The Graduate Liberal Studies programs of Indiana University invite you to participate in the fifth 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.

This Year's Theme Information

The theme of this year’s conference is Hybrid Forms, Hybrid Scholarship. Our goal is to inspire thought and discussion about interdisciplinary inquiry and research, for both public and academic audiences, in the 21st century. The term “hybrid,” referring in biology to the offspring of two plants or animals of different species (and referring more generally to anything made of a mixture of unlike entities), can serve as a fruitful metaphor for the interdisciplinary work of scholars in Liberal Studies programs. Additionally, given the frequent emphasis of MLS programs on sharing scholarly work as a “public intellectual” who addresses larger audiences than the academic audience, thinking of hybrid forms of scholarly communication—for example, multimedia ways of communicating that bring together words, images, and sounds—can help with engaging broader audiences.

Consider submitting an abstract to present scholarly work that brings together ideas and methods from different disciplines to create original perspectives and insights. Consider submitting an abstract for a presentation that stretches our ideas of scholarly communication by presenting your work in hybrid forms.

We seek papers and presentations on a wide range of topics. All presentations, though, should comment, at least in small part, on the issue of hybridity in scholarship. In other words, even in a paper that investigates a specific question from a mono-disciplinary perspective, we would expect the presenter to (re)frame the presentation with some brief introductory or concluding reflections on how that topic might be considered in light of our metaphor of hybridity.

Students from graduate liberal studies programs in the Midwest region are invited to present their work at the MGLSC. All types of work will be considered: empirical research, literature reviews, case studies, works of fiction, multimedia works, etc.

Authors of noteworthy presentations will be invited to submit their work to Confluence, the journal of the Association for Graduate Liberal Studies Programs.


APRIL 10 & 11, 2015

Friday, April 10, 2015
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Indiana University South Bend

Informal Dinner

April 10, 2015


April 11, 2015

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