Experiments with Sources Material, Research Methodologies, and Information Expression
Thursday, March 13th, 2014 – Friday, March 14th, 2014
Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA
Unconventional Wisdom is a two day student symposium focused on cultural studies of the Americas: one day will highlight graduate students, while a second day will highlight the research efforts of undergraduate students. We take our inspiration from authors like J. Halberstam, who calls for analysis of ephemeral subcultural products and for serious readings of “low” popular cultural products; Philippe Bourgois and Jeffery Schonberg, authors of the photo-ethnography Righteous Dopefiend, who break the rules of anthropology and become emotionally involved with their subjects; Gelya Frank, who takes for her subject the relationship she developed with a single disabled individual; and Jim Elledge, who spent ten years researching the life of outsider artist Henry Darger, and through this decade of work produced two books, a biography that challenged nearly everything written before about the artist, and a book of prose poems that put the biographical information into artistic form.
These authors and their works push the limits of what academics approach as their subjects, how they approach those subjects, and the ways in which the work they create is presented. Similarly, this symposium seeks not a theme in content, but rather in purpose. That is, to showcase the experiments in style, methodology, subject, and source material of budding academics. Following the lead of such authors, we seek studies in ethnography, photo voice, digital storytelling, digital archival work, art history, oral history, creative non-fiction, literary studies, journalism, and photojournalism that embody a similar spirit. While we do not want to tie scholars down to any particular topic, we ask that all pieces remain in some fashion focused on cultural studies of the Americas. Furthermore, we welcome and want the unexpected, the disruptive, and the alien. We seek excitement, befuddlement, and inspiration to hone our creative and academic edge.
Some possible options:
-Presentations/Workshops of new or unconventional research methodologies for cultural studies
-Interdisciplinary or multimodal academic papers
-Topics on writing, reading, or researching creative non-fiction
-Photo essay/Photo voice presentations
-Fiction led by research
-Compelling cultural studies scholarship on any unconventional source or topic
Paper presentations should be no longer than 20 minutes long, workshops no more than 30 minutes long, and films no more than 30 minutes long. While the symposium is geared towards individual research, full panels and collaborative works are welcome.
Please submit an abstract of your work that is no more than 350 words in doc. pdf. or rtf. format. Please include your name, phone number, email address, institution, and a 100 word biographical sketch. For films, please include a link to either the trailer or the whole film.
Send abstracts and questions to email@example.com.
Deadline for submissions is Friday, January 17th, 2014, at 5pm.
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