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’s 2018 theme is Asymmetry and features keynote speaker Lisa Parks (MIT), a global media scholar whose research focuses on three areas: satellite technologies and media cultures; critical studies of media infrastructures; and media, militarization, and surveillance. She is principal investigator for MIT’s Global Media Technologies and Cultures Lab.
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.