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The Center for Disciplinary Innovation (CDI) hosts and sponsors exploratory courses as a way to incubate new initiatives and programs, from undergraduate minors and Core sequences to graduate tracks to research centers. Each course is co-taught by two faculty and each faculty member receives full credit for teaching the course. Past seminars have been exclusively at the graduate level but starting in AY22-23 offerings may also be at the undergraduate or mixed grad/undergrad levels. Teams receive a $1,250 stipend for course-related purposes; if needed, supplementary funds are available on application. 


Teaching in the CDI is restricted to UChicago faculty. At least one faculty member from each proposed team must have affiliation with the Humanities Division.


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How to Apply

Proposals to teach in the CDI are due in eighth week of Autumn quarter for the following academic year. Proposals should include a description of the seminar and its goals, along with a provisional syllabus. The rationale for the course should address larger disciplinary and/or programmatic contexts as well as local or specific topics. Please provide a short C.V. (5 pages or less) for each faculty member. 


Applicants to teach at the undergraduate or mixed undergraduate/graduate levels are asked to consult with the Chicago Center for Teaching while developing their syllabi as part of the application.

Click here for the CDI Course Proposal Cover SheetOn the cover sheet, please indicate the quarter(s) in which you would like the seminar to be offered and the level (graduate, undergraduate or mixed)​. Please contact Mai Vukcevich (, Assistant Director of the CDI, for additional information.

Creations: The Popol Vuh and Paradise Lost
Timothy Harrison, English Language & Literature
Edgar Garcia, English Language & Literature
Graduate seminar

Politics and Cinema Under Authority
Maria Belodubrovskaya, Cinema & Media Studies
Monika Nalepa, Political Science
Mixed enrollment course

Opera Without Borders
Martha Feldman, Music
Judith Zeitlin, East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Graduate seminar

Postcolonial and Decolonial History and Theory
Rochona Majumdar, South Asian Languages & Civilizations
Lisa Wedeen, Political Science
Undergraduate course

(Re)Orienting Performance Studies: East Asia as Method
Ariel Fox, East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Melissa Van Wyk, East Asian Languages & Civilizations
Undergraduate course

Virtual Ethnography: Encounters in Mediation
Thomas Lamarre, Cinema & Media Studies
Michael Fisch, Anthropology
Advanced undergraduate course

Click here for a listing of previous CDI seminars

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