The theme for this year’s Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) is Rendition. The conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on February 21-22, 2020 with keynote speaker Dr. Ingrid E. Castro (Massachusetts Liberal Arts College).
Renditions have generated cultural meanings and material consequences for centuries. Various modes of representation—digital, virtual, analog, visual, aural, printed, and more—have critiqued, challenged, reinforced, or brought attention to our understanding of various ideas. Problematic representations have been confronted in the academy and in public discourses, from mapping’s construction of a colonial gaze to natural history museums’ renditions of past cultures to ongoing debates about representation and appropriation in popular culture. Renditions are often fraught with moral, ethical, political, social, and economic implications. Those representations also, invariably, omit certain identities or meanings while privileging others. The 2020 Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) inquires how various renditions can be used to interrogate how we construct our understanding of science, culture, technology, politics, youth, human behavior, and more.
Rendition—the act of rendering—must consider all the above concerns and more. In her book Representing Agency in Popular Culture, Ingrid E. Castro considers how childhood emerged as a facet of social sciences in the 1980s, and how children employ, are denied, and/or understand agency. The liminal space children occupy are one of her concerns; Castro refers to this as “genderationing” (265). By this she means that “generational power differentials between girls and boys must be specifically investigated within hegemonic, patriarchal societies to truly understand the intersection of gender with generation in the girlhoods and boyhoods of childhood” (265-66). Castro’s interdisciplinary approach to the fields of childhood studies, cultural studies, sociology, and gender studies serves as a springboard into how we can explore various modes of representation across the humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
The Call for Proposals is currently closed, but you can find information about the keynote, schedule, and other conference events at the MIGC website.
The Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) is an annual event held at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee that supports the sharing and collaboration of national and international graduate student research and art across the disciplines. The conference is organized entirely by graduate student efforts, who collectively decide on an annual theme that reflects current theoretical debates and trends across the humanities, sciences, and the arts. In order to foster interdisciplinary collaboration, MIGC invites submissions that respond to the theme in the form of traditional paper abstracts, roundtables, workshops, music, film, installation art, and other performances. MIGC recognizes the financial strain that many graduate students are under and therefore aims to be almost entirely cost-free once students have arrived, providing lodging, meals including coffee and snacks, and a free reception.
MIGC is generously supported by The Center for 21st Century Studies, The Graduate School, The Office of Research, The College of Letters and Sciences, The Year of the Humanities at UWM, The Office of the Provost, The Division of Student Affairs, and The Department of English.