Graduate Seminar 2024-2025

From XPUB & Lens-Based wiki

Intro to GRS:

Outcome: Project Proposal (trim 4)

Outcome: Thesis Outline (trim 4)

Outcome: Thesis (trim 4 & 5)

This is the page for the Graduate Research Seminar 2024-2025 run by Steve Rushton and Marloes de Valk. The seminar will comprise individual tuition with Steve and 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 Y2Xpub students. 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) and reviewed by the group. Sessions will include group work, individual work and individual tutorials with Marloes & Steve.

Achievable aims will be set ahead of the next session.

Key Dates and Deadlines

These are the key dates for 2023-2024

  • 17 November Graduate Proposal Deadline
  • 17 November Thesis Outline Deadline
  • 4 Dec Deadline First Chapter
  • 16 Feb Deadline First Draft Thesis
  • 8 March Deadline Second Draft thesis (texts to 2nd readers)
  • 22 March Deadlines Second readers' comments

Grading procedure (Thesis):

Early May: Steve & Marloes draft feedback on the thesis texts they supervised

Mid-May: Steve & Marloes [+ other tutors] review each other’s feedback and grades

Early June: Finalize feedback and grades.

June: Finalized feedback and grades communicated to students.

Guides and Guidelines


Second Readers Guidelines

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

Thesis Guidelines

Criteria for evaluation (Thesis)

Resources from Methods Sessions

From last year: including Projects that may or may not..; Rapid Prototypes; Interviews

Xpub Rapid Prototypes and Projects That May or May Not:

Link to last year's GRS wiki page:

Graduate Seminar 2023-2024
Graduate Seminar 2022-2023
Graduate Seminar 2021-2022

Session One

Outcome of today's workshop:

'Draft Project Proposal (Project That May or May Not be Made)


Outline of GRS: Marloes.

Pad for note taking and reference during the session.

11:30 - 13:00 Introductions

In the first session we are going to get straight to work.

Each student will introduces themselves via the Project(s) That May or May Not Be Made, Interview and Rapid Prototypes they worked on last trimester (5 minutes each).

link to this year's rapid prototypes and Projects That May

13:00 - 14:00 LUNCH


Individually: write a new Project That May or May Not Be Made OR build on existing Project That May or May Not Be Made.

Use the format we are familiar with to make a start:

What? (two sentences)

Why? (two sentences) [old version: How? but very similar to workflow]

Workflow (two or three sentences)

Timetable (Sept*)

Relation to previous practice (two sentences, draw on Text on Practice)

Choices made (two sentences)

Note: When writing this, please consider where you are at with your self-directed research and what you want to achieve this year. Think concretely about what you want to make, how you are going to make it and why you are going to make it. Consider: The choices you made that led you to this proposal and the possibilities open to you. Consider the material have you written (for previous presentations, descriptions of work , assignments for last year's methods class, Text on Practice and the methods of annotation you developed &c) which you can use for this draft proposal.


Review texts in groups of three


Make two new Rapid Prototypes (20 mins)


Upload Project That May or May Not Be Made and Rapid Prototypes to this page


GRS Session 1 2024-2025


In one group round up and outline of next session.

Homework 3 rapid prototypes related to the text you wrote today. Discuss your proposal with your Prototyping tutors and peers.

  • Note: you may want to develop an existing Project That May or May Not Be Made.