Archive for June, 2013

Reconstruction Site

Posted in Professional on June 28, 2013 by Diana S-V

Series of longitudinal body slices © Gunther von Hagens, Institute for Plastination, Heidelberg, Germany.

Well, it was bound to happen eventually.

This site is undergoing a bit of a transition from its previous incarnation as a pseudo-professional but mostly personal blog about life and literature to a more polished and functional research blog. In an effort to take some steps toward being more engaged with the digital humanities—I’m a bit of a Luddite compared to some of my colleagues, despite the fact that Western has some incredible resources available through the Research Group for Electronic Textuality and Theory (RgETT)—I’ve been flexing my writing muscles on topics relating to my dissertation to prepare for grant-writing season as well as to work out some theoretical problems. The qualifying exams year is an odd one in many respects, not least of which is the fact that I’m constantly encountering material that will be crucial to my dissertation yet studying for the exam takes away from time that might otherwise be used to commit to writing towards the dissertation itself. After a three week vacation to Victoria for Congress and then back to Alberta to visit family and friends, I’m also having a hard time getting back into the swing of things with my readings. I’m hoping to find some way to do some writing for the blog that forges connections between my qualifying exams readings and my broader research, but am not sure what form that might take just yet.

In the meantime, however, I’m pretty happy with the makeover thus far, and have revamped the “About” page such that my research goals are clearly articulated. I’ve also briefly outlined some of the specific aspects of my dissertation that I’m in the process of exploring, such as my work on photography, literal body-archives, and the curious status of skin.

The name of the blog hasn’t changed, of course. It’s still as relevant as it’s ever been. From below, the corpse always rises up to the forefront of my thinking, and whispers, “Remember me? Remember me.”

As if I could forget. In any case, welcome and/or welcome back!