Can we undertake communication scholarship in as broad a range of forms as the field studies? In films, on the internet, in photography, music, or computer games? This talk draws from in-depth interviews with distinguished practitioners of multi-modal research—scholars, especially in studies of cultural production, who produce works other than articles and books. They include filmmakers, musicians, computational artists, game designers, community and policy activists, impresarios, novelists and pedagogues. Most collaborate on and off campus, most hold PhDs and all are academically appointed. In the spirit of encouraging more multi-modal scholarship in our field, the talk will offer an illustrated inventory of current practices, along with a conversation about research and cultural value, expressive training and accountability to students and the institutional investments that can support or hinder multi-modal 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.
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