Research and Work Groups

The Leslie Center sponsors several faculty working groups and seminars. Dartmouth faculty wishing to organize a new working group may contact the Center for additional information. To be added to the mailing list  or to learn more about one of the groups listed below, please contact the Leslie Center.

Critical Finance Studies

The Critical Finance Studies working group brings together faculty and postdoctoral fellows interested in studying financial practices, ideologies, and institutions from the perspectives of the humanities and social sciences.

Internationally, the emerging field of critical finance studies investigates topics like the history of slavery and finance, financial trading institutions, cultural production representing speculation, and social movements protesting the dominance of financial institutions in the economy. We hope to gather faculty and fellows pursuing a diverse array of topics in their research and teaching so as to deepen and broaden this new field.

Our plans for the group include a regular reading group; lectures and workshops conducted by visiting scholars; curriculum planning; and student outreach events.

Digital Humanities

The Leslie Center hosts space for faculty initiatives and collaborations in the digital humanities.

The Long Nineteenth Century

This workshop brings together faculty whose expertise and interests fall into the long nineteenth century, regardless of geographical area of specialization. The group is open to tenure and tenure-track faculty, convenes twice per quarter, and discusses members’ work-in-progress as well as scholarship currently emerging in the wider discipline(s).

Medical Humanities/Social Science Workgroup

Participation is open to faculty members of Dartmouth’s Arts & Sciences division and Geisel Medical School, as well as interested practitioners from DHMC.

The emerging field of medical humanities offers opportunities for scholars in the humanities and humanities-oriented social sciences to be in dialogue with physicians and scholars in medicine and healthcare delivery science. The group meets to discuss a series of topics of relevance to both the humanities and the study and practice of medicine, including such questions as:

  • In what ways can we understand the experience of aging using the lenses of both medicine and the humanities? How do these lenses help us in the consideration of individuals' capacities to make decisions in the setting of illness?
  • Are there ways of knowing that emerge through the study of the humanities and humanistic inquiry that are — or could be — of value to the practicing physician? What do you wish your own doctor had learned?
  • How should the humanities influence the design of healthcare delivery? Are there ways in which the practice of medicine might inform those who study and teach in the humanities?
  • How should the medical humanities inform approaches in medical education, particularly in the education of the next generation of physicians, currently in their 20s and 30s?

Medieval Studies

The Medieval Seminar meets approximately twice per term.

The Medieval Colloquium meets biennially. At each colloquium, two scholars discuss pre-circulated texts with a group of invited participants. The format has proved over the years to be both exciting and fruitful.

Psychoanalysis Study Group

The Psychoanalysis Study Group is an interdisciplinary seminar for academics and clinicians who are interested in psychoanalytic theory. Through close reading of texts and presentations by psychoanalysts and academics, we consider the application of psychoanalytic ideas to patients, texts, film, art, culture, and ideas, leaving room to elaborate points of common interest and points of difference.

Research Seminars

Leslie Research Seminars offer faculty the opportunity to share and develop their interests in a relaxed but focused environment. If you are interested in forming a research seminar, please contact the director of the Leslie Center.

Theory Seminar

The Theory Seminar meets twice per quarter to discuss article-length texts of shared critical interest within and beyond the humanities.