The website in Postcolonial Studies from the Emory University is far more complex than the structure of the keywords glossary of media site of the University of Chicago. If this one is divided in tiles with the Media generic terms researched by the students exploring the concepts and authors related to them, the website in Postcolonial studies is much more specific, being structured like a case studies
Reference book in three main chapters/links, introduced by a preface/homepage/index, explaining the nature and purpose of the site.
Each of these “chapters” are, again, subdivided in links organised in alphabetical order. The first chapter lists a series links of writers, whose work is related to Postcolonial Studies, in which you can find a brief biography, major themes treated and bibliography. The next chapter is composed, again in alphabetical order, by a series of theorists whose academic work is related to this case study. And finally, the last link of this episodic structure is “the glossary of terms and issues” which lists the most commonly concepts, themes, and terms discussed and argued over the Postcolonial theory. Also, this episode links to external sites related to this case study.
If the look of the Glossary of Keywords of Media Theory is very minimal, the interface design, colours and fonts of Emory University’s Website is more Baroque, tinted by an overall brownish colour of an academic site rooted in History that aims to “furnish a scaffolding for more intensive explorations into a field that is rapidly becoming very important”.
In regards of the “collaborative research and writing genre” aspect, the only collaboration I can guess from this site, is the collaboration of a group of academic staff, or perhaps is just one person, whose research is reflected on the site and have linked it to other sites of interest.
On the other hand, its liasionative aspect reflects in the interaction between the researches that log into this resourceful service whose objective is “to serve primarily as a resource for students of postcolonial literature and theory at Emory University (…) and to provide a site on the Web where people from around the country and around the world can come for an introduction to major topics and issues in Postcolonial Studies”.
It seems to me that the real collaborative research and writing genre and the real discussion starts when the individuals that log in the website have the chance to leave comments, and interact with the authors of the texts. This is the nature of our TIIP blog, which is open to everybody to leave comments on the subjects we explore.