A Conference: Any Way, Shape, or Form
October 16-17, 2014
University of Michigan
- a place for scholars to make connections and exchange ideas
- a glimmer of jet-setting glamour in an otherwise modest existence
- an extended opportunity to entertain the dark thought that the death of the humanities might well serve as a mercy killing
“In any way, shape, or form” will explore the possibilities that emerge when the humanities conference as a genre is approached as a space for experimentation. We intend to try new things, but to do so with existing resources—with the colleagues and collections we already have around us. We aim to think more critically about current and alternative genres for scholarly work, spurring new lines of thought and conversation within the university community. Panels at this conference will borrow inspiration from sources such as museum curation, game-playing, digital cultures, and the creative arts. To the extent possible, each panel will take on a different format. Additionally, they will be organized around structure and methodology rather than subject matter. In keeping with the theme of the Reorientations Interest Group, the panels were assembled to produce transnational and/or interdisciplinary dialogues. The conference will bring together presenters from departments including German, Slavic Languages and Literatures, History, Art History, English Literature, Chinese Studies, English and Education, American Culture, Creative Writing, and Women’s Studies. Additionally, the University of Michigan Museum of Art and the Clark Map Library will be co-sponsors for the event, providing us with event space and loans of collection items.