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Workshop Weekend: 19 & 20 May 2012
Air Dates: TBD Fall 2012
Lyndsey Beutin, Annenberg School for Communication
Lyndsey Beutin is a doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. Her research interests include race and representation, violence, memory and the media, visual culture, digital humanities, and the public debate around reparations for slavery.
Her radio project attempts to interpret the public art on Penn’s campus as a dialogic walking tour. Rather than relying on experts, the segments will feature strangers and ameteur art-lookers describing what they see in the sculptures. The exercise invites walking tour participants to do the same and engage in dialogic art-viewing practice. This experiment will be incorporated into an undergraduate course in spring 2013 that focuses on the intersections of communication theory and art, and will participate in the emerging Annenberg podcast series debuting in fall 2012.
Jennifer Brown, Anthropology
Joe Durrance, Environmental Studies
Joe Durrance is a student in the Master of Environmental Studies department. He is interested in using the Radio Workshop to explore how the natural world finds ways to not only survive, but to thrive in the urban environment of Philadelphia. So far, his search for audio has brought him to the Roxborough Reservoir, which has developed into
an accidental nature preserve and breeding ground for thousands of migrating toads over the last 50 years since it was abandoned. He has also visited with an urban farmer and beekeeper in West Philadelphia, and with an expert on the foraging habits of city bees.
Adam Goodman, History
Adam's dissertation is a transnational social and institutional history of the deportation of Mexicans from the United States since the 1940s. For the radio program he put together a multi-media site based on the archival work and oral histories conducted in the U.S. and Mexico as part of his research
Kevin Gotkin, Annenberg School for Communication
Kevin Gotkin is a second-year doctoral student at the Annenberg School for Communication. His research looks at the history, culture, and politics of hacking. He's interested in things like: the relationship between technical expertise and disability, the pleasures of hacking understood through craftsmanship, creativity, and beauty, and the history of amateur tinkering.
Kevin's radio project explores one kind of hacking that was done on the phone system in the 60s and 70s called phone phreaking. Phone phreakers were often obsessed amateurs who used frequency-emitting devices to make free calls by manipulating the tones that once operated the phone system. In his piece, he talks with legendary phone phreak Mark Bernay about the thrills and pranks of phreaking. His piece will become part of a podcast to be produced by the graduate students at the Annenberg School called 3620, which will be available in the fall of 2012.
Seth Harvey, Sociology
Katie Hickerson, History
Jessica Hurley, English
Jessica Hurley is a doctoral candidate in the English Department at Penn. She researches the affective life of the apocalypse in post-45 British and North American culture, focusing mainly on fiction, non-fiction and film. Her research includes work on affect studies, feminist and queer theory, narratology, desecularization, nationalism and transnationalism. This summer saw her first experience with archival research, and she used the skills gained in the SASgov radio production workshop to produce a meta-archive in which she recorded her experiences in the archive as well as those of other researchers in the humanities.
Meeri Kim, Physics
Meeris is a physics graduate student whose research focuses on developing biomedical optics technology for use at the hospital bedside as a real-time blood flow monitor. She also has extensive internship experience in video production, including working for the past year as a production assistant with WHYY-TV. Recently, she has been chosen as a 2012 AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellow, and will be working over the summer for the Science & Health section of the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Although her doctoral work lies somewhere between physics, engineering and medicine, one of her personal passions is food. In particular, she is interested in the science behind food and cooking, wondering, for example, why do certain foods seem to go together so well? Tomato and basil, for instance, or asparagus and butter. Chefs in support of “food pairing theory” claim that these types of flavor harmonies can be attributed to the ingredients having similar sets of chemical aromas. But can something so subjective and nuanced as taste be narrowed down to a theory? In this radion program, Meeri will explore this controversial yet trendy concept through an informal taste test with a foodie friend.
Ruthie Meadows, Enthnomusicology
Thomas Patteson, Musicology
Thomas is a sixth-year PhD student in music history, studying 20th and 21st-century music with a focus on experimental practices and the evolution of instruments. His dissertation looks at the role of new sound technologies in musical modernism during the Weimar Republic in Germany (1918-1933). Beyond academic research, he is active as a writer, musician, and curator, and has collaborated with a number of local musical organizations.
Thomas' project for the radio workshop stems from his involvement in the Philadelphia experimental music scene. He interviewed Joe Patitucci of the online journal and music label Data Garden about an unusual concert that took place in April at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Four plants were connected with galvanometers and their fluctuations in electrical resistance of the plants' leaves was translated into musical sounds through a specially designed interface. The plants' musical output changed with the natural patterns of their metabolism and their reactions to environmental factors, including human interactions. In addition to creating a beautiful ambient soundscape, this project raises many fascinating questions about music, technology, and the nature of creativity.
Maxwell Rogoski, History and Sociology of Science
Ana Schwartz, English
Ana is a Ph.D student in the English Department specializing in Early American literature. Her dissertation examines generic difference in 17th century New English writing: poetry, sermons, narratives of exploration, conversion and conquest.
Additionally, Ana's interest in prosody and pedagogy will be the subject of her summer radio research. She will collect field recordings of untrained readers performing and explaining canonical works of poetry in pursuit of alternate prosodic lexicons and vocabularies and ultimately synthesize them into a narrative that challenges the institutionalization of literary pleasures.
Nese Lisa Senol, Comparative Literature
The radio program she is developing focuses on the same time period, commonly known as the Mamluk Age. The Mamluks ruled Egypt and Syria from the mid 13th to the early 16th century. It was an interesting time in terms of politics, historical events, literary production and social conventions. The radio show will seek to highlight, in an entertaining way, various aspects of the time. The first episode will focus on poetry, the cultural currency of the day. While it could be eloquent and moving, the radio show will look at the less spectacular, the everyday, the poetic barb.
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