What Is a Dissertation? New Models, New Methods, New Media #remixthediss —

When? October 10, 4.00-5.30pm EST, see more detailed schedule below.
Where? English Department Lounge (Room 4406), The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue, NY NY 10016
Live streamed? The event will be livestreamed here.
Live tweeted? It will be  live tweeted (#remixthediss) by Futures Initiative and CUNY DHI fellows.
Google Doc? Anyone may contribute to an open public Google Doc being developed by the Fellows, HASTAC Scholars, and others.
Join? You are invited to join and contribute to HASTAC’s Digital Dissertation Group.
Partners, Virtual and Otherwise? This event is co-produced by the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center, CUNY, and HASTAC@CUNY and by the PhD Lab in Digital Knowledge located in the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute at Duke University. HASTAC and the peer-reviewed online journal Hybrid Pedagogy are chief sponsors. Virtual partners will be hosting their own onsite events at the same time, and will be live tweeting comments, questions, answers, and information using the hashtag #remixthediss. Virtual participants are listed at the end of this post.


4:00–4:10 EST Intros, set up, settling down
Chair: Cathy N. Davidson, Distinguished Professor and Director, Futures Initiative and HASTAC@CUNY
4:10–5:00 EST Each panelist speaks for 5-10 minutes

Each panelist will feature:

  • non-text-based components of the dissertation
  • what he/she was able to accomplish by going beyond the conventional dissertation format
  • what tools or media were chosen and for what purpose, with what result and success
  • KEY: what institutional rules either allowed or had to be changed to permit the acceptance/completion of the dissertation.
  • lessons learned: how this dissertation and the institutional decisions can serve as a model to others
5:00–5:15 EST Think-Pair-Share Exercise
Audience at the GC and virtually will be invited to engage in a Think-Pair-Share exercise: “What are your three most pressing questions for the panelists?” The most pressing questions from those onsite and online can be entered into the Google Doc:
5:15–5:30 EST Q and A
Including via tweets from virtual participants using the hashtag #remixthediss
  • Panelists will be asked to take 20 minutes to write answers to as many of the questions on the Google Doc as possible.
  • Virtual Partners will be invited to add the contents of their event–questions, comments, details, to the online documents.
  • Futures Initiative Fellows and Digital Humanities Fellows will create a #Remixthediss website for the project, including video of the event, the Google Doc Q and A, visuals provided by the panelists, and other materials.

Virtual Partners

We will also have virtual participants from Uruguay and Australia.


The Futures Initiative
The Graduate Center, CUNY
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016-4309