Historical Reminiscents EP 39: Pushing Past Creative Barriers

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This week, month, year has been hella hard for a lot of folks, with the news cycle making it extremely difficult to function ‘normally.’ What do you do when you are facing creative blocks, an inability to write, or feelings that whatever you are creating doesn’t matter? In this episode I talk about finding positive work spaces, sources of inspiration, and overcoming creative/intellectual hurdles.

I would love to hear about your sources of support and inspiration. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Andrea Eidinger, “Historical Writing as a Creative Endeavour
-Jonathan Malesic, “The 40-Year-Old Burnout
-Pat Thomson, “Creativity and academic writing – an oxymoron?

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Historical Reminiscents EP 38: Gender, Language, and Professional Life

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With the start of the new school year I’ve been thinking a lot about the intersection of language, gender, and creating braver education spaces.  How post-secondary educators and public history facilitators work to be more inclusive in their language, programming, and practices.  In this episode I talk about the #nbdcampaign, pronouns, and small ways you can be more welcoming to folks of all gender identities in your work.

I would love to hear about the ways you work to make your spaces more inclusive, braver, and welcoming. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
NCPH consultation on including pronouns on conference badges 
No big deal campaign
-Brielle Harbin, Vanderbilt University, “Teaching Beyond the Gender Binary in the University Classroom.”

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Historical Reminiscents EP 37: Practicing Open Access

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I’ve been thinking a lot about the implications of where I publish my work, the accessibility of my work to community members, and open access. In today’s episode I talk about peer reviewed journals, popular publishing, and finding open access outlets.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the intersection of history, publishing, and open access initiatives. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-“Doing the working: Editing Wikipedia as act of reconciliation.
Outrage over University’s $999 online textbook
-Thomas Peace, “Open Pedagogy: The Time is Now

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Historical Reminiscents EP 36: Embroidery, History, and Resistance

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I recently started learning to embroider.  My main reason for taking up embroidering was wanting to be stitch swear words radical sayings using a traditional feminine craft.  I loved the idea of juxtaposing feminist praxis with a domestic art.  In today’s episode I talk about the history of embroidery and textile arts as a form of protest and activism.

I would love to hear your thoughts on the intersection of history, fiber arts, and activism. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
Elizabeth Parker’s Life Story Embroidery Sampler
-Katherine Brooks, “Feminist Embroidery Artist Heather Marie Scholl Explains Why It’s Hard To Be A Woman
-Rozskia Parker, “The Subversive Stitch

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Historical Reminiscents EP 35: Approaching Collaboration

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Collaboration is becoming more and more common in the workplace and in academia.  However, collaborative work practices aren’t something that are typically emphasized in humanities graduate programming. In today’s episode I talk about the impact of collaboration on scholarship and how to reach out to potential collaborators.

I would love to hear other perspectives on the value of collaboration within academia and public history, leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Lynne Siemens, “More Hands Means More Ideas: Collaboration in the Humanities
-Seth Denbo, “Whose Work Is It Really?
– Christine Saidi, Catherine Cymone Fourshey, and Rhonda M. Gonzales “When Historians Collaborate, Scholarship Benefits”

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Historical Reminiscents EP 34: Pay People For Their Work

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Talking about money is hard, but it is an important part of maintaining a healthy professional community.  In today’s episode I talk about fair pay, salary transparency, the underpayment of heritage professionals, and precarious labour.

I would love to hear other perspectives on the value of labour within academia and heritage fields, leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Stacie Williams, “Implications of Archival Labour
-Ashley Stevens, “Lessons Learned: This Whole Salary Jazz
-Zoe Todd, Twitter Thread on Salary Negotiation in Academia
-Fobazi Ettarh, “Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies We Tell Ourselves

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Historical Reminiscents EP 33: Practicing Kindness and Gratitude

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If you’ve listened to me speak about emerging professionals and mentoring you probably know I have strong feels about creating space and how we as a profession should welcome new folks.  Academic and heritage spaces can be intimidating for new professionals, first generation folks, and marginalized people.  This episode tackles how we can take a more active approach to kindness and gratitude in our work.  How can academic spaces be spaces of radical kindness? How can we do a better job of recognizing and supporting the work of others? How can we be kinder to ourselves?

I would love to hear how other folks practice gratitude and kindness in their work, leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
Anna St.Onge tweet on acknowledging archival labour
You’ve Got This Podcast Episode 71: Expressing Gratitude
-Kelly J. Baker, “Cruelty and Kindness in Academia
Academic Kindness Postcard Exchange

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Historical Reminiscents EP 32: Confidence and Job Applications

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Job applications can be full of emotional labour, self-doubt, and stress.  How do you know if you are qualified for a job? Should you take the time to apply? In this episode I talk about cover letters, equivalent experience, and putting yourself out there. I also discuss the intersection of gender, job applications, and impostor syndrome.

I would love to hear job seeking advice from other folks, leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-Katty Kay and Claire Shipman, “The Confidence Gap
-Iva Petkovic, “The complicated gender politics of impostor syndrome
-Andrea Eidinger, “We Regret To Inform You: The Emotional Labour of Job Applications.”

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Historical Reminiscents EP 31: Spaces for Slow Scholarship

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Last week I participated in the Manitoulin Island Summer Historical Institute (MISHI), a week grounded in cultural and land based learning practice.  Throughout the week I was struck by how the practice of slow scholarship and taking time to deeply engage with reflection can be used within historical thinking.  In this episode I talk about how slow scholarship can exist in historical work and the value of fostering space for intellectual growth.

I would love to hear how other folks practice forms of slow scholarship their work, leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-John Lutz, “Slow Scholarship
-Alison Mountz et al., “For Slow Scholarship: A Feminist Politics of Resistance through Collective Action in the Neoliberal University.
-Beth A. Robertson, “Slow Scholarship as Political Action: The Culture of Speed and the Challenge of Inclusion within the Academy

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Historical Reminiscents EP 30: Podcasting As Scholarship

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While attending the Canadian Historical Association annual meeting in Regina I attended a meetup for the Secret Feminist Agenda podcast.  Part of this meetup included a launch of the open peer review of the podcast.  This experience got me thinking about the scholarship behind podcasting.  Can podcasts count as academic work? Do they need to be peer reviewed? What are the logistics behind podcasts being accepted as work as part of tenure or promotion?

I would love to hear how other peoples thoughts on podcasts as scholarship, do they count? Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
Open Peer Review of the Secret Feminist Agenda
NCPH launches review of podcasts and blogs
Tenure and Promotion and the Publicly Engaged Academic Historian (PDF)
The Henceforward 

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