Information for Participants

Important Information:


Monday, June 22, 2020 from 2:00-6:30 PM, in TBD. If you foresee that you may not be able to make it during this time frame, please email us at futures@dartmouth.edu with your cell phone number, how you are traveling to Hanover, and when you expect to arrive. 


The Institute sessions begin at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 22 and conclude in the evening on June 28, 2020. Dormitory housing is open at 2:00 PM on June 22.  Check out is by 11 AM on Sunday, June 28.  Beginning Friday morning, there will be a labeled drop box for your key (in the common area  Bildner).  DO NOT LEAVE YOUR KEY IN YOUR ROOM. If you lose your key or leave it in your room, you will be charged a $60 fee.  If you must check out early, contact us at futures@dartmouth.edu for details.

We open at 7:00 PM on Monday, June 22 with a session about both the mechanics and the intellectual goals of the coming week.  The typical schedule for Tuesday through Saturday will be a morning plenary (9:15 PM-12:30 PM), an afternoon participant seminar (2-5 PM), and an evening session. A picnic dinner is scheduled for Wednesday evening at a tent on Tuck Drive (see map) and the final evening of the Institute features a banquet for all participants and speakers, which will be held in the Grand Ballroom at the Hanover Inn. With the exception of these events, you will be on your own for dining. There are a number of restaurants in downtown Hanover including, but not limited to: Market Table, Lou’s, Sushi-Ya, Molly’s, Jewel of India, Han Fusion, Noodle Station, Skinny Pancake, Tuk Tuk, Murphy’s, Base Camp, Salt Hill Pub, Boloco, The Canoe Club, Umpleby’s. The Dirt Cowboy has your coffee needs covered. The Hanover Coop, at 45 South Park St, is a fully stocked grocery store with plenty of fruits, vegetables, and prepared foods (open from 7 AM to 8 PM). We encourage participants to organize informal gatherings, around themes of collective interest, during dinner times (fields of study, identities in the academy, academic labor, etc). If you would like assistance setting a gathering up, please let us know (futures@dartmouth.edu).

In general, the Institute has two primary pedagogical forms: plenary sessions that feature talks by invited speakers and ongoing afternoon participant seminars that function as intensive workshops for work-in-progress by Institute participants.  All plenaries will feature two or three invited speakers whose work will help to define the contours of the Institute theme; each talk will be 25-30 minutes in length, with the same amount of time reserved for questions and discussion by participants at the Institute.


Afternoon seminar sessions will be led by Institute faculty. The seminars are organized according to the critical specialties of the participants and matched as well as possible to the expertise of the seminar faculty.  During the afternoon seminars, each Institute participant will have the opportunity to present a conference paper version of their work. These presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes (8-10 pages of double-spaced written work). The presentation will be followed by a critical discussion of the paper that is approximately 30 minutes. Seminars meet Tuesday through Saturday. When you check in, you will receive your seminar assignments. On opening night, each seminar decides as a group who will present at Tuesday’s seminar session. The remainder of the seminar presentation schedule will be decided at Tuesday’s seminar session.

In the past, Institute participants have found the seminars useful for a variety of purposes—presenting and discussing dissertation or book proposals, essays in progress, and portions of chapters.  The seminars operate according to a workshop format; it is best to present work that is in progress and that will benefit from focused discussion. Some participants in the past have brought photocopies of their presentations for all members of the group (14-15) or other forms of handouts (outlines, visual images, etc.).  We have requested “smart” classrooms and, as such, can accommodate multi-media (e.g. PowerPoint, A/V, etc) presentations for the seminars. The intensity of the Institute schedule tends to preclude the possibility of reading everyone’s work before it is presented.  Copying facilities are available in Hanover if you need to make photocopies once you arrive.  If you have a Macbook and you will be using a visual projector for your presentation, you must bring your own VGA adaptor.

Plenary speakers will attend the afternoon seminars and you will be encouraged to invite a speaker to attend your seminar group if his or her work has particular bearing on yours.  In general, we would like to have as much interaction between speakers and participants as possible.  If you are interested in discussing a course you have taught or plan to teach, please bring copies of your syllabus.  


Housing will be in TBD dormitories. Sheets, pillows, and towels are provided. Laundry facilities are located in the dormitory cluster. There is a kitchen located in the cluster. If you would like to cook, we suggest that you bring your own cooking and eating utensils. The kitchen does have a refrigerator, which you may use. You will be expected to check out of your room by 11 AM on Sunday, June 28, 2020. There is a key drop box in TBD. Leave your keys here. If you have any other questions about logistics or accessibility needs, please contact us at futures@dartmouth.edu.

Most bathrooms in the dorms are shared, single occupant bathrooms—we encourage you to bring something you’ll feel comfortable wearing from your room to the bathroom in the case that you are in a suite with a shared bath.


Printers, scanners, and copying facilities are located in Hanover.  If you need to print something, we suggest going to Gnomon Copy at 36 Main St. in Hanover. There is a Copy Center located on the second floor of the Class of 1953 Commons, and several other photocopy and printing services in downtown Hanover, including Gnomon Copy. The campus as a whole is on a wireless network, so you may connect to the Internet with your laptop in any Dartmouth building using the “Dartmouth Public” wireless network. Dartmouth also offers “eduroam” connectivity, if you have access to that through your home institution.


If you receive support for tuition, but would still like a parking decal and/or athletic pass, you may submit a separate check for these expenses at check in. Gym passes for the duration of the conference may be purchased at check-in for $35.  Free running trails abound in the surrounding area.  Parking decals may be purchased for $60 at check-in. Please bring a personal check to pay for parking/gym. We can also accept cash, but we cannot accept credit or debit cards.



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