Friday, July 25, 2014

Writing an Academic Book (and Making It Up as I Go) Part II

With the end of the semester here, I haven’t really had time to sit down and work on this project.  That, I believe, is a bad start – and gives me flashbacks of writing my dissertation, which came in frenetic spurts that invariably coincided with times I was not distracted by teaching responsibilities.  It’s a cycle I don’t want to repeat because it was both inefficient and stressful.  In that sense, at least, my dissertation served some practical purpose:  I learned what not to do.

Acting on this wisdom, however, is where the challenge lies.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Writing an Academic Book (and Making It Up as I Go) Part I

Back in April, I was contacted by an editor from an established academic press asking if I was interested in a meeting to discuss a potential book.  Surprised (and a bit ecstatic at my luck), I naturally replied in the affirmative as getting a book out there is the natural course of every recently minted PhD.   Sweetening the deal was the prospect of writing something that only tangentially had to do with my dissertation. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Moe in the Classroom: Or, Teaching the Database

I'm currently teaching a class on popular culture and, given the topic, have been making an effort to get students involved in interacting with materials as much as possible.  I've had some successes and some failures, but here's an activity I recently developed that I think went pretty well.

What follows is a list of the outcomes for the activity, the materials that I used, and details of the exercises.

In the second segment of the class, the theme centered on fandom, particularly fan ecologies.  One of my goals overall is to convince students of the value of fan labor by asking them to become fan producers themselves.  In the past, I've done this by asking students to become fansubbers.  This time I've asked them to produce their own moe characters.

Larry, Curley, and Moe

My contribution to the play on words that moe often elicits.  Nothing like a little international soft political cooperation.

First the color version:

But I think I prefer the black and white.  Get 'em, Mugi!