(Re)Presentation

(Re)Presentation            50 points

This assignment will be a collaborative presentation of your group’s work in coordination with other groups in your research cluster. This will be the culmination of each group member’s contribution to the group project, alongside other group projects in a public setting. Presentation modalities are flexible and based on the group’s interest and project proposal (options include an analysis paper, a radio story, a short film, a digital collection/collage, a panel/event, or a combination of these options). Grades are based on coherence of statement, and potential for facilitating change. One assignment per group. PDF version is here.

Once you have completed your analysis assignment, you and your group members will be able to speak with some knowledge about the topic and object of study that you are focusing on. Your next task will be to communicate your collective understanding of what is going on to a public audience with the hopes of changing the public dialog on some aspect of our lives. Is there injustice here? How exactly does that happen? How might you want to change the situation?

  1. Audience. The first step in thinking about your presentation assignment will be to think about the communities that you want to speak with/to. Are you interested in changing how people think about an issue (the Battle of the Story) or in mobilizing participation in changing the issue (the Story of the Battle)? Who are those people? Are they antagonistic towards the issue? How can you build bridges between you and your audience through the way that you present your project? What do you have in common? Are there universal experiences that you can speak to? Are there culturally resonant narratives that this topic can speak to?
  2. Format. Once you have your audiences clarified, you can start thinking about the most effective strategies for communicating with that audience. What platforms do they already engage with? What spaces (physical or mediated) do they frequent? What formats speak to the kind of content that you have to present? Your format could be anything that you think will be most effective, including but not limited to: an analysis paper, a radio story, a short film, a digital collection/collage, a panel/event, or a combination of these options. You could create some kind of self published space (i.e., web publishing, an installation, or an event) or plan submission to an existing publication like an academic journal (like the Policy Journal), a news-based publication (like the Huskey Herald), or an arts-based publication (like the Clamor Literary Arts journal). Choose a format that you are excited about as well as one that serves a clear goal. All presentation formats should include appropriate references and citations for all materials (both primary and secondary sources) in APA 5th (please see me if you are not sure how to structure this with your format).
  3. Content. Finally, you will want to think through your content. You have done your analysis, and collected source material (both primary and secondary), so what is this material and how does it fit into the argument that you are making about your topic? What modalities are these materials in – i.e., are they photographs, videos, words, graphs, tables, etc.? What does this content offer the audience that they might already know or that they might not know? How does this material tell a story, and how can you tell the story you want to tell with this material?

To complete the assignment, please submit the following items:

 

  1. A communication object (the representation of your project that you created with your group). This could take almost any format, but see the format options above and talk with me if your idea falls outside of that list. Describe how this is made public in your reflection essay, and submit via the Assignment Drop Box (https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/atoft/21486) before class on 5/31 if it is in a digital format.
  2. A reflective essay. Submit a single essay of 600-700 words in length that briefly outlines why you made the choices that you made in presenting your project in this manner (one essay per group). Double spaced, 12-point font, 1-inch margins. Submit the Reflection Essay to the Assignment Drop Box (https://catalyst.uw.edu/collectit/dropbox/atoft/21486) before class on 5/31. The essay should include the following elements:
    1. Your group number and the full name of all members of your group.
    2. A clear and catchy title. Please use one colon, as in “Main title statement: more explicit title statement,” or “Taking out the laundry: Portraying domestic workers in Hollywood film.”
    3. The body of the essay. Please answer the following questions in this essay:
      1. What is the dominant narrative that is told about your central issue/topic of focus?
      2. What is the story that you would like to tell about this issue/topic?
      3. Who is your audience?
      4. Why did you choose the format that you did?
      5. How does your content support your narrative goals (ii above)?
  1. A verbal presentation of your communication object that conveys the substance of your reflective essay. This is a 5-minute presentation that effectively conveys the crux of your project to your classmates. You will also have 5 minutes for questions following your presentation. This will not be the focus of your project (i.e., this is not a screening of your film or radio story), but students will be prepared to experience the (re)presentation project itself outside of class before or after this brief moment in class. Due in class on 5/31.
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