Research

My research examines the ways in which artistic and intellectual traditions govern the types of knowledge which individuals can construct through creative production. Received artistic traditions work to reinforce systematic inequalities. My work contributes to the understanding and dismantling of those inequalities, helping to create equitable spaces for artists and audiences of all backgrounds in which they can develop agency and build new knowledges through the arts.

This work investigates the ways in which creative and disciplinary traditions both restrict and engender the pedagogies, curricula, and knowledges individuals encounter within performing arts communities, focusing on do-it-yourself (DIY) experimental music scenes in particular. Employing an interdisciplinary approach that places visual cultures, cultural studies, the learning sciences, and music education in conversation, I investigate how networks of interconnected actors (such as artists, artifacts, audience members, and spaces of interaction) enact practices of teaching and learning within historically situated environments. Findings from this work reframe musical artifacts (including performances, video and audio recordings, and physical albums) as educational technologies, uncovering valuable and, at times, problematic educational praxes in unexpected environments. I approach this work from a variety of methodological standpoints derived from text analysis, object studies, and ethnographic research.

Recent Refereed Journal Articles

Woods, P. J. (2020). Reimagining collaboration through the lens of the posthuman: Uncovering embodied learning in noise music. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 0(0), 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1080/15505170.2020.1786747

Woods, P. J. (2019). Mapping Critical Anthropocene Discourses in Musical Artefacts: Whiteness, Absence, and the Intersecting “-Cenes” in Prurient’s The History of Aids. Open Cultural Studies, 3(1), 541–552. https://doi.org/10.1515/culture-2019-0048

Woods, P. J. (2019). Conceptions of teaching in and through noise: A study of experimental musicians’ beliefs. Music Education Research, 21(4), 459–468. https://doi.org/10.1080/14613808.2019.1611753

Woods, P. J. (2018). In (partial) defence of offensive art: Whitehouse as Freirean codification. Journal for Cultural Research, 22(1), 90–104. https://doi.org/10.1080/14797585.2018.1434042

Woods, P. J. (2017). Ethics and practices in American DIY spaces. Punk & Post-Punk, 6(1), 63–80. https://doi.org/10.1386/punk.6.1.63_1

Recent Refereed Conference Papers

Woods, P. J., & Jones, K. (2020). Expanding the Borders of Music-Based Qualitative Research Methods Through Graphic Scores. In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 1063-1070). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342397061_Expanding_the_Borders_of_Music-Based_Qualitative_Research_Methods_Through_Graphic_Scores

Woods, P. J. (2020). Towards a Process Model of Developing Artistic Practice Within Experimental Music Communities. In Proceedings of the 2020 International Conference of the Learning Sciences (pp. 755-756). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/342397137_Towards_a_Process_Model_of_Developing_Artistic_Practice_Within_Experimental_Music_Communities

Woods, P. J. (2020). Towards a Noisier Constructionism: Reimagining Experimental Music as Learning Context. In Proceedings of the 2020 Constructionism Conference (pp. 575-583). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/341644510_Towards_a_Noisier_Constructionism_Reimagining_Experimental_Music_as_Learning_Context

Woods, P. J. (2019) (Re)making Whiteness: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Equity-Based Maker Literature. In Proceedings of the 2019 Connected Learning Summit (pp. 189-197). https://www.researchgate.net/publication/339986968_Remaking_Whiteness_A_Critical_Discourse_Analysis_of_Equity-Based_Maker_Literature

Dissertation

Woods, P. J. (2020). Learning in and through Noise: Exploring the Learning Ecologies of Experimental Music [Ph.D., The University of Wisconsin – Madison]. In ProQuest Dissertations and Theses (2451165539). Dissertations & Theses @ CIC Institutions; Dissertations & Theses @ University of Wisconsin at Madison; ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global. https://www.proquest.com/docview/2451165539

I also did a presentation of some of my dissertation work at NYU. You can find video here:
PART 1- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p-XF4fA4uY
PART 2- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YhYkhGX4BRM