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I've been working on this new vid-related research agenda for just about six months now, so I think it's time to pause and take stock of what I've gotten done in that time.

grant proposals
  • Faculty Research Enhancement Fund new research grant ($1,500, received). I mentioned this one when I first started writing in this LJ; it was the first piece of this new project that I worked on, and it's made much of the later work possible.

  • Grant-in-Aid ($20,000, under review). This is the big one; if it's accepted, I'd have money to hire two undergraduate assistants: one to digitize older vids currently available only on VHS (using UMM's media services equipment--the guys in media services have been tremendously supportive and helpful so far) and a second to sift through vid-related posts on LiveJournal and tag relevant posts for me to come back to later. (Yes, I'd be paying someone to read LiveJournal. No, those of you who are not UMM students may not apply.) I'd also have travel funds to conduct interviews at VividCon and possibly to visit one or two early vidders who don't attend VividCon, and some funds for equipment (like hard drives to store digitized vids).

  • Imagine Fund ($3,000, under review). This grant would be primarily for purchasing additional books. A small chunk of it would also go to acquiring the complete remastered Star Trek DVDs, because I've never seen Star Trek (I know, I know, I'm a bad media fan, I'm sorry, let's move on). Technically the DVDs and books would be university property, and while I can't imagine that anyone else would want the books (especially after I've scribbled in them), I rather like the idea of giving the DVDs to the campus library.

  • Interdisciplinary Studies of Writing proposal ($2,000, under review). I'm hoping to develop a writing class based in part on the vid-related research I've been doing; the class wouldn't focus on vids specifically but on participatory culture more generally: web 2.0, blogging, YouTube, BitTorrent, gaming, wikis, fanfiction, mashups, etc. I know there are some classes out there along these lines, and I need to find out where and what they are, figure out what's worked and what hasn't. The courses I've come across aren't specifically writing classes, so I'll need to do a lot of my own thinking and planning, but I don't see any need to completely reinvent the wheel.

conference proposals
  • Narrative conference (rejected). I'm still grumpy about this one; I love the Narrative conference, and I think the proposal was pretty good (well, obviously, or I wouldn't have sent it in). Ah well.

  • IP/Gender symposium (accepted). I'm going to DC in April to talk about narrative theory to a bunch of lawyers. Words fail to adequately express my amusement. I'm really looking forward to the conference, actually--narrative theory does help show why vids are transformative. But telling my colleagues about it? Comedy gold, people.

  • Feminisms & Rhetorics conference (under review). This is another one I'm really hoping works out; I've never been to the F&R conference, but I've heard great things about it from friends who have gone. Plus, telling a bunch of feminist rhetoricians about vids! Could there be anything more awesome?

paper proposals
  • Film and Film Culture special issue (proposal accepted; paper under review). The fact that the proposal was accepted is no guarantee that the paper will be; it's undergoing peer review right now. I'm hopeful about it, of course, but I was very conscious the whole time I was writing that my personal crash course in film studies was necessarily minimal, and it's entirely possible that, even if the reviewers think vids themselves are interesting, they'll think I haven't written about them well or have misjudged the journal's audience or not been clear enough about the argument's theoretical underpinnings or any of a number of other things. But whatever else happens, I've completed a 5,000-word essay on vids, and if Film and Film Culture doesn't want it I can tweak it and shop it around, so that's something. Plus one of my colleagues and I came up with the phrase "participatory interpretation" to describe the processes of vidding and vidwatching, which I think is pretty cool. I may actually post about that piece of the paper at some point; I had hoped to post chunks of drafts as the paper was in progress, but obviously that didn't happen, largely because the paper ended up being written very fast and mostly very late at night during an extremely stressful week. I keep having to open the file to check that the paper is really there and I didn't just hallucinate the entire experience.

  • Metalepsis in Popular Culture chapter (proposal accepted; chapter due in August). One of the co-editors e-mailed me the good news on a day when I very much needed it. I'm very, very excited about this project, not least because the editors are gathering all the contributors together for a symposium this June... in Switzerland. The prospect of the symposium is pretty exciting, partly because, hey, Switzerland! but mostly because I am going to get to be in a room with a bunch of other people who are geeky about the exact same things that I am geeky about. Any fan who has been to an awesome con knows just what a good feeling that can be.

  • Single semester leave application (rejected). I'm trying not to be too annoyed about this, but I do wish I'd gotten better feedback on the proposal I submitted (the comments were cryptic at best, and seemed to boil down to "some of us quite like this idea and others of us think you've gone utterly mad," which is fair but not actually useful). But if some of the grants come through and I can hire research assistants to enable me to spend less time on technical tasks and info-gathering and more time on thinking and writing, not getting leave won't be too bad a setback. Still, it would have been nice to have a semester in which my only job was to think and write about vids.

All of which is to say: I've been busy, and wow, I am tired. But some good things are already happening, and I hope for more to come. Thanks to everybody who's already helped nudge my thinking through e-mail conversations and comments on posts; it's much appreciated.

Date: 2009-02-05 10:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] par-avion.livejournal.com
Lots of interesting stuff! (Sorry about the narrative conference.)

I've transferred a bunch of VHS vids to DVD -- sometimes easy, sometimes there's macrovision issue.

I've been considering going to the IP conference, DC isn't that far. Maybe I will see you there!

Date: 2009-02-06 10:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tishaturk.livejournal.com
Oh, I'd be so pleased if you came to the IP conference! I think it's going to be really interesting.

The professional VHS deck over at Media Services is apparently quite the fancy (if now largely obsolete) piece of equipment; the guys I talked to are pretty sure we can get excellent transfers. The only problem is that everything has to convert in realtime, which means someone has to babysit the machine.

Date: 2009-02-05 10:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] deathisyourart.livejournal.com
this all sounds wonderful, except the narrative conference and the part where you will not pay me to read LJ. What is up with that? 0_o

I can't wait to read the Film and Film Culture paper, as well as the Metalepsis in Popular Culture chapter.

If we little people can be of some assistance apparently of the non-paying variety do not hesitate to let us know.

Date: 2009-02-06 10:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tishaturk.livejournal.com
I confess to being a bit frustrated that I can't hire vidders and vidwatchers to scour LJ for me; you all would be so much more efficient! But I will certainly be drawing on community expertise in other ways, as much as I can. At some point later this spring I will probably do a call for vid meta links -- best meta you've written yourself, other folks' meta that you especially like -- so that I can use it as a starting point for my research on representations of the vidding and vidwatching processes (and, fingers crossed, that my research assistant can use it as a starting point as well).

As for my own writing, my current plan is to put up .pdfs of articles and chapters (probably in locked posts) if when the print versions come out.

Date: 2009-02-05 10:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurashapiro.livejournal.com
This is all so utterly cool! I mean, other than the rejected ones, obviously. (: But just the amount of stuff you've managed to generate in the past few months, and all the ways your brain is leading you. It's crunchy and delicious thinking, is what it is, and I can't wait to see what comes of it all.

::massive hugs::

Also, thought you should know: P. says that your only flaw is that sometimes you're just a little bit too awesome.

Date: 2009-02-06 10:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tishaturk.livejournal.com
Your support means so much to me. Thank you. (I am so excited to write about your vid!)

And I am very happy to share a flaw with our new president. :)

Date: 2009-02-07 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurashapiro.livejournal.com
::just generally beaming at you::

Date: 2009-02-05 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jarrow.livejournal.com
So exciting! I'm sorry about the rejections :-/ but it sounds like there are all kinds of interesting opportunities and you're setting yourself up for a good handful to work out. I'm incredibly impressed with how much work you've done on all this in such a short time. You are our super champion geek.

Date: 2009-02-06 10:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tishaturk.livejournal.com
The rejections have been very frustrating, as they always are, but as my mentor has pointed out on many occasions, the most important thing is that I just start putting my ideas out there, and for most of us in the academic world that means rejection at least some of the time. And I've been very lucky in that so far the worst disappointments have been almost immediately followed by good news. (It's hard to be too disappointed about not going to the conference in the England when I get to go to Switzerland instead.)

Date: 2009-02-06 10:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jarrow.livejournal.com
*nods* If the rejections are part of the deal, then hopefully they will continue to be followed by more exciting acceptances. Good luck! *hugs*

Date: 2009-02-05 11:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jackiekjono.livejournal.com
And next year you can apply for the semester leave and they will not give it to you because you will have accomplished so much without it that there will be no need.

Date: 2009-02-06 10:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tishaturk.livejournal.com
Oh, you're HILARIOUS.

In all seriousness, I am hoping that next year's application will be all about "If I can get this much done while teaching, just imagine how much I could get done in a semester off!"

Date: 2009-02-06 12:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anoel.livejournal.com
Congrats on all the accepted projects! That is awesome. Not so awesome are the rejections but hopefully in the future, it'll pan out. The grants and class both sound really cool and I really look forward to reading your paper. Switzerland! Niice. Will you have time to see the Alps at all? Good luck on everything else!

Date: 2009-02-06 10:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tishaturk.livejournal.com
Thank you! I'm very excited about all the good news.

As for the Alps, I really have no idea; I don't know anything about the symposium or where it's being held. Depending on what I find out, I might try to fly into some other European city and take the train to the symposium; I would love to travel Europe by rail.

Date: 2009-02-07 12:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] laurashapiro.livejournal.com
::psst:: Milan. Really.


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