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    MUSE Workshops 2021-22

    This year, MUSE is enthusiastic to hold our new workshop series that will ask a new, future-oriented theme: What will be the state of sustainability research in 2050?

    Under this theme, we will hold biweekly two-part workshops that tackle future-oriented sustainability questions across key disciplines. During the first part, we will host a disciplinary expert who will present an overview of medium- to long-term trends and lead a guided conversation on where other disciplines intersect. For example, our Social Sciences workshop will feature an expert on ageing and demographic change; our Humanities workshop will feature experts on science fiction and ecofascism. These workshops will be conducted using a hybrid model.

    The second part of the workshop builds on last year’s workshop series aimed at producing a research paper. During our kick-off workshop, attendees will be allocated into discipline-specific pods, which will be responsible for producing a short section related to our workshop theme. For example, the Social Sciences pod could discuss the importance of incorporating demographic change in long-term sustainability models; the Humanities pod could identify themes and patterns in literature exploring the near future under climate change. These workshops will be entirely online over Zoom.

    Due to the necessary, continued involvement required to write a research paper, we expect attendees to meaningfully participate in a majority of the workshop sessions. Our kickoff workshop will be held on Friday 24 September 1:00-2:00 PM EST (please register here!). All are welcome to join for the kickoff workshop before committing to participating in the series more broadly.

    This year’s MUSE Workshop Series is supported by a Rackham Interdisciplinary Workshop award. Elizabeth Ludwig-Borycz ( and Zachary Gersten ( are co-coordinators. 

    MUSE Project Description:

    The study aims to identify barriers and solutions to conducting interdisciplinary environment and sustainability research, with a particular emphasis on the experiences of early-career researchers. The respondent group of interest is sustainability and environment researchers at the Masters, doctoral, postdoctoral, and faculty levels, as well as staff, who are affiliated with the University of Michigan and conduct research relating to sustainability and environment. Respondents will be recruited through the registration form for the Michigan University-wide Sustainability and Environment (MUSE) Initiative’s 2021 Annual Conference. Data will be collected from respondents using an online questionnaire and guided focus group discussions. The objective of collecting data from these respondents is to understand barriers and identify solutions to conducting interdisciplinary sustainability and environment research. Results from this study will be used to inform junior sustainability and environment scholars’ strategies for engaging in interdisciplinary research.


    DateWorkshop contentModality
    September 29thMUSE @ Bill'sIn-person
    October 6thInterdisciplinary Workshop; Zak Gersten (School of Public Health) Jeremy Glover (English Language and Literature) In-person
    October 27thFilm Screening and Book Club, Annihilation (2014 book, 2018 film)Hybrid
    Early November Paper WorkshopPaper workshop, TBDIn-person
    Early DecemberWrite-inRemote

    Bringing together emerging sustainability scholars university-wide to discuss the latest research and share ideas

    Our workshops bring together an interdisciplinary group of sustainability-oriented graduate students to provide a space for stimulating intellectual conversation, applying new skills and receiving feedback on one’s own work, and broadening knowledge and perspectives. The workshops also provide a space for developing interdisciplinary collaborations and social connections with like-minded graduate students.