Karen Werner
kwerner (at) montaguema.net

 
SCHOLARLY & CREATIVE INTERESTS:
Audio and digital storytelling; critical storytelling in radiophonic space; hybrid documentary-ethnography-narrative forms; story as methodology and epistemology; indigenous methodologies; arts-based research; art activism; community and solidarity economies; Buddhism.

EDUCATION:
Ph.D. Sociology, Brandeis University 
Dissertation: A Sociology of Contemporary Activist Art, 1990-2004
 
M. Ed. Human Development & Psychology, Harvard University Graduate School of Education 
 
B.A. Honors, Independent Concentration: Semiotics & Anthropology, Brown University

ADDITIONAL STUDIES:
Mentorship with Audio Producer Sherre DeLys, 2014
Sensory Ethnography Master Class, EMPAC, Troy, NY, 2014
Making it Sing, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke, 2014
The Big Idea, Center for Documentary Studies, Duke, 2014
Transom Online Workshop, Transom, 2014
Digital Storytelling, Center for Digital Storytelling, 2013
Painting a Picture in Sound, Duke, 2013
Full Spectrum Storytelling, Union Docs, Brooklyn, NY 2013
 
AWARDS, HONORS & GRANTS:
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellow, 2017-2018
Artist in Residence, Tonspur/ Museum Quartier, Vienna, Austria
    November 2017
Artist in Residence, studio das weisse haus, Vienna, Austria
     September - December 2016
Grand Prix Marulić for Radio Documentary, "Laws of Lost and
     Found Objects," 2016
Hemera Foundation Tending Space Fellow, 2014-2016                
Vermont Studio Center Residency (through Hemera
     Foundation), 2014
Massachusetts Cultural Council Grant for Audio Production, 2014          American Sociological Association Sydney Spivack Community
     Action Research Award, 2005                                                 
Goddard College Faculty Development Fund, 2005-present
Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities Scholar, 2001
Columbia University Council for European Studies Dissertation
     Fellowship, 1996
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SELECTED RADIO + AUDIO PIECES:
You Will Not See Me Die (in progress)
     Collaboration with Wendy Call in Oaxaca, Mexico, about Zapotec    
     poet, Irma Pineda. Commissioned by Earshot, ABC/RN
Strange Radio (in progress)
     Episodes 1-7 supported by studio das weisse haus, Memorial
     Foundation for Jewish Culture, Tonspur, and 94.0 FM Radio
     Orange, Vienna.
     Live performance of Episode 1: “Jetzt Höre Ich/ Now I Hear” (8:00)
     at Live Art Magazine, Academy of Music, Northampton, MA,
     on Oct. 21, 2016
Swimming in Butterflies (12:00)
      First Broadcast on Oct. 28, 2016.
      Commissioned by Soundproof, ABC/RN
      Broadcast on RTE Lyric FM show, Nova, hosted by Bernard Clarke
      on Jan. 15, 2017.
Sounds of My Home (3:00)
     For Poetic Mobilities podcast,  
     International Congress on Qualitative Inquiry, 2016
She Stops Watches (5:00)
     Published in Carte Blanche, February 2016, Quebec. Broadcast on
    "Radio Art 106FM," in Haifa, Israel, hosted by Meira Asher on Jan.
     1, 2017
Laws of Lost and Found Objects (23:50)
     Broadcast on ABC/RN's documentary radio show, Earshot,
     June and December 2015.
Slow Down, Mr. Werner (4:52)                                       
     Broadcast on Radiotonic, ABC/ RN, February 2015.
Kilfinane Loop  (6:00)               
     Broadcast on Radiophrenia, temporary FM art radio,
     The Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow, Scotland,
     2015.
Resonance 1 & 2 (5:00)
     Performed at the Deep Listening Festival, Troy, NY, 2014.
Montague Ball Drop (2:10)
     Included in Kinokophone Collective’s Sound Cinema event,
     Lincoln Center Library for Performing Arts, NY, 2014.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:
Strange Radio Listening Station (Episodes 1-5), part of exhibit, "How do you Measure the Reality?" das weisse haus, Hegelgasse 14 1010,
Vienna, Austria, January 16-20, 2017.

“Laws of Lost and Found Objects” included in Soundings: Protest|Politics|Dissent at Power Plant Gallery, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, January 10-February 18, 2017.     

Featured Radio Artist, "Radio Art 106FM," produced and curated by Meira Asher, Haifa, Israel, December 25, 2016 + January 1, 2017.
    
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:
Werner, K. (Forthcoming in 2018). In Praise, In Praise of the Radio Autoethnography: A Radio Collage. International Review of Qualitative Research. With accompanying audio piece:

Werner, K. (2017). Autoethnography as a Way of Being (Radiophonic). International Review of Qualitative Research, 10(4).

Gansworth, L. & Werner, K. (2016). First Medicine: Stories of Water & Now. Rethinking Marxism: Special Issue on Marxism and Spirituality, 28(3), 385-396.
 
Werner, K. (2015). Performing Economies of Care in a New England Time Bank and Buddhist Community. In G. Roelvink, K. St. Martin, & J.K. Gibson-Graham (Eds.), Making Other Worlds Possible: Performing Diverse Economies (pp. 72-97). Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press.
 
Werner, K. (2009). Review of the book Money and Liberation: The Micropolitics of Alternative Currency Movements, by P. North. American Journal of Sociology 114 (5), 1585–7.
 
Werner, K. (2007). Understanding and Reclaiming Money Creation: Our Experiences Creating the North Quabbin Time Bank. In J. Allard, C. Davidson, and J. Matthaei (Eds.), Solidarity Economy: Building Alternatives for People and Planet (pp. 139-154). Chicago: ChangeMaker Publications.
 
Werner, K. (2007). Review of the book A Post-Capitalist Politics, by J.K. Gibson-Graham. Critical Sociology 33, 357–358.
 
Werner, K. (2007). Pragmatist Sociology: Lessons from Goddard College and Dewey Pedagogy. Teaching/Learning Matters 36(1), 3-7.
 
Werner, K. (2001). Teacher’s Guide for Symphony of a City: A Public Cyberart Documentary. Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. http://www.symphonyofacity.org/01_investigate/index.html

PRESENTATIONS:
Co-organizer of panel, "Sounding Autoethnographic Performance: Radio, Song and Digital Audio as Inquiry, " and presenter, "Strange Radio: Radiophonic Space and Performance Autoethnography," International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 2017.

Panelist, "Innovations in Autoethnography;" Workshop leader, "Audio Autoethnography;" and podcast contributor, “Poetic Mobilities," International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 2016.

Organizer of panel, “Audio Ethnography: Art and Politics of Knowledge Production,” at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2015.
           
“Audio Feature as Scholarly Practice,” at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2015.
                                                                       
"Telling Sound Stories," Invited presenter for Smith College seminar organized by Dr. Julio Alves, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017.
 
"Hands-On Digital Storytelling," Humanities Visiting Speaker Series, Greenfield Community College, 2015.

"Digital Storytelling," Workshop for Goddard College’s 150th anniversary celebration, 2013.
                 
Co-organizer, Valley Audio Hearth, quarterly listening session for radio producers, audio documentarians, sound artists, and story enthusiasts, 2013-present.
 
Academic-Activist-Community Collaborations: A Roundtable   Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee, one of six invited panelists, 2008.
                                  
TEACHING:
Faculty, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 2001-present

Courses, Seminars, and Workshops:
Research Ethics
Digital & Audio Storytelling
Decolonization
Community and Alternative Economies
Social Welfare and Media Representation
Puppetry Production & Crankies (with artist Baco Ohama)
Engaged Critical Writing
 
Visting Asst. Professor, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA,
"Poetics and Politics of Nonfiction Audio Storytelling,"
Spring 2016.
 
Audio Instructor, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont,
 “True Stories: Adventures in Non-Fiction Audio Storytelling” in partnership with Goddard’s community radio station, WGDR. Student assignments were broadcast monthly on WGDR, Spring 2015.
 
Audio Instructor, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA,
Designed and taught nine-day “Audio Storytelling Intensive.”
Students collectively produced and broadcast one hour show of short features, “Tell it Slant,” Winter 2014.
 
Teaching Fellow, Harvard University, Women's Studies
"Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Performance” 
“Women, Girls, and Poverty,” 1999-2000.
                 
Brandeis University Prize Instructor
“Art, Culture, and Politics”
Awarded opportunity to design and teach undergraduate seminar on art and activism. Organized public conference at Brandeis’ Rose Art Museum, 1997-1998.

AFFILIATIONS:
Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)                      
            
Community Economies Collective
International group of scholars documenting and enacting ethical economic development.
 
Discrimination Prevention Project; European Dissent  (1999-2004) Grassroots anti-racist organizing, Greenfield, MA
 
 
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