UCL Graduate School Review Competition 2008

Competition Guidelines

The review shall ideally take the form of a review of publishable quality which evaluates an academic book focussing on a subject or issue in the arts and humanities, or laws, or the social and historical sciences; or which evaluates a work of art; or a literary work; or an exhibition; or a film; or a TV programme; or a cultural event. Alternatively the review may take the form of a literature review designed for a non-specialised audience which outlines the current state of play in a clearly defined intellectual field of inquiry. Publishable here is understood to mean 'worthy of publication in a major academic journal or a magazine or a review or a newspaper'. The following types of review are eligible: (a) unpublished, (b) in press, or (c) already published. All reviews submitted by the deadline was assessed by a panel composed of UCL academics and postgraduate students. Each review was judged on its intellectual merits rather than on whether or not it has been published.


The competition was open to UCL graduate research students currently enrolled in the following faculties:

  •  Arts & Humanities
  •  Laws
  •  Social & Historical Sciences

and it was conceived as complementary to the Graduate School Poster Competition.


The Graduate School would like to thank the following who acted as judges:

  •  Professor Stephen Hart, Vice-Head, Graduate School, and Spanish & Latin American Studies (Chair)
  •  Professor Eric Barendt, Laws
  •  Ms Gesche Ipsen, PhD student, Spanish & Latin American Studies
  •  Professor Nicola Miller, History
  •  Mr Ta-ching Shih, PhD student, Political Science


First Prize (£400)

Mr Eli Park Sorensen, French
The Austerian Master Code

Second Prize (£200)

Miss Erin Sullivan, Welcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine
The Notebooks of Nehemiah Wallington, 1618-1654: A Selection

Third Prize (£100)

Ms Pei-Suin Ng, Italian
The Question of Value: A Review of Michael Clayton

Winning entries has been published in Opticon 1826.

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