|By Katie Bowden
On Saturday 10th February I attended the Cambridge Undergraduate Conference for German Studies. I presented a poster about my research for my final-year extended research project which deals with representation of women and fashion through print media in Weimar Germany. This meant that I stayed the weekend in Cambridge, went to a formal dinner at the Gonville and Caius College, and spent the day listening to other undergraduate presentations and speeches from notable academics. There were plenty of opportunities to discuss our work with other undergraduates and academics and I certainly had an unforgettable experience.
It was recommended that I apply for this opportunity because my project related to the theme of ‘Protest’ in this year’s conference, as several fashion magazines at the time were protesting against the conservative views on women. In order to present at the conference I wrote an abstract of around 200 words describing my research and much to my surprise, I was accepted! When I first began to plan my poster for the conference I not only felt like I would never fill the A1 size, but I also had no idea how to clearly summarise all of my research onto one sheet. Using online guides to help me, I created a poster that didn’t have too much text and I included several key images from popular Weimar magazines and journals, and overall I believe that the poster presentation worked very well as it allowed people to closely view the photos that are essential to my research and to discuss them with me in a slightly more informal setting.
I would definitely recommend that others consider presenting their research at similar events as it was a great opportunity for me to develop my ideas and meet other undergraduates with similar interests.