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Week Thirteen: Exhibition-Making and Projects

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1) Participate in planning and installing the exhibition. I'd like each of you to contribute both to big-picture planning and to concrete tasks related to the exhibition. Courtney shared a sign-up sheet for installation and she will be in touch about creating planning groups. This week, post to Serendip an idea or ideas for building an engaging and accessible exhibition. This can be an idea you already brought up in class, but posting it will give you a chance to think it through more fully and for the rest of us to reflect on it. 
2) As they mentioned in class, Lindsey & Sarah are leading a talk & conversation entitled "Disruptive Symbiosis: A Story of Science, Art, and Disability" next Tuesday, April 19, 4:30-5:30 in Hilles 108. Come if you can!   
3) Work-in-progress presentations, April 19 and April 26. 
You will have five minutes to present and some time for questions & conversation.
In planning your presentation (and project), keep these things in mind:
  • What are the central questions or ideas guiding your project?
  • How does a disability studies framework shape your project and the questions you are asking? (Consider the difference between a project "about" disability and a project that also brings questions or perspectives from disability studies to the table) 
  • What are your materials and methods? (Close reading of text, images, film clips? Interviews? Multiple media? A particular disciplinary framework? An intersectional approach?)
  • What would you like the rest of us to learn from your work so far? What can you share with us now, and what are you still figuring out? How can the rest of us be a resource for you as you work on your project? How can your project serve as a resource for the rest of us, and potentially for others beyond the class?       
4) Final project parameters: 
  • The project's scope should be equivalent to about 15-20 pages of an analytical essay, but it can take a variety of forms.
  • Discuss your topic, material & methods, and parameters of your particular project with me. 
  • Bring a critical disability studies perspective to your project.  You needn't simply "apply" this perspective: feel free to challenge, extend, or complicate ideas from disability studies. 
  • If your project takes a narrative or artistic form, add an analytical frame or coda that reflects on its relationship to the field of disability studies. 
  • Create a resource that others in the class (and beyond) can draw on. You can do this by extending a conversation we've begun in class, asking new questions, including a bibliography or other resource materials, creating an artistic project that can be shared, and in many other ways. 
5)  Final project and final portfolio/reflection deadlines 
  •  For seniors: due Friday, May 6 by 5 PM (grace period until 5 PM Saturday May 7, the official college deadline).
  • For all others: due Friday, May 13 by noon. 
Note: These are *college deadlines* for all semester work, so I cannot extend these deadlines without permission of your Dean.
The portfolio will include your two projects and all of your Serendip posts, a checklist of all the work for the course--including, for example, weekly posts, work on the exhibition, and two work-in-progress presentations-- and a written reflection on your learning in the course. Detailed instructions coming later.