Pushing Institutional Boundaries
One of MASCLab’s primary goals is to push the boundaries of how scholarship is defined. As a collective of individuals from various disciplines, programs, and departments the Multimodal scholarship working group serves as both a supportive learning community and place to share in-process research/projects related to Multimodal research and scholarship. Together we puzzle through the complications of design multimodal research and scholarship. As well as how this research and scholarship informs our own teaching and learning. The projects on this page are a selection of a few of the projects that showcase the ways in which we continue to expand multimodal methods of teaching, learning, and research.
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.
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!
TOddler Hug: A film about two families’ experiences of internet Fame
Produced, directed and edited by Erica Russo McKenna, with support from MASCLab, “Toddler Hug: A Film about Two Families’ Experiences of Internet Fame” had its premiere online at PodFest 2020 (our annual celebration of MASCLab’s work) on May 1, 2020.
In the film, the parents of the children featured in the viral “Toddler Hug” video reflect on their experiences.
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.
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!
participatory Screenings and Events
MASCLab hosts participatory screenings and events on the Teachers College campus to support, curate and engage people with multimodal scholarship.
Events have included: Interactive film screenings with discussions and resources from filmmakers and participants (such as “Runaway: Philipsburg Manor” Newtown, Una Vida, Dos Paises, and short films from the Foster Care Film Series), discussions from scholars on innovative research and media engagement, and our annual showcase of MASCLab’s work, PodFest.