Creative Disruption in Scholarship: How Experimentation Yields New Ideas

Sponsored by Wilfrid Laurier University Press

Recorded on 10/11/2023
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 353

The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition book cover

In the second episode of this four-part series, Beth Driscoll, Associate Professor of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne, and Claire Squires, Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling, and the editors of The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition, discuss their process of combining creative expression and academic prose. They first chat about their concept of Ullapoolism, a guide for applying playful, experimental modes of expression to research. Connecting that framework to their comic erotic thriller The Frankfurt Kabuff, Beth and Claire explain why creative mediums can introduce subjectivity and new writing styles to the otherwise largely objective and traditional practice of scholarship. Further, they share social and political aspects of Ullapoolism, and how their disruptive approach to academia brings new ideas to the fore—including an exploration of the “big book” in publishing through the song composition, “Big Books (small snacks).”

About the guests:

Beth Driscoll headshot

Beth Driscoll
Associate Professor of Publishing and Communications
University of Melbourne

Beth Driscoll is Associate Professor of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne. Her books include The New Literary Middlebrow: Tastemakers and Reading in the Twenty-First Century (2014) and, with Kim WiIlkins and Lisa Fletcher, Genre Worlds (2022). With Claire Squires, she is the co-founder of Ullapoolism.

Claire Squires headshot

Claire Squires
Professor of Publishing Studies
University of Stirling

Claire Squires is Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling. Her publications include Marketing Literature: the Making of Contemporary Writing in Britain and as co-editor The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain Vol 7: The Twentieth Century and Beyond. With Beth Driscoll, she is co-founder of Ullapoolism.

Enjoy the conversation? Listen to the rest of the series:

Check out our previous series with Wilfrid Laurier University Press:
– Performing Female Blackness
– Canadian Poetry Today
– Animal Studies, Postcolonial Literature, and Multispecies Modernity
– Unpacking the Personal Library
– Cultivating Indigenous Studies

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