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UCL Graduate School Masterclass: Inspiring Research in European Law, Modern History and Public Policy

Course Description

Masterclass theme: European Law, Modern History and Public Policy 

UCL is home to numerous world-leading researchers, whose research, ways of working and careers provide inspiring models for any researcher at an early point in their career. Graduate School Masterclasses are a  programme of talks and workshops designed specifically for researchers to hear from, interact with and be inspired by outstanding academic researchers. 

This year the masterclass is organised in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), the German national agency for the support of international academic cooperation and UCL School of Public Policy. The DAAD currently provides financial support to more than 55,000 individuals every year by offering funding to students, researchers and academics worldwide.

Speakers have been invited to talk about their current research and the business of research in general, their views on how ideas are generated and research projects realised.  The sessions also seek to present speakers' views and experiences of their time in academia, their ways of working and their interesting careers.  Open to a restricted number of participants, sessions are conceived as being interactive, with a presentation from the speaker and plenty of time for the audience to ask questions. Each speaker will give their unique perspective on these issues, and although the talks will focus on a particular discipline, the chance to listen to and talk to a senior member of the global research community should appeal more widely to researchers considering a future in international research. 

Speakers for 22 May 2013 Masterclass (click below to expand)

Professor Mary Fulbrook (UCL)

Mary Fulbrook is Professor of German History at UCL. She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge, as an undergraduate and at Harvard University, where she did her MA and PhD; she has also held a Harvard Center for European Studies Krupp Fellowship at the LSE, and a Lady Margaret Research Fellowship at New Hall (now Murray Edwards College) at Cambridge. Her research interests have ranged across a variety of fields, including religion and society in early modern Europe, the German dictatorships of the twentieth century, Europe after the Holocaust, and historiography and social theory. Mary Fulbrook's contributions to UCL have included nearly a dozen years as Head of the German Department as well as a stint serving on UCL Council. She is currently Vice-Dean (Interdisciplinarity) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. (See full biography).

Professor Christian Joerges (Hertie School of Governance) 

Christian Joerges is Professor of Law and Society at the Hertie School of Governance. His research focuses on European and international economic law, risk regulation within the EU and in international trade relations, particularly the legitimacy problems of pertinent governance arrangements and practices. In addition to his professorship at Hertie School, he is committed as Research Professor at the Law Faculty of Bremen University and Co-Director of the Centre of European Law and Politics. Until 2007 he held the chair for European Economic Law at the European University Institute Florence.  He was a Visiting Professor at Trento, Italy; Birkbeck University College, London; the University of Toronto, New York University Law School and Columbia Law School. His research deals with the Europeanization of economic law, European and transnational regulatory politics and governance arrangements in constitutional perspectives. His orientation in both European and international studies is interdisciplinary. (See full biography).

Programme outline:
09:45 – Tea & Coffee
10:00 – Welcome Prof Albert Weale
10:15 – Presentation from Prof Christian Joerges 
10:45 – Presentation from Prof Mary Fulbrook
11:15 – Questions & Answers
12:00 – Lunch  
13:30 – End

This event is limited to 50 participants. Please note that you will not be admited to attend unless your place has been confirmed on the course.

Researcher Development Framework Categories

B3) Professional and career development
C2) Research management

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • 1st Year Research Students
  • 2nd Year Research Students
  • 3rd Year Research Students
  • 4th Year Research Students

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