Ivy League professor Carolyn Rouse wants to hear people’s firsthand accounts of how Donald Trump’s presidency is affecting the world. She launched a new project, known as “Trumplandia,” shortly after Trump’s election, so she could learn about today’s political landscape without relying on traditional news sources.
Rouse is encouraging people to submit their photos, stories, videos and published works, the Princeton University website reads.
She has asked everyone who submits information to her project to include their name, age, location and a 250-500-word “field note” that explains why they chose to submit what they did.
Although it isn’t required, Rouse is hoping people will also provide their race and/or ethnicity, where they grew up, political sensibilities, profession, income bracket, and/or family status.
According to Rouse, “Trumplandia” will be a virtual space that will document “the impact of Trump’s presidency on the world.”
Rouse began the project two days after the 2016 presidential election because President Donald Trump’s policies “were authoritarian and racist” and the media coverage was “terrible in the run-up to the election.”
“Rather than wait another four years only to be put through another fact-free election year, this collection will be my news source,” Rouse said.
“Given that there would be no funding for his [Donald Trump’s] projects, and that the working class whites who voted for him would see their wages stagnate and possibly drop, I thought it would be important to document the inevitable disenchantment with a conspiracy-theorist turned president,” Rouse wrote on Princeton’s website.
The college also launched a freshman seminar course called “Trumpland,” where students contribute to the “Trumplandia” project and dissect information provided to Rouse.
Students will discuss the reasons and factors behind Trump’s victory, including “America’s deindustrialization, white identity politics, nationalism, populism, and a new ‘post-truth’ relationship with the media.”
“We will examine conspiracy theory, rural atomization, truth claims, and racial identity politics in light of ‘Trump-ist’ politics, and seek to chart its path forward in an increasingly destabilized political terrain,” the course description reads. “The course will introduce students to critical theory on race (especially whiteness), conspiracy, authoritarianism, and democracy.”
Rouse told Campus Reform she would “absolutely want submissions by Trump supporters or conservatives who are not Trump supporters,” as long as they are “respectful, honest, and ethnographic.”
(H/T Campus Reform)