Lisa Henderson will discuss the academic review of practice-based research in media and cultural studies, especially in Communication. Presenting new illustrations since her recent Annenberg talk, she will ask how Annenberg and University of Pennsylvania colleagues have thought about practice-based work in graduate student and faculty mentorship and evaluation, and what guidelines they might contribute to a field statement on the review of practice-based work.
Lisa Henderson is Professor of Communication, recent past Chair of the Department of Communication, and Faculty in American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She studies cultural production, sexual representation, feminist media, class discourse and ethnographic method. In most projects, these categories combine and re-define each other while addressing questions of personal, community and institutional power and autonomy. Henderson also writes about feeling, identification and everyday life, in the spirit—when it makes sense—of optimism and social solidarity. New work on artist/scholar collaboration and on friendship as a political form speaks to those possibilities. In 2011, Henderson received the Roy F. Aarons Award for Outstanding Contribution to GLBT Education and Research from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Henderson’s recent monograph, Love and Money: Queers, Class and Cultural Production, was a 2014 finalist in LGBT Studies for a Lambda Literary Award and is available from NYU Press.