Dissertation Writing

The Interdisciplinary Dissertation Writing Workshop is open to ALL students and faculty, and we are eager to hear from all graduate students in the humanities who are at a point in their writing when a congenial audience of fellow scholars would be helpful in the writing process.

Dissertation Writing Group: Manamee Guha, Department of History

Creating Colonial Legitimacy Through The Act of Clubbing: Britishness, Associational Life, and The Performance of Imperial Rule in Calcutta

Thursday, 2/7 12:00 – 2:00 PM

This paper will look to examine how an institution like the elite British gentleman’s club exercised enough political and social influence to sustain British colonial rule in India for more than 200 years. What were the ways and means in which Calcutta’s clubland came to symbolize the seat of British power in India, and how did this clubland adapt, transform or continue to act as the context of colonial rule kept changing in India?

Our spring 2019 presenter will be Manamee Guha. Bring your own lunch, and we will provide coffee and cookies.  We will circulate electronic copies of the work at least one week before the session.  Participants should come prepared to share suggestions, ask questions, and discuss writing strategies in an inviting and informal session.

We ask that you register with Linda Vavra, Associate Director, at lvavra@uic.edu, so that you can receive an electronic copy of the paper.

Dissertation Writing Group: Nicoletta Rousseva

November 7, 2018 from 12 – 1:30 pm

DISSERTATION WRITING GROUP: Nicoletta Rousseva

Our fall 2018 presenter will be Nicoletta Rousseva, Art History Department. She will be presenting work from her dissertation, tentatively titled “Bad Comrades: Art and Answerability after Socialism.”

Her dissertation investigates contemporary artwork by Igor Grubić, Anri Sala, and the art collectives IRWIN and Neue Slowenische Kunst (NSK) that does the difficult work of admitting and examining the contradictions of twentieth century socialism. In this workshop, she will present a draft of the introduction.

Bring your own lunch, and we will provide coffee and cookies. We will circulate electronic copies of the work at least one week before the session.  Participants should come prepared to share suggestions, ask questions, and discuss writing strategies in an inviting and informal session.

We ask that you register with Linda Vavra, Associate Director, at lvavra@uic.edu, so that you can receive an electronic copy of the paper.