UCL Graduate School Review Competition 2014

This competition was conceived as complementary to the Graduate School Poster Competition and was open to UCL graduate research students currently enrolled in the Faculties of Arts and Humanities, Laws or Social and Historical Sciences.

The reviews entered must be of publishable quality, in other words be worthy of publication in a major academic journal or magazine or a review or newspaper, and evaluate one of the following:

  • an academic book focussing on a subject or issue in the arts and humanities, or laws, or the social and historical sciences,
  • a work of art,
  • a literary work,
  • an exhibition,
  • a film,
  • a TV programme,
  • a cultural event,

or 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 or inquiry.

The following types of review are eligible: (a) unpublished, (b) in press, or (c) already published.


  • First Prize (£400)
    Mr Colin Sterling, Institute of Archaeology
    "Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing"
  • Second Prize (£200)
    Mr Kaya Uzel, Department of Anthropology
    "The 'applied' Value of theoretical Anthropology" Review of Jose Antonio Kelly (2011) "State Healthcare, and Yanomami Transformations. A Symmetrical Ethnography", The University of Arizona Press: Tucson
  • Third Prize (£100)
    Mr Jesse Bia, Department of Anthropology
    "(Re)Interpreted: De Oscuro's Macbeth" Linbury Studio, 13/11/2013

Winning entries will be published in Opticon 1826.

Review Competition 2013/14 Winners
2013/14 Review Competition Winners


All of the reviews submitted this year by the deadline were assessed by the following panel composed of UCL academics and postgraduate students:

  • Professor Alison Diduck, Vice-Head of the Graduate School, UCL Laws (Chair)
  • Dr Stephen Colvin, Department of Greek & Latin
  • Ms Marlies Gabriele Prinzl, PhD student, Centre for Intercultural Studies and Editor-in-chief, Opticon 1826
  • Ms Pei Sze Chow, PhD student, Department of Scandinavian Studies and Editor, Opticon 1826

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