UCL Graduate School Review Competition 2009

The competition was open to UCL graduate research students currently enrolled in the following faculties: Arts & Humanities, Laws, Social & Historical Sciences. It was conceived as complementary to the Graduate School Poster Competition, which is not necessarily appropriate for students in these faculties.


First Prize (£400)

Ms Katharina Rietzler, History
Joan Hoff, A Faustian Foreign Policy: From Woodrow Wilson to George W. Bush

Second Prize (£200)

Mr Nicholas Shepley, English Language & Literature
Miss Herbert, by Adam Thirlwell

Third Prize (£100)

Mr Piergiorgio Di Giminiani, Anthropology
Our society in front of mental deviancy: an appraisal of Nick Crossley's history of psychiatric movements in Great Britain

Winning entries will be published in Opticon 1826.


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

  • Professor Stephen Hart, Vice-Head, Graduate School and Dept of Spanish & Latin American Studies (Chair)
  • Professor Nicola Miller, Dept of History
  • Mr Graeme Abernethy,PhD student, Dept of English Language & Literature
  • Ms Christine Lai, PhD student, Dept of English Language & Literature, Editor of Opticon 1826

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 The following types of review are eligible: (a) unpublished, (b) in press, or (c) already published.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.

Our competition pages contains details of the entrants. Should you wish your details to be removed, please contact docschoolweb@ucl.ac.uk.