Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Humanities

The Cogut Center for the Humanities announces a new Graduate Certificate in Collaborative Humanities, available to students pursuing doctorates in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences.  This unique and intensive program promotes interactive forms of cross-disciplinary work oriented toward the most challenging questions facing humanities research today. Collaboration is built into the teaching model as well as the requirements for students.

This program provides:

  • An expanded sense of intellectual community for doctoral students in the humanities and the humanistic social sciences
  • An intensive, unique form of interdisciplinary training, with emphasis on collaborative research, critical reflection on humanistic methods, and the development of collaborative skills  
  • A valuable and distinctive credential that will help position PhDs advantageously on the job market

Requirements

1)      Three team-taught seminars (HMAN 2400 series) by core program faculty, ideally taken in succession. Seminars are organized around a key interdisciplinary topic, with an emphasis on theoretical and methodological questions. Collaborations are built into the course requirements and may include group presentations, collaborative online discussions, co-authored seminar papers as well as other forms of intellectual partnership.  

A list of 2016-17 courses.
A list of 2017-18 courses

2)      A fourth seminar, titled Project Development Workshop (HMAN 2500), to be taken sometime after the three team-taught courses.  Projects in development for this workshop can be individual or collaborative and might include the dissertation prospectus, a dissertation chapter, or a methodological/theoretical exercise relating to the dissertation or larger field.  All those enrolling will submit a proposed project and formal application to the certificate program before the start of the semester.  In addition to workshop sessions on students’ projects, students will also discuss key texts considering larger questions of disciplinary and interdisciplinary method.  

3)      Participation in one of the annual Collaborative Public Workshops, in which collaborative projects from recent Project Development Workshops are presented in a public forum, to a broad audience of humanities faculty and students.  Projects will be pre-circulated for discussion.  Students are also expected to attend other Collaborative Public Workshops during the time in which they are pursuing the certificate.

Admission to the Certificate Program

Formal application to the program will take place at the moment that a student is entering the Project Development Workshop though indications of intent are welcome before then.  The application process will involve a letter of support from the student's main advisor, a letter of good standing and permission from the home department's Director of Graduate Studies, and a 1-2 page statement of purpose, to include a proposed project for the Project Development Workshop-Seminar.

For more information, contact melissa_shein@brown.edu .