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: Anna White-Nockleby,; Ignacio Azcueta,

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.

British and Anglophone Literature Colloquium
Faculty Directors: Amanda Claybaugh (English), Leah Price (English)
Graduate Student Coordinators: Michelle Taylor,; Michael Allen,

The British and Anglophone Literature Colloquium discusses writing from and about Britain and its former territories from the 19th century to the present. The colloquium provides a forum for graduate students and academics at every career stage to present and discuss new research in British, post-colonial, or transnational literature. Rooted in literary study, we welcome scholars of Victorian, Modernist, and Postmodern culture from across the disciplines.

Early Modern European History
Faculty Directors: David Armitage (History), Ann Blair (History), James Hankins (History), Tamar Herzog (History)
Graduate Student Coordinators: Sally Hayes,; Max Straus,; Josh Ehrlich,

This workshop draws together faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars working in all areas of history from 1400 to 1800, focused on Europe and its relations with the world. The workshop meets in various formats including panel discussions, discussion of pre-circulated papers, lectures by visitors, mock job talks, and an annual graduate conference held jointly with Princeton. The workshop fosters intellectual exchange among early modernists in many departments at Harvard and multiple institutions in the Boston area, with the special mission of helping graduate students feel integrated into an extended professional community.

Long 18th Century and Romanticism Colloquium
Faculty Directors: James Engell (English), Deidre Lynch (English), Stephen Osadetz (English), Andrew Warren (English)
Graduate Student Coordinator: Samuel Diener,

The Long 18th Century and Romanticism Colloquium is a forum for students and faculty to engage with or present new scholarship on the era that spans from the late 17th century to the 1840s. Our focus is on literature written in English, but we regularly feature work in other fields such as philosophy, history, gender studies, art history, and the history of science. We hold workshops for graduate student work, such as articles or dissertation chapters; discussion panels on specific topics in eighteenth-century studies or on the state of the field; professionalization events; and reading groups on notable recent books. We also collaborate for joint events with other groups, such as the Dialectical Thinking seminar and the American Literature and British Literature colloquia. Each term, the colloquium also hosts two or three Harvard faculty and guest speakers. We invite scholars at various stages of their careers who are producing exciting new work. This fall's speakers include Yale's Jonathan Kramnick, Northeastern's Nicole Aljoe (for a joint event with the Race and Ethnicity colloquium), and Mohammed Sharafuddin, from the University of Sana'a in Yemen. For more information and a calendar of events, visit our website at

New Approaches to Ancient Evidence
Faculty Directors: Emma Dench (Classics), Naomi Weiss (Classics)
Graduate Student Coordinators: Eliza Gettel,; Stephen Hughes,

This workshop is intended to foster discussion between students of all disciplines whose work relates to Greek and Roman antiquity. Discussion will focus upon theoretical frameworks whose promise extends to a broad variety of research projects incorporating literary, epigraphic, archaeological, and/or numismatic evidence from the ancient Mediterranean. Meetings will include conversations with Harvard students and faculty regarding practical approaches to independent research, as well as seminars with visiting scholars whose work showcases the potential for innovative and interdisciplinary approaches to the Classics. There will also be opportunities for workshop participants to present their own research. Graduate students of all departments and years with an interest in the classical world are warmly invited to attend.