Graduate Student Conference

The seventh annual Midwest Interdisciplinary Graduate Conference (MIGC) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be held February 24-25, 2012, in conjunction with the Center for 21st Century Studies and its 2011-12 research theme "What is 21st Century Studies?"

The MIGC is produced by graduate students in the Department of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The conference is generously sponsored by the Center for 21st Century Studies, the Department of English and the College of Letters and Science. UWM students have created this conference as a venue for graduate students from a diverse array of disciplines to share their research in a supportive and critical environment. The conference organizers can be contacted by email at and more information is available at

Our first conference, held in February 2006, considered the theme of "Archival Bodies" and drew more than twenty international graduate student presenters into stimulating conversation over its two days. Since then, the annual MIGC conferences have included the following themes: "Performing (In)Visibility" (2007), "Living Remains" (2008), "Faking It! Production, Knowledge, Authenticity" (2009), "Obsolescence" (2010), and "Ambivalence" (2011).

This year's theme "What Happens Now? Interdisciplinarity for the Future" seeks to raise new questions, extend disciplinary and interdisciplinary boundaries, and reflect upon the current state of knowledge production in relation to our 21st century future.