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Research and Study Leave: the view from Oxford's dreaming spires

In this seminar I reflect on the experience of being on ‘research and study leave’, following a period of time on a visiting fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford University. As such it is a personal narrative, as much as it is one that is ‘research-driven’. It is a little bit like a ‘morning talk’, with plenty of colourful photographs and a few funny anecdotes. As such I respond to a wider sense that, often, we don’t always get to hear what our academic colleagues do or achieve while on such periods of leave. For me this leave came at a significant moment in my own academic career, and as such has become an interesting lens through which to think about priorities and trajectories. The seminar will certainly focus on academic tasks and outcomes: namely research on missionary children in British and British colonial contexts; writing about children and the modern missionary movement; and my connections with children’s and religious history networks in the United Kingdom. For a historian there is nothing quite like spending time in the archive and meeting with like-minded people. At the same time I would like to outline how personal and academic/professional goals coalesced – partly planned and partly in hindsight – wherein the term ‘research and study leave’ became a less meaningful descriptor of my experience. Rather I think and speak about this experience in the older academic language of the ‘sabbatical’, with an emphasis on rest and refreshment for the whole person. I will also introduce you to my travelling alter-ego, who maintained his own, separate face book page.

Date Thursday, 12 October 2017
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentCollege of Education
LocationERG01 - Education Centre, Union Street East
University of Otago College of Education
Contact NameMichelle Holt - Executive Officer
Contact Phone4743787

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