Graduate Seminar

Sidney graduates present research on school teachers and James Bond.

The next Graduate Seminar will take place on Tuesday 5th May, and will showcase work done by two current graduate students at Sidney. It will begin at 6pm in the Mong Hall, and all are welcome.


Sidney Berthier (Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages): Anglo-American nostalgia and haptic visuality in the Daniel Craig James Bond films

Since Dr. No’s release in 1962, the Broccoli-produced James Bond films have grossed more than $4 billion worldwide. Devoid of the franchise’s camp and silly baggage, 2006’s Casino Royale surprised viewers with its darker tone. 2008’s Quantum of Solace and 2012’s Skyfall continued this trend, allowing the audience to delve deeper into the character’s psyche. Visually, these films also proved incredibly sophisticated, mixing complex physical stunts with handheld cinematography, natural lighting and intricate computer-generated imagery. Using Laura Marks’ concept of ‘haptic’ visuality defined in her seminal work The Skin of the Film (Duke University Press, 2000), I shall discuss how the Daniel Craig films re-conceptualise 007’s ‘mobile’ cultural significance despite obvious and rather distracting nostalgia for the 1960s.


Rachel McCallister (Faculty of Education): Teachers’ sense of self-efficacy in an inclusive classroom: a mixed methods analysis across cultural domains

This paper presents a comparison of teachers’ beliefs about their sense of self-efficacy within an inclusive classroom, investigated teachers' sense of their ability to promoting student collaboration, manage classrooms and behaviour, implement cognitive strategies, and differentiate lessons according to the needs of their students. This study is building on previous research from 2013, which explored quantitative results of teachers’ self-efficacy in an inclusive classroom in various countries using China, Finland, and South Africa. To what extent do teachers currently working in an inclusive classroom rate their personal sense of self-efficacy? What elements of their teaching experience makes them feel more or less effective?


For more information about graduate life in Sidney please visit the MCR website. For more information about the seminars please contact the MCR President Philip Hitchings.

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