Interdisciplinary Dissertation Group

Hosted by Professor of Psychology Kristin Lagatutta and PhD candidate Karen Hjortsvang.

This group represents a continuation of the ISS/DHI Dissertation Retreat held at Lake Tahoe in April 2016. It will be geared toward doctoral candidates in the humanities and social sciences, but anyone is welcome to join. It plans to meet once a month during the academic school year to discuss dissertation progress and ensure comprehension of members' work among readers from diverse fields. 

Emphasis will be placed on discussing theoretical frameworks for each dissertation project, while making the research interesting for a broad intellectual community. Further, the group will bring together a range of quantitative/methodological expertise (ethnography, criticism, econometrics, advanced statistical modeling, neuroscience techniques, and so on) and will foster the application of innovative approaches to data analyses and presentation. 

Meetings will allow 1.5 hours for discussion and 1.5 hours for quiet writing time. In the first 15-30 minutes, one or two participants will be invited to present their work thus far and raise any issues on which they would like feedback.

There will also be time to discuss work from non-presenters. As at the ISS/DHI Dissertation Retreat, partners will be assigned to read each other’s work before the meeting, and participants will be encouraged to read everyone’s writing beforehand.

All meetings will take place in Young Hall 145.

Winter 2017

Meeting 1 (1/24/2017)

This meeting was attended by Victoria Alejan Torres Gonzalez, Silvia Aguinaga Echeverria, and Karen Hjorsvang. We worked on dissertation writing. We discussed including more peer editing opportunities in upcoming meetings.

Meeting 2 (2/21/2017)

This meeting was attended by Victoria Alejan Torres Gonzalez, Silvia Aguinaga Echeverria, Christian Doll, Mrinmoyee Bhattacharya, Dylan Antovich, and Karen Hjortsvang. Three of us spent 40 minutes editing another person's writing. We edited a grant application, discussion section of an empirical article, and a chapter for a dissertation. We then spent the next 20 minutes talking through our edits with the writer. Next, we spent the remaining 2 hours working on our own writing. 

Meeting 3 (3/14/2017)

This meeting was attended by Silvia Aguinaga Echeverria, Christian Doll, Shaheen Amirebrahimi, and Karen Hjortsvang. Two of us spent 40 minutes editing abstracts for a proposal and discussing our edits. We spent the remaining time on our own writing.

 

Fall 2016

Meeting 1 (10/19/2016)

This meeting was attended by Karen Hjortsvang, Katie Kennedy, Christian Doll, Zoe Lin, Mrinmoyee Bhattacharya. Our focus was on reading and writing that helped our own research and careers move forward. We discussed how to best organize these meetings. Based on our discussion, we decided our meetings will be organized as follows: For the first 5 to 10 minutes we will discuss (1) what our writing goals are for the day, (2) what bigger writing goals we would like to complete by the next meeting, and (3) if we were able to meet our writing goals that we set during the previous meeting. We will then take a 5 to 10 minute break midway to discuss our progress thus far and anything we are struggling with. During this meeting, some discussion was about the best ways to write about previous research without putting down other researchers' work, how to best put together a grant application, what to write about when working on a teaching application, as well as simple writing style suggestions.

This meeting was attended by Karen Hjortsvang, Katie Kennedy, Christian Doll, Zoe Lin, Mrinmoyee Bhattacharya. Our focus was on reading and writing that helped our own research and careers move forward. We discussed how to best organize these meetings. Based on our discussion, we decided our meetings will be organized as follows: For the first 5 to 10 minutes we will discuss (1) what our writing goals are for the day, (2) what bigger writing goals we would like to complete by the next meeting, and (3) if we were able to meet our writing goals that we set during the previous meeting. We will then take a 5 to 10 minute break midway to discuss our progress thus far and anything we are struggling with. During this meeting, some discussion was about the best ways to write about previous research without putting down other researchers' work, how to best put together a grant application, what to write about when working on a teaching application, as well as simple writing style suggestions.

Meeting 2 (11/16/2016)

This meeting was attended by Karen Hjortsvang, Christian Doll, and Zoe Lin. We discussed our writing goals as well as the goals we met from last meeting. Some accomplishments include revising a manuscript for journal submission and coming up with an argument for a new chapter. We also discussed writing applications for academic jobs, writing for a non-academic audience (i.e., blogs).

Meeting 3 (12/7/2016)

This meeting was attended by Karen Hjortsvang, Katie Kennedy, Zoe Lin, and Silvia Aguinaga Echeverria. We discussed writing about teaching philosophy and applying to academic jobs. We also discussed what we are gaining from this reading group. People appreciate the space and time specifically reserved for writing and we feel accompanied and supported by peers. People also like that they can come in or leave at any time and still gain valuable writing time.

Open to all. For more information, contact Karen Hjortsvang.