Asia History Hub workshop, 24 April
Stories from the field: narrating research, developing meaning
Time: Friday, 24 April, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Venue: Room 509, 757 Swanston St Building.
Some of the greatest challenges for researchers lie in the gathering of raw material and the treatment of it in writing. The more original the area of research, the harder the task. Is the material relevant? Is it saying something new? What are you (am I) trying to say anyway? And what methods are available to help resolve these quite basic but rather complex questions?
The first event for the Asia History Hub this year is a story-telling session inspired by these reflections . The premise is that stories create (or impose?) meaning, and bring clarity to process.
We need five volunteers to tell their stories, of whom at least three should be post-graduate students.
Your task is to spin a tale about the process of conducting research away from your usual comfort zone (desk, computer, Melbourne) . It can be a peripatetic tale, or a romantic one, or a post-modern one, presented in fragments.
Its aim should be to draw you and your listeners closer to an understanding or a clearer view of the search you are on, where it has taken you, and how you will integrate your findings into your written work.
There will be a prize for the best story !
Aspiring story-tellers: send a title and a broad statement to Shan <email@example.com> no later than Monday, 13 April.
Antonia Finnane (SHAPS)