>University of Utah Humanities Graduate Conference:
>Constructing Knowledge Across the Humanities
>A Roundtable Discussion of Cross-Disciplinary Graduate Work
>Since the nineteenth century, when modern academic disciplines began to
>cohere in British and American universities, academic study has been driven
>by the twinned goals of specialization and professionalization: terms that
>may vary in meaning but invariably shape university structures, curricula,
>admissions, hiring, and promotions. As graduate students, we encounter
>disciplinary boundaries at every turn in our educations as we learn to
>produce knowledge, participate in different intellectual communities, and
>earn the qualifications of our chosen fields and professions. This panel,
>"Disciplining Theses," examines the consequences of doing
>cross-disciplinary degree work in fulfillment of the requirements of MA,
>MFA, and PhD programs across the humanities.
>The panel will follow a roundtable format that encourages the
>multi-vocality and collaborative impulse that is often a characteristic of
>interdisciplinary scholarship. Four to five panelists will each give 7- to
>10-minute presentations, after which the panel chair will begin discussion
>amongst the group and then open the floor to participation from audience
>members. Potential topics include research (e.g. theory, methods, writing),
>teaching (e.g. preparation, pedagogy), and professionalization (e.g.
>mentorship, publication, job searches).
>Any graduate student currently at work on a thesis project situated in two
>or more humanities fields (esp. literatures and languages, writing and
>rhetoric, history, film, and the fine arts) is invited to apply. Individual
>and joint presentations are welcome.
>If you are interested in participating, please submit a brief proposal of
>no more than 300 words to Jenn Fishman ([log in to unmask] or
>[log in to unmask]) no later than February 15, 2003.
>For more information about the conference, including details about keynote
>speakers James Elkins, Professor of Art History and Criticism at the School
>of the Art Institute of Chicago, and Philippa Levine, Professor of History
>at University of Southern California, visit the conference website: