With an autumn chill in the air, the pace of the fall semester quickens. Now in the midst of the heightened daily commitments of a teaching-intensive semester, I’m reflecting back on the work of the summer term. Many of the MAPP team members have involved students in our research project. While the majority of these were graduate students, we have also been experimenting with involving undergraduate researchers. This past summer I had the pleasure of working with six undergraduate research assistants at King’s University here in Edmonton. I’ve been consistently surprised and pleased by the enthusiasm and energy that they have brought to working on the project. They have frequently asked, “What else can we do?” and have often generated their own suggestions for new directions and improvements.
Welcome to our August post from MAPP! I'll begin recursively, taking us back two months. June offered up one of the annual delights for us as Woolf scholars: the 25th Annual Virginia Woolf Conference organized by the supremely hospitable and well-organized Julie Vandivere and held this year at Bloomsburg University in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, a beautiful, quintessentially 'leafy-green' college campus in rural Pennsylvania where we felt warmly welcomed not only by the university, but also the entire town (never before has a downtown cinema welcomed conference goers by name and with Woolf's own inimitable visage in blinking bright lights). 206 speakers attended, from 5 continents, and 14 countries. 4 of the 6 MAPP team members (Alice, Elizabeth, Helen, and Nicola) were delighted to have the chance to meet in situ again after a year of Google Hang-Outs. Our first 'business' meeting actually took place on the 2-hour bus ride from Newark Airport, where along with 50+ garrulous Woolfians, we enjoyed the chance to catch up in person.
We’ve had a busy past few months here at MAPP attending conferences and workshops on both sides of the Atlantic. I’ll do a quick round-up here of the papers we’ve given and the discussions we’ve enjoyed at each of these events.
Our first Spring conference was a poster presentation by Elizabeth at the Digital Diversity conference in Edmonton, Alberta. The conference was held in celebration of 20 years of The Orlando Project, and it is always a pleasure and a privilege to learn from the extensive experience that the Orlando team has to share with the DH and feminist scholarly communities. Our own aim at the conference was to learn from and talk with some of the more established projects on the scene but also to introduce our project to this audience. Our poster therefore gives a bit of a sense of what we’ve been up to and what users of our site can expect to be able to access once we open up some of the archival documents to the public.