Author: Anne Baillot

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How I became a feminist

TW: The following contains allusions to rape in a literary text. A story of self-censorship A few years ago, two separate events made me rethink the way I expose my public persona on the web. Back then, I wasn’t tenured yet but pretty convinced I would soon be (it turned out to be a much more tedious and painful process than I thought, but that’s a story I told at length on this blog). I thought standing up for what I truly believed in – the ideals of open science and freedom of thought – meant raising my voice through...

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Like a caramel pudding, somehow

As promised in an earlier post, I would like to start a series of blogposts on different didactical settings I tried out this year and think about what worked, what should be improved and how far you can take active pedagogy with second years. It all started in the middle of the first term, when I realised that the students consider giving presentations as being “active” in a class. I thought it was time for them to understand a little bit better what actively producing knowledge really means.

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German-French Summer School in Human/Machine Translation

Among the many things I have not managed to do over the past week, advertising the upcoming German-French Summer School in Human/Machine Translation is probably the most urgent one, since the deadline for application is tonight. This project is supported by DARIAH and Le Mans Université and aims at bringing together French- and German-speaking scholars wishing to learn how to translate with semi-automatic methods and reflect on the changes it involves for translation practice. The summer school includes hands-on sessions, but also discussions between Humanities and IT scholars on translation goals and methods, evaluation, and the didactics of semi-automatic translation....

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At the end of the second academic term

The second and last term of the French academic calendar has finally come to an end and with it a phase so intense that I did not event manage to think of blogging. There are many aspects of my life as a newly appointed professor though that would have deserved a “live” comment I wasn’t able to deliver – much to my discomfort, as I remember how helpful blogging had been when I became a junior research group leader. Back then, blogging was a way of not running behind the train, but keep walking a little bit ahead of it....

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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...