2021 Virtual Dissertation Workshop: Research Redesign in the Covid Context

2021 Dissertation Workshop: Research Redesign in the Covid Context
February 24-25, 2021
Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2021


Indiana University East Asian Studies Center and University of Illinois Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, with support from the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant, are pleased to announce the jointly organized online Dissertation Workshop.

The theme of this dissertation workshop is “Research redesign in the context of the Covid pandemic.” Everyone who relies on archival work or fieldwork in international locations by now realizes that they must adjust their plans and goals in order to continue an active research life. This is certainly true for all dissertation students who have made plans and, in many cases, received funding. What does a person do in this situation?

This workshop is intended to bring together doctoral students, regardless of citizenship, in the humanities and social sciences who are (1) developing dissertation proposals or are in the early phases of research or dissertation writing; and who are (2) planning, conducting, or are in the early phases of writing up dissertation research. The workshop will be limited to 12 students, ideally from a broad array of disciplines and working on a wide variety of materials and in various regions of Asia. It also will include a small multidisciplinary and multi-area faculty with similar interests.

The workshop will be conducted online in two sessions:

  • February 24, 2021, 5-8 pm CST/6-9 pm EST) 
  • February 25, 2021, 5-8 pm CST/6-9 pm EST) 

Applicants need not have advanced to candidacy but must have at least drafted a dissertation research proposal. Applications are also welcome from doctoral students in the early phases of writing their dissertations.

Applications must be submitted through the online application system no later than January 15, 2021 and will consist of a short application form, a narrative description of the dissertation topic (ten double-spaced pages), and a current Curriculum Vitae.
Workshop participants will be selected on the basis of the submitted projects, the potential for useful exchanges among them, and a concern to include a wide range of disciplinary perspectives, intellectual traditions, and regions of Asia. Applicants will be informed whether or not they have been selected for the workshop by late January.
For further information about the workshop, eligibility, or the application process, contact Yuchia Chang at yuchia@illinois.edu or Misumi Sadler at sadlerm@illinois.edu. Faculty having related research interests who would be interested in serving as mentors for the workshop also should contact the organizers for details.