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Chartered and Working Groups









Chartered and Working Groups

GSA initiative launched in 2007-2008, Working Groups are interdisciplinary groups comprised of students from various departments and programs across the GSAS that meet on a semi-regular basis over refreshments to share work-in-progress of various kinds—articles, conference presentations, portions of dissertations, etc. The goal of these groups is to gain feedback from colleagues and perspectives outside one’s home discipline.

To qualify as a GSA Working Group, a group must:
  • present a statement of its mission/purpose/scope/project
  • nominate a spokesperson, who coordinates the group's activities and is the liaison between the gsa and the group members;
  • have at least 4 members (and GSAS students must constitute at least 60% of the group)
  • renew its status with the GSA every semester
  • meet on a regular basis (at least twice a month)
  • publicize its activities on a website/blog, to which all fordham community must have access (and which will be checked by the gsa working group committee in order to validate eligibility for funds)
  • keep an updated record of its activities on the website/blog

A working group will be eligible for partial gsa working group funds after it has met consistently and followed the guidelines above for at least two months. the group will only be eligible to receive full gsa working group funds after it has met consistently and followed the guidelines above for at least one semester.

Feel free to contact us with ideas for new groups!


CHARTERED GROUPS ARE GROUPS WHICH DO NOT PRIMARILY REPRESENT THE MEMBERS OF A SINGLE DEPARTMENT OR PROGRAM (SUCH AS INTERDISCIPLINARY GROUPS, CULTURAL GROUPS, OR GROUPS WITH A HIGHLY SPECIALIZED AND/OR SPECIFIC NATURE). TO BE CHARTERED, THE GROUP MUST PRESENT A STATEMENT OF ITS MISSION AND PURPOSE, INCLUDING HOW THE GROUP CONTRIBUTES TO GRADUATE STUDENT LIFE IN A WAY THAT A MORE TRADITIONAL DEPARTMENTAL GROUP DOES NOT.  IN ADDITION TO A NOMINATED SPOKESPERSON, THE GROUP MUST HAVE AT LEAST FIVE MEMBERS WHO ARE GSAS STUDENTS, AND GSAS STUDENTS MUST CONSTITUTE AT LEAST 60% OF THE GROUP'S MEMBERSHIP. CHARTERS MUST BE RENEWED ANNUALLY.  CURRENT GSA CHARTERED GROUP IS:

THE FORDHAM DIGITAL HUMANITIES GROUP


The development and use of digital tools for research, publishing, and pedagogy has transformed scholarship in teh humanities, and this has led to a dynamic area of study known as the digital humanities.  The founder of the digital humanities is widely acknowledged to be Father Roberto Busa (1913-2011), an Italian Jesuit priest.  Beginnin in 1949 and lasting almost 30 years, Father Busa authored the Index Thomisticus, a tool he developed with the help of IBM to perform text searches within teh voluminous writing of St. Thomas Aquinas.  The Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group Continues in teh Spirit of Father Busa's work in its mission to engage, maintain, and deepen students' knowledge and interests in usin gdigital tools in their scholarly and pedagogical pursuits.  Through discussion adn instruction of the digital humanities' current practices and methodologies, particularly in the contexts of graduate studies and professionalization, this group provides students an opportunity to learn about and discuss this important area of research.

The Fordham GSDH Group welcomes students from all disciplines, whether or not they ahve experience using the tools and methods related to the digital humanities.  The group should be of special interest to students who are preparing for a professional academic career in the humanities, a career that most likely will require digital fluency in regards to teaching, research, and publishing.  At the same time, the group should appeal to computer science students with an interest in the humanities, as there is a growing need for scholars who are adept with technology and humanities practices.  Other members of the campus communicty are also encouraged to join, even if they are not graduate students.

FGSDHG aims to meet twice-monthly.  Check the events page for information about our current meetings and long term plans.






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