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Across the disciplines, academics are rethinking what it means to share their work, to contribute to a changing intellectual and writerly environment, and to continue to produce and publish as public intellectuals, scholars, activists, and teachers. Collaborative writing, blogging, experimental publishing, creative non-fiction, lyrical essay: these forms push at the boundaries of what it means to be an academic writer. At a time of social and technological change with respect to how information functions and circulates, many scholars are asking: “who are we trying to reach, why, and how?”

Convenors:

Elspeth Brown, Associate Professor of History at the University of Toronto. She is the author of award-winning The Corporate Eye: Photography and the Rationalization of American Commercial Culture, 1884-1929 (Johns Hopkins 2005) and Sexual Capital: A Queer History of Modeling, 1909-1983 (under contract with Duke University Press). She has co-edited two volumes: Cultures of Commerce: Representation and American Business Culture, 1877-1960 (Palgrave, 2006) and FeelingPhotography (Duke University Press, 2014). Brown currently directs the The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory, a five-year digital history and oral history research collaboration that connects archives across Canada and the United States to produce a collaborative digital history hub for the research and study of gay, lesbian, queer, and trans* oral histories.

Eva-Lynn Jagoe, Associate Professor of Comparative and Latin American Literature. Her book, The End of the World as They Knew It: Writing Experiences of the Argentine South, examines representations of the South in Argentine and English texts from the nineteenth century to the present, arguing that the narration of this space is formative in the shaping of a collective memory and history of Argentina. She is currently writing a book entitled Take Her She’s Yours, a series of lyric essays examining gender representations and violence, ethics and relationality. She has published in journals such as Reviews in Cultural Theory, Cinemascope, Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies, Revista Canadiense de Estudios Hispánicos and Revista Hispánica Moderna.

Instructors:

Catherine Taylor: Catherine Taylor is a writer and editor who works on a wide range of nonfiction forms–from documentary and literary journalism to lyric essays, hybrid-genre writing, critical theory, and poetics. She is the author of Apart, a hybrid-genre book of memoir and political history about South Africa (Ugly Duckling Presse) and of Giving Birth: A Journey Into the World of Mothers and Midwives (Penguin Putnam) winner of the Lamaze International Birth Advocate Award. Her essays, poetry, and reviews and video essays have appeared in many literary journals including Seneca Review, The Colorado Review, Jacket2, ActionYes, The Laurel Review, Xantippe, Postmodern Culture, Hotel Amerika, and Witness. Her work has been supported by fellowships and residencies at The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Millay Colony, and The Djerassi Resident Artists Program. She is currently to Co-Director of the new Image Text Ithaca MFA, a graduate program that brings together writers and photographers. 

Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich: Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich’s first book, THE FACT OF A BODY, is forthcoming in spring 2017 from Flatiron Books (Macmillan) and publishers in the UK and Ireland, Taiwan, and the Netherlands. The book is part memoir and part investigation into a 1992 Louisiana murder. In support of her work on that book, she received a 2014 National Endowment for the Arts fellowship and a Rona Jaffe Award. She has twice been a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo, and has also been awarded scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Blue Mountain Center, the Millay Colony, and many other organizations. Her essays and articles appear in publications including The New York Times, Oxford American, Iowa Review, and the anthologies TRUE CRIME and WAVEFORM: Twenty-first Century Essays by Women and were twice recognized as notable by BEST AMERICAN ESSAYS. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and teaches at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

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