I often get the sense that students aren’t clear on what professors do outside of the classroom and their office hours. My primary job at Arcadia is to work with students–teaching, advising, mentoring, etc. But what do we do when we leave?
Here’s an update on some of my activities as a writer and as a media scholar in the last few months:
- I’ve submitted my book manuscript, Back to the Fities, to a handful of academic presses. The book is about the ’60s nostalgia trend in film and pop music in the ’70s and ’80s. Those presses have sent the manuscript out for review, and once that process wraps up in the next few weeks I’ll have to weigh my offers and sign a contract with a particular publisher.
- In the interim, I developed a companion site on Tumblr to house all the interesting bits of 50s nostalgia from my research that don’t fit in the book.
- A section of that research was published in the OA journal Alphaville.
- As a change of pace, I curated a discussion on the open-access forum In Media Res for their theme week on “Media Memory”.
- In December, I was contacted by the organizers of the American Realness Festival, a showcase for dance and performance art in New York City, to write a companion piece for Neal Medlyn’s piece in the festival. That piece was republished by the arts & culture publication CultureBot.
- Via various forms of social media, I’ve exchanged questions and ideas for teaching practices with other media scholars. Some of the best products of these discussions are featured at Teaching Media.
Phew! So much for a winter “break”!