Final project reports
Welcome to the archive of the final reports from all funded projects.
Here you can browse the project titles for ideas and get an idea of the what the Judging Panel has approved previously. This will help you to formulate your proposal with confidence. To view the description of a project and the project report, select 'Further Information' which is located under the project titles. These outline the project outcomes and provide suggestions for other project applicants.
The Final completion reports are compulsory. By accepting the sum awarded you agree to provide a final report, which will be presented to the Provost and Deans’ Office. The project reports for this academic year are available below, and earlier ones at Successful past projects.
6th Annual Graduate in International Political Theory (Theme: Global Justice – Between Hope and Tragedy)
The theme of this year’s conference was ‘Global Justice – Between Hope and Tragedy’. The fundamental aim of the conference was to provide graduate students with the opportunity to discuss and exchange ideas related to the concept of ‘global justice’. In our call for papers we - the organisers - invited graduate students to submit and present papers examining questions of global justice, hope and tragedy through the lenses of various disciplines - from International Relations to International Law, History, Philosophy, Political Theory and related fields.
Project report: 6th Annual Graduate in International Political Theory (PDF, 355 KB)
A podcast in which PhD students were interviewed about their projects and the path to their PhD
Project report: Nearly Experts (PDF, 263 KB)
Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation Conference (SEECC 2018)
The primary aim of the SEECC was to maximise exposure of PhD and MSc students working in ecology and related environmental subjects to each other’s work to facilitate networking and collaboration in the future, as well as put their work in national context, with one eye towards future research and career opportunities within Scotland.
Project report: Scottish Ecology, Environment and Conservation Conference (SEECC 2018) (PDF, 338 KB)
Conference of the UK & Ireland Regional Student Chapter (UKIRSC) of the Society for Marine Mammalogy
The UKIRSC is an annual event for students involved in marine mammal research in the UK and Ireland. This year’s conference was held in St Andrews from 17th-19th January. The conference consisted of keynote talks given by local speakers from the Sea Mammal Research Unit, Dr Sascha Hooker and Dr Bernie McConnell, as well as student presentations, panels discussion, two workshops and even a book launch!
Project report and photos: UKIRSC Conference 2018 (ZIP, 2,189 KB)
St Andrews Kant Reading Party 2018 – Kant and Rawls
The St Andrews Kant Reading Party is a semi-formal academic event aimed at bringing together academics of different backgrounds and career stages to discuss and compare the works of Immanuel Kant and another prominent philosopher. The eleventh edition of the event, to be held from July 16-19 at The Burn House in Edzell, is titled “Kant and Rawls” and focuses on practical philosophy. Our aim is to illuminate the difficult works of Kant and Rawls, and their complex relationship, in order to gain new and deeper insights into some of the important moral and political issues of our time.
- Project report: Kant Reading Party (ZIP, 6,881 KB)
Pickling, capturing and collecting: thinking of ways we store memory
The main aim of this event is to bring together academics and students who have a joint interest in matters of memory. Whether this be personal, collective, digital or neurological, memory is relevant to many different disciplines, and the ways it is represented amongst them are diverse.
The goal of this workshop is to explore just how different, or indeed similar, these representations are. The relationship between internal and external manifestations of memory will be the starting point of this and the guiding theme of the day. By focusing on the various ways in which memory is articulated along this divide, the workshop aims to encourage critical thinking and foster future collaboration across disciplines.
The sessions aim to introduce participants to new skills that will be beneficial in both academic and professional settings. It is hoped that this interactive and mobile format will encourage participants to think more closely about the
location of memory and how such designations are determined.
- Project report: pending
Romania at 100: New Perspectives on Visual Culture and Practice
This year marks the centenary of the creation of Greater Romania in the aftermath of the First World War. To mark this occasion, we aim to organise a one-day workshop in May 2018 that will bring together Britishbased scholars currently working to rebalance skewed perspectives of Romanian visual culture left by the legacy of communism and open new fields of enquiry. The School of Art History already has recognised strengths in East European and Romanian studies and we would like to reach out to young scholars working in more isolated contexts to offer support, stimulate creative debate and spark future collaboration.
- Project report: Romania at 100: New Perspectives on Visual Culture and Practice (Word, 43 KB)
St Andrews Graduate Conference in Ancient Philosophy
The immediate aim of this conference is to bring together international graduate students, working in ancient philosophy and classics, for the presentation, discussion and exchange of ideas. The conference further aims at strengthening the philosophy department of the University of St Andrews as a centre for Ancient Philosophy. The topic of the conference is teleology and the closely connected concepts of intelligence (nous) and life in the Aristotelian and the Platonic tradition.
- Project report: pending
British Ecological Society Macroecology Special Interest Group Annual Meeting, 2018 (BES Macro 2018)
This year the meeting will be hosted by the University of St Andrews, and will welcome around 75 delegates. The main aims of the conference are to showcase current research, foster networking and collaboration, and support student employability and career progression. Over the two days
there will be plenary talks and 5 minute talks about current research, a poster session, networking breaks, group discussions and a skills workshop.
Networking breaks, discussions and the workshop will be structured to encourage and facilitate communication between researchers of different fields and career levels. Through these measures, we hope to broaden macroecology research, strengthen ties between institutes, and improve student career prospects.
Project report: BES Macro 2018 (ZIP, 1,834 KB)
Athletics and Identity in Ancient and Modern Cultures
It is the aim of this conference to bring together scholars researching across disciplines on different aspects of athletic practice, from a multitude of perspectives, methodologies and cultures. Through this
initiative we aim to advance our understanding of the role of athletics in ancient Mediterranean society. We are not limiting ancient culture to just Greece or Rome. We also plan to raise questions about near-Eastern as well as Greco-Roman sporting culture, and about the interrelations between them.
More specifically, this conference aims to understand what it meant to be an athlete in the ancient world, and what range of options were available for representing athletes in public commemoration. Do different kinds of sources (literature, inscriptions, art) represent athletic identity consistently? Lastly, how does the depiction of athlete and athletic identity change from the Archaic period to Late Antiquity? These are only a few of the main questions we will be addressing.
Project report: Pending
War in Human Societies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
This conference aims to shine a new interdisciplinary light on the theme of warfare in human societies, which has recently provoked fresh scholarly debate from literary, philosophical, political, sociological, anthropological and biological points of view. Setting very different fields and research avenues in dialogue with each other, this conference will promote exploration of new potential interdisciplinary methodologies – as the key-note presentations will demonstrate – and lay the foundations for future collaborations between Schools within the University. This exercise will prove especially fruitful for PhD students nearing the end of their studies and looking to shape their career paths in an interdisciplinary sense and Masters students seeking new and innovative topics for their future doctoral studies.
- Project report: pending
‘Man of the House’: Masculinity and domesticity from 1800 until the present day
This one-day interdisciplinary conference seeks to explore the evolution of the relationship between
masculinity and the home from the 19th-century to the present day. TThis event aims to bring together scholars to explore intersectional topics ranging from the relationship between nineteenth-century
gendered spaces and the identity of the man of the house, to the impact of contemporary masculine
identities such as the “stay at home dad”.
A further desired outcome is the construction of a blog to inspire debate prior to and following the
conference. This will not only foster a more in-depth discussion concerning the theme, but will also
encourage the development of an interdisciplinary research group with an afterlife beyond the event
- Project report: Man of the House (PDF, 335 KB)
Atonement: Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity
This symposium explores various conceptions of ‘atonement’ historically in antique Jewish and Christian literature (Hebrew Bible, Septuagint, Dead Sea Scrolls, Hellenistic Jewish literature, New Testament, Rabbinic Judaism, Jewish and Christian mysticism, and other early Christian literature) by tracing the ways in which different writers understood such concepts as priesthood and temple cult, purity and impurity, anthropology and sacred space, and so forth.
This symposium brings together an international group of postgraduate students and scholars from multiple disciplinary backgrounds to discuss the interpretation of ancient Jewish and Christian texts and material culture. St Andrews postgraduate students have the opportunity to submit their work to be considered for publication in our conference volume; at present, we have received contract offers from Wm. B. Eerdmans Press and Mohr Siebeck.
- Project report & photos: Atonement: Sin, Sacrifice, and Salvation in Jewish and Christian Antiquity (ZIP, 1,117 KB)
Deeper Divergences? Combining research methodologies and fieldwork in International Relations
The main aim of this workshop is to highlight how data collection methods through fieldwork (should) differ among scholars working from within different research traditions in IR. Recognising that theoretical and methodological assumptions shape the knowledge claims we are trying to make, and that they need to go together with the research strategies we adopt, is a first step in conducting transparent and rigorous research.
- Project report: Deeper Divergences report and programme (ZIP, 145 KB)
2018 St Andrews CEPPA Graduate Conference
The conference aims to bring students from outside St Andrews to present high quality research for criticism and discussion. The conference is intended to run as an annual event and to further the goals and research aims of CEPPA in the same way that the Arche Graduate Conference contributes to the research aims of the Arche research centre for logic, language, metaphysics and epistemology, which is also situated in the University of St Andrews.
Project report and photos: 2018 St Andrews CEPPA Graduate Conference (ZIP, 1,822 KB)