Now that the semester has ended and I've woken up from my recovery period, I am actually ready to introduce myself and participate! I'm in my last year of the dual-Master's program in Archives Management and History at Simmons College GSLIS. After I finally graduate, I hope to be able to work in an academic environment and apply the innovative spirit of digital humanities to archives.
Outside the classroom is where I'm really getting my education; I've been very fortunate to have several great jobs and internships, ranging from processing 19th-century correspondence to managing pharmaceutical records to digitizing collections. I'm currently employed at the Schlesinger Library's Experimental Archives Project (opinions expressed here are my own and not those of my employer etc!) and also have had two internships at other Harvard repositories, one of which is taking place this summer.
This fall I will be writing my history thesis on gender and archaeology in Victorian Britain, focusing on the participation of women in archaeology and empire to create knowledge.
So far this whole post sounds very resume-like. I promise I am exactly this awkward in real life. Earlier this spring, I attended my first unconference, THATCamp Libraries, and the conversations I had there changed how thought about my career and the possibilities for generating and conveying information. I remember being reluctant to give up my Saturday, since I had three jobs at that point, but as soon as the day started I thought, I am so here for this. DH: The Next Generation was also a fantastic conference, and I was glad to see the emphasis on digital humanities at the New England Archivists spring meeting, too.
I can't wait to encounter new projects, ideas, and people on HASTAC!
Addendum 05/19/13: Since I was invited to repost this to the Feminist Scholars Digital Workshop, I wanted to add a little about my research. In the broadest sense, I'm interested in the intersections between race, gender, class, etc. in cross-cultural exchanges and conflicts. I'm particularly interested in Victorian Britain, but I hope to develop the language skills at some point that would allow me to study other regions in a more meaningful way. My undergraduate English thesis was about Victorian British women writing under masculine pseudonyms, and how their ideas about gender and authorship were reflected both in their fiction and nonfiction.
This spring I read a rather terrible book about nineteenth-century women archaeologists that focused on how they were gender rebels and innovators and lady adventurers but did not take up their participation in imperialism and looting. There are, however, many examples of female archaeologists and scholars gaining work and respect for their contributions for archaeology and other academic fields in this time period. Why? I hope in my research to create a more complex understanding of how women navigated gendered intellectual and physical spaces, and perhaps ask why modern historians do not always look for women doing things outside the assumption of the oppressive and unitary structure of Victorian gender roles. I just submitted my thesis proposal last week.
I'd also like to ask that you please forgive any typos! The keyboard on my five-year-old laptop is slowly dying and sometimes I don't catch the misspellings that result when letters go missing (like the embarrassing original title of this post, "An Introducton.")