Questions: rough draft, please comment/edit

In Uncategorized on October 29, 2011 at 01:09

•What problem or issue does your collective work address?

Looking at the discourses of how OWS is being defined. Media is the most dominant form of representation of OWS, and we wanted to find out what kinds of discourses were being done at the site, and compare. How are they self-identifing, and forming an identity, and how is the media doing this as well? By working within a group with different perspectives, it will be interesting to see how different interpretations will occur. This is forcing us to not be normative, in a way. We also have to articulate what premises are necessary in order to accept an interpretation as “true.” What kinds of “common-sense” are at play? Working collaboratively, we will be more likely to recognize these tendencies within ourselves and the discourses.

•How can your collective work intervene in, upend, rewrite, or transform that problem?

This is a way for Cultural studies scholars to interpret current events. We can use our analysis to look at how identities are being formed, and the discursive practices that are being positioned within OWS, something that is resisting definition. Media have had a hard time distilling it down into a soundbite. A branding exersize is happening by political parties, media, and OWS itself. Is there a resistance to this? How might we contrast these things? Has the movement become mainstream? How has it changed over time? People are discomforted with a lack of “clear message” within the mainstream. Why?

•What other people, institutions, and organizations would you like to bring into your collaborative project? How will you invite them into your project?

OWS is leaderless, so we cannot invite them in. The question for us, is more how are we part of the organization, and how can cultural studies workers contribute to the organization. We have invited ourselves into the organization and the space, as participants and observers. We are also learning to collaborate among ourselves, as people with different political perspectives. Could we get other perspectives, or link blogs with people? Get opinions from different parts of the movement, not just Seattle? Other cities? Unions?

•Who are the intended audiences for your collaborative work? How are you going to build those audiences?

We are making a blog, and the audience, for now is between our collaborators. For now, the project is focused on troubling, finding sites of meaning, and questions. As a long term project, the site could potentially be developed into a place where a wider public, or cultural studies people or OWS can also contribute to this discussion. We are positioned, however in academia, so we have to acknowedge the power that we have in our interpretation. It can also be a kind of archive of an exercise that could contribute to learning about collaboration.

•Provide an agenda of collaborative work over the next year (and beyond if you are so inclined). How might this project intersect with your work and interests after you complete graduate school?

Examining how our research skills and methodologies can be useful/applied to a current event, and how our methodologies could potentially be useful in interpreting movements or communities or media. Useful for our work because identity formation is happening at OWS, are they a bunch of hippies…etc. What are the truisms/common sense that need to be in place in order for certain things to be true? What needs to be true in order for them to be “loyal Americans” or “”. Our own research projects can tie into it by looking at contested meaning at a specific site. OWS a good example, and a good snapshot scale/ what can we come up with in a quick analysis of a current event. This is important because the media cycle is so quick, and academics may be asked what they think: as public scholars. How can we intervene in the current discourse that is being formed? Trying to be more thourough and grounded than journalists.

•How does your research and work as a MACS student inform the tactics of your collaboration? How does your cultural studies theory/methods influence your practice?

Discourse: Foucault
Hegemonic: about changing the terms of debate (also discursive)
Political Economic
Communications: can we look at how things are being communicated? (hand signals, etc.)
Media analysis

•Provide references and additional resources.


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