Virtual Dissertation Writing Groups

Once again, Joshua Smart (Ohio State) is organizing virtual dissertation writing groups for philosophy Ph.D. students.

He writes:

Virtual Dissertation Groups (VDG) is a free service that connects graduate students to provide feedback on dissertation work. Members are grouped with two others working in the same general area of philosophy. About once a month, one member sends some work (3-6K words) to the others, who return feedback and comments in a week or so.

While advisors and committees are important, it can be incredibly helpful to discuss one’s work with peers in a lower-stakes environment, and it can be particularly enlightening to do so with those who take a different approach, outlook, or focus. Not only that, but there is evidence from psychological research that thinking about problems in relation to persons who are geographically distant can increase creativity. With students in programs from many states, countries, and every continent with a philosophy Ph.D. program, Virtual Dissertation Groups is a great way to capture some of these benefits!

You can sign up to participate here. Open signups through Sunday, January 20th. (Afterwards, new dissertators are accepted conditional on available spots.)

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5 years ago

Thanks to Joshua for continuing to organize this.

I participated in one of these virtual writing groups last year and received tremendously helpful comments on the paper I distributed. That paper now appears to be on the verge of publication. I have no doubt that my peers’ feedback played an instrumental role.