This blog post contains materials from a presentation given at the Hall Center for the Humanities. As a Resident Fellow at the Hall Center during the Fall 2017 semester, I was asked to present on a portion of research conducted during my residency. I provide the PowerPoint below. Entitled “Ledger Drawings Bound and Unbound: From the Plains to the City and the Lines Between,” this seminar considered the material-rhetorical presence of Native American ledger drawings and narrative art in the Kansas Historical Society Archives and the National Museum of the American Indian in New York City. Focusing primarily on issues of durability and vulnerability, the presentation complications notions of physicality in material rhetorics.
I attended the 2016 Cultural Rhetorics Conference at Michigan State University. After finishing the drafts of two dissertation chapters, the conference was a welcome respite from heads-down writing. The trip itself was enlightening, emboldening, and humbling. The work being done by the scholars there is important, building alliances and honoring the space between our knowledges always seems to be at the forefront of thought. As is my usual process after conferences, I am going to outline three different takeaways from the experience.
I participated in a week-long intensive learning experience at the Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas this past week. It contained hours of presentations and workshops throughout the five days, including a whirlwind field trip to Kansas City. Summarily, I believe that this bootcamp should be available and encouraged of every graduate student for reasons that I will discuss later. First, though, I want to tell a story. It seems that often throughout this week, this refrain kept repeating: tell the story, tell the story, tell the story.
I had the opportunity to speak with Gail McKay and Qwo-li Driskill, two colleagues who I very much respect. My work with ledger drawings was very well-situated with the topics that they discussed. The course of CCCC 2016 was one of productivity, discussion, and development. This particular blog is to note experiences of that conference.