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Florida Film Studies: Finding a Subject Field of My Own

Posted by David Morton.

When I was admitted into the Texts and Technology program in the Fall of 2014, like many of the colleagues in my cohort, I had a general idea of what my research interests were and a vague sense of how I could co-opt these interests into a significant dissertation project. The greatest challenge I would ultimately face in regards to finding my particular specialty would be narrowing down my numerous interests to form a topic that would contribute to an already-existing substantial body of... Read More

Trust and the Art of Collaboration

Posted by Amanda Hill.

The art of collaboration is a strange creature. I spent my entire life working in theatres in various production roles – acting, designing, directing – and perhaps these experiences instilled in me the understanding of how a final work can really benefit from the oversight of multiple, occasionally overly passionate, perspectives. On the other hand, growing up I was a straight-A student who was perfectly petrified of projects requiring group work. Unlike the theatre, where generally... Read More

Why changing your profile picture isn’t “slacktivism”: Social media and solidarity in times of crisis

Posted by Stephanie Vie.

There have been many critiques leveled at those who participate in social media during times of crisis, including calling people who change their profile pictures or share viral videos “slacktivists.” However, I would suggest reframing the discussion from "slacktivism," which I find to be a charged term that implies that no meaningful results will emerge from one's actions. Instead, I prefer the term "digital activism," which reframes the discussion as activism that occurs primarily online... Read More

On Gratitude and Graduate School

Posted by Rudy McDaniel.

As graduate faculty and graduate students, we are trained to be critical – to see the flaws and problems in arguments, ideas, and products. This is not surprising, because it is important to carefully evaluate ideas and thoughtful critical review is a significant aspect of what it means to be a scholar. We also operate in stressful environments, filled with diverse personalities, external and internal review procedures, challenging production scenarios, and intense writing deadlines. It can... Read More

FRBR/RDA: New and Improved Search or Just a New Name for Discrimination?

Posted by Linda Garrison.

“The Library of Congress Subject Heading as a Gendered Technology” As Ph.D. students, we spend a significant amount of time researching our discipline in the library. We rely on the library to provide academic sources that are authoritative, scholarly, current, and credible. We use the library’s online catalog to search for and access these presumably relevant materials. We also assume that the library catalog is free of bias. Unfortunately this is not the case. My research finds that... Read More