I was lucky enough to have selected pieces from the Crowbird project appearing in a virtual show at the Burnett Gallery in Amherst, MA this spring, alongside the stunning work of fellow Valley artist May Emery. While the larger project is an arts-based inquiry into …
This past May we were lucky enough to have Prof. Dr. Renate Kosuch visit to present our students with a short lecture on the Conflict-Focused Interview. This interview, and the analytic strategies one might apply to resultant data, are unique in qualitative inquiry because it …
Hey you guys, the glorious Vermont Folklife Center‘s Non Fiction Comics Fest featuring so many cool artists and thinkers and writers is going to be happening the weekend of October 14th! I’ll be there doing a workshop and some other stuff, but the real attraction is being able to hear from the likes of James Spooner and my personal tit hero Jennifer Hayden. This is a fantastic opportunity to learn how contiguous images and words can punch out powerful stories for everyone, flip tables, disarm the enemy, shape policy and reshape how we know the world. That’s a tall order for any genre, I know, but cartoonists are pretty badass.
Come see for yourself! If you aren’t sure how to attend and sign up, you can contact the VFC.
Oh my goodness! I was interviewed for a very fancy podcast a few weeks ago and here it has emerged, just in time for Pride. It’s about art, and how to do research with children, about hard conversations, about decolonising our practices, about joyful awkwardness, …
Way back before the pandemic, so very long ago in the before times, I wrote and illustrated a book chapter to appear in this book: https://utorontopress.com/9781487524418/cool-anthropology/ The purpose of the book is really quite special: it’s about rethinking how we engage people in doing the …
Reflections on Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
Tuesday, April 12 (noon – 1:30 EST)
This roundtable centers the voices and experiences of ethnographers of Ukraine. The panelists will provide insights on the current war based on their own research, and reflect on what kinds of ethnographic interventions are possible in this context.
Yulia Buyskykh, Co-founder and Researcher at the Centre for Applied Anthropology, and Institute of History of Ukraine, Ukrainian Academy of Sciences
Oksana Kis, Leading Research Fellow at Institute of Ethnology, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, Lviv, Ukraine
Sarah Phillips, Professor of Anthropology, University of Indiana, Bloomington
Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, Penn State University
Regine A. Spector, Associate Professor, Political Science, UMass Amherst
Julie Hemment, Professor, Anthropology, UMass Amherst
The event is hosted by the Ethnography Collective @ UMass Amherst, and co-sponsored with the Russian, Eurasian and Polish Studies Program @ UMass Amherst.
I am so pleased to be a member of the incoming editorial team of the journal Pedagogy, Culture & Society, along with my colleagues Dr. Yuwei Xu, Dr. Vina Adriany, Professor Deevia Bhana, Professor Elizabeth Walton, and Professor Volker Wedekind. I was actually conducting a …
I was so lucky to be able to work with Professor Marie-Pierre Moreau on our collaborative project on carers in higher education. This was collaborative comics-based research at its best, generously funded by Advance HE. And, best of all, in addition to the gallery shows to follow in Europe and the US, we have published some of the first results of the work here: https://novaojs.newcastle.edu.au/ceehe/index.php/iswp/article/view/163
The paper is open access, and the work itself as well as the extensive project backstory can be found on Marie-Pierre’s website (again, please reference and attribute accordingly). You can read more about the project there, as well as on my own page here, and the abstract below.
Writing/drawing care-based equity into practice: A research- and art-based collaboration about caring responsibilities in academia
Marie-Pierre Moreau, Sally C Galman
Carers are a group of particular significance to society, who contribute precious time and energy to other people’s needs and, simply put, enable society to operate (Tronto 1993). Yet, in many settings, they are largely rendered invisible and misrecognised. This is the case in academia where the figure of the ‘bachelor boy’ (Edwards 1993) has long prevailed and, linked to this, carers have been ‘written out’ of higher education narratives. In this article, we reflect on our experience of developing a research- and art-based collaborative project (Fostering a sense of belonging for higher education staff and students with caring responsibilities) which involved the production of a series of drawings shared online and, in the course of the forthcoming months, through campus-based exhibitions (Moreau & Galman 2021). Through comics-based research, we seek to distantiate ourselves from the conventions of academia to expose its care-free norms and how they frame the experiences of carers and non-carers in ways which are diverse, fluid and intersectional. We also seek to encourage the development of social, including writing/drawing, practices which are equitable to all, including carers. Writing and publishing can be exclusionary processes and the arts are not immune to this. However, we argue that the arts do more than enhance accessibility but have the potential to challenge forms of academic writing which have historically ‘written out’ carers and care work.
https://www.americananthropologist.org/insights/galman I wrote an admittedly gorgeous piece that appeared in a recent issue of American Anthropologist. Here it is, along with so many other lovely things. https://www.americananthropologist.org/online-content/insights-forms-of-engagement I worked incredibly hard on this piece and was delighted that it finally made it into print. And …