Cultnet 2016

Cultnet 2016

It was my third Cultnet and hopefully my last as a PhD student. I keep going back to Cultnet because I see the event as a good starting point to think and try out new ideas I want to put forward about my on-going work. It has a friendly atmosphere and I always receive helpful suggestions to think further rather than negative criticism. This year, when looking back at my two previous Cultnet, I could see that I have used everything I previously presented at Cultnet in my thesis thinking and writing, so nothing is wasted.


I also think that it is my best Cultnet so far not only because I had a lot of support from our colleagues from Manchester, Cordoba and some of people I know from this event in previous years, plus people I met at other conferences, but I also think my presentation went well.

As I’m drafting the conclusion part of my thesis, I wanted to push myself to think about the “so what” part of my study and present it to expert audience in the fields of Intercultural Communication and TESOL. I burnt the midnight oil to prepare my presentation and was a bit nervous (so very typical Khwan) because I didn’t have time to rehearse it. Anyway, I got to say what I wanted to say, and I was very happy with the flow of the presentation. More importantly, I didn’t receive any difficult questions about the substance of my study which I take that to mean it made sense!


Elisa and I also co-presented the KEF paper (Fitri was there in spirit) which also received positive feedback and helpful suggestions from members of the audience.

Oh by the way, have I told you that I stayed at Durham Castle? I was luckily upgraded from a usual student dorm room with shared facilities to stay in one of the Staterooms (a suite)! How proper!


I came back from Durham with more confidence about my study and feeling loved and fully supported. Thank you, Richard for your thoughts and support. I am very grateful to be one of your students and I can’t emphasise this enough.


  • Susan Dawson

    What a treat staying in the castle, Khwan! It sounds as if you all had a great time and did some great presentations between you. Looking forward to hearing more!

    • Sutraphorn Tantiniranat

      Thanks, Susan. I’ll present it at BiBH this year. Hope I will be able to talk about it more confidently (as my writing will have progressed then, again fingers crossed).

  • Elisa Perez

    Khwan, Fitri and Richard, it was a great pleasure to have the chance of presenting together our “KEFecology” work at Cultnet. I really enjoyed it.

    It was also lovely to see some colleagues from this LANTERN community 🙂

    • Sutraphorn Tantiniranat

      It is always my pleasure to work and present our work with you and Fitri. Our KEFEcology work will develop (and perhaps expand as Nahielly has shown interest in joining us).

  • Richard Fay

    Khwan, you are very welcome 🙂 I am very proud when I see such confident performances where the midnight oil was wisely burnt for such bright contributions that make us laugh as well as think 🙂