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Group #1 - Getting Started

Greetings Group #1 ~ I'm delighted to be working with you all! 

Our group is a little bit behind the others in getting started, but I think it will work out just fine as we move forward. To put as much in one place as possible, I wanted to again post the names of people in our group, which include:

So, that means currently, we have four, maybe five, group members. I'm not sure how many pieces of writing to workshop so please, if you haven't done so, complete an introduction blog post and/or reply to this post, indicatig if you have something you want to workshop.  Also, please include your email + Twitter handle if you use that.  

Once we have a better sense of who is in the group and who has work they want feedback on, we can move ahead with reading and reviewing.
 
I'm also happy to organize a Google Hangout for everyone if we can find a time that works for everyone.
 
Please drop a comment here to let me know what you're thinking and what sort of feedback you're looking for (if you have a piece you want to help with). Ideally, I'd like to hear back from everyone tonight, so we can be ready to go in the morning.
 
Looking forward to reading you all! ;) 
 
Best,
~ Jessie
 
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Hello, group 1. 

First, thanks to Jessie for leading us.

I'm doing something that feels strange -- turning 2 related talks into 1 formal (print, journal) article. I'm going to work these into a single document today, which will probably be about 18 pages or so. The topic is feminist documentaries about sexual violence. I discuss two films in detail: Señorita Extraviada (Lourdes Portillo, 2001) and The Price of Sex (Mimi Chakarova, 2011).

It's definitely a film studies piece, and I'm hoping to submit to Camera Obscura, but my hope is that I'll get feedback from you all that will help me situate & expand the essay. What needs to be fleshed out better? Does the overall framework hold the argument in place? Also, I'm a dismal title writer, so I need help coming up with a good title.

Looking forward to hearing about your projects!

Shilyh

shilyh.warren@utdallas.edu

@shelikeswhat

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Hi Shilyh ~ 

Your project sounds really interesting & I look forward to reading it.  I'm terrible with titles, too, so perhaps someone else in our group will excel at this.

 

Since you replied first, what are your thoughts / preferences about how you want to do feedback?  As I see it, there are three options: 1) post our work as blog posts and use the 'reply' mechanism; 2) start a Google doc and comment there; or, 3) email documents around to everyone in the group. 

Your thoughts? 

 

Best,

~ Jessie

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Hi, Jessie:

I like option 2 best. I fear that in blog form it will be WAY too long and seem more tedious. Let's see what others have to say. It may also be worth discussing whether we want a single endnote kind of comment or in-text feedback. I'm open to either. 

I think I could have mine ready to go sometime tomorrow, but maybe someone else has something ripe and ready and wants to go first (wink wink). 

Happy end of day,

Shilyh

 

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Hey all!

First of all, thanks for leading, Jessie!  I'm excited to read your work on blogging, esp. with an eye towards experimentation in digital texts.  I'm especially curious about Commentpress and crowd-sourced peer review as I recently read a piece in Nature about the move in digital scholarship from peer-review to algorithmic review.  

Shilyh, I look forward to collaborating with you as my interests in cinema and media studies include experimental documentary, feminist and queer film. 

I too want to workshop two related pieces.  I see them expanding into chapters for a larger project on contemporary artists who negotiate the cross-chatter between imaging technologies in war and every day life.  However, it might be more helpful for me to  build a strong writing sample from these pieces first as a goal of mine is to pursue this project in a graduate program (of some sort, haven't quite figured that out yet...)  My papers, especially the first one on Trevor Paglen, were limited somewhat by the contours of the course that I wrote them for so I want to expand beyond the theorists/philosophers explored in the paper.  I want to incorporate work and writing by Hito Steyerl (who also theorizes and practices documentary film) but beyond that I need help.  I'm looking for help on the intersections of media theory, identity formation, and the everyday using feminist methodologies.

I'm happy sharing my essays on Google Docs by email invitiation and using the sidebar for comments but I'm open to anything.  I can also do anytime this week for a Google Hangout!

Best,

Laura

lmarin@wellesley.edu

@diff_rep

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Hello!

Thanks for inviting me, Jesse, and noting my "maybe" status.

I have three rough draft dissertation chapters now and I'd love to share and get feedback on any one of them. I am presenting part of a chapter at the Cultural Studies Association (CSA) Confernece THIS WEEK (hence my *maybe* status) and every time I sit down to map out the presentation, I end up writing more.

My dissertation is on "mommy blogs" and I'm considering them as a form of affective labor and also looking at them through Lauren Berlant's theory of the "female complaint" or mass produced feminine culture (sorry if that's too much jargon). Anyway, I have an intro chapter, some pages on method, a chapter on the body as blogged, and this CSA draft on the politics and economics of mommy blogs.

In the latter chapter, I'm arguing that mommy blogs are "radical" (a term they use) because they have a powerful, or large presence online and not (only) because they tell the 'real' motherhood (which, of course, they do but this 'real' motherhood is usually a privileged one). These blogs get their power and reach by blogging like mothers (in tone, content), or, another way to put it, by mothering their blogs (expressing care, love, attachment to the blog). So I'm thinking about this in terms of labor, the labor of motherhood online and also about the gendering of the genre itself.

The draft I have is under construction but I'd be happy to share it, or at least share the first 5 to 10 pages. Fair warning: I write in circles, repeating the arguement over and over. (does anyone else have this problem?)

FEEDBACK: I'll take any feedback! content, logic, the "does it make sense" stuff first, organization, flow, grammar.

Google doc, blog post, any of these work for me. I'd like to give it once over in the morning before submitting, if that's ok? I can submit whenever if others are ahead of me.

Thanks!

Kara

karamary@gmail.com

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Hi Kara,

I'm glad you're able to join the workshop. I know this is a busy week for everyone.

I'm super interested in your research on mommyblogs.  My research focuses on birthing blogs which, though they are a bit different, I'm sure share some common features.  If you're interested, I'd love for us to stay on each other's radars as we develop our research. I'd also be up for sharing drafts and bibliographies as well as doing some peer review.  What do you think?  :)

Cheers,

Lori Beth 

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Hi Lori,

I was so excited to read about your research yesterday! I have a chapter on 'bodies' on the mommy blogs so we definitely have much to share and discuss. After I get back from CSA, I'd love to share sources and drafts.

 

Thanks for reaching out!  my best email is karamary@gmail.com

Let's be in touch soon.

Kara

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Hi Kara,

Sounds great!  My email is lori.dehertogh@email.wsu.edu.  I'm also on Twitter @lbdehertogh.  Feel free to get in touch whenever things settle down.  

Good luck with your conference presentation!

Lori Beth 

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Hi Jessie and everyone,

I am only accessing this now as it is 8h35 here in Cape Town. I would be keen on a google doc as I have had problems posting to the blog. I think it is useful to get a variety of responses to the text at particular points. I am particularly interested in getting feedback on how I can strengthen my conclusion as this is a chapter for a book on the political ethics of care and I have been asked to work on the conclusion which the editors think needs strengthening. 

my email address is vbozalek@uwc.ac.za or vbozalek@gmail.com

Looking forward to working with you

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Greetings Group #1 ~

It sounds like sharing Google docs is the preferred mode of sharing feedback, so I've created a shared Google folder called (not very cleverly): FSDW Group #1.

Let's begin sharing our work there - each person is responsible for uploading their own document into that folder - and we'll offer feedback in the "comments" sidebar.  To make sharing easier, I'll go back & add in everyone's contact info in mt original post in this thread momentarily.

If it's ok with all of you, we'll go in the order in which people responded here, so that means Shilyh, you're up first!  ;)

As described in the workshop guidelines, we'll take about a 24-hour window to offer feedback on each piece, with the understanding that we're dealing with some global time zone issues, so this is more of a guideline rather than a hard-and-fast rule.

Also, given that we got started a little late due to circumstances beyond our control, I'm going to ask the organizers if we can go a little past the pre-set deadline for the end of the workshop. 

Looking forward!

Cheers,

~ Jessie

 

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Hi Jessie,

If your group needs more time, please take it!  The deadlines are intended to help structure the workshop, but they can be tailored to your group's particular needs.  Since you all got a late start due to circumstances beyond your control (and because your group is slightly larger than others), it's probably a good idea to extend the time frame for responding to each other's work.  

If you have any other questions or concerns, just let me or Jacob know.

Lori Beth 

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Thanks, Lori Beth! 

I'm going to take your permission then, and as leader, suggest that Group #1 adjust our timeline to the following:

  • a two-days (48 hrs) / for feedback on each person's paper
  • making our workshop extend through Friday, 5/31.

Given various exigencies in our group, I think this makes the most sense.

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Hi everyone:

I love all the interesting projects happening here. 

It's a little wacky in tornado country today, so bear with me... I'm hoping to get my document up later this afternoon. 

Wish us light winds,

Shilyh

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Hi Jessie and fellow group members,

I have uploaded my document onto the folder on Google Docs. I am not an expert on film or media studies, so not sure how much valuable feedback I will be able to give to those writing in this area.

I look forward to hearing the plans about how we take this forward.

Viv

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Hi Jessie and fellow group members,

I have uploaded my document onto the folder on Google Docs. I am not an expert on film or media studies, so not sure how much valuable feedback I will be able to give to those writing in this area.

I look forward to hearing the plans about how we take this forward.

Viv

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Thanks, Viv.  Everyone in the group should post feedback usin the "comments" feature in the Google doc.

 

Let's all try to get through offering feedback on both the 1st + 2nd reading for the group, by end of Friday, 5/24 (whenever that is for you in your timezone). 

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Hi everyone, 

I uploaded a rough essay & the powerpoint that goes along with it (if you want to see stills/clips from the films). 

Looking forward to thoughts and reactions -- I'm open to all manner of feedback. 

Thank you in advance for engaging with the work

Looking forward to reading yours, Viv.

 

Shilyh

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Great, thanks Shilyh! You're up first in the reading queue.  Everyone should read Shilyh's piece, and post feedback in the "comments" feature of the Google doc.

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Hi everyone, 

I see some of you have had a chance to review my essay. Thank you! However, I'm not sure I understand how to access your feedback. Viv's was an email, so I got that. Kara, I see your (scary!) comment about taking your feedback with a grain of salt (eek!), but I don't see the comments. Lara, I also see your test comment, but nothing else. 

Viv, I think you were able to see my comments, right? I used the "Insert>Comment" feature to do that. 

Thanks everyone!
Shilyh

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oh no! NOT scary as in bad, scary as in I'm an outsider to the genre so maybe my comments are off point too much! I love the ideas! I'm going to add comments to the doc now, even if not directly next to text.

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I had to click on a button in the corner that reads, "Open" (not download) in order to insert comments.

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Hi, are we emailing our comments privately? or marking on the google doc itself? sorry if I missed this instruction! Kara

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Hi Kara ~

 

We're posting feedback in the "comments" feature of the Google doc.

 

Best,

~ Jessie

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I don't see any comments, which is ok if no one has made any...just checking. reading the pieces now.

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oh! ok, 48 hours, I see. sorry!

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Hi Jessie,

I can't view Shilyh's powerpoint on the google drive and can view the doc but not make comments on it. I also can't see any comments that anyone has made.

I really enjoyed reading Shilyh's piece although I feel a bit out of depth as film analysis is not my field and I am not really au fait with the genre of writing in the arts.

Since I can't make comments there - should I post them straight to Shilyh?

Regards

Viv

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I had to take an extra step with Shilyh's doc to get the comments feature to work--I think i clicked on 'download'' on the bottom right corner. Do you see this?

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ok, maybe I spoke too soon--I don't see how to line up comments next to the corresponding section of the text...anyone?

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ok, i put comments in the google doc. let me know if you can't see them.

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Hi all, I just uploaded my paper. It might be too long, I'm not offended if you can't read it all! I would like feedback on the first 5 or so pages and then the last 5 or so as those have new ideas I'm trying to get down.

Thanks!

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Shilyh wrote some very thoughtful comments on the text I uploaded - thanks so much for going to such trouble - I am going to think about them as I rewrite the piece this weekend. Any other feedback on the document would also be welcome.

 

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Just to reiterate that I did receive Shilyh's comments (but no one elses?) and found them extremely useful as they cohered with Peggy McIntosh's ones who read the paper about a month ago when she was visiting South Africa.

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Just to reiterate that I did receive Shilyh's comments (but no one elses?) and found them extremely useful as they cohered with Peggy McIntosh's ones who read the paper about a month ago when she was visiting South Africa.

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Hi, everyone. I'm appreciating your feedback so far. Thank you! I think I fixed the powerpoint slides issue -- I broke the presentation up into 2 files. In order to view the clip you have to actually download the presentations. Enjoy!

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Will get to Jesse's tonight or tomorrow!

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Happy to see a familiar face/name  *waves to Jessie*

I am on Twitter @JennyKorn and my email is JenKorn@uic.edu

I look forward to getting to know everyone!

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