"My current research project explores the intersections of race and place in higher education through an arts-based inquiry that combines focus groups, map making, photography, and mobile interviews. This inquiry builds from higher education research which suggests that students of color experience the space of campus as consistently more hostile than their white peers and that college campuses are persistently (re)produced as white through everyday interactions and encounters. Methodologically guided by a spatial and material turn, I conceptualize the place of higher education as ever constructing, variating, and expanding, a collection of relations, intensities, and flows that connect, flatten, and fold back on one another. A consideration of space and materiality enfolds temporality on global and local scales, exploring how national movements and the history of place entangle in the present and future production of place. To explore this entanglement, I facilitate focus groups where students are invited to “draw, write, or visually describe the place of campus” to begin a discussion of perceptions, representations, and experiences on campus. These focus groups are followed by individual guided walks where I accompany a student on a walk around campus. During these walks, students are invited to take pictures as we talk about their encounters, memories, and experiences in place. The geo-tagged paths of these walks, our conversations, and photographs intersect, overlap, depart and contradict in multiple ways. My project seeks to combine these encounters into a cartography, a map that weaves student experiences, maps, and photographs along walking paths that intersect with the history of place. Through layered and multiple (re)presentations of place my research seeks a nuanced and multifaceted reading of how higher education is produced as raced, and in turn, suggest possibilities for interrupting, resisting, and making differently the place of higher education." (QR SIG Spring Newsletter)
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