Today I gave a presentation to our weekly research seminar at Birmingham Centre for Media & Cultural Research. The seminars are a great example of the support structures for research that we have created within the centre over the past year. They provide a forum for centre members to share their work, and a space for us to meet other academics who are attending or even speaking as our guests.
We often present work as a practice run before attending an external conference, but in my case today I presented my paper from IAMCR 2010, which I am currently reviewing and editing so that I can seek publication.
Speaking to my colleagues (and indeed students who choose to come to the sessions) about my research was a daunting prospect but presenting to these critical friends proved to be a rewarding experience. I don’t remember having the same reservations giving this talk to a room of strangers, but I certainly didn’t get the level of constructive feedback I was offered by colleagues at today’s session. I’ve now got a number of important changes to make to the paper and feel suitably fired up to take this forward. I’m also looking forward to my next chance to share ideas with the group, and have discovered some new links between my work and work of colleagues.
Presentations are often recorded and end up on Interactive Cultures which demonstrates a lot of what we do as a group but if you’re interested in popping along, drop us a line.