Graduate Seminar in Modern British History
Prof. Susan Pedersen, and visiting faculty
May 9-June 29, 2007
With the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, Prof. Susan Pedersen will be offering a seminar for graduate students in the process of completing dissertations in the field of Modern British, or British imperial, history. As graduate programs downsize, many graduate students find that they rarely have the opportunity for sustained intellectual interaction with other students at the same stage and in the same field. At the same time, successive waves of theoretical innovation and field redefinition have combined with shifting student interests to place new (and sometimes greater) demands on beginning faculty. This seminar thus aims to bring together graduate students who are in the last year or two of their doctoral programs to discuss both their own research and the problems they face defining, mastering and teaching British history today.
The seminar will meet twice weekly for eight weeks. There will be a set of introductory sessions discussing recent work in British political, imperial, cultural and social history. Half of the remaining sessions will be devoted to presentations of the students’ current research, and half will be on teaching. Deborah Cohen (Brown), Seth Koven (Rutgers) and Robert Travers (Cornell) will come in to discuss their own strategies for teaching. All students will circulate and present one piece of research (whether in the form of an article, a dissertation chapter, or a job talk) and will develop one course syllabus.
Students participating in the seminar will receive stipends of $3800 for this 8-week period. Students coming from outside the New York area are expected to find their own accommodation, but additional stipendiary support is available to help meet those housing costs, or to help pay for extensions on university or other leases for students already in the New York area.
Graduate students interested in taking part in the seminar should send a dissertation prospectus and a c.v., and arrange for their advisor to send a short nomination letter explaining the student’s suitability for the seminar, by January 15, 2007 to Prof. Susan Pedersen (email@example.com). Email is preferred, but hard copies can be sent to: Prof. Susan Pedersen, Dept. of History, Columbia University, 1180 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY 10025. Please direct any queries to Susan Pedersen at the email address above. Some preference will be given to students at New York area institutions. The seminar is intended primarily for students who have substantially completed their research and are in the process of writing their dissertations.
Prof. Susan Pedersen
Dept. of History
1180 Amsterdam Ave.
New York, NY 10025 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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