Graduate Student Conference

Annual Conference since 2007



The aim of the URI Graduate Conference is to facilitate the innovative scholarship of graduate students across the nation and globe by providing opportunities for them to share academic work, receive scholarly feedback and network professionally. The event also facilitates the integration of faculty, promising scholars and colleagues in an interdepartmental intellectual dialogue. The URI Graduate Student Conference is a unique opportunity for graduate students to present their scholarly work at URI in a formal conference setting. Each year conference attendees hear from two highly respected and provocative speakers—one a professor from the URI community, the other a renowned visiting scholar. Read more about our conference history here.

Trans(form): New Insights and New Directions, April 9, 2016

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2016 Keynote Address: Transgender Beside Itself: Paradigms, Paradoxes, and Other Exemplary Subjects, Professor Paisley Currah


Paisley Currah is a professor of political science and women’s & gender studies at Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, CUNY.  He is a founding editor, with Susan Stryker, of TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly. His current research, Not the United States of Sex: Regulating Transgender (NYU forthcoming), describes how apparent contradictions in sex classification policies reflect fragmented state projects.





2016 Plenary Address: Eclectic Visionary Synthesis: The Transformative Power of Kingian Thinking, Professor Paul Bueno de Mesquita

plenaryPaul Bueno de Mesquita, PhD, a professor of psychology at the University of Rhode Island, was first introduced to Kingian nonviolence by Dr. Bernard LaFayette, Jr. under whose mentorship and guidance he became a Level III advanced Kingian Nonviolence trainer. He has served as director of the URI Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies since 2009 and was honored as the first recipient of the Silvia-Chandley Professorship in Peace Studies at URI in 2010-2012. A recently completed book, edited by Professor Bueno de Mesquita, Kingian Nonviolence: Applications for International & Institutional Change, is a collection of chapters contributed by international participants who have earned certification in Kingian Nonviolence Conflict Reconciliation at the International Nonviolence Summer Institute sponsored annually by the Center for Nonviolence & Peace Studies.



“Untitled” by Carolyn V. Marsden
Artwork for the 2016 Conference
Carolyn V. Marsden is a New England visual artist and art director currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. She works as the art director for Rhode Island Monthly magazine, and shows her artwork locally. In 2011, Carolyn completed a Master’s in Fine Arts with distinction at the University of New Mexico (Albuquerque, NM). Before completing her MFA, she earned a B.A. at Dartmouth College (Hanover, NH) and worked for Boston magazine as a graphic designer.
The 2016 URI Graduate Conference will take place on April 9, 2016 with the theme Trans(form): New Insights and New Directions.Word Cloud

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