Pudding Seminars 2019-20

Pudding Seminars take place on a Friday and are an excellent opportunity to unite two of life’s great things: new research, and pudding!


All seminars will take place in the Jane Harrison Room, starting with coffee and cake from 1pm with the Seminars starting promptly at 1.15 pm, and ending by 1.50pm. The seminars are led by members of the College (undergraduate, graduate, Senior Member), who give a brief 20-minute talk on their current research, followed by informal discussion.

Pudding Seminars in the academic year 2019-20 will take place on the following dates:

Michaelmas Term: 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 November
Lent Term: 31 January, 7, 14, 21, 28 February
Easter Term: 24 April, 1, 8, 15 May

If you are interested in giving a pudding seminar, or would like further details about the series, please contact Delphine Mordey (dmm36@cam.ac.uk).



1 November: Rianna Davis (JCR) “Historias Ineditas”: Historiographies of Spanish Hispaniola and Dominican Dissent

The Dominican Republic and its histories of dissent and revolution have long been ignored, and at times overshadowed by those of its island neighbour Haiti. But despite attempts to suppress histories of indigenous opposition, stories of rebel leaders (Enriquillo of the Tainos and Lemba of the Maroons, most notably) have emerged, which challenge narratives of passive indigenous attitudes. Their refusal to assimilate or capitulate, despite countless campaigns on the part of the Spanish empire, translated into the systems of slavery and the plantation complex in Hispaniola, and more specifically the Dominican half of the island. And with Spain’s too-early attempts to create monopolies in an emerging capitalist world, we can begin to understand how the Dominican Republic developed at such an opposing trajectory to Haiti, and the wider Caribbean.
Rianna Davis is a second-year undergraduate of History and Spanish. Her main interest is the history of the Caribbean, with a specific focus on Jamaica and the Dominican Republic. This summer, she interned at the Dominican Studies Institute in New York, where she spent a month working on materials regarding migration patterns of people of Dominican descent in the US, and gentrification within the Washington Heights/Inglewood areas. She hopes to spend her year abroad next year in the Dominican Republic, researching indigenous culture and history. She is the current President of the CUSU BME Campaign.

8 November: Jiaqi Li (JCR), 'Engineering Natural Killer cells for Cancer Immunotherapy'

‘Cancer immunotherapy is an exciting new field in cancer treatment. Besides the conventional T cell-based immunotherapy, there is now a shift in focus towards natural killer (NK) cells. Last summer, I spent some time in Karolinska Institutet working on engineering NK cells with new chimeric receptors, with the aim of enhancing their cytotoxicity and tumour-killing capabilities.’

Jiaqi Li is a third-year medic from Singapore, studying Pathology for Part II of her degree.

15 November: Christopher Moncrieff and Emily Carrington Freeman, 'Poetry, painting and the X chromosome'

22 November: Namera Tanjeem (JCR), 'What's in a Name? A Discussion of English Naming Conventions and Genealogy.'

Namera is a second-year student reading English at Newnham. In this talk, Namera will be talking about broad changes in English naming conventions over the last thousand years. There will be discussion of the appearance of middle names, trends and patterns, and any mildly odd or interesting facts that she has discovered in her six years of genealogical research.


29 November: Laura Dennis, Curator of Fine and Decorative Art Collections, on the Painting of Lettice Ramsey by Francis Baker

In this talk, our Curator of Fine and Decorative Arts, Laura Dennis, will discuss the portrait of Lettice Ramsey by Frances Baker that is currently on loan to the University Library for the Rising Tide exhibition, and will outline the conservation work undertaken to prepare the painting for loan.