It’s the summer! Things are definitely quietening down. We still meet to discuss dissertations, and it’s really exciting to see what people are working on, how they are approaching their research and what material they are collecting. A few people arrive at the beginning of the year with their topic for the dissertation, but in most cases there is an evolution of ideas over the programme, informed by the courses, interactions with colleagues, events that take place.
Next year’s students are also starting to get in touch. I’ve spoken or emailed with several in-coming students and one of the questions that comes up most is what reading can be done in preparation for the VCD programme.
The best way to get to know the work of the department is to navigate through to the publications tab on the staff profiles: http://www.soas.ac.uk/development/staff/
The staff who are teaching on the VCD programme in the coming year are: Christopher Cramer, Jonathan Di John, Jonathan Goodhand, Laura Hammond, Tania Kaiser and Zoe Marriage. Books are listed at the top of the profiles, and articles below. Some of the articles are password protected but others are available for download.