MIGC is one of the most exciting, invigorating, and experimental graduate conferences I have attended. By including artistic works and events alongside scholarly presentations, the conference made possible a co-constitutive vision of scholarship and creative inquiry not bound to the disappointments and frustrations of academic disciplinarily.
Presenting at the migc was a fantastic experience. The program managed to bring together so many scholars from diverse backgrounds while keeping the whole event cohesive. The event was productive in numerous wonderfully unexpected ways.
The MIGC is a great space for graduate students from different disciplines to deliver works in progress. I received valuable feedback that helped me better revise a paper I then delivered at a larger conference in my specific field. Additionally, the fun social activities that were organized aided in building a strong network with graduate students from various institutions. I am grateful I was able to present at this conference and look forward to future conventions!
From attending MIGC in 2013 and 2014, I have seen the conference shift and flourish in innovating and exciting ways over just one year. MIGC is special and unique in that it encourages both interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary scholarship alongside creative work like no other conference I have attended. The attendees come from a wide variety of disciplines, which enables conversations to be both attentive to the theme and to also interrogate larger questions regarding institutionalization, the boundaries of disciplinarity, and possible futures for the academy. MIGC cultivates an atmosphere that feels warm and supportive; attendees are not anonymous speakers, but are welcomed and encouraged to be a part of an enthusiastic academic community.
MIGC 2014 was an intellectually rigorous and exciting event, with a wide variety of disciplines represented. I was particularly impressed by the Creative Showcase, which incorporated performance and multimedia artwork. This was the first time I had seen such an active multidisciplinary engagement at an academic conference. Ali Sperling was a brilliant curator and a generous host and organizer. An event I would certainly love to be involved in again!