Transcultural Dialogues


PURPOSE: The focus of this project concerns transcultural dialogues about contemporary visual culture in U.S. and Ugandan contexts to erode assumptions, ignorance, and misunderstandings.



1.    Set up Diigo so that you can bookmark, annotate, and add notes on websites.

2.    Bookmark websites with Diigo and save to "Uganda-USA" group. Indicating "Uganda-USA" as the group will feed it into the group's webpage. Select websites that you perceive represent the visual culture of Uganda and the United States.


3.    Comment on a Diigo sticky note why you selected the particular representations that you bookmarked.


4.    Look at what is bookmarked regarding your own country.

5.    Read the rationales for the selected representations, and comment in response on the same sticky note regarding if and how the representation relates to your life.


6.    This content of website selections and commentary is the source for collaborative artworks. In the future we can use Dabbleboard. This is a free online program we'll use in combination with non-digital art making process. Painting, sculpture, and other digitally photographed or scanned artworks can be uploaded in Dabbleboard. However, due to the low Broadband available in Uganda, we will need to use email attachment with "reply to all" in the group to develop the artwork.


7.    Collaboratively work together on an artwork beginning by sending via email individual artwork that each in the group contributes to the collaborative artwork.


8.    Upload the collaboratively created artworks into VoiceThread.


9.    Discuss the artworks by recording using VoiceThread. Particularly respond to these two questions:


·      How is subjectivity constructed in the image, and whose subjectivity is constructed?

·      What prior knowledge is assumed?


WEB 2.0 MEDIA: Diigo, Dabbleboard, and VoiceThread are computer programs that are freely accessed without purchase. Click on the directions linked here ---> Diigo, Dabbleboard, and VoiceThread


RESEARCH: For those who are interested and willing to participate in this critical action research project facilitated by Dr. Karen Keifer-Boyd please sign the consent form linked here indicating your willingness to be a part of this research, and provide the signed form to Dr. Keifer-Boyd. The research involves collaboratively building online architectures for participation for transcultural critical dialogue about visual culture. The focus of the dialogue involves questions of cultural identity, recognition of local and global injustices, and creation of art. You must be 18 years of age or older to take part in this research study.


INTEGRATION: Transcultural critical dialogue about visual culture will be part of the A ED 322 Visual Culture & Educational Technologies course taught each semester, and A ED 813: Contemporary Art and Public Pedagogy, a three-credit online course for art teachers in their K-12 teaching sites, which will be a required course in the M.P.S. in Art Education program. The A ED 813 course concerns "inquiry into the public pedagogy of contemporary art and other forms of visual culture for relevancy to museum and K-12 art education contexts." The course will be offered every other spring beginning in 2011.



·      EXHIBITION: I will develop an exhibition to open at the beginning of the fall 2010 semester about what I learned, did, and planned at Makerere University for art education students and faculty to view in the Penn State Arts Cottage first floor exhibition area.

·      PARTICIPATORY WEB: I will also document and disseminate the results of the action research project in a way that enables participation from Penn State and Makerere students to contribute to it using VoiceThread for audio-recordings, blogs for visual and textual commentary, Second Life and screen recording free applications for movies (i.e., machinimas) accessible with YouTube, and Diigo for shared bookmarking and annotations.

·      MULTIMEDIA ESSAY: I also plan to develop a visual multimedia essay with an artist or educator at Makerere University related to Ugandan visual culture from a social theory perspective to submit for possible publication to the Journal of Social Theory in Art Education, which in its 30th year of publication in 2010 changes to an online journal.




Karen Keifer-Boyd, Ph.D.

Professor, Art Education & Affiliate Professor, Women's Studies

School of Visual Arts, 210 Arts Cottage

The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA 16802-2905

Phone:  814.863.7312       Fax:  814.863.8664

Email: kk-b@psu.edu       Website: http://www.personal.psu.edu/ktk2

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