"(Mis)Leading" Craft Critique Culture
Exciting events coming!
March 11, 2014: 12:00-1:00 pm - Digital Scholarship & Conference Particpation
Join us for an English Dept. hosted Brown Bag Lunch! Dr. Adam Hooks from the University of Iowa's English Department and Colleen Theisen from Special Collections will lead a discussion on integrating social media into scholarship, particularly conference participation. The first 20 people will receive a complimentary lunch. Sign up at www.signmeup.com/98474
All talks are free and open to the public.
April 4-5, 2014:
4:00-5:00 pm, Friday, April 4: 304 EPB, Gerber Lounge
Marah Gubar is the award-winning author of Artful Dodgers: Reconceiving the Golden Age of Children's Literature. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh as an English professor. She offers this snapshot of her keynote address:
"Some researchers who work on youth culture take for granted that children can wriggle free from adult control and act, speak, and write as self-directed agents. Others insist that unlike other historically disempowered groups such as women who can speak for themselves, children have no such voice and thus lack the kind of autonomy adults enjoy. In this talk, I draw on the work of children's picture-book and theater practitioners to stake out a middle ground between these two extremes, one that acknowledges the kinship between young and old without denying their differences. This kinship model of children's agency rests on the notion that *all* of us are compromised (rather than autonomous) agents, and that the creative arts offer us a more supple vision of what it means to have a voice than the sociopolitical realm of rights."
Check out her work WEBSITE
2:30-3:30 pm, Friday, April 4: 304 EPB, Gerber Lounge
Colleen Theisen is an outreach and instruction librarian at the University of Iowa. Colleen wears many hats as a curator of rare treasures, historical cook and food guru, and expert on research investigation strategies. Fine Books Magazine has profiled her as an up and coming Bright Young Librarian, and This is Colossal spread the word about her fascinating fore-edge painting tumblr post. She'll speak about the untapped research opportunities awaiting in archive and special collection research, the wonderful work of social outreach, and everything related to being a bibliophile in the 21st century!
9:30-10:30 am, Saturday, April 5, 109 EPB:
Offering expertise with her talk, "Leading with a PhD: Careers Outside the Academy", Jennifer Teitle, from the University of Iowa's Graduate College, will talk about new and exciting ways of using, promoting, and investing in PhD work. With so many changes happening in the world of academia, Jennifer will talk about how your PhD can work for you in (possibly) unexplored directions. Jennifer's talk addresses assessing your interests, understanding what is possible, finding relevant industries, learning to talk about your skill base, and finding a healthy way to envision your identity outside of academe. This panel is meant to open discussion regarding PhD work and its place both in and out of academic settings.
This conference is interested in where the stories we tell lead, or how we attempt to lead an audience toward a particular destination. We welcome papers from all disciplines which are interested in the moment where cultural artifacts either intentionally lead us astray or we ourselves lead these artifacts down paths never intended. These cultural artifacts include myths, written texts, visual arts, political discourse, public policy, and physical spaces to name a few. This conference will not only investigate how leading/misleading can be a place of critique, but also a place of understanding. By investigating cultural artifacts, we can more fully consider how we craft narratives, how we both as authors and audience perform, and how we communicate these experiences. Ultimately, this conference aims to open a space for discourse about otherwise misleading cultural experiences.
Craft Critique Culture is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections among critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. We invite the submission of critical, theoretical, and original creative work in a variety of media and across the humanities, sciences, and legal disciplines. In the past, submissions have included not only traditional scholarly papers but also film, video, music, writing, visual art and artists’ books, and performance.
Department of English
Cinema & Comparative Literature
School of Library & Information Science
World Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
Department of German
Organizing CommitteeAnnmarie Steffes, co-chair
Miriam Janechek, co-chair
Bethany Johnson Smith
Heidi Renee Aijala