Grieg Research School in Interdisciplinary Music Studies

New Information about Ph.D. - Candidate Participation in "Musical Appropriation" Seminar in December 2012

Ph.D. candidates to be engaged in new activities and ways of participating


During our last meeting in June, we announced that the December seminar would introduce a range of new activities and ways for candidates to participate.  

It is now expected that every candidate will do at least one presentation during each seminar in addition to taking responsibility for giving peer feedback to other candidates.

Major project presentation: 40 minutes

This presentation should be directly related to the candidate’s own research (see guidelines). These presentations will be followed by feedback from keynote speakers/GRS senior researchers and other candidates. Candidates who choose this form of presentation must hand in an abstract in advance and will be given an extra credit (see GRS courses - content and structure).

Other ways to participate

Each candidate will be assigned responsibility for giving feedback to a specific project presentation. This will mean preparing by reading abstracts carefully in advance, and preparing questions/comments/feedback during the presentation. Peer feedback will be given as part of the group discussions sessions after each presentation.

Key text presentation: 20 minutes

Candidates will also be given the opportunity to give a short presentation on an article or book chapter of their choice. The text chosen should be important to their own research. Candidates can choose texts that strongly support or have influenced their thesis, or texts that challenge or oppose their work.

How to prepare for the key text presentation?

All presentations should be a clear, concise summary of the text, key questions and findings-conclusions. Candidates should also consider including discussion of one or more of the following points:

  • Summary of how the text has been significant to the candidate’s work specifically, or their field more generally
  • Summary of any opposition to/critiques of the text and its conclusions
  • Suggestions for further reading on the topic