School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies

Prize winning dissertations, essays and performances

Every year, the School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies awards prizes to its postgraduate and final year undergraduate students to recognise outstanding academic achievement and their efforts and achievements during their degree.

2020-21 award winners

Postgraduate

  • Jonty Shepheard - Best overall performance (Cultural, Media and Visual Studies)
  • Kayne Buckstone - Best overall performance (Modern Languages and Cultures)
  • Thomas Knight - Best dissertation/project (Cultural, Media and Visual Studies)
    Netflix, Sony, and The Streaming Wars (Film, Television and Screen Industries MA research project)
  • Lei Tao - Exceptional achievement award (Cultural, Media and Visual Studies)

Undergraduate

Dissertations
 Name Department Dissertation title
 Annie Croft American and Canadian Studies An Examination of the Representations of Motherhood in American Popular Culture, with Specific Reference to the Works of Tori Amos
 Alyssa Rowson Liberal Arts ‘Stay Safe’: A Case for Support in Sexually Victimised FemaleStudent Communities 
 Kathryn Birch Modern Languages and Cultures ‘The Language of Intranational Communication’: Re-visiting the Role of Russian in the Context of the Russian Federation’s Constitutional Amendments of 2020
 Carolina Puspi Modern Languages and Cultures Linguistic purism – is Spanish being “tarnished”? The problematic nature of Spanglish
 Ellie Bulloch Modern Languages and Cultures Subverting the ‘male gaze’: how is a ‘female gaze’ evident in the works of Sophie Calle and Céline Sciamma? 
 Mariam Tolulope Baruwa Cultural, Media and Visual Studies 'High-end drama' - is there an increasing pressure on British Public Service Broadcasters to produce high-end dramas given the presence of expensive Subscription Video On-Demand competitors?
 Amelia Thompson Cultural, Media and Visual Studies 'Temperamental, demanding, uncompromising and brilliant': An Analysis of the Occurrence and Acceptance of Auteur Misconduct
Sophie-Marie Danckaert Cultural, Media and Visual Studies The Museum of Jurassic Technology: Wonder, Satire, and a Pinch of Sweet Madness

 

Essays
 Name Department Essay title
Lucy Baker American and Canadian Studies The United States, after the summer of 1940, was increasingly committed to using WW2 as a route to secure global dominance based on core American values
Kathryn Birch  Modern Languages and Cultures – French To what extent can it be said that the standardisation of the French language has had a detrimental effect on the use of regional languages in France? Discuss with reference to TWO regional languages in France (Breton and Occitan)
Josephine Hickson Modern Languages and Cultures – German To what extent do Said's and Bhabha's postcolonial theories provide a useful framework for the analysis of the discourses about culture and identity in Chima Oji's and El Loko's memoirs?
George Gregory Modern Languages and Cultures – Russian and Slavonic Assess the aspiration towards ‘documentary truth’ in one or two non-fictional sources we have discussed in this module
Alistair Young Modern Languages and Studies – Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American In what way might Ismael Serrano’s song ‘Papá, cuéntame otra vez’ be read as a generational reflection on politics and society?
Kiera Wheatley Cultural, Media and Visual Studies - International Media & Communications Studies Gender, Sexuality and Media Portfolio
Rose Marr Cultural, Media and Visual Studies - BA Hons Film and Television Studies Photomontage of the Casa del Fascio, Como, published in Quadrante (October 1936): A Critical Commentary
Bethan Fletcher Cultural, Media and Visual Studies - BA Hons Film and Television Studies Digital Democratisation: The challenges and opportunities posed by the internet for cult film fandom'
Marie-Sophie Danckaert Cultural, Media and Visual Studies - History of Art With reference to two or more recent artists, discuss the use of technology in recent art
Hannah Spencer Cultural, Media and Visual Studies – History of Art From Roadway to Railway, from Woodblocks to GIFS: The Evolution of the Tōkaidō Road, Japan

 

Overall academic performance
 Name Course / Department
Andrew Harrison American and Canadian Studies
Frieda Wignall Liberal Arts
Seely Knighton Modern Languages and Cultures – Single Honours
Ellie Abbey Modern Languages and Cultures – Joint Honours
Lucy Collyer Modern Languages and Cultures – Combined Honours
Madeline Pendergast Cultural, Media and Visual Studies – International Media and Communication Studies
Bethan Fletcher Cultural, Media and Visual Studies- Film and Television Studies
Marie-Sophie Danckaert Cultural, Media and Visual Studies – History of Art

 

Notable academic performance in a core language module
 Name Course / Language
Josephine Hickson Modern Languages and Cultures – Chinese
Maxine Miller Modern Languages and Cultures – French
Luke Scoones Modern Languages and Cultures – German
Lucy Collyer Modern Languages and Cultures – Russian and Slavonic
Luke Scoones Modern Languages and Cultures – Spanish
Mary Ann Gething Modern Languages and Cultures – Portuguese

 

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