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PubhD: Bilingual Expletives, Medieval Scotland, and Marine Ecosystems

May 27, 2019 @ 6:15 pm - 8:00 pm

PubhD Event Poster

This event comes to you in association with our friends from PubhD Glasgow.

The format is nice and simple:

  1. Three researchers will each have 10 minutes to talk about their subject area to an interested audience in a pub
  2. There will be up to 20 minutes of (friendly!) Q&A per speaker.
  3. Each speaker gets at least one pint (or other drink of their choice).

A whiteboard/flip chart and coloured pens will be provided.

Speakers and topics:

Wilhelmiina Toivo: Bilingual Expletives
Why is it easier for bilinguals to swear in their second language? Are we more rational when speaking in a non-native language? Language research is often very focused on how languages affect your thinking. Instead, this talk will explore how languages make you feel: why bilinguals feel less in their second language, what are the implications of this and how can we measure it?

Carolyn McNamara: Medieval Scotland
My name is Carly McNamara and I am a 3rd year PhD student at the University of Glasgow. I am originally from Texas, USA. This is my second time living in Scotland as I lived in Edinburgh while studying for my masters degree in Medieval History. I study early medieval Irish and Scottish history. I will be talking about early medieval Scotland, especially the relationship of western Scotland with northeast Ireland between the 6th-10th centuries and the idea of the Irish Sea as facilitating travel rather than being a barrier to it.

Trevor Sloughter: Marine Ecosystems
Over half the oxygen we breathe is produced by microscopic plant-like organisms in the ocean. These organisms also service as the base of the global ocean food chain. As climate change melts ice in high latitudes, what happens to these organisms will ripple through on to fish and humans. Using numerical models, we can explore how well we understand these ecosystems and how they’ll change.

Doors at 7.15, kickoff at 7.30
This is event is free to attend, although we will be asking for donations at the end of the talk. Participants are under no obligation whatsoever to donate, however please rest assured that the money we collect doesn’t end up in anyone’s pocket – it is used to fund our overhead costs, and travel/accommodation for our speakers who come from further afield.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance”. Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


May 27, 2019
6:15 pm - 8:00 pm


The Admiral Bar
72a Waterloo Street
Glasgow, G2 7DA United Kingdom
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