So if you haven't heard of the viral doctoral candidate who is producing a hip-hop album as his dissertation... read this article to get a sense of what I'll be addressing in this post: http://newsstand.clemson.edu/mediarelations/clemson-doctoral-student-produces-rap-album-for-dissertation-it-goes-viral/
This has been one of my favorite things to read this year. In the midst of reading emails and looking at grad programs, my thesis advisor sent me this article saying it reminded her of me. First of all, I was honored. This Ph.D. candidate, A.D. Carson is obviously a badass, and I find his whole project to be so resistant. The article shares, “'The central thesis of my dissertation is: Are certain voices treated differently?' said Carson. 'I’m trying to examine how an authentically identifiable black voice might be used or accepted as authentic, or ignored, or could answer academic questions and be considered rightly academic. So I have to present a voice rather than writing about a voice.'”
There is no doubt that Carson's examinations about voice in this project are contesting the elitist norm of academia. This is something I'd love to see more of.