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History PhD Candidate Sean Marrs Wins Matariki 3MT Competition

Sean Marrs, a PhD candidate in the History Department, has won first place in the Matariki 3MT competition for his three minute talk, "City of Spies." His talk discusses the police surveillance of German spy Mme de Rebien and its connection to the foundation of a surveillance state in eighteenth-century Paris. Sean is currently working on his dissertation on state surveillance in eighteenth-century France under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Jainchill. Congratulations Sean!

The 3MT competition challenges research students to communicate the significance of their projects to a non-specialist audience in just three minutes. Students from Durham University, Queen’s University, University of Otago and University of Western Australia took part in this year's virtual competition, judged by a panel of experts from universities across the Matariki network. For more on the Matariki network, visit


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