Annual Conference

Each summer, the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning invites scholars from around the world to explore a timely topic from an interdisciplinary perspective. Based on using an interdisciplinary approach for nearly fifty years at the College of General Studies, we know that exploring one topic from multiple perspectives generates a more comprehensive and deeper understanding, as it introduces both new information and modes of thinking. We encourage attendees across different academic disciplines to join us to share insights from their area of expertise and ensure a rich and productive discussion.

2018 Annual Conference

Writing, the State, and the Rise of Neo-Nationalism: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Concerns 

June 30, 2018 at 43 Harrington Gardens, London, SW7 4JU
Co-sponsored by Boston University College of General Studies, the Center for Interdisciplinary Teaching & Learning, and Boston University–London.

In January 1868, John William De Forest took to the pages of The Nation with a call that would resound over the next century and a half: the writing of the “Great American Novel.” In so doing, he asserted both the shaping force of the nation on the arts, and the importance of the arts for the national imaginary. On the sesquicentennial of De Forest’s essay, the College of General Studies at Boston University will host an interdisciplinary conference to explore the broader intersection of writing and the nation.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Daniel Karlin, Winterstoke Professor of English at the University of Bristol. Information on registration and call for papers here.