This postgraduate colloquium is the second part of Research Module I and is open to MA NTS students interested in pursuing projects related to literary and cultural studies. Students taking this part of research module I will build on knowledge, experience and skills gained in semester 1. Students will further develop specialised research interests, pursuing independent studies on one or several topics of their choice which may/will lead to (and later complement) their Master theses. The colloquium is specifically designed as a space for presenting ideas on individual MA thesis projects with peers and the course instructor providing feedback. Students also receive guidance on how to plan for and write their MA theses in a timely manner. Information on academic writing, research methodologies and theoretical frameworks, including career advice will also be provided depending on students' needs. If you are enrolled in this course, please email me any (preliminary) ideas on your MA thesis topic at least a week before the first day of class. Make a self-needs assessment and also include in your email research skills that you already possess & research skills which you think you lack. First session will be on Tuesday April 20. In this second part of Research Module I, you will also be expected to complete and hand in your research portfolio which you started working on in semester 1. Research portfolios are due August 31, 2021. More course information will be circulated via email a few days before our first session.