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Michelle Habell-Pallan
HUM 595
Seattle Campus

Public Culture, Engaged Scholarship

Explores relations among cultural research, public practice, and diverse forms of engagement. Topics vary by instructor.

Class description

“Rock the Archive: Popular Music Studies and Digital Scholarship”, co-taught with Angelica Macklin, Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies and Sonnet Retman, American Ethnic Studies, works in conjunction with the Women Who Rock (WWR) Digital Oral History Archive to prepare graduate and undergraduate students to analyze oral histories of a racially and ethnically diverse array of women from the U.S., Mexico and beyond who have made significant contributions to music scenes, social justice movements, public scholarship, and community life. The course examines the intellectual project of popular music studies in relation to the theory and practice of archive building, oral history training, and digital scholarship.

Student learning goals

Be able to identify major "feminist" debates in popular music studies and the WWR archive

Be able to identify major themes in oral history method

Be able to identify and enact the process of collective archive building

Be able to create a photo essay

Understand decolonial methods of knowledge production

Be able to contextualize and situate these practices conceptually, theoretically, and methodologically, through engagement with critical readings.

General method of instruction

Students will engage with critical archive studies, learn about the archive as a contested epistemological site, and create photo essays. In this way students will mesh scholarly work with the production of scholarship in digital form at an introductory level. In particular, they will explore the lives of extraordinary women musicians through primary oral history data contained in the Women Who Rock (WWR) Digital Oral History Archive, an intergenerational experiment in collective and decolonial archive-building. Students will participate in the 3rd annual Women Who Rock (WWR) “Making Scenes, Building Communities” (Un)Conference, the Digital Oral History Archive Launch and Symposium and Film Festival on March 8-9, 2013. They will also have the opportunity to prepare a panel discussion of their work for the 2013 EMP Pop Conference.

Recommended preparation

Graduate students and advanced undergraduates only.

Class assignments and grading

1. Go Post/blog upload of short responses to assigned reading for each seminar meeting, 30 % 2. Photo Essay based on WWR film festival and launch, (to be included in the WWR Archive) 25% 3. WWR Conference Photos 15% 4. Short reflection on how assigned readings informed your short digital story, 30%


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Michelle Habell-Pallan
Date: 11/03/2012