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Nicholas Walmsley "What I talk about when I talk about Navāʾī: designing and writing a humanities dissertation project in area studies" Brown Bag Talk

Thu, Apr 2, 12:00 pm
Ballantine Hall 004

Nicholas Walmsley, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies, will be giving a talk entitled "What I talk about when I talk about Navāʾī: designing and writing a humanities dissertation project in area studies" on Thursday, April 2nd at noon in Ballantine Hall 004.

“By adhering to the principle that "done is better than good", I outline a model for designing, researching, and writing a dissertation project within a three-year timeframe. Drawing upon my own experiences within an area studies program, I discuss the practical nitty-gritty of executing a broad-based humanities project that combines theories and methodologies from both history and comparative literature, with a heavy dose of social science-y type stuff thrown in for good measure.  I will be recalling some of the advice - good and bad, formal and informal - about the dissertation process. I'll be touching upon issues of epistemology, theory, methodology, data collection, and analysis. I'll be describing my encounters with materials and colleagues in the field, and some of the practical issues of working in archives and libraries in Uzbekistan and Europe. Finally, I'll be exploring debates such as: Positivism vs. Post-positivism, Objectivity vs. Subjectivity, Qualitative vs. Quantitative methods, and so on. As has been said innumerable times before, "a good dissertation is a done dissertation." Clue: it's all about planning."

This is a talk in the Graduate Student Brown Bag Talks, designed to allow students to share their research, work, experiences and goals with their peers.