Sign ups for Spring 2020 are now closed, but feel free to go ahead and sign up for Fall 2020 below!
VDG is a free service that connects graduate students to provide peer feedback on dissertation work with a minimal time commitment. Members are grouped with two others working in the same general area of philosophy. About once a month, one member sends some work (3,000-6,000 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 even just thinking about problems in relation to persons who are geographically distant can promote creative insights. With students in programs from many states, countries, and every continent,* Virtual Dissertation Groups is a great way to capture some of these benefits!
Sound good? Then sign up for the Fall 2020 groups below!
[* At least, every continent with a philosophy Ph.D. program… sorry Antarctica]