Workshop for Dissertation Writers in Women's and Gender Studies

FALL & SPRING, Wednesdays, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, 9/4/13 – 5/7/14
September 4, 2013 – May 7, 2014
Meets every other week at MIT, Building and Room TBD

A writing workshop for graduate students at the dissertation level.  Classes will include presentations and discussions of students’ work-in-progress. Discussions will move back and forth between theoretical considerations and practical ones as we address three areas central to dissertation writing: archive, methodology, and interpretation. Students will be asked to reflect on the ways that feminism and gender studies have affected their views of what discourses are considered relevant, worthy, and timely.  We will also consider issues of scholarly voice, clarity, and vision.  The course will consider how dissertation writers speak to various audiences while maintaining a core feminist engagement. Each student will also give an oral presentation that has been consciously adapted for an interdisciplinary audience.


Kimberly Juanita Brownis an assistant professor in the Department of English at Northeastern University.  Her book, The Repeating Body: Slavery's Visual Resonance in the Contemporary examines the gendered manifestations of slavery's memory and is forthcoming from Duke University Press.  She is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of feminist theory, literature and visual culture studies (particularly photography).  Her next project explores the visuality of indifference in documentary photographs in the New York Times


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Consortium for Graduate Studies in Gender, Culture, Women, and Sexuality
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 14N-211
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Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: 617-324-2085