Methods and Practices Amplifier



This research area emphasizes methodological exchanges and practices that showcase the integration of arts and humanities methods across the disciplines, emphasize innovative methods and practices that have social impact, and engage methodological challenges through collaboration.

The Amplifier creates a space where new methodologies and practices within a discipline or field can yield innovation and discovery in another field, as well as projects that focus on methodological developments and their impact in shaping innovation in research, creative practices, and pedagogy within disciplines and fields as they refine the boundaries of inquiry in the twenty-first century. 

Inquiries about this ocus area may be directed to Professor Dorothy Noyes, Faculty Fellow for (Humanities) Methods and Practices or to Professor Susan Petry, Faculty Fellow for (Arts) Methods and Practices. 


Methods and Practices Small Grants

The Mobile Methods and Practices Series aims to foster cross-disciplinary dialogue on arts and humanities methodologies and practices. Typically meeting monthly on and around the University’s campus, this series is free and open to all faculty, staff and students and to the public. To host a mobile methods and practices event, please submit a small grants application. Requests are accepted on a rolling basis and are reviewed by the Leadership Committee. These requests must be submitted not less than 21 days before the event. Event requests should not exceed $1,500.


Methods Conversations


Bodies in Virtual Space:
Bridging Distance in Arts and Humanities Methods and Practices

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This inaugural Methods Conversation convened researchers and practitioners from GAHDT projects to discuss what happens when activities that presuppose bodily co-presence must move to virtual space. We considered what is lost, gained, maintained and changed in this transposition. We can no longer take the body for granted: what light does this shed on our methods and practices?

On June 4, 2020, over 100 participants joined the inaugural Methods Conversation via Zoom. The event was moderated by Methods and Practices Faculty Fellows Dorry Noyes and Susan Van Pelt Petry. Presenters included Jacklyn Brickman, GAHDT graduate fellow, Department of Art; Trevor Marcho, GAHDT graduate fellow, School of Music; Susan Melsop, GAHDT faculty fellow, Department of Design; Ryann Patrus, Graduate student, Department of Comparative Studies; Maurice Stevens, Professor, Department of Comparative Studies; and Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth, GAHDT postdoctoral fellow, Ohio Field School - Center for Folklore Studies. 

Event content

  • Opening remarks by Dorry Noyes
  • Closing remarks by Susan Van Pelt Petry
  • Event video
  • GAHDT Affinity Learning Communities | GAHDT Methods and Practices Amplifier is seeking to launch affinity Learning Communities for the purpose of inviting faculty and staff to gather virtually around mutual issues in their pedagogy and research. The GAHDT staff will initiate each group, but our hope is that each group will provide their own organizing. The GAHDT Faculty Fellows will continue to check in, gather ideas or issues, and in general support the conversations. The Learning Communities will have a presence on the GAHDT website, in time, in order for greater visibility of the work of faculty and staff in the Arts and Humanities. If interested, please complete our brief registration webform

Follow-up resources

Other resources offered from guests

  • From Richard Fletcher | If anyone is interested in virtual worlds and issues of Indigenous knowledge (and the vital issue of mediation, especially for white settler scholars), check out Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace
  • From Margaret Price | Here’s a worksheet on forming pods for mutual aid (slightly different from classroom pods, but same principle). 
  • From Maurice Stevens | Have you checked out HyFlex?
  • From Robert Livingston (.28) | The Humanities Institute is collecting and collating A&H responses to COVID-19 at “Humanities Connects. Let him know if you have additions or recommendations.
    • Dorry Noyes adds: See also the Center for Folklore Studies webpage on "COVID-19 Resources for Folklorists," including a section on socially-distanced fieldwork and interviewing plus links to COVID-19 documentation projects.
  • From Alex Oliszewski(.1) | Oliszewski has recently been nominated as the chair of a committee for the development of online performance as part of his role as the VC of Technology within the USITT organization. He invites participation from anyone who would like to join in these efforts.
  • From Henry Griffy(.2) | Griffy works in the Office of Distance Education and eLearning and would love to help link folks in working groups with the sundry tools Ohio State makes available (and colleagues who specialize in helping folks use them well).
  • From Susan Van Pelt Petry (.37) | Resources gathered by The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU), particularly for teaching in visual and performing arts. Also includes resources for intercultural collaboration online.
  • From Dr. Cassie Rosita Patterson | Tips for making Zoom meetings and events accessible for people who phone in:
    • Always send out the full Zoom invitation, which includes phone dial-in options. You can do this by clicking “copy meeting invitation” in the Invitation Link section of your meeting page.
    • Change the name of phone participants so they don’t just show up as a phone #. This allows everyone on the video call to identify the phone caller.
    • Ask people to identify themselves before speaking throughout the entire conversation, that way those listening in can attach ideas and comments to people.
    • Read out important chat commentaries or ask those who have typed them to read them out.
    • Provide links to all participants in a follow-up email since those phoning in cannot see the links in the chat.
    • Check in with phone participants to see if they have anything to contribute to the conversation, since they can get sidelined because you cannot see them, and they cannot raise their hands or contribute via chat.
    • Try phoning in to a Zoom meeting and experience it for yourself so that you can make future calls more accessible for others.
    • Share these tips with other meeting and event Zoom schedulers so that they’re aware and less phone callers have to take extra steps to get access to the same information.

Content inspired by event

  • 19ChoreOVIDS by Susan Van Pelt Petry
    A series of 19 videos made during the COVID-19 era, including dance, movement, performance and more. Filmed on Zoom and edited edited by Ric Petry. Visit Van Pelt Petry's blog for posts describing the video-making process and for links to the videos themselves.