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Writing about Visual and Ephemeral Evidence

When: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM  

Where: 2122 Sheridan Road, Room 140, Evanston, IL 60201 map it

Audience: Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Elizabeth Anne Lenaghan  

Group: The Writing Place

Category: Academic, Lectures & Meetings


Audiovisual and ephemeral objects (visuals and sounds, moving images, performances, fieldwork) are central to scholarship across many disciplines. For arts, humanities, and social science 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? How can an article or book effectively balance between necessary descriptions and the author’s original interpretations? While this workshop does not propose absolute answers to these questions, it does consider concrete strategies for managing translations of audiovisual analysis 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. Most importantly, this workshop encourages scholars from different disciplines to share their own strategies for notating and writing about visual works.

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