Postgrad Week: a meeting of mindsDate Released: Mon, 21 September 2015 15:58 +0200
The third annual Rhodes Linguistics Postgraduate Week clearly showcased the quality and variety of the research done by our postgraduate students. The week, which brings together students based in Grahamstown with those completing their degrees from a distance, was held from Monday 31 August to Friday 4 September 2015 at the Gavin Relly Postgraduate Village.
The first three days of the week were a mini-conference in which each Honours, Master’s and doctoral student in the Department had a chance to present their work. The wide variety of topics alone made for interesting listening. They ranged from using forensic linguistics to establish the authorship of academic essays to investigating the use of language by different gangs in a prison. Students received some tricky questions, but mostly plenty of helpful feedback from their peers and the staff.
Staff members were very impressed at the quality of the presentations, and concluded that they were of a higher standard than those at some conferences they had been to.
On the Thursday and Friday of the week, groups of students working on similar areas of study got together for research team meetings, and distance students had an opportunity to meet their supervisors for some face-to-face guidance with their research.
All in all, Postgraduate Week was a highly productive ‘meeting of the minds’.