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Panel: PhD Alumni Experience with Katie Carpenter, Gillian McIver, Fearghus Roulston, Louise Gray

13:30 - 14:30 


Facilitated by Martha Beard, this panel will ask Alumni PhD students to reflect upon their own PhD journey – ‘mess’ and all! Each participant will explain the route of their own career path during and after their doctorate and they will use their own distinct experience to shed light on key issues such as career development/advice, assessment and progression points, time management, teaching and writing.

Questions and impromptu discussion is warmly invited!

Martha Beard

Martha Beard is a PhD student at the University of Brighton researching the value of Cross-community Oral History, Post-Conflict Geography and Conflict Resolution in West Belfast and broader global contexts. A core aspects of Martha`s practice-based research is located at the Falls Community Council in West Belfast, working closely with the Dúchas Oral History Archive. She is also part of the research community of the Centre for Memory, Narrative and Histories at Brighton. 

Fearghus Roulston


Fearghus Roulston is a research fellow at the University of Brighton working on an oral history project about Northern Irish migration to Britain. He completed his AHRC-funded PhD, an oral history of the punk scene in Belfast during the Troubles, at the University of Brighton in 2019. He has also published on the politics of storytelling and oral history in contemporary Northern Ireland, on representations of young people and childhood in post-conflict Northern Irish cinema, and on memory and material culture in relation to social housing in Northern Ireland. More broadly he is interested in the ways in which interpretative oral history and memory studies can illuminate people’s affective and discursive relations to politics, place and culture, in public or community history and in cultural history.

Louise Gray


Louise Gray (also known as Louise Marshall) is a writer and researcher based in London who is interested in theories and practices of listening as viewed through lenses provided by psychoanalytic and oral history theory. Specialising in contemporary experimental music, her writing appears regularly in The Wire magazine and many other publications. Her PhD (2018), on the strategic practices of an indicative group of five experimental female composers (Éliane Radigue, Pauline Oliveros, Annea Lockwood, Joan La Barbara and Ellen Fullman), considered how female artists have devised new practices in order to work. This research was funded by the AHRC’s technē doctoral training programme. She has recently completed a technē Innovation fellowship (2019) at Wellcome Collection, London, where her research focused on sonic subjectivity and the medically compromised voice in relation to bulbar poliomyelitis. She teaches on the BA and MA sound arts courses at London College of Communication, UAL. She is currently writing about female composers, experimentalism and technology for a chapter in the Cambridge Companion to Women Composers (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).


Gillian McIver

Gillian McIver (University of Roehampton) recently completed her thesis on ‘Realism and the Sublime in the Historical Film’, looking at the influence of art history on film’s attempt to recreate the past. Her area of research addresses the relationships between cinema and painting in visual culture. She is the author of Art History for Filmmakers (2016) and contributed to the forthcoming Scenography and Art History.

Gillian studied History at the Universities of British Columbia and Toronto, then studied Film at the University of Westminster. She has curated exhibitions and ran an East London gallery. Her artist films have been screened widely, and she works as a producer and director. 

katie Carpenter


Katie Carpenter – Dr Katie Carpenter completed her PhD in the department of history at Royal Holloway in January 2019. Her doctoral thesis, 'The Scientific Housewife: Gender, Material Culture and the Middle-Class Kitchen in England, c. 1870-1914', explored the relationship between science and housewifery in the middle-class kitchen in the Victorian and Edwardian periods. Katie is currently AHRC Creative Economy Engagement Fellow at Royal Holloway and the Parliamentary Archives, producing public engagement resources on nineteenth-century political history. She has taught at Royal Holloway, UCL, KCL and Loughborough University.