This exercise requires you to think about the wonderful project you will be completing over the course of the semester. This is the first idea you will have of your project and I expect you to write a one-two paragraph (maximum one page double-spaced in word) description of what you are interested in exploring. Your project description is due by class time, February 3rd. Please be sure to label it under category "2. Project Description", tag it "project description" and any other tags you think are relevant to your posts.
Consider the following questions when crafting your initial ideas about your project:
- What main question(s) are you interested in answering?
- Why do you think your project is interesting and/or important? What kinds of interventions will your project make in the context of feminist studies?
- How will you explore your project? What types of texts will you use to investigate your questions? What theoretical works are you thinking about incorporating? Will you be using literature, movies, music, print media or popular culture media to investigate your question/topic? What do you envision as your final product, will you be writing a research paper, making a film, writing a play or what do you imagine?
Before class meets on Friday February 5th, you have to make comments or raise questions on two of your classmates' projects on the course blog. These comments or questions should help your peers further develop their own projects. You should think of your comments as a way to get your peers to think more deeply about their projects, what types of connections have you thought of between your project and theirs? Have you read a book or an article that you think would be good for them to explore? What types of questions do their research questions inspire? What are you most interested in when you read their description? Do not forget to mark on your blog grade sheet when you have submitted both your project description and the comments on two of your peers' project descriptions.
Reminder: If you are interested in doing something besides a traditional research paper for your final project please set up a meeting with me immediately to discuss your options.