Taking these queer video ideas to CCCC ’15 in Tampa! And I’m always excited to present with my friends and colleagues of Queer Theory Playground.

Panel Title: Risking Method/ology for Queer Reward: Multimodality, Literacy Sponsorscape(s), and the Yearning Archive 

Epigraph 1: “A queer methodology…is a scavenger methodology that uses different methods to collect and produce information on subjects who have been deliberately or accidentally excluded from traditional studies of human behavior. The queer methodology attempts to combine methods that are often cast as being at odds with each other, and it refuses the academic compulsion toward disciplinary coherence” Judith “Jack” Halberstam in Female Masculinity

Epigraph 2: “Under certain circumstances failing, losing, forgetting, unmaking, undoing, unbecoming, not knowing may in fact offer more creative, more cooperative, more surprising ways of being in the world” Judith “Jack” Halberstam in Queer Art of Failure

Teaching, researching, & writing as queer(s) carry the risks of shame, discrimination, violence, denial of promotion/tenure, isolation, & more. Reward lies in creating stories & archives of queer lives as testimonial to our very real existence. In this panel, speakers focus on queer method/ologies that bring forth polyphonous discourses of queer lives & bodies, including multimodal, historical, and heuristical queer methodologies. Attendees will leave understanding the ways in which queer methodologies attend to risks and rewards in expanding disciplinary boundaries & practices to account for innovative knowledges from failure, invisible practices, & scavenger methodologies in rhet/comp.

THIS IS ME: The Multimodal Methods in Queer Video Making Practices

Queer videomaking offers a history of experimental, avant-garde, and independent moviemaking as models in a patriarchal and imperial cisgendered system of power (e.g. Hollywood, the academy). Video is the medium in which queer people began to make and see themselves. What the study of queer video offers rhet/comp is a new lens on multimodality, particularly multimodal making, that has not yet been explored in our field.

This presentation looks at the work of queer feminist videomakers Barbara Hammer, an iconic lesbian feminist filmmaker who started making experimental films in the 1970s that told lesbian stories through sex, archival footage, and relationships, and Cheryl Dunye, a Black queer filmmaker and scholar who developed the “dunyementary,” a style of filmmaking mixing elements of narrative filmmaking with documentary.

The filmmakers’ use of video to tell untold stories while negotiating narration of historically marginalized identities/positions/etc. offers useful methodologies for rhet/comp. Through an analysis of films, I will elaborate theories of queer methodology through videomaking, particularly mapping relationships across queer media studies, multimodal composition, and cultural rhetorics.

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