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218. Rethinking the Seminar Paper

Tuesday, 10 January, 8:30–9:45 a.m., Chicago H, Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the MLA Committee on the Status of Graduate Students in the Profession

Presiding: Alexandra Valint, Univ. of Southern Mississippi

Speakers: Jonathan P. Eburne, Penn State Univ., University Park; A. Robin Hoffman, Yale Univ.; Judith A. Roof, Rice Univ.; Atia Sattar, Univ. of Southern California; Liana Silva-Ford, Houston, TX; Sidonie Ann Smith, Univ. of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Liana Silva-Ford's Annotation:
My Twitter handle is @lianamsilvaford. Our panel's hashtag is #s218

Session Description:

This roundtable addresses the graduate seminar paper’s purpose, forms, and effectiveness. What does and should the seminar paper prepare students to do? How can graduate students and teachers best approach the assignment? Are there alternative ways of imagining the standard seminar paper?


  • The Profession – General

Author Comment
Subject: Please post or link to papers, if possible
Important topic. Eager to read and learn more, I'd be grateful if any of the presentations were posted online.