Interconnections: Patterns, Pathways & Possibilities
The 9th Annual University of Rhode Island Graduate Student Conference
Saturday April 18, 2015
Kingston, RI Campus
Announcing Extended Abstract Deadline:
Friday, March 6th
Decisions regarding proposals will be announced starting Friday, March 13th
Inviting submissions from all fields and disciplines, such as, but not limited to:
Humanities: History, Linguistics, Literature & Literary Studies, Arts, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Film and Media Studies, etc.
Social Sciences: Anthropology, Archaeology, Area Studies, Cultural and Ethnic Studies, Economics, Gender and Sexuality, Geography, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc.
Natural Sciences: Space Sciences, Earth Sciences, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, etc.
Formal Sciences: Logic, Mathematics, Statistics, Systems Science, etc.
Professions & Applied Sciences: Agriculture, Architecture & Design, Business, Computer Sciences, Education, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Healthcare, Journalism, Media Studies and Communication, Law, Library and Museum Studies, Military Sciences, Public Administration, Social Work, Transportation Studies, etc.
Announcing 2015 Conference Keynote Address:
“Three Novels and the Problem of Consciousness”
Professor Jonathan Kramnick
Yale University: Maynard Mack Professor of English
Professor Kramnick’s research and teaching is in eighteenth century literature and philosophy, philosophical approaches to literature, and cognitive science and the arts. His 2010 book Actions and Objects from Hobbes to Richardson considered representations of mind and material objects along with theories of action during the long eighteenth century. His current book project Paper Minds: Literature and Some Problems of Consciousness asks what distinctive knowledge the literary disciplines and literary form can contribute to discussions of such topics as perceptual consciousness, created and natural environments, and skilled engagement with the world.
2015 Conference Theme:
Interconnections: Patterns, Pathways, & Possibilities
Interconnections are the points at which two or more things are conjoined in mutual exchange; they constitute spaces as between, among, or amid. The liminal space of interconnections asks us to integrate, tolerate, appreciate, and celebrate uncertainty. It is here that we account for complexity, find fresh new approaches to familiar problems, and rejuvenate overly constrained thinking. Through the lens of interdisciplinarity, we can focus upon unnoticed patterns, find new productive pathways forward, and discover the rich new possibilities that flourish. Interdisciplinarity invites us to negotiate between the disciplines’ diverse methods, assumptions, and values.
About our Conference:
The URI Graduate Conference gives graduate students the opportunity to present their research or clinical work while receiving interdisciplinary feedback from, and networking with, peers and faculty. We invite paper and poster proposals, strongly encouraging submissions from across all disciplines. We will consider proposals that extend beyond this year’s theme. Please consider presenting your Fall 2014 or Spring 2015 seminar papers or research projects.