In this first installment of the Kevorkian Center's new “Scholarship in Conversation Series,” two graduate students, Mahdi Blaine (MA Student) and Alex Boodrookas (PhD student) who will engage in a conversation with invited scholar Rosie Bsheer about her scholarly life.
The aim of this new research initiative is to provide a collaborative opportunity for PhD and MA students to engage in conversation with scholars in various fields and disciplines in Middle East Studies.
The "Scholarship in Conversation Series" approaches research as a discursive practice. We will focus on the process of conducting research, rather than the end product. The conversations will center on the scholarly life and the challenges and discoveries of research activity. This is a critical aspect of ‘scholarly’ works which is frequently overlooked as soon as research reaches completion. However, it is precisely the research process, involving a story embedded in each research project, and experienced by individual scholars, that fosters eagerness to know. Younger scholars and graduate students are especially well positioned to ask pertinent questions.
The conversations may focus on a new book, field works, archival research, creative work, or, in the case of more senior scholars, lifelong scholarship practice. In all cases, the questions are posed so that the conversation can center around ‘scholarship in practice’. The project will illuminate the frequently occluded process of ‘conducting’ and ‘doing’ research, a valuable but overlooked source of knowledge.