Here are the three ideas I had for my project.
1. An essay (with supplemental photos?) about the ethics of museums’ cultural collections and institutional representations of these collections to the museum visitor (think exhibits like “Early Americas”, or “The Philippines”). A follow-up case study to identify problematic practices and a proposal for an educational intervention for museum staff and visitors.
2. An essay on niche culture and to what degree devices such as the television and internet plays a part in the growth and demise of secret or otherwise intentionally under-represented groups. I’m envisioning a historical perspective when considering these groups (the Masons to our very own Michigauma).
3. And for lack of a better third idea, a short/long story about an intentionally botched spy mission, Sandinistas, and what happened twenty years later. Assault rifles, dead bodies, and love in the time of marriage.
So we’ll scrap the third idea, yeah? The other two ideas (and actually possibly the third) seem to fit together in that they’re concerned with this idea of the “other” and how these fringe/minority/underrepresented groups are seen by those in control of the main narrative. I’m not sure what spin to give to this sentiment for each idea – when I put it in terms of “fringe groups” and “main narrative”, it sounds a bit dry and well, “been-there-done-that”.