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LUCAS Writing Seminar


Admission requirements

Students have finished a Ba in a form of Literary Studies or Art History, and they have been admitted to the LUCAS Research Master Literary Studies or Arts and Culture.


This seminar will train students in:

  • Presenting their work in front of a scientific panel or for an international (conference) audience;

  • Writing a research proposal that has a fair chance in getting a grant from either national or international platforms or a formulating a PhD proposal;

  • Writing an article that has a fair chance of being accepted by a graduate journal.

In the first part we mimic a scholarly conference. Students work with sessions in which they present a paper based on their thesis research, prepare an abstract, and practice presenting the paper, moderating a session etc. To get the most out of this seminar it is helpful if students already have an idea of the subject(s) they want to work on. This can be their thesis subject, but they can also choose another topic they want to pursue after graduating the ResMa.

In the second part we train with the specific requirements of formulating a grant application, which can be an application with an international body, like a Fulbright, or a proposal to a funding body such as the Dutch Foundation for Scientific Research. Students will learn especially how much versions an application needs before it has a fair chance and how to address an audience that consists of scholars from the humanities and social sciences.

In the third part we train writing and re-writing an article that has a fair chance of being accepted by a graduate journal. In general students write papers, get comments and move on. In this part all feed-back is used to really re-write your text, and re-write it again. We will be mimicking peer-review here and working with an editorial board.

Course objectives

After this course students:

  • Have trained their abilities to present and pitch their work to an interdisciplinary and international audience;

  • Have trained their abilities to apply for a grant, of for a PhD position, in the field of the humanities and social sciences;

  • Have trained their abilities to work on, and rework versions of an article;

  • Have experience with the functioning and force of peer-review systems;

  • Have acquired a number of transferable skills: doing a presentation, developing projects in cooperation, the ability to address an audience unfamiliar with a topic, act as chair or respondent etc.


See Timetable.

Mode of instruction


Course Load

Total course load 10 EC x 28 hours= 280 hours

  • Classes: 12 x 2 = 24

  • Preparation classes: 12 x 4 = 48

  • Working on a presentation: 55

  • Writing research proposal: 55

  • Writing an article: 55

  • Peer assessment: 43

Assessment method

Students will be:

  • Preparing and doing a presentation (30%).

  • Write a grant application (30%)

  • Write an article (30%)

  • Participating (10%)

Only the grant application and the article can be part of a resit.

Presentations are discussed in class;
the grade for and content of the application and the article are part of an evaluation within three weeks after handing in the material.


The final grade for the course is established by determining the weighted average.


Blackboard will be used for:

Announcement of the reading list.

Reading list

To be announced.


Via uSis is mandatory.

Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs

Not applicable.


Prof.dr. S. Lammes

For other questions contact the student administration