Hello, dear readers!
First, an update on my Goose Village web documentary project:
I am still working on the editing, plugging away on it for at least two hours a day, every day. The hardest part, by far, is coming up with introductory voice-overs that don’t seem pompous. (I must keep in mind the motto: What Would Werner Herzog Do?) But the end is in sight! And I think it will turn out well.
I have been selected to present at the upcoming National Council on Public History‘s annual meeting this spring in Monterey, California! I will be talking about the project as part of a panel on the historical interpretation of regional landscapes as it relates to environmental sustainability. My presentation is tentatively entitled: “The Lost Landscape: Non-Linear Storytelling and Urban Micro-History in Montreal.”
In the meantime I’ve begun my first semester as a doctoral student at Brown University, pursuing a mix of scholarly research and publicly-engaged projects through the American Studies department and its Public Humanities program. I am not sure what to expect when my PhD program ends. Traditional, history-related jobs that pay a living wage are becoming quite scarce. But for now, at least, I can enjoy five years of job security in an atmosphere of creativity and resource abundance. My goal is to make good use of this time and do as much as possible while it lasts.
Also: I have migrated my primary web presence to a new web site. You’ll note that it’s a work portfolio, not a blog. The fact of the matter is that I’m still figuring out how blogging relates to everything else that I do. Wunderplatz became most popular when I was working in Alaska, as friends, family, a few public history folk, and various random people from the internet followed my adventures in fair Tenakee. Then it was on to Montreal. Throughout that time the blog represented an odd hybrid form of professional discourse and travel journal. Now that I am back to routine life in the Lower 48, what is the blog’s raison d’etre? Perhaps I should maintain two blogs: a personal one for friends and a separate one for “professional” public history matters (though, truth be told, these two spheres of my existence blur together quite a bit). And perhaps while I’m at it I should choose a new blog name that is easier to spell and pronounce?
Until I resolve these matters, I will continue blogging here at Wunderplatz as the mood strikes.
As always, thank you for reading!