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Workshop: Transforming Your Dissertation into a Book

Past Sponsors:

the American Institute of Indian Studies

the American Institute of Pakistan Studies

the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies

and the American Institute of Sri Lankan Studies

Sponsored by the several academic organizations devoted to the study of South Asia, this workshop is for younger scholars who recently finished their dissertations and helps them to revise their doctoral dissertations as books and publications.  The workshop has been held annually in Madison, Wisconsin in association with the Annual Conference on South Asia and an application is required.

Prof. Susan S. Wadley (Anthropology, Syracuse) is the senior faculty convener and has been assisted by a variety of other senior faculty in various fields of South Asian Studies who serve as advisors. These senior faculty read the materials prior to the meeting and are prepared to intervene and comment, "in the background" with key interventions as needed.

For selection: Required is an email containing a current cv; the dissertation abstract, its table of contents, and its first chapter plus a draft book prospectus. Also answer all the questions in the book proposal. 

The workshop begins on a Wednesday evening and continues all day Thursday. Past workshops have been organized such that Thursday morning is divided into 8 half-hour segments for discussion of the projects. For each half-hour session, one participant is assigned to make a 5 minute presentation of someone else's project - preferably how that individual would revise the dissertation and the key themes to be emphasized. During the remaining 25 minutes of that session, all of the other participants join in discussing the project -- except the project's author, who is not allowed to speak. The author of the project under discussion listens, take notes and records how their project has been understood, mis-understood, stretched, queried, and critiqued by knowledgeable peers with closely related interests, but working in varying theoretical perspectives, disciplines, time periods, etc. On Thursday afternoon and evening each participant is given 40 minutes to respond to the important queries, issues, and suggestions raised in the morning, and receives feedback.

Information on this year's workshop