Karen Werner
kwerner (at) montaguema.net

 
SCHOLARLY & CREATIVE INTERESTS:
Audio storytelling; hybrid documentary-ethnography-narrative forms; radio transmission; 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:
Creative Field Recording, Expanded Sound Design, Union Docs,  2017
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:
Mobile Art Lab Artist Residency, Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice,
     Poland.  
Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture Fellow, 2017-2018
Artist-in-Residence, Tonspur/ MuseumsQuartier, 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:
Strange Radio (2016 - ongoing)
Broadcast at International Features Conference, Prague, Czech Republic, May 2018;
Broadcast of Episodes 5-7 on Kunstradio 01/ORF, April 22, 2018;
Live performance of Episode 1: “Jetzt Höre Ich/ Now I Hear” at Live Art Magazine, Academy of Music, Northampton, MA, on October 21, 2016.
 
You Will Not See Me Die (24:00)
Collaboration with Wendy Call in Oaxaca, Mexico, about Zapotec poet, Irma Pineda and the politics of indigenous language survival. Commissioned by Earshot, Australian Broadcast Corporation/ Radio National, first broadcast November 2017.

Seaweed (3:55)
Included in Earlid's Liminal Sounds exhibit, Right Ear Dominant, curated by Joan Schuman, 2017.

Swimming in Butterflies (12:00)
Commissioned by Soundproof, Australian Broadcast Corporation/ Radio National  First Broadcast on Oct. 28, 2016.
Broadcast on RTE Lyric FM show, Nova and Constellations Podcast.

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 Earshot, Australian Broadcast Corporation/ Radio National documentary radio show, June and December 2015.

Slow Down, Mr. Werner (4:52)                                       
Broadcast on Radiotonic, Australian Broadcast Corporation/ Radio National, 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:
Upcoming in Fall 2018: Featured artist on Earlid, online radio and audio arts platform curated by Joan Schuman.

8-channel sound installation, Haus, Part 1, Covenant of the Tongue, Tonspur Passage at Town Hall, Maribor, Slovenia, June 10-October 24, 2018.
 
8-channel sound installation, Haus, Part 2, Zirkus, Tonspur Kunstverein Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria, May 28-August 26, 2018.
 
8-channel sound installation, Haus, parts 1 and 2, central piece of exhibition “Tonspur 76_Expanded: Karen Werner’s HAUS, Plus A Group Of Works Circling About Holocaust Postmemory and the Stranger,” curated by Georg Weckwerth, Projectroom MAG3, Vienna, February 22-March 23, 2018.
 
8-channel sound installation, Haus, Part 1, Covenant of the Tongue, Tonspur Kunstverein Wien, MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, Austria, December 4, 2017-February 24, 2018.
 
Featured Artist, Megapolis Audio Festival, September 16-17, 2017.
 
Featured Radio Artist, WAVE FARM, WXGC 103.9FM, Acra, New York, July 29, 2017.
 
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:
Gansworth, L. & Werner, K. (Monograph manuscript in progress). Of Water.

Werner, K. (Forthcoming 2019). Strange Radio. For [In]Transition, Special Double Issue on Audiography, Guest Editors Neil Verma and Jacob Smith.

Shoemaker, D. & Werner, K. (Forthcoming in 2019). Listening and Becoming: An Audio Autoethnographic Collaboration. International Review of Qualitative Research.
 
Werner, K. (Forthcoming in 2019). In Praise, In Praise of the Radio Autoethnography: A Radio Collage. Qualitative Inquiry. 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.

PRESENTATIONS:
Co-panelist with Prof. Deanna Shoemaker, “Working Collaboratively” for the Autoethnography Special Interest Group and podcast contributor for “Poetic Mobilities,” International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, May 2018.

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:
Undergraduate Faculty in Interdisciplinary Studies & BFA in Socially Engaged Art, Goddard College, Plainfield, Vermont, 2001-present (Non-ranking faculty system)

Faculty advisor to numerous interdisciplinary student projects in autoethnography, sociology, radio arts, political activism, and many other topics. 
 
Sample Courses, Seminars, and Workshops: Research Ethics; Deep Listening; Digital & Audio Storytelling; Decolonization; Community and Alternative Economies; Social Welfare and Media Representation; Puppetry Production & Crankies. 
 
Service to Program and College: Program Coordinator, 2014-2017; Faculty Council Liaison to WGDR, 2015-2017; Progress Review Chair, 2011-2014; Program Review Committee, 2011-2012; Lead Faculty, 2007; Faculty Union President, 2004-2007; Faculty Hiring Committees.
 
Visiting Artist, Radio Autoethnography, Akademie der Bildenden Künste and Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Vienna, Austria
Led two intensive production and theory sessions with graduate students, broadcasting final pieces on Orange 94.0 FM in Vienna, March 2018.
 
The Politics of Storytelling, Hearsay International Audio Arts Festival and Prix Bohemia, Olomouc, Czech Republic
 Invited to give lectures and lead discussions with curated listening sessions for international documentary radio producers and artists, September 2017 and March 2018.
 
Visiting Artist, Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice, Poland
Created two hour-long radio art broadcasts of Ghosts Radio (memory, haunting, justice) with students, both episodes broadcast on Orange 94.0FM in Vienna, October 2017 and March 2018. Ghosts Radio was featured in a Katowice Public Radio documentary.
 
Visting Asst. Professor, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
“Poetics and Politics of Nonfiction Audio Storytelling,” Spring 2016.
 
Audio Lecturer, 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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