Texas Czech Legacy Project: http://www.laits.utexas.edu/txczechproject/home
The goal of this Project is to create a central place documenting the language, culture, and history of ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas. The Project’s main initiative is the building of an open-access digital Texas Czech Dialect Archive (TCDA) of audio-recordings gathered from ethnic Czech Moravians in Texas since the 1970s through the 2000s.
The Project’s mission is to create a community resource for Texas Czechs as well as a scholarly resource for anyone fascinated by this population’s language, culture, and history. As a legacy archive, the TCDA will be a central repository for irreplaceable oral histories, spoken in the Texas Czech dialect, reflecting the change in the historically Czech Moravian communities of Texas from the early 1850s to the present.
Dr. Erin A. Frost was a Keynote Speaker at the 2017 Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop last week. Her workshop, “Feminist Credibility: Negotiating Subjectivity in Public Spaces,” examined the ways women’s experiences are often treated as less credible than other perspectives in supposedly “objective” and “neutral” spaces, from research to politics. Dr. Frost also created a website that contains a variety of resources on feminist credibility, along with a collaborative Google doc that participants were asked to contribute to.
Dr. Erin Frost giving keynote workshop.
A link to this website resource can be found here: http://feministcredibility.weebly.com
A link to a recorded version of FSDW’s keynote workshop with Dr. Erin Frost can be found here:
The Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop (FSDW) is a biennial, online, interdisciplinary workshop for individuals working on feminist-oriented research projects. The workshop is sponsored by HASTAC (Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory) and James Madison University’s School of Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.
Congratulations to Alex Albright, whose article “Mose McQuitty’s Band and Minstrel Days, 1899-1937” has been selected for the Stuart Thayer Prize from the Circus Historical Society for the best article published on circus history in 2016. Alex will receive the prize and present a portion of the article at the annual meeting of the Circus Historical Society in July in Washington, DC. Alex’s article was published in Bandwagon: The Journal of the Circus Historical Society, 60.3 : 6-47. Go English!
Andrea Kitta’s book, Vaccinations and Public Concern in History: Legend, Rumor, and Risk Perception, was published by Routledge in 2012. The book explores vernacular beliefs and practices that surround decisions not to vaccinate. Through the use of ethnographic, media, and narrative analyses, this book reviews the vernacular explanatory models used in inoculation decision-making. For more information about the book visit https://www.routledge.com/Vaccinations-and-Public-Concern-in-History-Legend-Rumor-and-Risk-Perception/Kitta/p/book/9780415887038
Michael J. Albers. Introduction to Quantitative Data Analysis in the Behavioral and Social Sciences. New York: Wiley. 2017.
Alber’s book guides readers through the quantitative data analysis process including contextualizing data within a research situation, connecting data to the appropriate statistical tests, and drawing valid conclusions
Congratulations to Margaret Bauer, whose personal essay “Design of Darkness” was just published in the Spring 2017 issue of storySouth.
You can read it online here: http://www.storysouth.com/2017/03/design-of-darkness.html.
storySouth showcases the best fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry that writers from the new south have to offer. Special emphasis is given to finding and promoting the works of promising new writers.
Haas, A. M. & Erin A. Frost (2017). “An apparent decolonial feminist rhetoric of risk.” In Derek Ross (Ed.), Topic-driven environmental rhetoric. Routledge.
Erin A. Frost & Haas, A. M. (2017). “Seeing and knowing the womb: Examining rhetorics of fetal ultrasound toward a decolonization of women’s bodies.” Computers and Composition: An International Journal.
This article demonstrates that our relationships with body-monitoring technologies often prescribed for our health benefits may also problematically prescribe our bodies and identities. Specifically, we look at the fetal ultrasound machine and interrogate the complex tensions between: the importance of it in Western pregnancy and infertility cultures; the ubiquity of sonogram images in Western visual culture; the diverse audiences for the technology and its visual artifacts; and the potential for hegemonic uptakes to undermine our agency. To do so, we employ a technofeminist methodology informed by decolonial, poststructuralist, rhetorical, visual culture, and embodiment theories.
Our framework reveals that, despite the medical intentions of fetal ultrasound technology, colonial effects and rhetorics can emerge from our interfacing with it. Specifically, we aim to prove that decades of uncritical relationships with fetal ultrasound technologies have sponsored rhetorics and practices that contribute to colonial desires to position feminine bodies as new and open frontiers to explore and exploit—thereby positioning pregnant and potentially pregnant bodies as vulnerable to surveillance and fragmentation. Finally, we offer tactics for negotiating more empowering individual and community relationships with fetal ultrasound technology, the ultrasound procedure, and its visible artifacts.