Peer Review: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the Ethnography of the University Initiative seeks submissions for its inaugural issue, slated for May 1, 2014. The journal is an open-access digital journal, issued once a year, and will publish research-based articles and multimedia projects by current and recent undergraduates (graduation no earlier than Spring 2012) who have participated in EUI-affiliated courses (this may include independent study/thesis coursework), or students in non-EUI-related courses or programs of study whose research engages the university in a meaningful way. We also invite short commentaries and reflections on the EUI research or teaching experience from former EUI-affiliated students and faculty.
The Ethnography of the University Initiative is proud to announce the launch of its undergraduate research journal PEER REVIEW: The Undergraduate Research Journal of the Ethnography of the University Initiative. Our inaugural issue is slated for issuance on May 1, 2014. Peer Review will be an open-access online journal hosted through UIUC’s University Library. For information about submissions, please see our website; general questions may be addressed to journal staff at EUI-PeerReview@illinois.edu.
As a 2014 Colston Fellow, Dr. Irish will be working with the Productive Margins collaborative research programs, which is co-produced between academics at the universities of Bristol and Cardiff and communities in Bristol and south Wales. The program asks the question: "Can research release the creativity, knowledge and passiosn of communities at the margins of power to co-produce new forms of engagement and decision'making"?
Dr. Irish will bring her experiences with EUI (as both Co-Director and faculty) to her collaborations with University of Bristol (UofB) staff and students in examinations of UofB's structures and roles, locally and regionally, in relation to units within the school, other institutions, community partners, and governments. For more information, please see the UofB website.
This past July and August, EUI was invited to take part in the Summer Academic Achievement Program (SAAP) pilot, a five-week residential program at UIUC designed to acquaint select incoming freshmen with the tools and resources available to them to manage the challenges of college life. Students met with various academic and student affairs officials, and attended preparatory seminars in composition, STEM and humanities and social science research. EUI Co-Director, Sharon Irish, and EUI Program Coordinator, Karen Rodriguez'G, each taught a cohort of 15 incoming freshmen in the humanities/social science (HSS) sequence. In the HSS seminar, students were able to conduct original, human subject and archival research, present their findings, and publish their work in EUI's archive in IDEALS.
"Schools are complex social and cultural institutions. Ethnography can help us turn some of the confusion and chaos of high school into a rich resource for innovative pedagogy. How, for example, can students, teachers, and administrators better understand jock culture or the impact of the Internet on school social life?"
EUI co-directors Nancy Abelmann and Gina Hunter will participate in the Chicago Humanities Festival’s 17th annual Summer Institute for Teachers (SIT). Over two days, SIT participants will work in small groups, developing their own research questions and producing an "ethnographic toolkit" of cross-disciplinary research methods easily applied to the high school setting. For more information about the Summer Institute and this year's program, please see the SIT website.