Folkses! For a while now, Professor Carrie Jenkins and I have been writing and working together, first as colleagues at UBC who found each other via Twitter during a kinda tumultuous time at the university, then as friends and co-teachers in the UBC Arts One program, then-then as co-makers of a book that we’ve been writing together. We’re both artist-scholars who are working to make space in the academy for work that’s not always legible according to academic metrics, and we’re both committed to trying to do work that needs doing in as joyful and nourishing a way as possible.
In that spirit: welcome to the Invisible College! It’s still in progress but you can head over to that link and explore as we add stuff in the weeks to come.
Invisible College is a space where we’ll share work in progress with you and invite you into the conversation. Sometimes that will look like podcasts, and sometimes it will look like writing or video poems or audio experiments. Often we’ll create material just for the site, and sometimes we’ll share related work that is coming out elsewhere. Always always always we’re creating this as an experimental space-in-progress, born from a feeling that we need to make the spaces that we want to exist for ourselves and each other. We’re hoping that this will become one of those spaces.
You can learn a little bit more about us by popping over to our websites at carriejenkins.net or (staying right here at) carlanappi.com. We want this to be a collaboration: you can be in touch with us via the “Contact” page at the Invisible College site with thoughts or suggestions, and to continue the conversations we start there. (Forgive us if we’re too swamped to respond in good time. We’re still figuring this all out.) And you’ll hopefully get to know us much more over the lifetime of the site.
To kick things off, we wanted to share the first pieces from the project that started all of this for us: a reimagining of Plato’s Symposium. In this piece from The Philosophers’ Magazine we talk about the genesis of the project and what it has meant to the both of us, and we share two speeches from the book manuscript. We hope you enjoy, and we’ll be back with more soon!
[The image linking here is a still from the Aristophanes-themed song “The Origin of Love” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch]