Kate Sherren

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DHSI Atlantic a week well spent

I just finished a week at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, which Dalhousie was lucky to host this year thanks to some SSHRC funding. This was a spur-of-the-moment decision, faced with an underspend in my personal development allowance. The course was on Knowledge Mobilization and Digital Media, which is certainly not limited in relevance to the Humanities. In recent years I have been increasingly looking to ‘new media’ to provide useful summaries of scholarly work and other useful tools to the public. I’m not getting corporate money, but public, so this only seems fair. Yet it has been difficult to tell the story of how these connect to my scholarly work, and make them available in a centralized place. Our instructor for the week, Irish writer, publisher, and general digital media-whisperer James O’Sullivan, converted me to the art of self-curation after he recovered from his surprise at having me in the room (‘You mean you’re not a humanist?!’). This website was my first project, a welcome opportunity to convert my painfully compiled tenure package to a professional profile. Thanks, James and fellow students, for the learning and good humour. I hope this is able to be offered out east again.

1 Comment

  1. k8sherren

    May 25, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Hi Deb,
    Great to hear from you. I see via the Fenner newsletter that you are completing your PhD and giving a final seminar. What are your plans next?
    Thanks for the comments about my New Orleans work – that stuff on urban water was a bit of a digression for me, as it turns out. I’d like to revisit the stuff on interdisciplinary departments, though. Did you find the ‘Myths and Conundrums of Interdisciplinary Departments’ paper? I continue to watch the challenges faced by interdisciplinarity and sustainability in universities, and keep an eye peeled for students who might be interested in bibliometrics to test some of those patterns I exposed. For instance, the SRES/CRES merger to become the Fenner School is now long enough in the tooth to see the impacts of changing organizational boundaries on collaboration inside and outside.
    All the best,
    Kate

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