Tuesday, 30 October 2018

Crossing the Void: Grieving and Transformation (Lara Bardsley)

Image from Lara Bardsley | Digging into the earth,
breathing into expansiveness. 2018, digital print. 
Lara Bardsley reflects on the value of collecting “familial stories of loss, trauma, separation, suicide, and genocide” for her research. Beautifully capturing her feelings of loss upon her PhD submission, she notes the “transformative power of witnessing our stories” she has gained during the PhD, which she carries with her in her professional career.

When I finished my PhD, I fell into a hole, a descent that was unplanned, too long unwitnessed and incomprehensible for many (including myself), who expected the completion to come as a celebration.

I have been present to stories of suffering and transcendence in my twenty-two years as a psychologist and supervisor, but my PhD had offered me a unique experience: to turn my attention to my own stories and reflect upon them as an artist and researcher, using the language of film, life writing, photography and fine art.

Immersed as I was in the stories that emerged when I asked, “What does it mean to know who we are?” I did not expect that I would feel such a loss when it was over.

Monday, 22 October 2018

Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge with context, community and copyright in mind (Clare O'Hanlon)

Photo by Kyaw Tun | unsplash.com 
Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge is the theme for this year's Open Access Week and it has made me read about and reflect on power, privilege, equity and inclusion in higher education even more than usual, so I thought I would share some of these readings and reflections this week.

I suggest that when thinking about equitable foundations for open knowledge, it is important to keep context, community and copyright in mind in order to ethically make knowledge and resources accessible to relevant practitioners and communities.

I conclude with some resources to help researchers do this and hopefully make the labour involved more manageable.

Dr Chris Bourg, Director of MIT libraries, begins her Open as in dangerous talk by illustrating the many achievements she and colleagues have made in the Open Access space at MIT. Next, she goes onto to illustrate some of the dangers of being open online.

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

Working through research translation (Ilan Abrahams)

Most of us want to translate our ideas into forms that connect with the world. To get that work out that we’ve nurtured over the hours, months, and years.

Maybe this translation is part of a series of translations happening all the time? From the basic sensations of what we smell, hear and see, translated through emotions and patterns, into words and phrases in our heads. Then onto the computer, and through successive edits to the world beyond.

But, hold on, isn’t good communication a two–way process? Listening to other people, audiences and participants, too? Or, at least, trying to imagine what life is like from their perspective?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

La Trobe's Academic Writing Month kicks off this November!

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For the past six years, La Trobe's RED team has coordinated a multi-campus Academic Writing Month – or AcWriMo for short.

This year’s AcWriMo kicks off on Thursday 1 November with a special Shut Up and Write (SUAW) at Bundoora, and runs through to the end of the month with a writing retreat at Albury-Wodonga (28-30 November).

Between these dates there will be a fabulous assortment of special events that focus attention on academic writing for La Trobe researchers (including graduate researchers). While some offerings are still in the pipeline, here is a brief snapshot of the month ahead: