Objects and Documents: reaching for the ‘material’ in digital teaching spaces, Marina Deller
This year I led a module titled ‘objects and documents’ within the topic ‘Life Writing’ at Flinders University, South Australia. I set out to teach ‘objects and documents’ (photographs, trinkets, letters, clothing, and other personal effects) as forms of life narrative, and as intertextual elements within life narrative. When planning, I did not anticipate teaching this very ‘material’ topic entirely online. This paper explores how teaching materiality and intertextuality in life narratives acted as a ‘grounding’ element during an ‘virtual’ study experience, reconnecting students with their physical surrounds. I reflect on student feedback and experience alongside my own.
Marina Deller is an academic and PhD candidate in Life Writing at Flinders University, South Australia. Her research investigates fragmented life narratives centred on grief and loss. Her writing interests include grief, identity, relationships, the body, and experimental literary form. She is affiliated with the Flinders Life Narrative Research Group
Teaching YouTube, Edith Hill
Our teaching team prepared to teach the second-year subject “Life Writing” at Flinders University in semester 2, 2020. I taught my special interest area: YouTube. This paper considers what it means to teach digital life narratives online during a pandemic at a time when we are seeing an increase in the recording and producing of online life narratives. YouTube presents extensive options for exploring life writing practices online. I reflect on the narratives I chose for study (story time videos, question and answer interviews and draw my life narratives) and how they exemplified life writing practices on YouTube.
Edith Hill is a PhD candidate and tutor at Flinders University (Australia). She is affiliated with the Flinders Life Narrative Research Group. Her research focuses on health and wellness life narratives on Instagram and YouTube.
Self-Portraiture as Life-Writing: An Art Historical and Autoethnographic Utterance of Liberation, Luciana Erregue-Sacchi
The present autoethnographic contribution consists of a two-part essay on navigating professional life in the literary and museum field as a fifty-something Latina immigrant in Canada with a graduate degree. I will address the Early Modern self- presentation of female artist Artemisia Gentileschi in her work Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting. The second part of the presentation will connect traditional self-portraiture to digital self-portraiture (selfie). Through a blog post as SpectatorCurator, I will engage with the production, and reproduction, of the performative self in the museum environment.
Luciana Erregue-Sacchi is an Argentinian Canadian writer, editor, and Art Historian, and blogger (Spectator Curator). She is a Banff Centre Literary Arts Alumna (2019). She is the founder of Laberinto Press.