Teachings

Compared to my professional activity of the past years, there turns out to be plenty of valuable experience that I can rely on – certainly more than I thought at first. Team management, project management, administration, international relationships, networking on different scales, opening eyes and ears to new cooperations and concretizing them: this is all still at the core of my job. But I was really expecting this part not to be so different from what I had known and done before. I am much more surprised to see how much of my teaching relies on my work of the past three-four years.

I am in fact surprised because I had the feeling to do very little teaching over these years. Continue reading “Teachings”

DH Master Class coming up!

Our first German-French Master Class in Digital Humanities will take place next week at the German Historical Institute in Paris. Organization team, experts, and probably also the participants are actively preparing this week-long event that will bring together scholars and students willing to experiment with new pedagogic formats.

You can already find on the blog of the German Historical Institute:

There is more preparatory material coming up, and during the Master Class itself, we will be realizing videos of key moments such as of the 2-minute-pitches prepared by the participants we are all very much looking forward to. Stay tuned, also on twitter under the hashtag #dhmasterclass !

 

Next on

What silenced me so long is the state of application. Month after month, job applications determined my life.  When you are applying for jobs – depending on the jobs, obviously, but still -, blogging and tweeting can easily be perceived as a sign of vanity or of an unprofessional leisure. Every time I was tempted to write, I worried that future employers might interpret it the wrong way, and at some point I simply decided to wait. Since I finished this long round of applications and interviews yesterday, let me tell you first about the good news, and then about a few general conclusions I draw from this process.

Continue reading “Next on”

The energy of despair, the energy of passion

Two weeks to the first time a PhD candidate I tutored defends her PhD. Four days until summer term starts. One week to the March for Science. Is it a beginning or an end? It is, in any case, a moment of some quiet before a surge of energy. Preparing, hoping, wondering. Will any of it change anything? Will it make a difference? Does it even matter if it does – or doesn’t? Why do we choose to do one thing rather than the other – like, say, preparing the March for Science instead of writing a grant application?

We make choices in the way we dispose of our time and energy. Continue reading “The energy of despair, the energy of passion”

What are we marching for? (#MarchforScience, in Berlin and Paris)

The Marches for Science are gaining momentum all over Europe now. While it is still not easy to predict what the 22nd of April will actually look like, it is interesting to see how each country or city gives their interpretation of the meaning of the March for Science. For me as a researcher moving between Germany and France, the differences between what comes from France and what I experience in Berlin are palpable, but the initiatives all have a common ground behind their national or local specificities. Continue reading “What are we marching for? (#MarchforScience, in Berlin and Paris)”