Thursday, March 31, 2011

My First Academic Presentation

Carlea & Me, pre-conference
On March 26, 2011, I gave my first academic presentation. Co-written with Carlea Holl-Jensen, "Collage, Cyborg, Corpse: Metaphors for Collaborative Experience," we delivered it at Indiana University in Bloomington.

You can see the talk for yourself over at Call & Response, but I think it went really well.  After looking over more recent scholarship on collaboration (Levi-Strauss's bricoleur and Haraway's cyborg), we realized that while these were completely interesting and valid metaphors, we had a third, equally valid one: the exquisite corpse.  Looking at modern life's myriad collaborations, surrealism becomes a remarkably relevant lens.  People seemed to understand what we were saying (some nods, some note-taking), and the questions they asked at the end were all really intelligent, and made some valid points.  The only thing I would change about our presentation is that I would have preferred to have a more conversational presentation, since we mostly read the paper directly, which isn't my favorite presentation strategy.  Given how crazy busy we both were in the weeks leading up to it, though, and the fact that I'd been out of school for three years and Carlea had been out for one year, I think we did a damn good job.

[The video for this talk appears to be down right now, so while I work on getting that back up, feel free to read the paper online here.]