Research Workflow for Academics: The Best of Digital and Analogue Working Together

  In his presentation at the 'Humanities Computing: Formal Methods, Experimental Practice' symposium at King's College London in 2000, John Unsworth described the seven 'scholarly primitives', that is, the 'basic functions common to scholarly activity across disciplines, over time, and independent of theoretical orientation': Discovering Annotating Comparing Referring Sampling Illustrating Representing A similar taxonomy was described … Continue reading Research Workflow for Academics: The Best of Digital and Analogue Working Together

The Questions Academics Ask: Conference Edition

I have always been a fan of New Yorker cartoons, and this Steve Macone piece from 2010 seems to hit closer to home than most.   Macone's cartoon perfectly captures one of the several strange things that can happen during a conference Q&A. In addition to the 'shorter speeches disguised as questions' there are also a … Continue reading The Questions Academics Ask: Conference Edition

Business as Usual: A Response to Forbes and Mary Beard

Even the flurry of live tweeting from MLA 2013 has not been enough to distract the academic community from Susan Adams' recent article in Forbes.  In a largely tongue-in-cheek featurette with a veneer of statistical clout and some grand proclamations, Adams declared university professors to have 'The Least Stressful Job of 2013'.    The backlash … Continue reading Business as Usual: A Response to Forbes and Mary Beard

7 Things This Academic Learned from the World of Brand and Design

I spent a postgraduate gap year working for the brand and design agency Ingenious Rapport, first in business development and then shortly after as Creative Account Manager.  In addition to working with some extraordinary colleagues (indeed, some leaders in the field), I had the opportunity to work on thrilling accounts, including a major UK bank, … Continue reading 7 Things This Academic Learned from the World of Brand and Design

A Discovery of Academics

I've finally made peace with my Cloud, and come to terms with the fact that while I will continue to read books for pleasure on my Kindle, most of my actual research will be distinctly paper-based for the immediate future.  (I'm just waiting for the next great piece of kit to make that change.) But, … Continue reading A Discovery of Academics