University of Washington: Formations of Cultural Studies
Collaboratory Description: BCULST 500 – Formations of Cultural Studies
Welcome to the keywords collaboratories for BCULST 500: Formations of Cultural Studies. This 10-credit graduate course is the first of three that make up the core curriculum for the first year of the two year Master of Arts in Cultural Studies (MACS) at the University of Washington Bothell (UWB). These collaboratories are designed to facilitate a discussion of three key concepts that are central to the MACS program’s community-engaged and practice-oriented approach to cultural studies: community, culture, and public.
Beginning in October and throughout the fall quarter, students will archive references to these keywords as they emerge in course readings and discussions, public lectures and site visits, conversations and everyday life, and elsewhere. At moments during the course, students will trace provisional patterns of usage within that archive. At the end of the course, students will compose individual or collaborative keyword projects on the three terms. These projects will appear on this website, where they will be available for future comment and revision.
Our main keywords for the quarter will be community, culture, and public, though we will also be interested in adjacent concepts. We will begin our exploration of those terms from three starting points:Raymond Williams’s essays on community, culture, and private in his Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society (1976/1983); the essays on community, culture, and public authored by Miranda Joseph, George Yudice, and Bruce Robbins for Keywords for American Cultural Studies; and the Oxford English Dictionary’s entries on community, culture, and public. The keywords collaboratories will be dedicated to archiving usages of the terms with reference to the MACS curriculum and program.
Keywords Website Administrator: Deborah Kimmey - University of Washington
Instructions for First-Time Users
Students: If you're a student enrolled in this class, you'll have access to edit and create pages. First, you'll need to create an account and email Deborah Kimmey your user name so she can give you special editing privileges. Please note: You will only be able to modify pages once she has activated your account.
- To create an account, click on the link in the top right-hand corner of this page.
- Submit all the information requested on the registration page. Make sure to remember your user name and password.
- Email Deborah your user name so she can activate your account.
- Until she activates your account, you're welcome to experiment with editing pages in the Sandbox. Check out the Help and FAQs pages for tips on how to format pages.
- After she has activated your account, you should sign up for a group by clicking on the discussion tab on this page.
- Add your name, your user name, and your email to the list.
Other Visitors to the Site: If you're not enrolled in this class, you can still read and comment on the work that we're generating throughout the quarter. This will be a work in progress until the middle of December, so please check back for new additions and developments. You're also welcome to email us (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions or comments about our course.
Main Collaboratory Areas
- BCULT 500: Community
- BCULT 500: Culture
- BCULT 500: Public
- Cultural Studies
- List of Key Thinkers/Activists in Cultural Studies
- Project Ideas
- Our Community Partners
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