Negotiations is a semi-annual graduate student reading series which helps students to transform their scholarly work from seminar papers to publishable or presentable texts. Panelists have said that their Negotiations experience prepared them to answer questions from scholars in their field at subsequent conferences, and improved the quality of their scholarship as well as their writing. For first year students, Negotiations is important because it provides models for not only the kind of scholarship that Syracuse students produce, but also the kinds of dialogue and rigorous critique that emerge from the presentations.
Negotiations is also a valuable professionalization tool. Approximately half of the papers presented at Negotiations over the last five years have been accepted for presentation in the field, at national conferences of the MLA, PCA/ACA, and SCMS, as well as at regional and graduate conferences.