draft thesis
  • Methods: group reading, feedback and line editing sessions
  • 18 Feb Deadline First Draft Thesis

March: 2 sessions

  • Outcome: 2nd draft thesis]
  • Methods: 2nd reader
  • 18 March Deadline Second Draft thesis (texts to 2nd readers)
  • 1 April Deadline for Second readers to send their feedback to students.

April 3 sessions

  • Outcome: submitting the final text
  • Methods: final 1-on-1 feedback on complete text, 1-on-1 discussion of second reader feedback, group session line edit of final chapter (optional, if needed)

2020-21 theses:

Calendars:Networked Media Calendar/Networked Media Calendar/22-04-2021 -Event 1

Last years Graduate Seminar wiki page:

Thesis drafts and notes - Steve's group

Luca thesis drafts and notes

Marusa thesis drafts and notes

Sacha thesis drafts and notes

Tessel thesis drafts and notes

Alecio thesis drafts and notes

Mathilde thesis drafts and notes

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