Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden (unusually) kept me occupied for several evenings whilst travelling through Asia (I have been known to read 3-4 books in a day!). I hadn't realised until I started to read it, and found the odd bit of text slipping off the page, that I'd bought one of the notorious photocopied texts so easy to find in South East Asia (not much respect for intellectual property there!).Stupid as it…

DespairWear and Subversion!

DespairWearI love the subverted messages that come through from Despairwear (in fact any recognisable brand that can be subverted is of interest, has been so since I have seen people subverting the Second World War posters that I spent many years studying for my PhD!)I thought this t-shirt was particularly apt, as I don't think I've quite found my focus with this blog yet, so it's likely to be highly relevant, ah, the New Year,…

Interdisciplinary Research Officer, CIDRA, Manchester

Interdisciplinary Research Officer, University of Manchester  A new post in which I promoted cross-subject research and provide support for bids and grants within the School of Arts, Histories and Cultures. I continually worked with senior staff, including the Director of CIDRA (Professor Frank Mort), Director of Research (Professor Alison Sharrock), and Postgraduate Director (Professor Bertrand Taithe) and Head of School (Professor Penny Summerfield), along with the Research Development Manager on the development of CIDRA and interdisciplinary research…

Knowledge Transfer, University of Manchester

'Addressing Different Audiences and Creative Approaches to K.T.' to 'Beyond Academia? A Conference on Knowledge Transfer' at University of Manchester Invited to be an expert panel member, and run a workshop at a postgraduate conference, drawing on my experience in working with CIDRA to organise discussions and events, working with regional 'cultural assets' to promote interdisciplinary 'out of the box' thinking. Encouraging students to think about innovative ways in which they could engage across the subject…