3rd – 10th November, Eva Moreda Rodriguez

Meet Eva Moreda Rodriguez, AKA @thedrrodriguez, who’ll be using her week as a @wethehumanities curator to talk about her work on musicology, Francoism, penny whistling and creative writing.

Hello from rainy Scotland! I am Eva Moreda Rodriguez and I am a LKAS Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Music at the University of Glasgow. I am currently finishing a monograph dealing with how Spanish exiled composers made their way back into Francoism (the same regime they had fled from during the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939) between the late 1940s and 1975. My research so far has been concerned with the political and cultural history of music in twentieth-century Spain: I wrote my thesis (soon to be published as a monograph) on music criticism and the musical press in early Francoism.

I have played instruments from a very young age (piano and cello first, now mostly singing and pennywhistle), but it is not easy for me to explain why I am a musicologist. I have been lucky enough that my research so far has allowed me to engage with topics I am interested in (displacement, politics, religion, creativity, writing), but I can picture myself working in other academic disciplines (with a preference for Literature, Classics, History, Linguistics or Religious Studies) had I taken a slightly different path in certain moments in my life. My first degree was in Classics, I worked as a translator for several years and I am a published creative writer in Galician who is now trying to write her first novel in English.

I’m hoping to tweet quite a lot about displacement – both in terms of researching displacement as a Humanities academic and been a displaced academic myself -, about writing – both academic and non-academic, and about the overlaps between the two. I also plan to tweet about whatever I’m listening to or reading during my curation week – I cannot imagine my life without music or books.

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27th October – 3rd November Melanie Boeckmann

Climate change, social justice, feminism and fiction writing: these humanities get everywhere.  We the Humanities will be home to German researcher @m_boeckmann, who’ll be discussing the humanities in relation to her own field of public health.  There are plenty of links below to get you going and Melanie’s especially interested in hearing what you’ve got to say about interdisciplinary engagements with climate change adaptation and the stories we tell about ourselves online.

Hi everyone! My name is Melanie (@m_boeckmann), and I’m excited about curating We The Humanities!

I’ve been following the account to satiate my intense homesickness for the humanities. I have a master’s degree in British Studies with minors in American and African Studies, and then I changed direction and pursued an additional degree in Public Health. Now I am a PhD candidate in Public Health at the University of Bremen in Germany, working on the “problem” of evaluation in climate change adaptation. Public health is an interdisciplinary subject, and my dissertation is mixed methods with quantitative components but also philosophical musings about causality and its limits. I greatly enjoy that my field not only lends itself to transdisciplinary research but is also steeped in social justice concerns (Gostin & Powers, 2006). Recently I have become more and more interested in climate justice and would like to discuss the humanities’ activist potential, not necessarily related to climate change but broadly speaking. Do you see a need for your discipline to step up? Or do you have any stories of your or your institution’s involvement you’d like to share?

Speaking about actions: I am an outspoken feminist and have worked for the local women’s health center for many years. We The Humanities curators frequently position themselves as feminist, which I love and appreciate. Together with a colleague (who has just presented our work at the UK Feminist and Women’s Studies Association 2014 conference in Bristol I am writing an article on peer support in academia and its activist potential. I remember being impressed with Mimi Thi Nguyen’s writings in the punk fanzine Maximum Rock’N Roll when I first got into riot grrrl, her academic work is an inspiration to me. I might even get a little fangirl-ish when talking about her writings, so be prepared!

I am also a published short story writer, and have a second twitter account where I am all writerly: @m_ian. As you can already see from the separate twitter accounts, so far I have been keeping my fiction writer persona and my academia persona as far apart from each other as possible. But is that even necessary? How do you deal with the “serious” requirements as you progress in your academic career? Especially those of you in interdisciplinary fields (but I am interested in all views!): is there any part of you that you prefer to not put in the spotlight as much? I’d love to hear!

During my curation week I’ll also be tweeting about narratives in health and medical sciences, about medical humanities. I’d love to discuss with you the role of your own narrative identity in your (online) writing, and in stories generally. I have just started coaching undergraduates early in their academic writing career here at the university, and I am always looking for exchange and input on teaching and learning about writing. I guess that is the bottom line here: Stories! Tell me yours!

20th – 27th October 2014 Sarah Laseke

This week’s curator can teach us a thing or two about country hopping – she’s studying at a Dutch university from the UK.  I’m looking forward to hearing her thoughts about balancing work and studies as well as her research in medieval manuscripts.  

Hello everyone, I’m Sarah Laseke and I live in Oxford. I am an external PhD Student at Leiden University, the Netherlands. My thesis focuses on late medieval manuscript production. In particular, I am looking at how scribes worked together to copy manuscripts and to what extent their working methods show patterns of organisation.

I usually tweet as @aclerktherwas and my tweets revolve around medieval manuscripts and being a PhD student. I am very much looking forward to tweeting for @WetheHumanities. I’m planning to tweet about my experiences of having studied at different universities in different countries, balancing a PhD with a part-time job, working on an artefact-based PhD, volunteering and completing internships during a PhD, teaching and curating exhibitions. All of these topics are very important to me and I am looking forward to sharing my experiences and to starting engaging conversations with the WetheHumanities followers.

13th – 20th October Kim Martin

Meet Kim Martin, aka @antimony27.  She’ll be talking to us about humanities education and the habits of Digital Humanities scholars (I’m imagining David Attenborough doing the voiceover).  I’m especially looking forward to hearing about digital and physical archival serendipity – those moments of discovery that make that last however many days of fruitless searching worthwhile.

Hello to everyone from London (no, not that London) Ontario! I’m Kim Martin, a 4th year PhD student in Library and Information Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. I usually tweet from @antimony27, and am the Project Manager for @diggingdh, a five year SSHRC funded study on the communication and research habits of digital humanities scholars.  I’m also the Chief Instigator and Co-founder, along with @Ryan__Hunt and @Beth_Compton, of the Digital Humanities MakerBus, which is Canada’s first mobile makerspace and technology classroom.

My dissertation work looks at the research habits of digital historians, their use of the library and archives, and the experience of serendipity as it occurs in both the physical and digital landscape. My academic background is in English and History, and in what feels like a past life I once studied the Lord Mayor’s Day pageants in London (yes, that London) under Queen Elizabeth I and King James I.

My work with the MakerBus and immersion into the world of Digital Humanities has helped to cultivate a growing interest in the public side of humanities work. I work to advocate for humanities education and am currently implementing a local chapter of 4Humanities in London. I recently spoke at ACCESS 2014 (a conference for systems librarians) about the importance of Public Digital Humanities and the need for scholars and librarians to work together for the preservation and continued access to web-based humanities projects. With this still fresh in my mind then, I’ll be tweeting all week with links to different DH projects, and questions concerning the importance of humanities education, critical thinking, and public awareness. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

6th – 13th October     William Lau

The question of translation is an interesting one – both of text and of culture. This week we welcome William Lau (@william_ollau) tweeting about translating, for work and for fun, and the cultural events, museums and exhibitions of Hong Kong. Join us for the week for a different insight into the city that’s been haunting the front page this month.

Hello everyone! I’m William, and I’m from Hong Kong. I studied for my BA in Lingnan University, and MA in the Chinese University of Hong Kong, both in Translation. Having a keen interest too in history and the humanities, and in exploring more of the British language and culture, I got my MA in Antiquity (Egyptology) at the University of Birmingham in 2011.

Before studying in the UK, I worked as an instructor, TV programme scriptwriter, translator, and technical writer. After coming back from my MA studies in the UK, I have worked as an international news translator, and I have been back to the technical writing field since last year.

Unlike some previous curators, my working experience is less a part of the academic circle. I believe, however, one thing we may have in common is that we both love reading. My reading interests mainly (and undoubtedly) cover humanities topics, including history, literature, and sometimes philosophy. Other than reading, I also do some editing work, and translate some articles in Wikipedia (mostly from English to Chinese) in my leisure time.

I’m not that frequent a tweeter, but I still hope you will all find my tweets fun.