16/06 – 22/06 Moira Deslandes

’This week’s curation comes from southern Australia, where Moira will be tweeting about language and culture, her humanities studies and her work. She describes herself as a pilgrim and a poet.

I have had a long and extensive career somewhere in the margins and the centre all at the same time!

I have worked at every level from the kitchen table (as a direct service social worker through) to the kitchen table (being a Chief of Staff to a Minister in Government).  I maintain a consulting and facilitating business, am a Director in a specialist project management company and work part-time in policy and advocacy for a membership based service and advocacy agency for unpaid family carers.

The humanities is my home with my undergraduate studies including classical studies and anthropology.  I love poetry and the idea of having a bard in the boardroom.

I notice economic literacy growing; people are more likely to know how to read the currency exchange than to be able to quote Shakespeare or appreciate their decision-making processes have their origins in the Athenian agora.

While curating We Are the Humanities I look forward to conversations in the crevices of ancient and modern cultural and linguistic spaces of 140 characters.

As T.S. Eliot reminds us:

At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,But neither arrest nor movement.

I am looking forward to the twitter two-step, tango and twist and tap we will make together.

You can find me @MoiraDes

 

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