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Astonish the world conference 2020

(28 February 2020)

Stephenson College welcomes submissions for their inaugural conference on 15 July 2020. This inter-disciplinary conference aims to showcase the amazing research done by our students and staff. Abstracts of no more than 250 words should be submitted by 31 March 2020. Please state a preference for either a spoken or poster presentation.

Striking, stupefying, shocking: how does your research astonish the world? Stephenson College invites postgraduate researchers, master’s students, early career researchers and staff members at Durham University to present on topics that astound, alarm and astonish, with the opportunity to have their papers published. We encourage creative and wide-ranging approaches to the concept of astounding the world through the exploration of different fields of research. This interdisciplinary conference hopes to attract scholars working in STEM, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities across a variety of fields whilst covering a range of periods and across different national contexts.

Submissions are welcomed across a range of topics and questions including, but not limited to:

  • Eye-opening world issues
  • Surprising discoveries
  • New research developments
  • Striking historical events
  • Art/literature/film that stuns, shocks or stirs Real or fictional people that are outstanding, inspiring or alarming Innovative designs and inventions


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