I really enjoyed that this workshop brought people together from different backgrounds/expertise, but I was still able to relate to each member of my group in some way due to some facet of their scholarship. For instance, a couple of group members were doing work based on literature and historical figures, which falls outside my own research relating to multimodality and digital rhetoric, but they still related to my own interest in identity formation and performance. I love that we can all have these similarities but still bring our own unique perspectives and approaches to those similar concepts, and that really shined in this workshop for me.
One of the key things that I learned (or I should say reminded of) was the importance of collaboration, and that was one of the things I was hoping for by participating. Sometimes I get so in my head that I forget to talk to others about work in progress to get some outside perspective, and this workshop provided a good climate for doing so since my research tends to be a bit on the outside of what others at my university are doing. My peers gave some good guiding questions to help me mull over as I proceed, and also reminders about research (Google isn’t necessarily a bad resource!). It was really great to get some of those reminders and questions in a comfortable environment where it felt “safe” to be a little unsure of where I’m headed or how I’m going to get there. I plan to continue working with this project, and will most definitely keep all this advice in mind!
Thanks for a great workshop!