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Volume 18, No. 15, Week of December 1, 2003

Art and Answerability: I Can Do This!
From the Exhibition Project of Srey Vivo.

Fall 2003 Gala Exibition: Naked Space

The Sociology Office is closed Monday, December 1; Betty Melton is sick; jeanne and Pat will be in on Tuesday, December 2, the whole day. If you were planning to deliver project materials, please do so on Tuesday, or arrange otherwise with Michael and Zerrona. jeanne

Midterm and Project Guides
Most of the topics I suggested for midterms in any of the classes, as long as you conceptually relate the topic to the discussions and concepts of the class, are at and there are more now at Does that help? Jeanne

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jeanne's painting from one of Srey Vivo's Participatory Camera Shots

I Can Do This!

Topic of the Week:

Answerability: I Can Do This!
Srey Vivo was in the class on Sociology of Knowingness in which we focused on the visual aspects of sociology and what the world looks like to each of us, Person and Other. Srey was doing her internship in assisted living, and she brought many stories of answerability to class. (Upload the description and drawing of the dilemma when a younger person tells an older person what to do - reversal of roles of normative expectations.)

For her Project for the Visual Sociology Exhibit: Naked Space, Srey distributed disposable cameras to many of those with whom she works. And they shared their photographs with her. The painting of the week is drawn from one of those photographs. Later today, I'll try to get all the photographs up so that we can all work with finding ways to present in ways that they will appreciate and recognize for their own memories. The painting was inspired from one of the photographs:

jeanne's adaptation of one of Srey's photographs.

I was attracted by the form and line. Thought of Rouault with his heavy black outline, and promptly outlined the shape that drew my attention. Then I added color. I did all this with the software program that came with my computer, not with a major art software program. What I was trying for was answerability, the hearing of the voice of the Other. When Srey asked that the residents photograph each other, some of them forgot to use flash - makes sense; they don't use flash often. And I sensed that Srey was a little disappointed with the results.

That gave me this wonderful opportunity to remind you that answerability is not an epiphany; you don't just get to say "I'd like to try to know you, to hear your voice." Answerability is a gift, a tool that we must learn to use. That learning includes learning to use flash, once they understand that we really mean we'd like to have their visual take on the context, their voices. My playing with the photo I called "I Can Do This" reflects MY ANSWER to the woman wose portrait it is. I'll bet she doesn't think of that moment, snapped by one of her friends at the home, as an expression of the power to do something. But for me, that's got to be hard work to use a walker and not to complain, to preserve some independence in movement. So my answer is to see her somewhat differently from what her friend saw in snapping the photo. Now, we need her answer, and the responses of many to learn to listen in good faith to our elders, and to lend them all the skills we have in redefining the joys of life.

Srey invites you to add your feelings and responses to her photos, as I have done. Visual Sociology in a Senior Residence. jeanne

Fall 2003: Naked Space

A Multimedia Exhibition of the
Sociology of Answerability

Wednesday, December 3 and Thursday, December 4, 2003
Loker Student Union, CSUDH
10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Both Days

sponsored by Dear Habermas Website as evolved from Moot Court

Explanation of Aesthetic Process and Definition of Naked Space First draft by jeanne. You're all welcome to join in. Will try to finish it on Monday, but have to take time out to go for flu shot. jeanne

  • Michael Griffin's poem on Naked Space
  • Exhibition Schedule - In Progress - Please Check
  • Rough draft of Invitation. Katie Williams in charge. Limited time to get this out.
  • Invitation background painting - tentative
  • Invitation background - tentative
  • Added Thursday, November 7, 2003. More on the invitation and the flyer: New Ideas, shared by Professor Dorsey Be sure to get your ideas in soon. jeanne
  • Response from invitees - just starting. Be sure to let jeanne know of anyone you invite so she can include them on the invitee list.
      First Draft of Catalog for Naked Space Fall 2003:

    • Sunday, Nov. 2 added Belly Wisdom.
      Coloring Book on Answerability and the Statue of Liberty For the Fall 2003 Exhibition.

      We welcome you to consider other coloring sheets that might bring our visitors to awareness of the crucial issues today in our lived experience. We don't yet have any sheets on the labor issue. I think that's important. And I'd like to hear your other ideas. I'll help with creating the coloring sheet if you need that. jeanne

    • Establishing an Awareness of an Empty Memory Space to Reconfigure the Fractal Patterns That Yield Answerability A Visual and Aural Research Experience About Giving Students Voice.

      We welcome you to submit questions for interview schedules, to help with the survey and analysis, and to share with us the interpretation of our students' need for answerability, both now and as alumni. We will address the importance of student voice in the future of the university. This experience will encompass a substantial portion of the work in Statistics 220 in the Fall of 2003. And it will combine some of the theoretical foundations of Bakhtin (as interpreted through Greg Nielsen) and Steve Riskin.

    • A Book on the Practice of Answerability First draft of a report of this teaching process.

      We welcome you to help us find the fractal bits and the vacant memory space that may render the model useable for many others of all ages and educational levels.

    • Revising our College History to Introduce Answerability. A proposal by Francisco Reyes, with jeanne's response. Maybe you could share a few excerpts, so we could sample what such a history might be like. jeanne

    • Planning, Sharing and Curating the Fall 2003 Exhibition

      We invite you to help with the art, the dance, the music, the text, the theory, and the curating of this Fall's exhibit. Each of the proposed projects will go up here as fast as my little fingers can type them up. jeanne

      • Monday, November 10, 2003. Answerability and the Arts: Body Imagery Essay and Project on the changing perspective of beauty in the human body.

      • Monday, November 10, 2003. Answerability and the Arts: Matisse and the Justification of Art as Beauty This piece stands in direct contrast to the one on Body Imagery.

      • Answerability and the School System Author and Director: Guadalupe Saldana, CSUDH. Lupe would like someone to help with the visual components of this project. She does have photos.

      • Community Short Story of Fall 2003. Welcome to join in. I'll join in later. Ran out of time. Change names, characters, plot, whatever you wish. I just put this up to give you an idea about how some of you might like to tell the tale of some of your lived experiences. jeanne

      • Naked Space, A Poem Author, Michael Griffin, CSUDH. Michael broaches our theoretical position on naked space and fractal lived experiences through poetry.

      • Paintings in Memoriam of Sept. 11 Can be sent as e-mail. Donna Hill forwarded the site and one of the paintings to be attached with her article on "America was attacked because it was good" for the Illocutionary Discourse or War and Revenge?. The picture she chose was:

        and Donna will discuss the theory, with full permission for sanctioned plagiarism, as I discuss elsewhere in this issue. jeanne

        We'll want to discuss how such paintings, e-mail available, fit into answerability. Some of you are still misreading answerability. Answerability is NOT accountability. Answerability means that we each of the gift of ability to speak out and make our voices and/or our feelings known. Doing that answering is a learned skill using the gift of the ability. So I'd like eacho of your projects to clarify the role of answerability. How is the Other heard, not heard, ignored, assuaged, what notice is taken of the Other, and how is that notice given a focal point in the majority agenda?

        For example, if I am offended by your statement that Jews control the financial world. Answerability is the gift of having a fractal pattern of lived experience that lets me understand deeply why and how I am offended, and together with a naked space for creating new language and understanding, then you and I can interrelate. That doesn't mean that I will change your mind. It doesn't mean that you will change my mind. We're still going to disagree over Jews controlling the financial world. But the creative and active willingness to engage in the aesthetic process of listening to one another in good faith is a way for us to begin to engage each others as humans and to resolve some of the pain and tension between us. Maria Pia Lara calls that illocutionary discourse. Bakhtin calls it answerability. Steve Riskin gave me the idea of naked space.

      • Religion and Understanding
  • Patricia Morris: What Is God Like?

    What God Is Like

    Patricia Morris and Nita McKinley will describe their project from which the children's view of God emerged in this painting done by Patricia Morris. See for conceptual review on how to do this.

  • Race and Answerability

  • Visual Understanding

    • Monday, December 1, 2003. Answerability in a Photo Essay. Visual Essay of a Home with Assisted Living Project in Participatory Photography by Srey Vivo. Srey invites you to help her reflect our understanding of the visual context the seniors have given us in their own photographs. Have we understood? How can we answer them in ways that will help us elicit further imagery and lead to greater answerability for them at a time when they need assistance and therefore find some of their answerability usurped by institutions?

    • Monday, December 1, 2003. Donna Hill's Singing Group:
      Donna Hill's Singing Group
      Click on picture for larger version. And here's a smaller version cropped from the original photo with coloring added:

      Unfortunately Donna and I never managed to get together long enough for me to put her whole project together here for the exhibition. I trust she'll manage that for Wednesday and Thursday. That could be because her major focus was the Stat class. jeanne

    • Monday, December 1, 2003. George Wilkin's Photocopy of Original Cartoon ArtWork:

      George's art work.

      George wanted to use this photo for his exhibition project on the story on non-answerability. He'll share that story with us at the exhibition. And he has already shared with us his discussion of how this relates to leadership.

    • E-Mail from IVSA on Photo Projects

    Formal Announcements:

  • Sunday, November 30, 2003. Panel of Papers for ACJS in March 9 - 13, 2004, in Las Vegas at the Riviera: A Deeper Perspective of Restorative Justice: Bakhtinian Answerability. Please check with jeanne if you're on this list, or if you wanted to be and you're not.

  • Wednesday, November 25, 2003. Ethnology conference: Call for Papers for Ethnology Meetings on Crisis. Answerability in Crisis would offer a good topic. We'll discuss the possibilities for submitting a paper for the April meetings. jeanne

    A Range of Sources on Global Events

    Left/Right Perspectives - Cursor - New York Times
    Arts and Letters Daily - The Economist - The Guardian
    Wall Street Journal -The Weekly Standard - The Nation
    Los Angeles Times - Chicago Tribune - The Washington Post
    Cursor's Al Jazeera Archive - Ha'aretz - Palestine Monitor

    Indymedia - Mother Jones - BBC News - New Profile
    Progressive Sociologists Network

    Using Academic Language Effectively:

    Merriam-Webster Dictionary Search:

    Dictionary of Critical Sociology
    Maintained by Robert E. Mazur, Associate Professor, Iowa State University, Sociology.

    Words of Art: Front Page
    Wonderful Fine Arts dictionary at Okanagan University College in Canada.
    Will cover many of the terms social theory shares with literary theory.

    Today's Word: From the Word.A.Day Site

    Social Theory across Disciplines:

    Peace and Social Justice

      Saturday, November 29, 2003. Transparency: Transparency in Governance Issues Good example of a lack of transparency in recent Russian Oil Deals. Article offers the word "opaque" to express non-transparency. Since we talked about that recently, thought this might be a good article for you to read. jeanne

    Advanced Theory:

    • Wednesday, November 26, 2003. Sophisticated Labor: Threats to Sophisticated Labor It's not just the supermarket clerks who have to worry. We may all be seriously affected by the Wal Mart-influenced supermarket strike, for we all "cost too much."

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    Commentaries on Issues

    Index of Commentaries
    No updating until we have the Fall 2003 Exhibition set up. Sorry, jeanne

    UWP Commentaries in Chronological Sequence:

    CSUDH Commentaries by Topic

    • The Statue of Liberty

      • Monday, November 10, 2003. The Body: Body Imagery Another whole perspective to go with the Naked Lady Mudflaps.

      • Monday, November 3, 2003. The Statue of Liberty: Color Doesn't Matter Commentary by Sheila Velasquez, CSUDH. Sheila stopped short with her feelings. That's an important beginning, but now you need to go on with conceptual linking to our substantive issues. Examples are given. Use this as a guide. jeanne

    Lived Experience:

    Kids, Etc.: Stuff to Share with Others

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    Art Shenanigans

    • Monday, November 3, 2003. Reclaiming Memories from New Photos:

      From photo by  .

    Academic Discourse