Past Seminars

Newnham College’s past programme of Pudding Seminars, focusing on new research by members of the College, includes:

Programme for Lent Term 2024

19 January 2024: Suri Li (PhD, History of Art), ‘The Poor Clares and the Meditations on the Life of Christ’

26 January 2024: Constanza Leeb (MCR),’Me, myself and AI: AI-Augmentation at the workplace’

2 February 2024: Vaidehi Roy Chowdhury (MCR, Centre for Misfolding Diseases), ‘Mechanisms of aggregation and pathogenesis of the amyloidogenic peptide medin’

9 February 2024: Miranda Evans (PhD, Archaeology), ‘The Proteomics of Pottery: What can dirty dishes tell us about ancient cuisine?’

16 February 2024: Eve Canning (JCR, Linguistics), ‘The stories of our lives: Evidence from linguistic phylogenetics, syntax, and language contact’

23 February 2024: Nikita Jha (MCR), ‘Looking for Windmills: What Can the ‘Invisible’ Schools of India Teach Us About Evolving from Crisis?’

1 March 2024: Isobel Ackerman (MCR), ‘Secret Cities: publishing ‘unusual guidebooks’’

8 March 2024: Emma Arnold (JCR, Classics), ‘Loving Animals: Pastoral, Politics, and the Representation of Animals in Daphnis and Chloe’

Programme for Michaelmas Term 2023

13 October: Juliette Limozin (PhD), ‘Unravelling Cause and Effect: Exploring Causal Inference and Trial Emulation’

20 October: Saleyha Ahsan (MCR), on the impact of attacks against healthcare in armed conflict

27 October: Yana Stoykova (MCR), ‘Is Consent Necessary for Ethical Sex?’

3 November: Sangeet S. Jain (MCR), ‘Industrial policy in crisis: India’s COVID-19 innovation ecosystem’

10 November: Shona Brophy (Part III Maths), on the history of mathematics

17 November: Jasmine Crosbie (JCR), ‘Asexuality and Mental Health’

24 November: Linh Nguyen (MCR), ‘The Epistemology of Heartbreak’

Programme for Easter Term 2023

28 April: Aneira King (JCR), ‘Creating writers: an exploration of women’s religious spaces and the development of authors in Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit and Antonia White’s Frost in May’

5 May: Ranjini (PhD),’ From Bayadere to Classical Dancer: Aesthetics and Politics in the making of dance in independent India ‘

12 May: Leah Brainerd (PhD), ‘Is it the Tools or the Fields that make us? Modelling the Ecological Niche for Rice during the Yayoi Period in Japan’

19 May: Samantha Huston (PhD), ‘Playful edits: young children’s use of play after storytime to change stories’

Programme for Lent Term 2023

  • 27 January 2023: Esme Ashe-Jepson (MCR), ‘Thermoregulatory ability versus thermal tolerance in tropical butterflies: alternative strategies to cope with climate change’
  • 3 February 2023: Tasnuva Ferdous Ming Khan (MCR), ‘Under the sea: Ecosystem structure of Antarctic seafloor invertebrates in the modern oceans and in the fossil record’
  • 10 February 2023: Mahera Sarkar (JCR), ‘Should a different approach be permitted for people who do not recognise brainstem death as death for religious reasons?’
  • 17 February: Keir Hesse and Jude Taylor (JCR), ‘Spaces within Spaces: Gender Non-Conformity at a Women’s College’
  • 24 February 2023: Karinder Brar (PhD, UK Dementia Institute), Mechanisms to Medicines in Neurodegeneration
  • 3 March 2023: Florence Harry (MCR), “Anthropology and Theology: an ‘Awkward’ – or ‘Transformative’ – Relationship?”
  • 10 March 2023: Shaaroni Wong (PhD), ‘Nothing and Everything: Turning to the Void as Research Methodology’

Programme for Michaelmas Term 20222

  • 21 October 2022: Laura Dennis (Curator), on Newnham’s Portrait Collection
  • 28 October 2022: Milena Ivanova (Special Supervisor), ‘What makes an experiment beautiful?’
  • 4 November 2022, Margarida Dias Rodrigues (Special Supervisor), on new tools for the early diagnosis of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
  • 11 November 2022, Rose Frith (JCR), on Charlotte Salomon’s Leben? Oder Theater?
  • 18 November 2022: Mollie Etheridge (MCR), ‘Feminist refusal in the care-full obfuscations of UK-based doctoral students’ [CANCELLED]

Programme for Easter Term 2022

  • 29th April 2022: Ricarda Beckmann (SCR), ‘The mystery of the first supermassive black holes’
  • 6th May 2022: Sam Lucy (SCR) , ‘How to analyse a cemetery – exploring early medieval identity and burial practice’
  • 13th May 2022: Carol Atack (SCR), ‘Ai Weiwei’s ‘The Liberty of Doubt’ between past and present’
  • 20th May 2022: Anna Schroeder (PRA), ‘ Longer green times, lower emissions? How changes in traffic signal timings affect air pollution’

Programme for Lent Term 2022

  • 4 Feb: Ella Nowicki (JCR), ‘If I did not know prison life’: Ben Shahn’s rejected murals for Rikers Island Penitentiary (1935)
  • 11 Feb: Klea Ramaj (MCR), Researching domestic violence, maternal wellbeing, and early childhood development in middle-income countries: The case of Albania.
  • 18 Feb: Imogen Cornish (JCR) – ‘Blue as Hel’: The Colour Blue in the Icelandic Family Sagas.’
  • 25 Feb: Sheila Watts (SCR) – ‘More different to one another as you might think’: Comparing and contrasting in English and German.
  • 4 March: Bethan Holloway-Strong (JCR) – Going off at the deep end: swimming and coming of age in contemporary American novels

Programme for Michaelmas Term 2021

  • 29 Oct: Claire Riordan (MCR), Self-Healing Cementitious Systems: How can we engineer safe and sustainable structures using capsule-based self-healing?
  • 5 November: Jerome Viard (Newnham Gardener), Rat tales: The success story of a rodent eradication on the subantarctic island of South Georgia.
  • 12th November: Emily Kinder (JCR), “Righteous Vaccine Nationalism? The case for nuance in the vaccine distribution debate”
  • 19th November: Asma Ibrahim (JCR), Taiwan: Renegade Province or Independent Country?
  • 26th November: Laura Dennis (Newnham Curator), Curating the Art Collections at Newnham.

Programme for Easter Term 2021

  • 7 May: Anne Hewitt (alumna), ‘From Working Women to Working Wives to Working Mothers: The Progression of Female Employment in the Mid-Twentieth Century United States
  • 14 May: Hannah Kahn (MPhil), ‘Biblical Exegesis and the Legitimation of Power in Bishop Fisher’s Funeral Sermon for Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond and Derby’
  • 21 May: Nazia Jassim (PhD), ‘How do autistic individuals process sensory information? Findings from cognitive neuroscience’

Programme for Lent Term 2021

  • 12 February: Isabel Hernández-Gil (JCR) ‘Thinking as a Moral Concept: Hannah Arendt and Socratic Dialogue’
  • 19 February: Gea T. van de Kerkhof (MCR), ‘Beautiful bacteria: how the structural organisation of cells can create iridescent colours’
  • 26 February: Ranjini (MCR): ‘The aesthetic as a politico-cultural choice: What does Indian classical dance perform?’
  • 5 March: Daisy Coombs (JCR), ‘Foreignness in the works of Charlote Brontë’
  • 12 March: Mariam Makramalla (MCR), ‘The arts as a medium for advocacy, debate and awareness raising’

Programme for Michaelmas 2020

  • 23 October: Josephine Holt (alumna), ‘The global mental health burden of COVID-19 on critical care staff’
  • 30 October: Mariam Makramalla (MCR), ‘Why do we learn ? A public engagement initiative in Egypt’
  • POSTPONED 6 November: Mala Virdee (MCR), ‘Monitoring whales by satellite using deep learning’
  • 13 November: Yasmin Sheamur (MCR), ‘British immigration policymaking and European integration, 1973-1985’
  • 20 November: Helena McBurney (JCR), ‘Siren Song: The Invention of the Diva in 19th Century Literature’
  • 27 November: Leah Brainerd (MCR), ‘Investigating the Introduction of Agriculture in Japan during the Jomon-Yayoi Transition’

Programme for Easter Term Seminars 2020

  • 24 April: Hannah Marshall (MCR), ‘Child Criminal Exploitation in the UK’s Illicit Drug Distribution Networks’
  • 1 May: Zsofia Szlamka (alumna), ”Why are we special? We are supposed to be the same!’ Empowerment of families with developmental disorders in Ethiopia’
  • 8 May: Caitlin Power (MCR), ‘Considering the policy interventions required to reduce gendered inequalities in Australia’s superannuation (retirement income) system’
  • 15 May: Josie Gaynord (MCR), ‘Where do our antibiotics come from?’

Programme for Lent Term Seminars 2020

  • 31 January: Laura Dennis, Curator of Fine and Decorative Art Collections on Newnham’s bronze sculpture ‘Carmen’ (1949) by artist Dora Gordine.
  • 7 February: Yan-Yi Lee (MCR), ‘Do Different Languages Train Our Brain in Different Ways?: Revisiting Bilingualism and Cognitive Development’
  • 14 February: R. Ranjini (MCR), ”Whose Dance is it Anyway? Indian Classical Dance as a mirror to the Nation’
  • 21 February: Jess Sharpe (MCR), ‘A Partnership in Science and Suffrage: Dr Ethel Williams and Frances Hardcastle ‘
  • 28 February: Namera Tanjeem (JCR), on the novels of Georgette Heyer

Programme for Michaelmas Term 2019

  • 1 November: Rianna Davis (JCR), ‘“Historias Ineditas”: Historiographies of Spanish Hispaniola and Dominican Dissent’
  • 8 November: Jiaqi Li (JCR), ”Engineering Natural Killer cells for Cancer Immunotherapy’
  • 15 November: Christopher Moncrieff (Royal Literary Fund Writing Fellow) and Emily Carrington Freeman (illustrator), ‘Poetry, painting and the X chromosome’
  • 22 November: Namera Tanjeem (JCR), ‘What’s in a Name? A Discussion of English Naming Conventions and Genealogy.’
  • 29 November: Laura Dennis, Curator of Fine and Decorative Art Collections, on the Painting of Lettice Ramsey by Francis Baker

Programme for Easter Term 2019

  • 3 May: Alice Roberts (MCR), ‘Images and Objectification’
  • 10 May: Erika Teichert (MCR), ‘”Que sea ley”: Fighting to Legalise Abortion in Argentina Today’
  • 17 May: Laura Dennis (Curator of Valuable Possessions), on the Arts Council Collection and its loan to Newnham

Programme for Lent Term 2019

  • 1 February: Robyn Bellinger (JCR), ‘Molière’s deus ex machina and its (in)significance today’
  • 8 February: Rowan Cookson (JCR), ‘Class, feminism, housework, motherhood, paid employment: working-class women’s work in early 20th-Century England’
  • 15 February: Isabel Hernandez-Gil-Crespo (JCR), ‘Losing our ‘Pagan Innocence: Female Objectification through the Lens of Dance’
  • 22 February: Bao Nguyen Nguyen Thi (PhD), ‘Phase Transfer of Thermal Responsive Capsule and its Cargo’
  • 1 March: Elise Burton (SCR), ‘Religious Minorities and Human Genetics in the Middle East’

Programme for Michaelmas Term 2018

  • 26 October: Mariam Makramalla (PhD), ‘Problem Solving in the Classroom: The power dynamics between teacher beliefs and the cultural context’
  • 9 November: Jenna DiRito (PhD), ‘Exploring the future of renal transplantation: reconditioning, repairing, and assessing human kidneys outside of the body’
  • 16 November: Tugba Basaran (Bye Fellow), ‘Global Labour and the Migrant Premium: The Cost of Working Abroad’
  • 23 November: Susan Imrie (JRF), ‘Modern families: are the kids alright?’

Programme for Easter Term 2018

  • 27 April: Bijun Tang (MPhil), ‘Seeing Plant Hormone in Action’
  • 4 May: Chrystel Papi (MPhil), ‘‘Tracing the roots of a Globalisation backlash in American political outcomes of the early interwar period (1919–30)’
  • 11 May: Tanya Paes (MCR) will present her research on the relation between play and children’s development
  • 18 May: Erika Teichert (PhD), ‘Difficult Histories: Representing Memory and Human Rights in Argentina’

Programme for Lent Term 2018

  • 9 February: Bao Nguyen Nguyen Thi (PhD), ‘Supramolecular Cages as Membranes for Chemical Separations’
  • 16 February: Samatha Leggett (PhD), ‘Food and Faith in Anglo-Saxon England, the challenges of multi-disciplinary research’
  • 23 February: Artricia Rasyid (MCR), ‘Anthropologist, Quo Vadis? Deriving Private-Public Sector Knowledge from Multi-Modal Ethnography in Indonesia’s Chinese Mosque (2018), Bali “Aga” Village (2017) and Urban Slums (2015)’
  • 2 March: Elizabeth Campion (LLM) on her experience advocating in disability benefits tribunals pro bono.

Programme for Michaelmas Term 2017

  • 27 October: Dr Emma Wild-Wood (SCR), ‘Mobile Religion and a Holy City: Refashioning Sacred Space in West Africa’
  • 3 November: Zsofia Szlamka, ‘Interning with the World Health Organisation’
  • 10 November: Panayiota Katsamba (MCR), ‘A tale of spaceship-looking viruses: Migration of phages along bacterial flagella’
  • 17 November: Constanza Toro-Valdivieso, ‘Conservation genetics: The microbiome as an indicator of population stability in fur seals populations’
  • 24 November: Juliette Losq, Newnham alumna and artist

Programme for Easter term 2017

  • 28 April: Dror Sharon (MPhil in Political thought and Intellectual History)
  • 5 May: Vera Chapiro (JCR, Sociology), ‘The Musée de l’Histoire de l’Immigration: a museum for immigrants?’
  • 12 May:  Holly Corfield Carr (PhD English), ‘Readings in depth: Thomas Hardy’s ‘doubleeyed’ vision’
  • 19 May: Artist Cathy de Moncheaux will talk about her new public art works for Newnham

Programme for Lent Term 2017

  • 27 January: ‘Extraordinary’ Pudding Seminar with Mike Levy, ‘We must save the children’.
  • 10 February: Dr Alexandra Vukovich, ‘Demystifying the Land of Darkness’
  • 17 February: ‘Form and Place’, A Poetry Reading by John Greening (RLF Fellow)
  • 24 February: Jessie Fyfe (PhD, Architecture), ‘Legacies of witness testimony on physical and memorial landscapes in Croatia’
  • 3 March: Henrietta McBurney Ryan (Advisor on Valuable Possessions) ‘Hidden Treasures from the Newnham College Collections’

Programme for Michaelmas Term 2016

  • 28 October, ‘Extraordinary Pudding Seminar’: Professor Michael. H. Allen (Harvey Wexler Chair in Political Science at Bryn Mawr College), ‘Reluctant Consent: Changing Postures of Obligation in International Law within the Globalizing World Economy’
  • 4 November: Dr Úna Monaghan (SCR), ‘Contemporary Irish Traditional Music: New Technologies, Improvisation and Experimental Practices’
  • 11 November: Natasha Crosby (JCR), ‘The Divine Woman: Visualising Beatrice in Dante’s Vita Nuova
  • 18 November: Callie Vandewiele (MCR), ‘Our Grandmothers’ looms: Q’eqchi’ weavers, museum textiles and the repatriation of lost knowledge’
  • 25 November: Dr Maria Matos (SCR), ‘Developing cancer therapeutics: modification of a unique lysine residue on native proteins and antibodies’

Programme for Michaelmas Term 2015

  • 6 November 2015: Lydia Hamlett (SCR, Art History), ‘Pandora and her pithos at Petworth House’
  • 13 November 2015: Amanda Aldercotte (MCR, Psychology)
  • 20 November 2015: EXTRAORDINARY PUDDING SEMINAR given by invited speaker Paul Mylrea, the University’s Director of Communications
  • 27 November 2015: Becky Kershaw (MCR, Nanoscience), ‘Nanomedicine in diagnostics: a ‘plastic antibody’ for preclinical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease? ‘

Programme for Easter Term 2015

  • 24 April 2015: Professor Terence Doyle,’Thinking in Pictures; Leonardo da Vinci as a Physiologist’
  • 1 May 2015: Veronica Wong (MCR): ‘Chemistry Sugar Rush: The chemistry behind wrinkling and ageing’
  • 8 May 2015: Kaylan Schwartz (MCR): ‘Authenticity and the international volunteer excursion: What constitutes a ‘real’ Kenyan experience?’
  • 15 May 2015: Katherine Olley (MCR): ‘The End in the Beginning: Continuing Without Closure in the Hildr Legend’

Programme for Lent Term 2015

Programme for Michaelmas Term 2014

  • 31 October 2014: Christina Koning (Royal Literary Fund Fellow) ‘Getting the past in your sights’: some thoughts on writing and research’
  • 7 November 2014: Riamsara Kuyakanon Knapp (MCR) ‘Prisoners of Shangri-La: Tunnelling through to Sustainable Development? Examining the bonds of conservation-culture-development in the Bhutan Himalaya’
  • 14 November 2014: Emma Troop (JCR) ‘An innovative approach to tackling education poverty in Kenya: Impact investing and social entrepreneurship’
  • 21 November 2014: Dr Kumar Aniket (SCR) ‘Microfinance: The Economics of buying a buffalo’
  • 28 November 2014: Professor Rae Langton (SCR) ‘Authority in sexual speech’

Programme for Easter Term 2014

  • Friday 25 April 2014: Peng Zhang (MCR), ‘A Tale of Two Classes: Intergenerational Occupational Choice in Contemporary China’
  • Friday 2 May 2014: Susan Haines (SCR), ‘Where has all the antimatter gone? Probing matter-antimatter asymmetries at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider’
  • Friday 9 May 2014: Birgitta Olofsson (SCR), ‘From metabolism to behaviour: what a tiny worm can tell us about foraging decisions’
  • Friday 16 May 2014: Jenna Dittmar (MCR), ‘A microscopic analysis of human dissection techniques across England from 1700-1900’

Programme for Lent 2014

  • Friday 7 February 2014: Magali Krasny (MCR), ‘Sharing economic knowledge after 2008: case studies in France’
  • Friday 14 February 2014: Sertaç Sehlikoglu (MCR), ‘Becoming fit in “Men-Free” Spaces: Desirious Subjects in Istanbul’
  • Friday 21 February 2014: Grace Copplestone (JCR), ‘Learn to code – An insight into the workings of the world wide web with tips about how to make a website of your own’
  • Friday 28 February 2014: Alex Da Costa (SCR), ‘Impairment and Disability in Medieval Literature’
  • Friday 7 March 2014: Claire Nichols (JCR), ‘Magnetism of Meteorites: Clues to Planetary Formation in the Early Solar System

Programme for Michaelmas 2013

  • 1 November 2013: Zoe Wyatt (JCR) – Network Analysis: Facebook graph search and making sense of Big Data
  • 8 November 2013: Hannah Marshall (JCR) – Absenteeism in rural Ugandan schools
  • 15 November 2013: Jenny Reid (Alumna; NC 2007) – Therapeutic hypothermia for traumatic brain injury, too cool to be true?
  • 22 November 2013: Jennifer Bishop (MCR) – Silver mining projects in mid-16th-century England and Ireland: foreign expertise and the early modern state
  • 29 November 2013: Professor Dame Carol Black (Principal) -Sickness absence: policy into practice