The Graduate Liberal Studies programs of Indiana University invite you to participate in the fourth annual Midwestern Graduate Liberal Studies Conference.
The conference is designed to allow both formal and informal interactions among students and faculty from graduate liberal studies program in the Midwest.
Last Year's Theme Information
The theme of this year’s conference is Putting the Inter- in Multidisciplinarity. Our goal is to inspire careful thinking (and lively discussion) about the goals and methods of interdisciplinary programs. A central component of training in graduate liberal studies programs is interdisciplinary research. Programs themselves, though, are constructed out of multidisciplinary resources (for example, a faculty drawn from a range of disciplines and departments, and student interests that cross disciplinary boundaries). How can students move beyond thinking about their topics in terms of distinct disciplines? How does a research project grow into an interdisciplinary project, and why should it? Do some topics and problems call out for interdisciplinary approaches and solutions? Are some practices interdisciplinary “by nature”? How does interdisciplinary work go beyond multidisciplinarity? What is your own definition of interdisciplinarity? We seek papers and presentations on a wide range of topics. All presentations, though, should comment, at least in small part, on questions of multidisciplinarity and interdisciplinarity. In other words, even in a paper that investigates a specific social problem and was conceived without any intention to deal explicitly with questions of method, we would expect the presenter to (re)frame the presentation with some brief introductory or concluding reflections on the method, value, necessity, and/or purpose of interdisciplinary thinking in connection with his or her work.