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Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's and Gender Studies

Location: MIT

Tuesdays 5:30PM - 8:30 PM

September 8, 2015 - May 10, 2016

A writing workshop for graduate students at the dissertation level.  Classes will include presentations and discussions of dissertation writers’ work-in-progress.  Discussions will include both theoretical considerations and practical ones as we address feminist research in historical archives, feminist fieldwork, feminist interpretation of literary, visual and material culture, and feminist research that theorizes the political.  Students will be asked to reflect on their understandings of feminist research, and on the ways that feminism and gender studies have affected their views of what materials, archives, and methods are relevant, worthy, and timely.  We will also consider issues of scholarly voice, clarity, and vision.  The course will consider how dissertation writers address disciplinary and interdisciplinary readerships while maintaining a core feminist engagement.  Students will also prepare oral presentations of their work.



Lisa Lowe is a Professor of English and American Studies at Tufts University, and a member of the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.  She works in the fields of comparative literature, comparative colonialisms, and the cultural politics of encounter.  She has authored books on orientalism, immigration and globalization. Her most recent book, The Intimacies of Four Continents, is a study of settler colonialism, transatlantic African slavery, and the East Indies and China trades, as the conditions for modern liberalism (Duke University Press, 2015).