Pushing Institutional Boundaries:

Multimodal Scholarship

One of MASCLab’s primary goals is to push the boundaries of how “scholarship” is defined. This includes the creation of a variety of *out of the box* projects and participation in academic conferences, publications and ongoing research. The projects in this pod showcase the ways in which we continue to expand methods of teaching, learning, and research through multimodality.

#JUSTLit Project

#JustLit is a MASCLab affiliated project led by Detra Price-Dennis that pushes us to redefine what it means to be literate. The #JustLit team curates resources that center multimodal explorations of social change through young adult and children’s literature, media production, and popular culture.  The project features an Instagram account with text sets that foster an ethos of civic engagement and social change that can inform K-12 curriculum development.

Follow the #JustLit Instagram account for more!



As part of MASCLab’s recent presentation at UPenn’s Ethnography Forum, Kyle Oliver surveyed how a variety of ethnographic and journalistic media projects adapt some of the conventions of academic publishing according to available affordances of audio media. He then shared excerpts from his ethnographic dissertation podcast in development, analyzing clips intended to reimagine how we understand literature reviews, methodological commentary, “discussion” sections, and more.

Kyle’s work in “faith-adjacent” settings seeks to hybridize the discursive, affective, and representational dimensions of audio storytelling with the methodological rigor and genre expectations of academic research.

Read more of Kyle’s presentation here (slides 3–8), or check out the clips on Soundcloud (transcripts included).



Culture Crossing: An American Cookbook

This year, MASCLab member Azsaneé Truss developed a multimodal cookbook of fusion recipes to explore the concept of culture-crossing. Recipes are passed down through generations, and frequently survive despite marginalization and/or colonization. As a result, even the simplest recipe provides insight into the history, beliefs, lifestyle and norms of a given culture (or cultures). Created as the final project for TC’s Cinema As Cross-Cultural Communication class, the cookbook includes personal reflections; links to videos, music, and podcasts; and analyses of articles and films from the course.

Learn more about the cookbook here!



Educational Video Center (EVC) Partnership

View the full episode transcript here.

MASCLab has an ongoing partnership with EVC where for the past few years, we have been working on a research project titled “Lingering Traces of Youth Media Engagement,” which looks at the lasting impact of EVC in the lives of various alumni. This year, we have also begun to analyze the films themselves to explore how we define “impact” within educational spaces.

Learn more about EVC at evc.org & read about the research on MASCLab’s website!




View the full episode transcript here.

The “Craftivism” episode features an interview with Dr. Sandra Markus about her dissertation research on craftivist subcultures, both on and offline. The 2017 Women’s March features prominently in the discussion.

As mentioned in this episode, you can see Janie Terrero’s work here, and learn more about the Suffragette’s imprisonment at Holloway Prison here!