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Thursday, October 18 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
203: Expanding Definitions of Humanities Scholarship FILLING

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Humanities PhDs are encouraged early in their careers to specialize, and to present their research in a relatively narrow range of genres: the peer-reviewed article, book chapter, or academic monograph. Yet a number of factors—from the availability of digital tools and platforms, to the growth of alt-ac careers and the rise of open-access publishing—are challenging these norms of scholarly production and communication.
This session will feature a discussion with humanities scholars from several CUNY campuses—two community colleges, a senior college, and a graduate school—whose research has either grown to encompass new sub-fields (such as the scholarship of teaching and learning), or expanded into new forms (including audio-visual essays, public-facing writing, and digital projects).  Panelists will share their experiences engaging in new scholarly modes, as well as the professional opportunities and challenges they’ve encountered in doing so. 

Their remarks will be followed by a Q&A with the audience, which we hope will raise questions such as: How should humanities scholarship be (re)defined in the 21st century? What forms of scholarship do (and should) “count” for tenure and promotion, and how do those standards vary across institutions? How can scholars navigate those institutional standards, while working to change them? How might the requirements for dissertations in the humanities be revised to reflect the evolving state of the academy? What are the particular affordances of public-facing humanities scholarship at this moment in U.S. history?
Following this interactive discussion, participants will engage in an exercise designed to generate thinking about a new audience, direction, and/or format for their scholarship. Participants can expect to leave the session with actionable ideas for presenting their research in a new genre or venue.


Elizabeth Alsop

Assistant Professor, CUNY School of Professional Studies
Preferred gender pronouns: She, her, hersElizabeth Alsop is Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Communication and Media at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, where she also directs the new B.A. program in Liberal Studies. Previously, she served as the Mellon Humanities... Read More →
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Leah Anderst

Assistant Professor of English, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Preferred gender pronouns: She, her, hersLeah Anderst is an Assistant Professor at QCC where she teaches all levels of writing, as well as literature and film studies classes. She co-coordinates QCC’s Accelerated Learning Program which is a basic writing mainstreaming model, and... Read More →

Ria Banerjee

Assistant Professor of English, Guttman Community College
Preferred gender pronouns: She, her, hersRia Banerjee is an Assistant Professor of English at CUNY's Guttman Community College. Before this, she worked across the CUNY system as a graduate student teaching fellow and adjunct. Her scholarly interests are in British and European modernism... Read More →
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Kevin Ferguson

Associate Professor of English, Queens College
Preferred Gender Pronouns: He, him, hisKevin L. Ferguson is associate professor of English at Queens College, City University of New York, where he directs Writing at Queens and teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on digital humanities, film adaptation, college writing, and... Read More →

Lisa Rhody

Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives, The Graduate Center
Preferred gender pronouns: She, her, hersLisa Rhody is Deputy Director of Digital Initiatives at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She is an administrator, teacher, and researcher whose work has considered the varied and often complicated ways in which emerging digital technologies change... Read More →

Thursday October 18, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm EDT
GC, Room 203, Concourse Level 365 5th Avenue, New York, NY, USA