Thursday, 31st March, 3:30-5pm
Chrystal Macmillan Building
1 st Floor Practice Suite
Presented by Lauren Wilks & Lisa Kalayji
Event Flyer here: Women%27s Worlds Flier
Alternative forms of research dissemination are proliferating and growing in popularity amongst academics and our publics alike. These new sites of research communication include online open-access journals, blogs, and social media platforms, amongst others. As knowledge producers learn to explore these exciting new ways of communicating our research to the people who can use it, it can be easy for us to inadvertently conflate ‘alternative’ with ‘new’ media. In some cases, however, people who use our research are unable to reach across the digital divide to access our work in these forms. In others, the communities with whom we wish to share our work maintain existing infrastructures or practices of knowledge sharing which do not answer the siren call of the online space. In this workshop, we will explore ways of thinking about alternative communication of our research which are transferable to both new media and the brick-and-mortar alternative media that some of our user communities continue to rely upon.
Firstly, we will explore ways of rethinking the content of our research in order to facilitate its communication through alternative media, and will discuss how the act of reworking research to be communicated to users in new and different ways gives us new analytic insight into the substance of the work itself.
Secondly, we will engage in a fun and playful practical exercise in alternative dissemination by splitting into thematically linked groups and making ‘zines’ about our research. Zines, a mainstay of alternative media amongst many grassroots political activists, are a type of ‘do-it-yourself’ magazine characterized by aesthetic imperfection, accessible language, inexpensive production materials, and irreverently playful styles of expression and presentation. By making group zines about our research, we will be able to identify theoretical and empirical links between seemingly disparate projects, as well as to practice expressing our academic ideas in a widely accessible way which can easily translate to other alternative forms of online and offline textual media.