Interdisciplinary Forum Call for Papers - Fall 2020

Interdisciplinary Forum 2020 Fall

Mississippi State Institute for the Humanities presents:

Interdisciplinary Forum Series


ROLLING Call for Papers


In keeping with the roll-with-it vibe of this semester, The Interdisciplinary Forum is inviting paper proposals for works-in-progress on any topic, in any discipline, to be given at any time.  That's right: Rolling submissions! Share what you’re working on in a collegial and interdisciplinary atmosphere. All Disciplines are Welcome! Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences, Applied Sciences, and more!


We usually gather via WebEx late afternoon during the week. We post fliers on upcoming presentations with specific times and webex links on the Institute for Humanities website and social media, College of Arts and Sciences weekly email, and MSU staff and faculty facebook page.  If you like chatting with smart, friendly people about neat stuff but don’t have any work to present, please join the conversation.  Bring a beverage.  Bring a friend.  Cameos by dogs and children welcome!


What: Interdisciplinary workshop for in progress articles or chapters, grant proposals, or any research projects

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

Refine the narrative / justification part of grant proposals

Practice communicating your research to an interdisciplinary audience

Learn what others are researching at State

Interact with human beings


Paper proposals should be sent — WHENEVER! —  to: Proposals (400 words maximum) should explain the subject of the work to be presented.  An interdisciplinary board—see below—will review the proposals for presentations throughout 2020-21 academic year. Presenters have the option to pre-circulate a representative sample of their work—a draft of a grant proposal, book chapter, article or report—a week before their presentation date on the Interdisciplinary “portal” available to all MSU faculty for easy and secure sharing.


Meet the Board:  Dr. Pete DeGabriele (Associate Professor of 18th-century British literature and political philosophy), Dr. Deborah Eakin (Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, memory and aging), Dr. Sally Gray (Associate Professor of German Literature; 18th-century scientific theory), Dr. Alix Hui (Associate Professor of the history of science; sound studies), Dr. Kate McClellan (Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology; human-animal studies), Dr. Julia Osman (Associate Professor of Military History; Director, Institute for the Humanities), Dr. Angelle Tanner (Associate Professor of Astronomy; extrasolar planets), Dr. Diego Thompson (Assistant Professor of Sociology, rural and environmental studies).