January 08, 2007

Grant Proposals I Wish I'd Written

Everyone always complains about the lack of research funding in the humanities. Piffle! The money's there, but you have to do relevant research--you know, add to the larger body of human knowledge and experience and stuff.

Relevant and important research! Like looking into the cultural phenomenon of punk! (Scroll down to entry for Noah Eber-Schmid.)

Yes, you too can get $25 grand to study punkology--25 years too late!


But that's not all - you can study surfing as advocacy, learn why people braid stuff, and discover whether basketball is a force for change in the world.

Just so you know, I would gladly take $25 grand to study its effects on my 5 year old's college fund, but unfortunately I doubt that a) the money will make much of a dent in what it will actually cost to educate him, and b) the education will be worth a quarter of what we end up paying for it.

Maybe I can propose a trip to Cozumel instead, to study the effects of too much sun and bottomless margaritas on me.

Posted by Big Arm Woman at January 8, 2007 02:49 PM

Why aren't you writing proposals for studying things like "The semantic and syntactic impact of semi-real time cooperative content production on large scale communication networks"? I.e. what blogging is like. Surely you enjoy writing here more than chugging magaritas in Cozumel!

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 8, 2007 04:16 PM

Well, if Cozumel has wi-fi, then I could have the best of both worlds, couldn't I?


Posted by: BAW at January 8, 2007 05:00 PM

Throw in a "…on indigenous perception of First World hegemonic behavior…" and you're ready to study hard.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at January 8, 2007 05:11 PM

``A Lebenswelt Approach to the Homeless,'' and more advice on titles and picking your authorial name, in _Raritan_ XI:3 (Winter 1992) p.30

Confrontational : Ngugi wa Thiong'o

Then there's :

``Principle 4: Contrary to Principle 2, it may be desireable to appear not as confrontational but as the friendly native informant. Let us imagine that, in an ethnological experiment, camcorders are distributed to a tribe of Bushmen. Then a journal devotes a thematic issue to the experiment, and on its cover appear such names and titles as:

N!ai, ``The First Tribal Cinema''
Bayly Spawforth-Jones, ``Can Tribal Cinema Stabilize San Culture?''
Marie Desséchée, ``The Male Gaze in Tribal Cinema''

``N!ai is the native informant. The exclamation point is one of the ways of representing the clicks in the Bushman tongues. In future articles on the same subject, ``N!ai'' could call him- or herself ``Chum!Kwe'' or ``!Khu'' or ``XKo'' or ``Hei//om.''


Posted by: Ron Hardin at January 8, 2007 05:45 PM