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The Collector


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Presentation by Jill Lebihan, Sheffield hallam University, for #MELSIGNTU (8 January 2016) about the changing nature of student research

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The Collector

  1. 1. The Collector teaching research memory
  2. 2. ‘Content Destroyed’ ‘The collection replaces history with classification, with order beyond the realm of temporality. In the collection, time is not something to be restored to origin; rather, all time is made simultaneous or synchronous within the collection’s world’ (Stewart 2007: 151).
  3. 3. The essential gap
  4. 4. The research task You will research, design and produce an electronic presentation on a relevant topic approved by your tutor. You will need to produce a brief presentation (on Powerpoint, Prezi, Storify or as a podcast, for instance) and a written report giving evidence of your research practice and findings. Particular credit will be given to presentations that deal with less well-known (non- A’level syllabus) texts, writers and topics. You are required to: O To carry out independent research on an ‘off-syllabus’ text or writer/s O To document your research findings effectively in a report which must be submitted in hard copy O To successfully complete an electronic presentation of your work
  5. 5. Further guidance The written report should be concise, and although there is not a fixed word limit on this, 750-1000 words should be more than sufficient to show your research practice and comment on your findings. With the electronic presentation, because people are using varying formats, it is again difficult to give exact word limits and timings, but probably a five-minute podcast, or 10 carefully edited Powerpoint slides or equivalent. You need to be highly selective about what you include in your presentation. You can represent all the research you have done in your report. The presentation is a distillation of your most valuable and focused findings. Remember: it is not the word-limit here that is significant, but the quality of the independent research, and your ability to organise, document and communicate your findings.
  6. 6. Shannon’s Presentation O munro
  7. 7. Shannon’s reflection ‘when researching an author I never even considered that Twitter would be a good resource but it turned out to be an amazing way of finding discussions and quotes which lead me to another site or another story or something interesting that I might not have found in a standard Google search. I kept stumbling across more stories I wanted to add …’
  8. 8. ‘Overall I think that I found out some absolutely fantastic information about Munro and have definitely added a new author to my favourites. Her work has definitely encouraged me to read around the modules more and this task will help me considerably with my dissertation next year which I am sure was a big objective of this assessment. For myself, I wanted my presentation to encourage others to read Munro's work and I like to think that I have achieved this.’
  9. 9. Nostalgia Lily stepped back to get her canvas – so – into perspective. It was an odd road to be walking, this of painting. Out and out one went, further, until at last one seemed to be on a narrow plank, perfectly alone, over the sea. And as she dipped into the blue paint, she dipped too into the past there. Now Mrs. Ramsay got up, she remembered. It was time to go back to the house – time for luncheon.
  10. 10. Woolf, Memory & Desire The logic of remembering consists in part of desire to revisit the past as place; the lighthouse is the place that Mrs Ramsay knew as the future, as promise, and as an object of comfort for her son. For Mr Ramsay and the children to return there years later is to return to an object of Mrs Ramsay’s anticipation (Mcintire 2012: 179).
  11. 11. Maria Popova: Brainpickings
  12. 12. Private Eye 27th April 2015
  13. 13. Storified stories