2016 Summer Seminar:
Re-imagining the Dissertation
The summer seminar is postponed. Stay tuned for more updates.
“Re-imagining the Humanities Dissertation” is a two-day conference taking place at West Virginia University (WVU) to assist faculty mentors and Ph.D. students considering alternate forms of the otherwise standard dissertation. Guest speakers Sidonie Smith and Andrew Morrison are internationally recognized scholar-mentors who advocate for alt-diss formats and who have written about this challenging academic landscape.
Alternate forms of dissertations—such as compiling single- or collaboratively-authored peer-reviewed articles with a synthesized introduction or developing a multimedia project that integrates data, text, video, or audio—are exceptionally challenging without the proper mentoring to navigate the logistical and infrastructural issues that inevitably confront students pursuing such projects.
The conference is set up to introduce the public and registered participants to the broad notion of re-imagined dissertations through Sidonie Smith’s Thursday night keynote. Then, participants will engage in formal talks and roundtables and informal workshops on Friday and Saturday, so that they may leave WVU with a work plan—or set of resources—to assist with their own, their students’, or their colleagues’ alt-diss and digital humanities projects.
The seminar is limited to 40 participants.
The 2016 Summer Seminar is hosted with support from the Department of English, the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, the WVU Libraries, and West Virginia University.
Director: Cheryl E. Ball
Assistant Director: Lydia Welker