Graduate Seminar 2019-2020

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This is the page for the Graduate Research Seminar 2019-2020 run by Steve Rushton and Marloes de Valk.

The outcome of the seminar is:

Trimester four: a Graduate Project Proposal (1500 words) + Trimester four and five: Thesis (8000 words).

The seminar will comprise individual tuition with Steve or Marloes and group sessions on specific methods (including peer to peer commentary, 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.


The Graduate Seminar 2019–2020 with Marloes & Steve

The sessions will be for all second year media students: Y2LB and XPub

The sessions will take place every other Thursday.

The sessions will be all day workshops.

For each session the students will set aims at the end of the day the results will published on the wiki and reviewed by the group. 

Achievable aims will be set ahead of the next session. 

Sessions will include group work, individual work and  individual tutorials with Marloes & Steve

Outcome: Project Proposal (trim 4)

Outcome: Thesis (trim 4 & 5)


9 & 10 November Graduate Proposal Assessment


9 November Graduate Proposal Deadline

9 November Thesis outline

Early Dec Deadline First Chapter

Mid Feb Deadline First Draft Thesis

Early March Deadline Second Draft thesis (texts to 2nd readers)

Mid March Deadlines Second readers' comments




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)



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.

Think concretely about what you want to make, how you are going to make it and why you are going to make it.


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 from the 'text on method' you wrote last trimester could be useful for the proposal?

What material have you written (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

Session 1: 12 September

Outcome: draft project proposal

Graduate proposal guidelines

First session pdf


Today's pad:

11:00 – 11:45 Intro Grad Seminar Steve & Marloes. Who is who & what’s the plan for the year. What is a thesis, what is a project proposal and WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE! :)

A short writing game in groups of 3: note taker, interviewer, talker.

11:45 – 12:30 Students present their past work and current projects in more detail. Discuss the writing and research practices you have already developed (for example, the annotated readers and texts on method).

12:30- 13:30 Group session to discuss project proposal work and how to start writing it.


14:30 – 15:50 Write draft individually.

15:50 – 16:25 Peer feedback in groups. How do your ideas communicate in text, to someone less familiar with your work?

16:25 – 16:35 Publish draft on wiki.


16:35 – 17:20 Introduction to thesis writing and homework for next session: theme thesis + annotated bibliography with 5 key texts (synopsis)+ a mini prototype/sketch/gesture in relation to your project proposal.

Session 2: 19 September

Outcome: Project Proposal and First Draft of the Thesis Outline.

Discuss: Hackpact & annotated bibliography as assists to project proposal and thesis outline.


11:00 – 11:15 Intro: the plan for today and questions.

11:15 – 12.15 Review proposal draft in groups, including the rapid- prototype/ hackpact/gesture in the direction of your research.

12:30 – 13:30 Working on the hack-pact/rapid prototype, sketch.

LUNCH 13:30-14:30



14:30 – 15:30 Short intro on how to start writing an outline. Emphasis on using the outline as a flexible document, a work in progress that can help you find focus.

15:30 – 17:30  Write. Steve and Marloes are around to help out.

17:30 – 17:45  Meet up to discuss work load ahead of next meeting.

Brief chat about Jstor / aaarg / Royal Library / …

Some notes on the thesis process:

Mid March feedback from second readers

Early April: THESIS DEADLINE: all theses submitted (HARD copies + digital)

Thesis Title Page

Early May: Steve, Marloes and third writing tutor draft feedback on the theses they supervised

Mid-May: Steve, Marloes and third writing tutor will review and moderate each other’s feedback and grades

End of May: Finalized feedback and grades submitted to Leslie

Early June: Finalized feedback and grades communicated to students

    Outcomes for next meeting 03 October:

1) Draft thesis outline

2) Continue the annotated bibliography by describing how the texts relate to your research (word limit of 200 words).

3) Draft of proposal (30 September upload and Marloes and Steve give feed back).

4) “Hackpact” a sketch each day - write a few lines on each of these experiments. Upload on wiki.

Session 3: 03 October


11:00- 11:15 Group meeting to discuss plan for the day. Questions about last session & homework.

11:15- 12:15 Meet in groups, go through draft proposals & hackpacts, problems encountered, give each other feedback on texts. 15 mins per person+-.

12:15-14:00 Write draft proposal.



15:00 – 16:00 In groups, review each others thesis outline and annotated bibliography. Give feedback.

16:00 – 17:00 Write - Steve and Marloes give individual tutorials where needed.

17:30 – 18:00 Meet as group to discuss plan for next session.

Outcomes for next meeting:

1) Reworked draft thesis outline, more detailed this time.

2) Draft of project proposal nearing final version.

4) “Hackpact” or “rapid prototype” or “a sketch a day”. Include these in your project proposal!

Session 4: 17 October

11:00 - 17:15 Individual tutorials in which we discuss final draft Thesis outline and final draft project proposal. Sign up for a session on the Calendar!

17.15 - 18.00 Group session talking about progress and next steps.

Session 5: 07 November

New tutor joining us!!!


Texts on method:

Mia: Tracing My Way (June 2019)

Andreas' Text on Method

Jue When I Draw a Room

Felix Felix' Text on Method – Everywhere: The World

Ugo [[Fluidity & the photo-filmic gesture]]

Susanna it's here <> more images

Sonia What Does It Take to Make a Contemplative Practice? : An Extended Essay (II)

Cem 's text on method

Ana Brumat [TextOnMethod - CyberAlchemy]


Marieke File:Text on method marieke dezwart.pdf

Cem project proposal draft

Past sessions:



Project proposals 2017-2018
Project proposals 2018-1019 FINAL PROJECT PROPOSAL