Northwestern University

Fri 11:00 AM

Writing About Visual and Ephemeral Evidence

When: Friday, April 12, 2013
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM  

Where: 2122 Sheridan Rd, Graduate Student Commons, Room 250 (2nd Floor), 2122 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public

Contact: Elizabeth Lenaghan  

Group: Professional Development for Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Category: Lectures & Meetings

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Audiovisual and ephemeral objects (visuals and sounds, moving images, performances) are central to scholarship across many disciplines in the arts and humanities. For arts and humanities scholars, writing about audiovisual texts can be both a rewarding and uniquely challenging experience. Some of these challenges are specific to the vocabulary of each discipline, but many challenges relate to broader issues of turning visual evidence into written scholarly form. How can one effectively write about objects that appeal to sensory or temporal experience? How can scholars mediate between their own familiarity with an ephemeral object and their reader’s potential lack of access? This workshop considers concrete strategies for managing translations of audiovisual scholarship into written work. The workshop covers different approaches to effective note taking, techniques for gathering and organizing evidence, and strategies for transitioning between description and analysis. Additionally, this workshop provides an opportunity for scholars from different disciplines to share diverse strategies for tracking, notating, and writing about visual and temporal works. To register, please visit:

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