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Perceiving Indeterminacy: A Theoretical Framework of the Perceptual Rite of Passage for Preadolescents

Description: It is the fundamental insight of phenomenology that meaning is first and foremost - not something which we intellectually reflect on. It is not a product of the mind reworking raw, perceptual experiences. Rather meaning, and our connection to the world, are perceptual phenomena. Thus, to understand the ways in which children find meaning demands a turn toward perceptual experiences - how children see and feel. In this theoretical dissertation, I explore questions of perceptual experiences through a phenomenological framework that I refer to as the perceptual rite of passage (PRoP). The conceptual framework, which centers on attentiveness, labors to help us understand the ontology of perception for preadolescents and how meaning emerges through everyday encounters.
Date: August 2018
Creator: Herman, David
Partner: UNT Libraries

Creative Matter: Exploring the Co-Creative Nature of Things

Description: This dissertation is about new materialism as it relates to art education. It is a speculative inquiry that seeks to illuminate the interconnectivity of things by considering the ways in which things participate in generative practices of perceiving and making. To do so, the dissertation pioneers an arts-based methodology that allows for broad considerations about who and what can be considered an agent in the process of art making. In this inquiry, the researcher is an artist-participant with other more-than-human and human participants to construct an (im)material autohistoria-teorĂ­a, a revisionist interdisciplinary artwork inspired by the work of AnzaldĂșa. The term w/e is developed and discussed as new language for expanding upon Braidotti's posthumanist subjectivity. New theories called thing(k)ing (including found poetry) and (im)materiality are discussed as movements towards better understanding the contributions of the more-than-human in artmaking practices.
Date: December 2018
Creator: Hood, Emily Jean
Partner: UNT Libraries

Dis/Appearance, In/Visibility and the Transitioning Body on Social Media: A Post-Qualitative and Multimodal Inquiry

Description: In this theoretical and creative sensory-rich multimodal dissertation, encompassing video, audio, photography, a graphic novel, interactive timeline, and other creative visual/textual provocations, I focus on transgender subjectivity and gender transition (re)presentations on social media. The theoretical framework of the study relies on Judith Butler's notions of performativity and precarity and Julia Serano's considerations on oppositional and cis- sexism. From the review of the literature, I analyze transgender histories and theories as well as contested areas of research in qualitative and post-qualitative approaches to inquiry. Influenced by the theories, inquiries, speculations, and experiences that emerged from the study, I aim to move beyond conventional qualitative research that has become normalized and regimented and beyond book form dissertations in favor of digital dissertations that use nontraditional multimodal formats. I use personal learning network (PLN) sites such as YouTube, Facebook, and Tumblr and the dissertation website as research constellations. These assemblages are comprised of theoretical and creative proximal bodies of knowledge with high levels of connectivity and contingency, a phenomenon I argue is needed to rethink how transgender knowledges and ontologies are learned, transferred, and (re)created via social media. This study also suggests that the analytical constructs of dis/appearance, in/visibility, and trans/digressions shed light on how gender precarity performs transitioning bodies in the physical and digital world. I draw tentative conclusions in terms of future inspirations and movements for art and art education with/in post-qualitative inquiry and transgender theory, in particular, a shift into multimodal, trans-affirmative and inclusive experiences and pedagogies.
Date: December 2018
Creator: Jenkins, Kevin
Partner: UNT Libraries

Portraits of Young Artists: Artworlds, In/Equity, and Dis/Identification in Post-Katrina New Orleans

Description: Using portraiture methodology and social practice theory, this study examined the identity work of young people engaged in a teen arts internship program at a contemporary arts center in post-Katrina New Orleans. This research asked four interrelated questions. Through the lens of a teen arts internship at a contemporary arts center in post-Katrina New Orleans, 1) How do contextual figured worlds influence artist identity work? 2) How does artist identity work manifest through personal narratives? 3) How does artist identity work manifest in activities? 4) What are the consequences of artist identity work? The findings of the study highlight how sociocultural factors influence dis/identification with the visual arts in young people and provoke considerations of in/equity in the arts.
Date: May 2018
Creator: Travis, Sarah Teresa
Partner: UNT Libraries