At the University of Minnesota, English faculty and students regularly make connections across campus, whether via workshops at the Center for Medieval Studies, collaborative groups at the Institute for Advanced Study, or co-sponsored events with other departments and centers.
Research groups (or subfields), comprised of graduate students and sometimes faculty, typically meet once or twice a month, on or off campus, for discussion of texts, recently published works, or works-in-progress. Many students participate in more than one group for social networking as well as academic support. If there is no group that suits your particular interests, the graduate office can help you start one (groups on pedagogy and theory recently concluded lively runs). Some currently active research groups include the following:
The Medieval & Early Modern Research Group
MEMRG is a student-led interdisciplinary forum for those interested in medieval and early modern Europe and the spread of European colonialism. The group sponsors a yearly spring colloquium, the Skeiron Synod.
Medieval/Early Modern Work-in-Progress Group
The Medieval/Early Modern Work-in-Progress Group meets monthly to discuss pre-circulated scholarly writing (articles, dissertation chapters, conference papers, book chapters); participants include both graduate students and faculty members.
18th and 19th Century British Subfield
The 18th and 19th Century research group of graduate students and faculty members meets monthly to discuss works-in-progress which may include seminar papers, conference papers, potential articles, dissertation chapters, or sections of book projects. The group also sponsors visiting scholar events. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
20/21 Century Subfield
This group provides a network for interested students and organizes discussions and presentations on topics concerning scholarship, teaching, and critical theory relevant to work in the fields of 20th- and 21st-century literatures and cultures. Email email@example.com for more information.