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STATEMENT

Aims:
  1. To practice scholarship and teaching in a way that enriches my non-academic life.
  2. To respect and care for my colleagues and neighbors.
  3. To seek knowledge beyond the bounds of my training and discipline.
  4. To create knowledge that speaks to the breadth of human experience.
  5. To cultivate an expertise grounded in each one of my senses.
  6. To speak what I know in such a way that it sticks in memory.
  7. To be artful in speaking and writing, persuasive in argumentation, and expressive in testimony.
  8. To read both extensively and intensively.
  9. To read curiously as well as critically; to think generously as well as analytically.
  10. To leave my predispositions about matters in quest of understanding.
Warnings:
  1. Beware the tendency to reduce values to political convictions.
  2. Do not believe that the only means to truth is disenchantment.
  3. Do not presume the insufficiency of past thought or expression.
  4. Avoid dependence on any one method or approach.
  5. Do not let my voice eclipse other voices in my writings.
  6. Recall that activism often ends reflection.
  7. Beware the restraints of genre.
  8. Be mindful that both religion and science can be arrogant.
  9. Do not surrender wonder when inquiring.
  10. Do not proceed from the easiest question.
Projects:
  1. To build new archives about fields that are distinctive yet imperfectly known.
  2. To compose narratives and visual arrays out of the broadest range of primary materials.
  3. To frame these narratives without strong rhetorical emphasis or tendentious vocabulary or an insistence on linear causality.
  4. To give ample evidence so that readers might construct other histories from the materials.
  5. To attend to matters—class, race, religion, gender, commerce, empire, nation, media, environment—of academic interest in ways that do not assign them undue importance in the scheme of things.
  6. To invoke a range of moods in these narratives and employ a variety of expressive styles.
  7. To recognize the place of accident in happenstances.
  8. To activate the imagination of my readers by prompting them with unfamiliar things and ideas.
  9. To offer speculative phenomonologies of past senses of things.
  10. To suggest how what now seems incredible was credible.

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