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Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's and Gender Studies

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Location: MIT

Wednesdays 5:30-8:30PM

Full year course. Meets every other week. Exact dates TBA

The workshop will provide dissertators in interdisciplinary women’s and gender studies a collaborative environment to pursue their writing goals. We will use different formats: Students will present work-in-progress and receive peer review. We will have some readings and guest speakers to discuss challenges in writing a dissertation and preparing publications, as well as methodological and theoretical issues of interdisciplinary feminist research. We will also discuss and practice techniques for presenting conference papers, publishing articles, and preparing for the academic job market.  The workshop has several goals:

  1. to address challenges in the conception and completion of a dissertation;

  2. to explore the methodological and theoretical issues involved in discipline-based and interdisciplinary feminist research;

  3. to learn about and practice writing and editing techniques such as story boarding, reverse outlining, and to discuss how to convert chapters to publishable articles;

  4. to address disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and broader audiences without losing one’s (feminist) voice;

  5. to establish a regular writing routine with accountability and peer encouragement.



Kathrin Zippel, Professor of Sociology at Northeastern University, has written two books, published in various feminist disciplinary and interdisciplinary journals and edited books, blogs, and served on journal editorial boards (including Signs and Gender & Society) and received the Victoria Schuck Award for the Best Book in Women and Politics.

Earlier Event: July 10
Feminist Data Ethics
Later Event: September 5
Feminist Inquiry