Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshops

The Mahindra Humanities Center Interdisciplinary Graduate Workshops, open to Harvard graduate students in all departments and programs, are intended to foster discussion of important areas of study that often cross departmental boundaries. While the workshops are especially focused on dissertation work, they will include periodic discussion of general issues and questions. Harvard graduate students at all levels of study, from the first year of graduate school to the dissertation stage, are encouraged to attend. Workshop meetings will include: discussions of chapters and works-in-progress, research areas, theoretical questions of general interest, current issues in the field, and professional development.

To join a workshop or to receive more information about a workshop, please contact the graduate student coordinator(s).

Aesthetics, Politics, and Subjectivity in Contemporary Latin American Theory
Faculty Directors: Daniel Aguirre-Oteiza (Romance Languages and Literatures), Sergio Delgado (Romance Languages and Literatures), Mariano Siskind (Romance Languages and Literatures)
Graduate Student Coordinators: Ignacio Azcueta,; José de Leon González,

This research workshop aims to study current debates in the field of Latin American Theory and Criticism. It will think through contemporary theories for their bearing on research interests focused on Latin American literature and cultural studies, while at the same time reading current theoretical work on Latin America, with a particular eye to the importance of that work for global theoretical debates. Participants will be drawn primarily from Romance Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature. The group will provide students with the opportunity to present their own work and to closely read and discuss important contributions to the field. A number of the meetings will also be devoted to open discussion with guest speakers.

Black, Brown, Queer Science Religion and Culture
Faculty Directors: Ahmed Ragab (Committee on the Study of Religion; Divinity School; History of Science; Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality), Sophia Roosth (History of Science), Durba Mitra (Radcliffe Institute; Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality)
Graduate Student Coordinator: Juanita Becerra,

The Black, Brown, and Queer Science, Religion, and Culture (BBQ-SRC) Working Group provides a space for graduate students, faculty, and other scholars at Harvard for discussion and research focusing on critical perspectives in postcolonial, critical race, and queer theory; as they relate to one another and as they engage with studies of science, religion, and culture.
The group is dedicated to discussing and mapping new directions in contemporary postcolonial and queer theory. This work is rooted in a shared intellectual commitment to analyzing colonized, racialized, and queered bodies and histories as intersecting and mutually constituted. Meetings will include discussions of recent scholarship and issues of shared interest in these fields, work-in-progress by graduate students and faculty and presentations by invited guests. To contact this workshop, please email

Colloquium in Modern East Asian Media and Visual Studies
Faculty Directors: Jie Li (East Asian Languages and Civilizations), David Wang (East Asian Languages and Civilizations), Tomiko Yoda (East Asian Languages and Civilizations), Alexander Zahlten (East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Visual and Environmental Studies)
Graduate Student Coordinator: Dingru Huang,

This colloquium creates an interdisciplinary discussion forum and fosters intellectual networks among graduate students interested in film, media, and visual culture in and connected to modern East Asia. Previous topics have included contemporary Chinese media art, socialist realist aesthetics, a new generation of media theories, photomontage in Japan and Germany, and the depiction of colonialism in Korean cinema. Colloquium participants agree on readings, guest lectures, and discussion topics at the beginning of the semester. The colloquium also serves as an incubator for further student-led, collaborative activities such as developing research resources and organizing conferences/workshops. The colloquium meets on a monthly basis throughout the academic year and is open to graduate-level students from all departments and programs.

Race and Ethnicity Colloquium
Faculty Directors: Glenda Carpio (African and African American Studies; English), Ju Yon Kim (English)
Graduate Student Coordinators: Nicholas Rinehart,; David Nee,

Th​is colloquium provide​s​ a collaborative space and intellectual network for doctoral students working on projects related to critical race and ethnic studies, transnationalism and postcolonialism, and migration and ​human rights—as well as various other perspectives—across broad periods and geographies ​of literary history. We hope to accomplish this goal in three ways: by inviting outside ​speakers to deliver presentations on their works-in-progress; by giving graduate students opportunities to workshop their own research, especially dissertation prospectuses, dissertation chapters, and article drafts; and by facilitating interaction among graduate students in the English Department and their peers in American Studies, Comparative Literature, African and African American Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, and other related programs.

Religion Colloquium
Faculty Directors: Catherine Brekus (American Studies; Committee on the Study of Religion; Divinity School), Michael Puett (Committee on the Study of Religion; East Asian Languages and Civilizations), Laura Nasrallah (Committee on the Study of Religion; Divinity School), Helen Hardacre (Committee on the Study of Religion; East Asian Languages and Civilizations; Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies), Luis Giron-Negron (Committee on the Study of Religion; Comparative Literature; Romance Languages and Literatures)
Graduate Student Coordinator: Erik Nordbye,

The Religion Colloquium is an interdisciplinary workshop for doctoral students and faculty with intellectual interests in religion. The Colloquium welcomes participants who study a variety of religious traditions, including African Religions, Buddhism, Christianity, Confucianism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and Shinto, and who approach religion from a variety of methodologies, including ethnography, history, literature, theology, gender studies, critical race theory, ethics, and philosophy. The goal of the Colloquium is to create a space for students and faculty to speak to one another about the category of religion across research specializations. The Colloquium will focus on student presentations of dissertation chapters, but will also host faculty visitors from other universities.