Discussion, 09/30
September 30th, 2009 by staceysatchell

I have noticed that some of the humanities are more collaborative than others… for example in Irish History, I see a lot of collaboration co-authoring and sharing of ideas. I am on the Irish Diaspora listserv and get an amazing amount of email from academics in the field and have been able to put my own questions to the group in the past as well, receiving good feedback. Focusing on the archival perspective, the collaboration not only within the academic departments but between archivists and researchers in academia is vital for the development of the archive. I like the idea of these seminars and what seem like “team building” exercises, but wonder how successful they will be in creating a different academic culture.

2 Responses  
  • Garret McMahon writes:
    September 30th, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    It’s show and tell isn’t it? But if you can avoid the careerism and cant it’s an opportunity to listen and engage. As regards affecting a change:
    collections are central to academic culture, custodians less so. The latter have a niche in the academy as practitioners and experts so long as they continue to operate under the twin principals of preservation and access and effectively engineer solutions to meet this challenge.

  • Creating Digital History » Blog Archive » Collaboration redux writes:
    October 5th, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    [...] Manager at Trinity College in Dublin, even took the trouble to find our course website and post a comment in response to Stacey’s remark that she finds Irish Studies to be particularly collaborative. [...]

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