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Thursday, May 28 • 10:20am - 11:35am
Transforming the Dissertation: Models, Questions, and Next Steps

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Scholarly communication practices are changing rapidly as researchers present their work in new ways and through new channels. Some of the most innovative work is being done by emerging scholars who are blazing new trails with their dissertations. The challenges now are to develop new systems to support this rigorous work, and to provide models to graduate students who hope to create projects that go beyond traditional text-base dissertations.

This panel features a number of scholars who have successfully completed or are completing innovative dissertations with non-textual components. It is a follow-up to and expansion of the highly successful “What Is a Dissertation: New Models, Methods, Media” Forum (#remixthediss) held at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York on October 10, 2014 and at over 20 satellite locations around the world, and co-sponsored by the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center and HASTAC@Duke and HASTAC@CUNY.

Our panel will use as a jumping off place a series of questions generated with the virtual and f2f audience of “What Is a Dissertation?” and shared on a public Google Doc (http://bit.ly/remixthediss-questions). The HASTAC 2015 Conference Panel will address:

-What form(s) can/do these new dissertations take?
-How did panelists assess and decided to take the risks and then successfully navigate institutional roadblocks that arose?
-Who mentored, supported, or was willing to change the rules to make the new dissertation possible?
-What became possible by expanding our ways of working and why did we choose such forms?
-What was possible with this form of dissertation that would not have been possible with a conventional humanities or social science text-based dissertation?
-How did changing the product (the form of the dissertation) change the process of writing it, of thinking through one’s graduate career and one’s future choices?
-How are these new dissertations assessed and evaluated by committees? by search committees? by the academy in general? What are some examples for new assessment models?
-How can we change the dissertation defense to match these new forms?
-How will these digital works be archived and sustained?
-What effect do current dissertation archiving services (e.g., ProQuest, ETD, etc.) have on these new types of dissertations?
-How did panelists navigate Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) when crafting their dissertations?

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Cathy Davidson

Distinguished Professor and Founding Director, The Futures Initiative, Graduate Center (CUNY) and Senior Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished and Founding Director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and Senior Fellow, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. cdavidson@gc.cuny.eduCathy N. Davidson has published over twenty books, most recently The New Education: How To Revolutionize the University to Prepare Students for a World in Flux, recipient of the 2019 Ness prize from AAC&U. She is the cofounder and codirector of HASTAC.org, the world’s first and oldest aca... Read More →
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Gregory Donovan

Assistant Professor of Communication and Media Studies, Fordham University
I’m an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media Studies as well as an affiliate faculty member of New Media and Digital Design, Urban Studies, American Studies, and the Urban Law Center at Fordham University. My research explores the mutual shaping of people... Read More →
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Kathie Gossett

Asst Professor of Digital Humanities, Iowa State University
Digital dissertations, building digital tools, user experience, medieval rhetoric
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Justin Hodgson

Assistant Professor, Indiana University
Digital Rhetoric, New Aestheticism, Digital Dissertations, Rhetorical Invention, The Journal for Undergraduate Multimedia Projects

Amanda Licastro

Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric, Stevenson University
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Liza Potts

Director of WIDE Research, Michigan State University, United States of America
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Katina Rogers

Futures Initiative, The Graduate Center, CUNY, The Graduate Center, CUNY
Preferred Gender Pronouns: She/HerBio: As the Futures Initiative’s Director of Administration and Programs, Katina Rogers guides and mentors graduate fellows, develops programming, and exercises administrative oversight over all aspects of the program. Her scholarly work focuses... Read More →
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Nick Sousanis

Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary
Comics, visual and alternative scholarship.
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Kalle Westerling

HASTAC Scholars Co-Director, Research Fellow with FI, and CUNY Graduate Center, The Graduate Center, CUNY
To read more about me, see my website http://www.westerling.nu

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Thursday May 28, 2015 10:20am - 11:35am EDT
Auditorium Kellog Center

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