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35.047 - Unpacking Unflattening: Interdisciplinary and Multimodal Inquiry in Teaching and Research

Sat, April 6, 4:10 to 5:40pm, Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, Floor: Mezzanine Level, Linden

Session Type: Symposium


Nick Sousanis’ experiment on visual thinking in comics, Unflattening, has been adopted as a text by educators and researchers in diverse contexts from high school to PhD seminars, since 2015. Sousanis’ book has made an international impact, alerting scholars and students to new possibilities for multi-modal and interdisciplinary inquiry and research. It has been translated into multiple languages and recognized though numerous American and international awards. True to its core challenge to traditional scholarship, Unflattening has inspired others to try their hand at arts-based research, and has been interpreted in dance and musical compositions. This symposium’s presenters discuss applications of Unflattening as an unconventional text in teaching and research. Contexts range from teacher education to collaborative ethnography.

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