Reimagining the PhD Scholars Archive
In July 2015, the Simpson Center launched Reimagining the Humanities PhD and Reaching New Publics with the generous support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The conviction animating this initiative was that doctoral education, especially at a public university, must be guided by a capacious vision of its fundamental purpose: to contribute to the public good. From 2015-2021, the program prepared UW doctoral students in the humanities for this task by meaningfully connecting them to the diverse, access-oriented institutions of higher education in the Seattle District community colleges, and by supporting the development of both doctoral students’ public projects and publicly engaged graduate seminars taught by UW faculty in the humanities. Find out more about our programming below.
2021 - 2022 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2020 - 2021 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2019 - 2020 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2018 - 2019 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2017 - 2018 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2016 - 2017 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2015 - 2016 Reimagining the PhD Scholars
2021 - 2022 Reimagining the Humanities PhD Scholar
Anis Bawarshi (he/him/his)
Genre as/for Social Action
Anis Bawarshi’s seminar (developed in partnership with Charles LaPorte) introduces the notion of genre and its possibilities for engaging publics. Rhetorical Genre Studies (RGS) examines the ways that genres help create and respond to recurrence, making genres important social and rhetorical constructs. More recent attention to genre uptakes in RGS has shifted the focus of attention from genres as normalizing phenomena to the dynamic forces that mobilize knowledge and action between genres. This shift opens possibilities for thinking of genre not only as social action but also of how genre can be deployed for social action, including ways that new genres or reconfigurations of genres can help transform how we relate to, engage with, and mobilize publics. Topics the seminar explores include imagining ways to make genre knowledge (and its complex formations) public and useful to local communities; helping students develop methods for studying genres in their public contexts; and exploring how existing genres often manage boundaries that separate academic and public spheres and how genres can be changed or new genres developed that enable more interactive and reciprocal relations between universities and various publics.