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Josephine Butler

Josephine Butler Research Forum

About the Forum

This year the college is organising a cross-college research forum taking place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April. Every Durham University student at both postgraduate and undergraduate level is invited to participate. It will be a great opportunity for postgraduates of different disciplines to share their work, whilst final-year undergraduate students are particularly welcome to present or prepare a poster from their dissertation or project work.

Call For Papers

The Research Forum is a broad and multi-disciplinary event open to all students from any discipline. There is no set conference topic or theme--please use this opportunity to submit an abstract on any topic drawn from your recent or ongoing research. We welcome single and joint presentations.

The submission requires a title and abstract of the suggested oral presentation (150-250 words) or a title for a proposed poster. Specifically, the participants can choose between 3 options.

Short presentation (15 min presentation followed by 5 minutes questions)

Long presentation (30 minutes presentation followed by 10 minutes questions)

Poster (A1/A0 size) to be presented during coffee breaks. If the poster is accepted the printing costs will be covered by the college.

The submission deadline for titles and abstracts is extended until 5th April. The review results and the presentation times will be announced by 10th April.


Awards were provided for the best presentation in each category at the discretion of the forum organisers. The winners were:

Tommy Pallett (best long presentation)

Hannah Wylie (best short presentation)

Yeachan Park and Linda Bou Ali (best short presentation)

Max Berthet (best poster)

Submission point (closed now)

Final Programme


Saturday 22nd April

10.00 10.15: Registration (only for speakers)

10.15 – 10.20: Opening of the event. Welcome Talk.

10.20 – 11.40:

“Constructing knotted vortices in the Belousov-Zhabotinsky reaction”, David Evans

“String Theory Made Easy”, Maciej Matuszewski

11.40 12.00: Coffee Break

12.00 – 13.20 :

“The Poet Awakens: A creative and critical approach to poetry in secondary schools”, Martina Diehl

“The impact of socio-economic background and secondary schooling on students’ access to labour market: Evidence from England”, Xin Shao

“The development of children's perception of space: an investigation through immersive virtual reality”, Yeachan Park & Linda Bou Ali

13.20 – 14.20: Lunch Break & Poster Presentation

14.20 15.10:

“Trilingual Code-Switching in Oum El Bouaghi, Algeria”, Nassiba Benferdi

“Yashmaks and Lattices: Constantinopolitan women in travel-writing, 1852-1915”, Pelin Chenel

15.10 – 15.30: Coffee Break

15.30 – 17.00:

“NATO: the EU's defence and security policy?”, Andy P.Corkhill

“Sex Offenders and Criminal Profiling: Could that be the answer for the miscarriages of the criminal Justice system?”, Christina Mitoula

Sunday 23rd April

10.00 10.15: Registration (only for speakers)

10.15 10.20: Opening of the second day (David Evans, MCR President)

10.20 – 12.00:

“What’s in A Name? – Twenty-First Century Developments in Boduberu”, Emma Tustin

“An Exposition of Orchestration diagrams, and a closer look at the texture of Brahms ‘Poco Allegretto’ from his third Symphony”, Tristan Latchford

“Investigating how rhythm contributes to musically-induced “chills”: A case study in The World It Softly Lulls by Hiatus Kaiyote”, Katie Moberly

“Music, Identity, and the Self in Three Contemporary Novels: Does it alter us more to be heard, or to hear? Is it better to have been loved, or to love?”, Katie Harling-Challis

12.00 12.20: Coffee Break

12.20 13.00:

“Investigating the Causes of Income Inequality in Transition Economies”, Andrei Sandu

“Islamic Microfinance Institution’s Role in Alleviating Poverty: A Study Case in Bangladesh and Indonesia”, Dian Andari

13.00 –14.00: Lunch Break & Poster presentation

14.00 15.40:

“On the necessity of origin thesis”, Angelos Sofocleous

“Forgotten Identities: Analysing Diaspora Eurasia Cultural Heritage in Penang, Malaysia”, Jun Hui Sim

“A Drift Towards Pre-Emptive Justice in Countering New Terrorism”, Hannah Wylie

15.40 16.00: Coffee Break

16.00 17.00:

“Light-activated Organic Compounds Can Be Used in the Treatment of Skin Wounds, Infections, and Cancer”, Tommy Pallett

“Face your Fears!! Unravelling the complexities of facial signalling in social canids”, Elana Hobkirk

17.00 18:00: Awards and after-forum drinks


The registration is now open and available at

More information

For informal queries, please contact:

Mr David Evans (, MCR President

Miss Ourania Ventista (, Scholarly Activities Officer