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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Julie Conquest

Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin

" If I had been born in the city, I would have been in musicals. "

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Biography

“I am a dreamer of words, of written words. I think I am reading; a word stops me. I leave the page. The syllables of the word begin to move around. Stressed accents begin to invert. The word abandons its meaning like an overload which is too heavy and prevents dreaming. Then words take on other meanings as if they had the right to be young. And the words wander away, looking in the nooks and crannies of vocabulary for new company, bad company.”

Gaston Bachelard

I began studies in Cultural Forms at the University of Texas in the autumn of 2011.  The focus of my research is collaborative digital ethnographies and experimental forms of presentation including interactive documentaries, installations, and the media rich ebook.  My professional experience developing digital storytelling programs informs my approach to research design that is at once paticipatory and enriched by photographs, videos, soundscape recordings, and mapping.  

I am presently working on a collaborative digital ethnography about the experience of the American Dream by people travelling with the seasons in recreational vehicles throughout the United States.  My advisors at the University of Texas have expertise in Anthropology and Fine Arts.  They include: Craig Campbell, John Hartigan, Teresa Hubbard, Ann Reynolds and Katie Stewart.  Previous academic work that has prepared me for this pursuit includes studies in visual anthropology at San Francisco State University and experimental documentary forms at the University of Amsterdam.  

Interests

Digital and collaborative ethnographic methods, arts-based research, the American Dream, the everyday sensorium, tourism and experiences of space and mobility
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