Apply for Dissertation Retreat 2017

The DHI/ISS Dissertation Retreat will take place April 7-8, 2017. Application deadline: February 17 at 5:00 p.m.

The UC Davis Humanities Institute (DHI) and the Institute for Social Sciences (ISS) are pleased to announce a call for proposals for a Dissertation Retreat. The retreat will be held on Friday and Saturday, April 7 and 8, 2017, at Granlibakken Resort in Tahoe City (Lake Tahoe), CA. All meals and lodging are included in the award. Transportation will be coordinated for participants if they so desire.

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A total of 10 students will be selected to participate in this workshop, which will be co-led by Jaimey Fisher, director of DHI, and Joe Dumit, director of ISS. Participants will be paired in advance of the retreat and will read a selection (no more than 25 pages) of their partner’s work.  At the retreat, they will present each other’s work, followed by general discussion with the entire group. 

Now in its third year, this joint DHI/ISS retreat has received rave reviews from past participants who have found the exercise of translating the work of others to be critical to their own writing process. And, as the work in the humanities and social sciences moves toward interdisciplinarity, the workshop provides a space for students to explore the broader disciplinary connections in their work. It also allows students to widen their intellectual community and continue to think and write together after the retreat is completed.

The retreat is open to advanced graduate students from the humanities and the social sciences in the College of Letters and Science as well as from social sciences and humanities-based disciplines from across campus. Applicants must have their dissertation proposals approved – that is, they may not be at the proposal stage of their dissertation, but must have begun the writing process. Similarly, applicants should be early enough in the writing process that the feedback they receive may be incorporated into their dissertation prior to final submission.

Applications must include:

 -  Project Description (max. 1,500 words): Please begin this section with your name, department, and email address as a header.  Please also include a list of your advisors and a proposed completion date for your dissertation.  The narrative should include the project title, overview, methodology, and its significance to a field(s) in the humanities and/or social sciences. The proposal should be written to appeal to readers outside of the applicant’s field. 

 -  A complete or near complete chapter draft from your dissertation.  If you are selected to participate in the retreat, you will have the chance to submit a newer version of the chapter if you have it.

 -  A brief Curriculum Vitae (max. 2 pages). 

All materials must be submitted by the deadline of February 17, 2017, by 5 p.m. Please contact Vicky Austin, assistant director of ISS, at or 530-752-1751 should you have any questions.

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