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Strange Fruit: Race, Terror, And The War On Terror, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2016

Strange Fruit: Race, Terror, And The War On Terror, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

This poem examines drone warfare as a form of lynching. “Strange Fruit” links the deaths of Pakistani children Zeerak and Maria Khan to the murders of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith, documented in the most infamous lynching photograph in U.S. history.


Of All Days: Critical Pedagogy Outside The Classroom, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2016

Of All Days: Critical Pedagogy Outside The Classroom, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

A student at the author’s college pens a racist column on immigration for the school newspaper. Two departments, including the author’s, send campus-wide emails denouncing the rhetoric. A firestorm erupts, as much over the emails as over the op-ed. Years later, the student visits the author unannounced.


Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Coming Out In An Alcoholic Family, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

Don't Ask, Don't Tell: Coming Out In An Alcoholic Family, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

This piece invites readers inside emotional and relational dynamics of coming

out as gay in an alcoholic family system. Taking an interpretive approach to

research, focused on how participants make sense of and make meaning

from their lived experience, “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” offers a longitudinal and

narrative ethnographic account of family secrecy and disclosure.


In Solidarity Epilogue, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

In Solidarity Epilogue, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

This piece offers a postscript to the book In Solidarity: Friendship, Family, and Activism Beyond Gay and Straight (Routledge, 2015).


Deadline: Ethics And The Ethnographic Divorce, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

Deadline: Ethics And The Ethnographic Divorce, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

In the summer of 2009, the author receives a call from a New York Times reporter about her book Between Gay and Straight. The book portrays her (now-ex) husband’s and her integration into a network of gay male friends. “Deadline” explores tensions between private and public as the private turmoil of divorce clashes with the public construction of the author’s marriage and with her determination to continue the social justice work of Between Gay and Straight.


Father's Blessing: Ethnographic Drama, Poetry, And Prose, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

Father's Blessing: Ethnographic Drama, Poetry, And Prose, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

Following interpretivist traditions focusing on how individuals make sense of and make meaning from their lived experience, the author, a heterosexual woman, travels with a gay male friend/participant to visit his estranged father, a retired Air Force pilot and elder in the Mormon Church. The work attempts to show the dialogic construction, negotiation, and transformation of identities and relationships.


Passings, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

Passings, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

The author, a heterosexual woman, and Gordon Bernstein, a gay man, have been friends and research collaborators since 1995. In 2004, the author accompanied Gordon on a trip to his hometown of Philadelphia to conduct fieldwork and interview family members. This project ethnographically explored personal and relational opportunities and challenges associated with coming out in a family system defined by avoidant communication, hegemonic masculinity, and terminal illness.


Remembering A Cool September, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

Remembering A Cool September, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

This ethnographic short story chronicles the author’s emotional journey following September 11, 2001. After weeks of disconnection, she encounters a display of patriotism by two gay male friends, provoking her to process what it means to be both patriotic and gay in contemporary U.S. culture.


Revisiting Don/Ovan, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

Revisiting Don/Ovan, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

In this piece, the author, a heterosexual woman, travels to her hometown of Lake City, MN to reconnect with Donovan Marshall, a gay man she last saw in 1986. "Revisiting Don/ovan" explores opportunities and challenges of coming out, leaving, and returning to live in a small town.


State Of Unions: Politics And Poetics Of Performance, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

State Of Unions: Politics And Poetics Of Performance, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

At the 2005 International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, the author delivered a poem and slide show, “The State of Unions: Activism (and In-Activism) in Decision 2004.” The performance processed the election in the context of her research community, a network of gay male friends—marginalized by sexual orientation but privileged by sex, gender expression, race, class, and education. Audience members offered mixed responses, some praising its provocative content, others criticizing the author’s position and tone, which some perceived as hostile, even as “gay bashing.”


Wedding Album: An Antiheterosexist Performance Text, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2015

Wedding Album: An Antiheterosexist Performance Text, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

Historical and personal snapshots of weddings become poetic stanzas that advocate for marriage equality and for a social safety net strong enough to protect the human rights and meet the human needs of everyone, regardless of relational—or any other—status


Reborn In Adversity - Memoir Excerpt And Review Of Resiliency Research: Risks And Traits, Alina Patterson May 2013

Reborn In Adversity - Memoir Excerpt And Review Of Resiliency Research: Risks And Traits, Alina Patterson

Master of Liberal Studies Theses

Reborn in Adversity describes the journey one young girl makes as she seeks to self-actualize amidst multiple risk factors or packages. Raised in an abusive, hypocritical, and assaultive family, the author is faced with crisis after crises along each milestone of life. Once she leaves her abusive family, the risks and crises multiply in magnitude and number. In this journey she exhibits multiple resiliency traits that allow at risk children to rebound from adversity. She does more than rebound, as she is convinced that she has become a “better person” than she would have been had she not been tested ...


That We May Be At Peace, Josh Wardrip Feb 2013

That We May Be At Peace, Josh Wardrip

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


When Wishes Are Horses: My Life And The Poetry Of De La Tierra And Lorde Through A Kaleidoscopic Lens, Racquel Goodison Feb 2012

When Wishes Are Horses: My Life And The Poetry Of De La Tierra And Lorde Through A Kaleidoscopic Lens, Racquel Goodison

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Zero Metaphor: How The Kaleidoscopic Point Escapes The Tautology Of Metaphor, Shathley Q Feb 2012

Zero Metaphor: How The Kaleidoscopic Point Escapes The Tautology Of Metaphor, Shathley Q

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Simulacra Of Social Desire: Reflection On Collecting And The “Lost Toy Archive”, Simon Orpana Feb 2012

Simulacra Of Social Desire: Reflection On Collecting And The “Lost Toy Archive”, Simon Orpana

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


“Jacking-In”: New Media Play And The Permeable Self, Elizabeth Walden Feb 2012

“Jacking-In”: New Media Play And The Permeable Self, Elizabeth Walden

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Bicycle!, Steven Wexler Feb 2012

Bicycle!, Steven Wexler

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


The X-Men Meet An Insurmountable Foe: The Split Identity Of Fan Culture And The Rhetoric Of Action Figures, Luke Geddes Feb 2012

The X-Men Meet An Insurmountable Foe: The Split Identity Of Fan Culture And The Rhetoric Of Action Figures, Luke Geddes

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Fake Identity, Real Work: Authenticity, Autofiction, And Outsider Art, M. Kjellman-Chapin Feb 2012

Fake Identity, Real Work: Authenticity, Autofiction, And Outsider Art, M. Kjellman-Chapin

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Papa’S Baby, Mama’S . . . Papa?: Toward A Faux Gestational History, Jeannie Ludlow Feb 2012

Papa’S Baby, Mama’S . . . Papa?: Toward A Faux Gestational History, Jeannie Ludlow

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


So Boring It Must Be True: Faux History And The Generation Of Wonder At The Museum Of Jurassic Technology, Spencer Downing Feb 2012

So Boring It Must Be True: Faux History And The Generation Of Wonder At The Museum Of Jurassic Technology, Spencer Downing

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Joissance D’Ennui, Craig Saper Jan 2012

Joissance D’Ennui, Craig Saper

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Meditation On Michelangelo’S Christ On The Cross, Slavoj Žižek Jan 2012

Meditation On Michelangelo’S Christ On The Cross, Slavoj Žižek

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Escape To Queer Mountain: Siegfried & Roy, Queer Adolescence And The, Jeffrey L. Bohn Jan 2012

Escape To Queer Mountain: Siegfried & Roy, Queer Adolescence And The, Jeffrey L. Bohn

SPECS journal of art and culture

No abstract provided.


Labor Pains In The Academy, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2011

Labor Pains In The Academy, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

This piece offers autoethnographic reflections on crossroads to which many academics come: whether to seek (or postpone or avoid) parenthood and when. The author deeply explores the personal (her own trajectories from daughter and sister to potential mother and from graduate student to full professor) in order to reflect on structural constraints associated with graduate education, the academic job market, and institutional policies and politics.


Speaking Into Silences: Autoethnography, Communication, And Applied Research, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2009

Speaking Into Silences: Autoethnography, Communication, And Applied Research, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

In 2004, two articles in the Journal of Applied Communication Research (Ashcraft & Tretheway, 2004; Goodall, 2004) celebrated the merits of auto- and narrative ethnography, methods of research grounded in lived experience and evocative modes of representation that seek to engage readers emotionally, aesthetically, ethically, and politically. Despite these and other persuasive calls for auto- and narrative ethnographic works, few have been published in communication journals. More than four years ago, JACR offered readers arguments for this kind of scholarship, yet no full-length autoethnography appeared in its pages—until now. This article, a prelude to its companion essay, “Body and Bulimia Revisited,” speaks ...


Body And Bulimia Revisited: Reflections On "A Secret Life", Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2009

Body And Bulimia Revisited: Reflections On "A Secret Life", Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

In 1996, the author published “A Secret Life in a Culture of Thinness: Reflections on Body, Food, and Bulimia” (Tillmann-Healy, 1996), an account of her struggle with binging and purging from ages 15 to 25. She came to understand bulimia as a communicative act, expressing fear, anxiety, and grief. From 25 to 35, her recovery from bulimia involved learning to “purge” emotion through other forms of communication (e.g., dialogue, writing, and teaching). At 35, separation and divorce pose the greatest challenge to the author’s 10-year recovery, yet she does not return to bulimic expression. This article invites readers ...


Incarceration Nation: Investigative Prison Poems Of Hope And Terror [Book Review], Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2005

Incarceration Nation: Investigative Prison Poems Of Hope And Terror [Book Review], Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

The author reviews the book Incarceration Nation: Investigative Prison Poems of Hope and Terror by Stephen John Hartnett.


Qualitative Inquiry Into Art History: A Tribute To Arthur P. Bochner, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D. Jan 2004

Qualitative Inquiry Into Art History: A Tribute To Arthur P. Bochner, Lisa M. Tillmann Ph.D.

Faculty Publications

This poem is dedicated to the author's mentor Arthur P. Bochner, Distinguished University Professor, University of South Florida.