Guidelines for Speakers

The CLDG welcomes suggestions for topics for future meetings from both students and staff. The purpose of presentations is to provide the introduction to a particular topic, to provide the basis for a discussion.


Speakers generally speak for about 30 minutes, followed by discussion of 30-45 minutes. The discussion often continues at the reception which follows each meeting.

For visiting scholars and speakers who wish to make a longer presentation, it is possible to accommodate a presentation of up to 45 minutes, followed by discussion of about 45 minutes.

We have also experimented over the 2013/2014 academic year with other formats, such as a ‘PhD Dialogue’ in which two advanced doctoral students working in the same area presented papers and then engaged in discussion for 30 minutes, followed by Q&A with the audience.

We are open to suggestions for other formats, and welcome your thoughts.


It is generally an informal atmosphere but speakers are free to use tools such as Powerpoint and to recommend some light reading in advance of their presentation. Speakers should let the convenors know at least 10 days in advance if they wish to use Powerpoint or disseminate suggested readings.


If you wish to present a topic at the CLDG, please send an e-mail to We will send you a quick response and discuss your suggestion.

Please refer to the ‘Past Speakers and Events’ section and the homepage for further information as to who has previously presented at the CLDG, and the type of topics discussed to date.