This interdisciplinary graduate student colloquium will be the first event in the Desert Futures: Sahara conference— a three-day, international scholarly workshop and public symposium to be held at Yale University, 24–26 April, 2020. Desert Futures is a “collaborative project [that] aims to chart a new paradigm for interdisciplinary studies through a sustained and comparative focus on the poetics and politics of desert spaces.” Specifically, this graduate student colloquium aims to identify and connect a network of individuals at Yale working on desert spaces from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and theoretical orientations. A tangible outcome of the colloquium will be the creation of a Desert Studies listserv and working-group at Yale. Our one-day colloquium will unfold in dialogue with the Desert Futures symposium and workshop, and participants in the graduate student colloquium will be invited to take part in the various other conference events. The colloquium will take place in the newly renovated Franke Family Digital Humanities Laboratory (DHLab), a collaborative workspace with high-definition monitors and presentation displays.