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Words, pictures and method

Words, pictures and method

My friend and colleague, Professor Ian Barron, director of the UMass Center for International Education, was kind enough to express interest in my research and its implications for comparative international work. As an arts-based researcher and cartoonist, I have used methods in childhood in the…

No more dumb posters

No more dumb posters

I know we are all tired of the same old clunky academic conference poster, but folks are often unsure of where and how to break the rules and if it is even possible to do something different with the “Poster Presentation” genre. Instead of using…

nice work and near enemies

nice work and near enemies

My newest piece appears in Angelina Castagno’s gorgeous edited volume, The Price of Nice: How Good Intentions Maintain Educational Inequity. Before this project came along, I was relatively certain that I was done done DONE with my decades of work around workplace feminization and ethnographies of the young, white women who want to become teachers– mostly of black and brown students in the public schools. Then this project appeared and I could not resist the opportunity to work with Angelina. It is certainly my last hurrah; That said, it is the chapter I’ve always wanted to write, that I’ve been trying to write, that only needed a home, and the right timing to make the connections I needed to make. I have to say the book itself is a beautiful, elegant collection ideal for teaching and essential for any critical educator’s bookshelf. I am honored and delighted to be included amongst so many esteemed scholars in the field. Enjoy some juicy snippets below and then, of course, order your copy today.

Three Cheers for Inktober!

Three Cheers for Inktober!

I’m a university professor and a scholar and writer and ethnographer and all that stuff, but as an arts-based researcher, sometimes the Art part gets shoved off to the side and hidden away, especially when times are stressful or busy and I have a thousand…

Crooked is the line at QHC in Vancouver

Crooked is the line at QHC in Vancouver

I had a blast at the Qualitative Health Research Conference in Vancouver leading a fantastic workshop on comics in qualitative research and giving a keynote lecture. The Zine workshop was a longer version of my classic studio experience, tailored for a diverse group of researchers…

Comics and Ethnography at Oxford

Comics and Ethnography at Oxford

I was very excited to be attending and presenting a work-in-progress paper at the Oxford Ethnography and Education conference this coming week at New College, Oxford University. This conference is a highlight of my year: It’s a chance to workshop and improve a paper while also connecting with good friends and spending time in my favorite city in the world.

This is one of the reasons it is my favorite city.

This year I also offered a pre-conference workshop on comics and ethnography! It’s a little bit about storytelling, a little bit about how everyone can draw, and a lot about the power of comics. The purpose of this workshop is to open up a methodological discussion about the role of the visual arts in ethnographic research writ large, and then to practice using drawings to work with our data using strategies from creative nonfiction writing and arts-based research work. You can read more about it here: http://www.ethnographyandeducation.org/conferences/workshop/

Telling stories and making art together is the most wonderful kind of play. If you would like me to visit you at your institution and offer a workshop like this for your group, please drop me a quick note at sally@educ.umass.edu

The workshop went beautifully. Look at all the nice things we got a running start on making!

comics in ethnographic research

comics in ethnographic research

As Sonya Atalay writes in the introduction to our collaborative, creative collection in American Anthropologist, “In our hypervisual culture, presenting research in a visually engaging way can have a powerful and democratizing impact. Visual methods, such as comics and animation, aid us in telling engaging,…

Cookies and Tea and Gender Diversity in Pittsburgh

Cookies and Tea and Gender Diversity in Pittsburgh

The only thing better than being invited to the University of Pittsburgh is being asked to speak in the Cathedral of Learning, and the only thing better than that is to know that there will be tea and cookies! Come one come all!

AEQ is 50!

AEQ is 50!

Laura and I were contemplating our very last year as Editors in Chief of AEQ when we realized that we were ending our watch on volume 50! Wow! Our Note from the Editors reflects our interest and innovations in publishing creative work, and we hope to see more comics in AEQ in the future.

Writers on writing

Writers on writing

An oldie but goodie, my conversation with Dr. Kakali Bhattacharya. Food for thought as we all wrestle with what it means to be scholars and writers in the cold and quiet of the winter semester. We had a great time, and you can watch it…