Invitation to join the
Genre Evolution Project in Ann Arbor
|| The Genre
Evolution Project in Ann Arbor is a pioneering research project in which
each team member has the opportunity to help shape the work and contribute
to fundamental advances in the study of culture. The team spirit is high
and the work exciting. Everyone participates in the intense weekly research
meetings. Each researcher meets with a research partner during the week
to discuss the materials they have been studying. And most individuals take
on special tasks tailored to the needs of the group and the interests of
the researcher. The commitment is about ten hours per week.
Currently the primary GEP work revolves around American
science fiction, news periodicals, and magazine art. The secondary work
revolves around the development of culture studies research methods. The
Ann Arbor team comprises two faculty members and twelve to twenty additional
researchers each semester, some as volunteers, others as UROP students,
others as independent study students. We also correspond and sometimes
collaborate with sibling GEP units both in the U.S. and abroad.
- To orient yourself to the GEP, go to the Genre
Evolution Project website and see the Project Overview page, which
loads by default.
- To feel the social structure at the weekly meetings,
go to the Selected Research Results page and click on the Research Profile
- To review a PowerPoint presentation concerning some
of the GEP work, go to the Selected Research Results page and click
on "How To Succeed in Science Fiction."
- To read publications drawing on GEP research, go
to the Selected Research Results page and follow the references listed
under Selected Genre Evolution Project papers. The essay in Literature
and Medicine is available online through the
University of Michigan library to those having U-M computer accounts.
(Go to MIRLYN, search for the journal by title, and then find the appropriate
- To explore some of the unique work done by the GEP,
go to our online Database.
- To observe the GEP, attend one of our weekly research
meetings (Mondays 5:10-6:30 p.m. in 3184 Angell Hall).
- To discuss the GEP, contact one of the team members
listed on GEP Team page of the GEP website, especially the Project co-managers
listed under Special Assignments.
- To join the GEP, follow some or all of the steps
above and then meet with GEP co-founder Eric
|Copyright © 2004 Eric S. Rabkin