The School of Social Science Postgraduate Conference is an annual event showcasing the work of our postgraduate students and creating opportunities for discussion, debate, and exchange across the four cognate disciplines of our school: Archaeology, Anthropology, Sociology, and Criminology. The Conference is also an important platform for Honours students considering higher degree research to display their recent work in the form of posters or lightning talks, and hear what postgraduate students are currently researching within the School. Our Conference also provides a pivotal opportunity for HDR and honours students to gain conference experience, attain milestones, and to expand their professional development and networking skills.

The conference is open to researchers and interested students across all stages of university learning, with sessions including:

  • 30min milestone presentations (for Mid-Candidature or Final Thesis Review)
  • 20min presentations (formal presentation in the style of academic conference papers)
  • 5min lightning talks (presentation with no more than 5 slides to share key ideas or findings from your research or work)
  • Poster presentations
  • Photography submissions
  • Panel discussions

HDR students and academics are invited to participate in all forms of presentations. Honours students are invited to participate in poster presentations and lightning talks.

Students and researchers from other schools and institutions are also welcome to attend and submit abstracts to participate.

Registration via Eventbrite

Please register for the event via this Eventbrite link ( there is limited capacity for the conference, please ensure that you register as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there!

2019 Conference Theme – "Social Science Without Boundaries: Interdisciplinary Collaboration, Integration, and Celebration"

This year's theme reflects the diverse work we do using approaches, theory, methods, and partnerships across the Social Sciences and other outside disciplines.  In line with our set theme for this year, presentations can reflect interdisciplinary work in any area of one's research. This could include, but is not limited to:

  • Methodology:  Incorporating research techniques from another field or specialty.
  • Theoretical approaches: Making use of theories or ideas that stem from other disciplines. For example, applying or adapting a theory from the natural sciences
  • Cross-discipline collaborations: Sharing the work you have accomplished with others across the Social Sciences, other disciplines, industry, and more  
  • Interdisciplinary implications: Highlighting the interdisciplinary implications and contributions of your work, as well as future opportunities for expansion and collaboration between disciplines

Prizes are also awarded to the best presentations in each session.


The School of Social Science Postgraduate Conference 2019 - Photography Competition

Entries to this year’s photography competition for the School of Social Science Postgraduate Conference 2019 are now open! Send us your best photo that reflects the scope of your research project, and that has not been previously entered in other postgraduate conference photography competitions. In your submission, you are required to include a title, and a description that is no more than 250-words covering the following points:

• Where in the field was this photograph taken?

• How does this represent your research?

• Why is it meaningful to you?

Do send in your best quality photo for us to print. As these photographs might be displayed around the office, please do ensure that you have rights to your images and have the permission of all people featured in it. The winners will be announced on 1st November during the Postgraduate Conference, with prizes to be won for best photo and people’s choice! All submissions should be sent to Suady at by 11.59pm on Wednesday, 23rd of October, 2019. Thank you, and we look forward to receiving your submissions soon!

Invitation to Submit Your Abstracts for 30 / 20 min presentations, 5 min lightning talks, and poster presentations

We invite those who are interested in presenting to submit an abstract via this submission portal LINK:

Abstracts for the 2019 School of Social Science Post-Graduate Conference should be a maximum of 250 words and include a title. While it is preferable and highly encouraged that your abstract aim to address the conference theme in some way (even a brief mention of interdisciplinary implications), we welcome all submissions from interested individuals.

The call for abstracts will close on 27th September 2019. Notification of abstract acceptance, session themes, and invitation for photography submissions will occur in October 2019.

Questions and Further Information

If you have any questions or queries in the meantime, please email Suady at


About Postgraduate Conference

The School of Social Science Postgraduate Conference is typically held annually.

Organised and run by Higher Degree by Research (PhD and MPhil) students, the aim of the Conference is to showcase the work of our postgraduate students and create opportunities for discussion, debate and exchange across the four cognate disciplines of our school. 

The Conference is also an important forum for Honours students considering further Higher Degree by Research studies to display their recent work in poster form and hear about what postgraduate students are currently researching within the School.