The Dissertation Writing Group, one of the offerings of the SMR Forum, is already back in action! Participants are doing their usual chapter-writing, feedback-giving, warm-beverage–sipping, and mutual encouraging. Brace yourself for a stream of new dissertation chapters over the course of the summer!
One of the staples of the SMR Forum, the Dissertation Writing Group has been going strong again this semester. Members meet weekly to exchange abstracts, proposals, conference papers, articles, and dissertation chapters, and they receive feedback from their eagle-eyed colleagues while sipping a warm beverage. Informal and little-substantiated studies indicate that participants’ productivity increases markedly upon joining the group.
—Elizabeth McLain and William van Geest
One of the groups organized by the Michigan Music Forum branch of SMR is the Dissertation Writing Group. Every week, interested SMR candidates meet to discuss an approximately 25-page piece of writing by one of the other members, offering feedback and suggestions. Besides the helpful feedback, this group offers welcome structure, intermediate deadlines, and mutual support during the dissertation writing process.
Photo: A recent meeting of the dissertation writing group (credit: Steve Lett—the one taking the selfie.)
Our Dissertation Writing Group met on Wednesday, February 22 to discuss Ho Chak Law’s dissertation chapter, “The Craze of Liang Shanbo: Glamorizing, Deconstructing, and Territorializing Huangmei diao in The Love of Eterne.”
Law (pictured at left) is a sixth-year PhD candidate in the ethnomusicology program, working with Professor Joseph Lam.