Yesterday I was invited to be an Associated Postdoctoral Fellow of the Gender Research Institute at Dartmouth (GRID). I’m over the moon about this, since I will be collaborating regularly with an impressive group of GRID Fellows that include faculty and postdocs across many disciplines studying gender and working to change perceptions of gender and related identity constructions in the past and present. (This appointment is in addition to my primary position as Postdoctoral Fellow in the Neukom Institute. I will still be housed in the English department.)
Read more about Dartmouth’s Gender Research Institute here.
This opportunity has a number of significant implications for my research. First, I inherit a working group of faculty and postdoctoral Fellows from departments and disciplines across campus to collaborate with in regular meetings as well as a Spring seminar (see their profiles). I will use this new opportunity to collaborate on feminist methodologies, theories, and praxis in relation to women writers I study, like Mary Shelley and Jane Austen, media archaeology, and the Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing digital archive project in progress.
Some of the questions I am working with include: What shape might a feminist digital archive of 19th-century library of women’s writing take? How can I be transparent about its construct and architecture, gear it toward its target audience (scholars and university-level teachers), and make it open and participatory at the same time? What does a feminist data structure look like? I will also be thinking hard with my colleagues about feminist theories of pedagogy as well as ways to improve the new course I taught last year and will teach again this Spring, “Women’s Literature and the Technologies of Transmission.”