‘Sounding’ School and Sentience: Writing the Field Recording in Educational Ethnograph

Starts:
7:00 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Ends:
8:00 pm on Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Location:
CAS 522, 685-725 Commonwealth Avenue
Drs. Gabrielle Oliveria & Jon M. Wargo, Boston College

ASL interpreters will be provided

Taking notes is a –if not the– central practice in educational ethnography. As qualitative researchers, we trace observations through writing descriptions, creating summaries, and composing short jottings as fieldnotes. While often written by hand in notebooks, a range of digital media and technology have created avenues for innovative ethnographic practice. Working across empirical projects from diverse North American contexts, this talk examines how sound - as a modal resource for representation and atmospheric partner - can attune educational researchers to write the qualitative ‘field’ in new ways. In particular, speakers ask: how might cultivating practices of writing the field recording with sound reorient the field note as an ethnographic tool and object of inquiry? Reconsidering field notes less as a description of an event and more as an activity of prolonging encounters, this presentation thinks-with-sound to reframe inquiry and disrupt what is traditionally read as experience in writing research.

Gabrielle Oliveira is an Assistant Professor in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. Originally from Brazil, Oliveira’s research focuses on immigration and mobility— how children and families move, adapt, and parent across borders.. Merging the fields of anthropology and education through ethnographic work in multiple countries, Oliveira also studies the educational trajectories of immigrant and first-generation children. Her newest book Motherhood Across Borders: Immigrants and their children in Mexico and New York was published by NYU Press in 2018. Oliveira is a 2018 Concha Delgado-Gaitán Presidential Fellow, awarded by the Council of Anthropology and Education.

Jon M. Wargo is an Assistant Professor in the Lynch School of Education and Human Development at Boston College. Interested in how writing moves, his research uses feminist, queer, and post-structural modes of inquiry to explore how children and youth use literacy, and technologies of composition in particular, to design more just social futures. Publishing extensively across the areas of literacy and qualitative research, his most recent research can be found in the pages of the Journal of Literacy Research, Qualitative Inquiry, Learning, Media, and Technology, and Language Arts. Wargo, like Oliveira, is also a 2018 Concha Delgado-Gaitán Presidential Fellow, awarded by the Council of Anthropology and Education.