Barry  Mauer

  • Title / Position: Associate Professor
  • Organization: University of Central Florida

Mauer Bio: Barry Jason Mauer teaches in the Texts and Technology Ph.D. Program at the University of Central Florida and is associate professor in the English Department, where he has served since 1999. His published work focuses on developing new research practices in the arts and humanities. Recent publications include • “Teaching the Repulsive Memorial.” Co-authored with John Venecek and four students from the Texts and Technology Ph.D. Program: Patricia Carlton, Marcy Galbreath, Amy Larner Giroux, and Valerie Kasper. Producing Public Memory: Museums, Memorials, and Archives as Sites for Teaching “Writing.” Eds. Jane Greer and Laurie Grobman. Rutledge. 2015. • “Deadly Delusions, Issue 2: Madness and the Cult of the Right.” Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture. October 15, 2014. • “Deadly Delusions, Issue 1: Eliminationist Rhetoric in Mainstream Political Discourse.” Itineration: Cross-Disciplinary Studies in Rhetoric, Media, and Culture. July 14, 2014. • “Rigorous Infidelity: Whole Text Sampling in the Curatorial Work of Henri Langlois, Dewey Phillips, and Jean-François Lyotard.” Sampling across the Spectrum. Oxford University Press. 2014. Pages 63-75. • “The Mystory: The Garage d’Or of Ereignis.” Revista Alicantina de Estudios Ingleses. (RAEI). 2013 volume on "Performing Culture, Performing Identity." • “Control Room and the Staging of War.” InMedia [Online], 4 | 2013, Online since 16 November 2013. • “Oracles and Divinations: A Monument to Biocultural Diversity Loss.” ‘States of Emergence, States of Emergency,’ Special Issue of Excursions. Spring, 2012. • “Glenn Gould and the New Listener.” Performance Research 15(3), 2010. pages 103-108 • “Asynchronous Documentary: Buñuel’s Land without Bread.” Lowering the Boom: New Essays on the History, Theory and Practice of Film Sound, edited by Anthony Grajeda and Jay Beck. University of Illinois Press. September, 2008. • “Lost Data, 2.” Rhizomes 18: Imaging Place. Winter, 2008. • “The Epistemology of Cindy Sherman: A Research Method for Media and Cultural Studies.” Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature: Volume 38, No. 1. March, 2005. • “Proposal for a Monument to Lost Data.” Studies in Writing, Volume 17, Writing and Digital Media. Eds. Luuk van Waes, Mariëlle Leijten, Christine M. Neuwirth. Elsevier Press. April, 2006.

  • Curating across the Curriculum


    Barry Mauer and John Venecek

    We are developing curating projects teachers can use as part of their normal curricular activities. When students curate exhibits, they enhance their discovery, learning, and engagement with their disciplines. Curating also offers the following benefits:

    1. Improving archival literacy: Many students do not know how to use archives, including digital archives, effectively. Curating across the curriculum offers students opportunities to access and use archival materials for public presentations. Our models of curricular curating follows the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) “Standards for Literacy” as well as the “ACRL Standards for Technological Literacy.”
    2. Adapting to new technologies: Technological and social changes have shifted the focus of communicative practice from speech and writing to curating. Many archives are multimedia and contain documented sounds, images, and written texts. These documents can be fragmented, manipulated, juxtaposed, and synthesized in endless configurations. Also, digital platforms can be adapted to include student participation in ongoing discussions about key issues of public significance. Training students to manage public forums and to curate electronic texts helps them adapt to technological shifts.
    3. Addressing emergent problems: As public crises emerge, such as those affecting the environment, public health, civil rights, and the economy, we need a citizenry that can access many types of digital archives and participate in discussions that address these problems. Therefore, we intend that curating across the curriculum will help train students to consult on emergent problems by providing critical archival materials to the public.
    4. Providing multiple and overlooked perspectives: Student curators can provide unique perspectives on archival materials otherwise missed by trained professionals. Curating offers the possibility of multiple “frames” for understanding various materials, such as historical, technological, discursive, philosophical, and aesthetic frames. By encouraging groups of students to approach course materials using different frames, the class as a whole can appreciate multiple perspectives. Students may combine frames, add others, or create their own frames based on their research.

    We invite people with an interest in archives and exhibits to join us for an open discussion about curating across the curriculum. During this session, we hope to identify innovative ideas for curricular activities that involve curation as a means towards attaining the goals described above.

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