The DPhil Seminar at Oxford University provides a forum for PhD students of the Faculty of Philosophy to present and discuss thesis chapters, and workshop papers that are to be submitted for publication. The dissertation speaker series has been organised since January 2012. In October 2014 the publishing workshop component has been introduced, to alternate biweekly with the speaker series.
- Speaker series: DPhil students present a part of their dissertation to a faculty member and peers. The format is approximately 45 minutes for presentation, 10-15 minutes for faculty commentary, and 30 minutes for Q&A.
- Publishing workshop: DPhil students receive targeted feedback on papers they intend to submit for publication relatively soon. Thus, workshopped papers will tend to be more polished than those delivered in the speaker series. Per term, participants are grouped in groups of 3-4, according to topic. During each of the 3-4 workshops (per topic group) the paper of one group member is discussed. Participants will be expected to attend the workshops of their group members and to have read each of the other papers in advance of the relevant sessions. The format will be approximately 10 minutes for author introduction, 30 minutes for faculty commentary, and 50 minutes for discussion. Other faculty members and peers are very welcome, but are encouraged to read the paper in advance.
Admission is free and open to all.