2nd – 9th March, Kola Tubosun (Nigeria)

This week sees a We the Humanities first as we welcome our very first curator from Nigeria. Kola Tubosun (@baroka) is based in Lagos; he’s a linguist, travel blogger and Yoruba champion. He stepped up at the last minute after a schedule change so I am already eternally grateful to him but I’m also really looking forward to hearing more about his Twitter campaign and learning more about his mother tongue.

My name is Kola Tubosun (full name Kolawole Olugbemiro Olatubosun). I look forward to curating the post next week (week of March 2, 2015).

I currently work as a teacher of English language in a high school in Lagos, Nigeria. I have an MA in Linguistics/TESL from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (2012) and a BA in Linguistics from the University of Ibadan (2005). I’ve procrastinated on starting a PhD for as long as possible. I also got a Fulbright fellowship in 2009 through which I taught Yoruba at SIUE for ten months. I have also worked at the International Institute of St. Louis as an adult literary tutor-volunteer.

During the week of my hosting at WtH, I’ll be talking about my current effort to improve mother tongue use in Nigeria’s governance and educational sectors, and my other effort into making my native language, Yoruba, relevant in information technology. In 2012, I led a campaign to push Twitter to allow the platform be translated into Yoruba. We succeeded in 2014 (techcabal.com/2014/11/14/twitter-yoruba/) and I’m currently involved in the translation process. I also intend to talk about another current project: a multimedia dictionary of Yoruba names, currently raising money on Indiegogo: indiegogo.com/projects/the-yoruba-names-dictionary/x/9532548. I’m interested in thoughts and opinions on lexicography in general and about mother tongue education/second language acquisition in particular.

I look forward to the experience.
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23rd – 29th February Adam Whittaker (UK)

This week we turn to music theory, courtesy of @awhittakermusic.  I’ve never heard of Tinctoris, the focus of his research, but I’m looking forward to finding out more (and it feels like a handy name to know for watching University Challenge).  In common with many of our curators, Adam’s interests are interdisciplinary, so even if if music theory is as new to you as it is to me I hope you’ll join us for a week of brain-expanding discussions. 

Hello everyone! My name is Adam Whittaker, and I’m very much looking forward to curating @WetheHumanities on the week beginning 23rd February. You can follow me @awhittakermusic.

I am currently a PhD student at Birmingham Conservatoire, working on a project on medieval and Renaissance music theory. My PhD focusses on the fifteenth-century music theorist, Johannes Tinctoris (c. 1435–1511), who is a key figure in music theory from the end of the fifteenth-century. My research engages with the wider history and traditions of music theory, and I have a particular interest in music theory from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, as well as medieval and Renaissance music more generally. I’m also interested in opera and jazz, and work as a conductor.

During my curation week, I hope to have fruitful discussions about the role of music theory, things that it can tell us about musical cultures of the past, the value of digital manuscript repositories, and many other things medieval and Renaissance. I also hope to have discussions about interdisciplinary research, being a PhD student and look forward to many interesting conversations over the week!

16th – 23rd February – Jennifer Rushworth (UK)

This week we return to the UK to meet @JFRushworth who currently holds one of the hotly-contested JRF posiitons at Oxford University.  Proving once again that the humanities won’t sit still in one pigeonhole, she’ll be discussing interdisciplinarity as well as what it means to be a post-doc in the UK.  I’m also hoping she’ll chat about her experiences of studying at Oxford and I’m looking forward to hearing about her take on public engagement.

Hello! My name is Jennifer Rushworth, and I am excited to be taking over @WetheHumanities this week, which I usually follow from my own account @JFRushworth.

I am a Junior Research Fellow in Medieval and Modern Languages at St John’s College, Oxford, and typically work across comparative literature and (perhaps) reception studies. My DPhil thesis (completed 2013) was entitled ‘Discourses of Mourning in Dante, Petrarch, and Proust’. My current project is provisionally named ‘Transformations of Petrarch from Sade to Proust’ and considers the reception (‘transformation’) of Petrarch in nineteenth-century French culture, particularly through translation, biography, criticism, poetic rewriting, and novelisation. I am torn between a passion for modern French literature (in particular, as is evident, Proust) and a fondness for the distant medieval world of encyclopaedic knowledge and courtly love.

During my curation I hope to ask questions about topics including: the role and future of comparative literature; interdisciplinarity; studying canonical authors; making the transition from graduate to post-doc; the rewards and challenges of public engagement. I look forward to a productive and interesting dialogue with many of you.

9th – 16th February, John Borghi (USA)

The intersection between science and humanities is an increasingly popular field of research, attracting researchers from both sides of the divide, including this week’s curator, science communicator and cognitive neuroscientist John Borghi.  I’m looking forward to some behind-the-scenes tidbits from behind the library desk and hearing more about his research area and the science of comic books.

Hi everyone, my name is John Borghi (@JohnBorghi) and I am very excited to be curating @WeTheHumanies this week! I am a science informationist, cognitive neuroscientist, and science communicator, currently living in Brooklyn, New York.

I am interested in communicating science- not just scientific concepts and the results of science experiments, but also the process and culture of science- to non-scientists. In my day job, as the science informationist at The Rita and Frits Markus Library at The Rockefeller University I assist researchers navigate the scientific literature and proactively bring the tools of the library into the laboratory. Though this typically involves tracking down papers, preparing literature summaries, and helping everyone stay compliant with the NIH Public Access Policy, I also teach classes on subjects ranging from including database searching to reference and citation management to using social media to communicate science.

The week before starting work in the Markus Library, I completed a PhD in integrative neuroscience. My thesis was titled “Major depressive disorder is related to a broad disruption in brain regions underlying working memory process,” which is a fancy way of saying that I studied the ways in which depression affects the brain activity associated with remembering pictures of human faces and outdoor scenes over a short time. While in grad school I attended classes at what is now known as the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, which helped to catalyze my shift from research scientist to science communicator.

In addition to my work in the library, I also work on a variety of science communication-related projects. I am the managing editor of The Incubator, a blog run by the Rockefeller University Science Outreach Program and I teach science-related classes for non-expert audiences on topics ranging from the History of Neuroscience, to the Biology of Mental Illness, to the Science of Comic Books.

I am hoping to discuss a variety of things related to communication and science. I hope we’ll discuss communicating scientific concepts to non-scientists, the structure and culture of science, academic publishing, libraries, and, of course, books.