Graduate Students & the Public Sphere, in NYC, Feb 28, 2015

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Graduate Student Association of Fordham University Interdisciplinary Conference
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The work of graduate students is an increasingly public business. Graduate students of recent years have new ways of engaging publics, including blogs, Twitter, and personal websites. Katina Rogers argues that "[r]ather than focusing academic work inwardly, exclusively within academic institutions, humanities programs should be preparing students for much more flexibility in terms of audience and engagement." Rogers observes that publicly-minded work has "often been considered distinct from—and, unfortunately, less prestigious than—the research-focused side of the discipline." What's more, graduate training typically features little to no training in how to navigate this brave new world. Those who mentor and teach graduate students are often hesitant to offer advice, and institutions are slow to recognize the value of public scholarship. It is perhaps not surprising, then, that much of the best thinking on public scholarship has come from graduate students, adjuncts, and other populations that are often marginalized in the university. This panel will seek to contribute to this ongoing grassroots recalibration of graduate education.

This panel seeks papers that investigate any aspect of public scholarship and graduate education. Papers from all disciplines are welcome, and from any level of graduate training.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

Public writing
Public History
Digital Humanities
The implications of open source projects for graduate education
Funding graduate projects
Graduate students and the "crisis" in the humanities
The Creative Arts in the public sphere
Ethical considerations surrounding the public humanities
Humanities collectives
Public performance and public art


The Graduate Student Association of Fordham University presents an
Interdisciplinary Conference on February 28th, 2015


"The world as we have created it is a process of our thinking. It cannot be changed without our thinking." --
Albert Einstein

"For many states that were once great have now become small; and those that were great in my time were small before. Knowing therefore that human prosperity never continues in the same place, I shall mention both alike." --Herodotus

Change is nothing new. Academics and public intellectuals have always struggled with change, examining its nature and effects through the lenses of literature, science, philosophy, theology, sociology, economics, and psychology. These studies have regarded change as a driving force, variously positive and negative, but always present. This conference will explore change as a theme and inspiration of both academic discourse and scientific exploration, from antiquity to the present day and beyond.

We invite papers/posters and panel/session proposals from all disciplines focusing on works from any period that explore change as it is discussed in literature, philosophy, theory, art, film, science, or society and its effects on the study of the same. Possible topics falling under this heading include, but are not limited to:

Difficulties posed by change
Persistence of identity throughout change
Varieties of change
Conditions of change; Beginning and ending
Change and the individual
Climate and environmental change
Regime change and revolution
Paradigm shifts
Scientific change
Evolutionary change
Societal change