Interdisciplinary Forum Workshop Series Call for Papers, Spring 2019 - proposals due December 3, 2018

Mississippi State Institute for the Humanities presents:


Communicating Truth:
Evidence, Interpretation, Perception, and Power
How does your research reveal truth or fact, and how may it be seen as dependent on interpretation? What major challenges does your research present for the goal of an understanding on the part of the general public? Does your research work in tandem or in tension with more general understanding of your subject matter?  In other words, what are you working on and what are your challenges in communicating your findings?  Papers are welcome to explore this theme as a topic or as an issue of practice, as well as the more general theme of appearances versus reality.

What:    Interdisciplinary Workshop for Works in Progress
Test new ideas in a collegial and supportive atmosphere
Refine projects and test out grant proposals
All Disciplines Welcome: Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences

Who:    Any Mississippi State Faculty at any stage of a research project may present
  Anyone is welcome to attend and participate

Outcomes:   Practice and get feedback on research or presentations
  Build interdisciplinary collaborations with other MSU faculty
  Receive scholarly feedback from experienced journal editors and grant reviewers
Test effectiveness and refine the narrative / justification part of grant proposals
Practice communicating your research to an interdisciplinary audience

Paper proposals should be sent to: by December 05, 2018. Proposals (400 words maximum) should explain the subject of the work to be presented and what the presenter would like to get form the Forum.  An interdisciplinary board of five people—see below—will review the proposals and select papers for presentation.  Presentations will occur throughout the Spring, 2019 semester. Presenters will submit papers a week before their presentation date, so that they can be uploaded and available to all Mississippi State faculty on the Interdisciplinary “portal” for easy sharing. 

Meet the Board:  Dr. Alix Hui (Historian of Science; science of listening), Dr. Diego Thompson (Rural and Environmental Sociologist), Dr. Kate McClellan (Cultural Anthropologist; human-animal relations), Dr. Angelle Tanner (Astronomer; extrasolar planets); Dr. Sally Gray (Associate Professor of German Literature; 18th-century scientific theory)

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