The Research Workshops at the Stanford Humanities Center bring together groups of Stanford faculty and advanced graduate students, as well as visiting scholars and those at other local institutions, to present their current research and otherwise explore topics of common intellectual concern. The core goals of the workshop program include:
- Realizing and developing latent research agendas.
- Exploring ideas and issues that cross the usual disciplinary or institutional boundaries.
- Providing a unique context for graduate work, where advanced students working on their dissertations receive the support and stimulation that come from participation in a shared intellectual enterprise with faculty.
- Helping graduate students develop the professional skills marking their transition from their role as students to active scholars addressing a community of peers.
- Supporting collaborative research, particularly in areas of research that no single researcher or institution could address alone.
The workshops offer faculty and students from Stanford as well as other institutions a kind of engagement that exists nowhere else at the university. They meet outside of traditional departmental boundaries and in truly interdisciplinary collaborations to explore research topics that they themselves determine. The program thus supports faculty in their efforts to investigate and construct new areas of research in a time of shifting disciplinary boundaries, while encouraging graduate students to participate in ongoing scholarly dialogues.