January 21, 2015

Launch of the Network Blog

Welcome to the blog of the Virtual Network in Migration, Mobility, Translation, and Identity, a Monash-Warwick Alliance project! I'm the Project Officer, Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, and I'll be managing the blog.

First, I'll explain a little about the Network and what it is I do as Project Officer. The Network was funded in October 2014 by the Monash-Warwick Alliance to bring together researchers from the partnered universities of Warwick and Monash to facilitate collaboration on the Network's thematic areas, and to help researchers identify and capture funding. But the Network is about much more than just grant applications: we'll work to place our research in public contexts, seeking to work with policymakers, professionals, and our local communities to bring about positive change.

My role in the Network is to act as facilitator: identifying funding opportunities, conducting outreach, managing the website (and the blog!), organizing events, and working with the Academic Leads and our two respective Steering Committees to help realize our plans. On behalf of the Network, I also conduct training on a variety of topics (usually focusing on collaboration and digital networking). I also participate in the research communities of Monash and Warwick, where I work on a range of early modern English literary and historical topics.

The wider project team helps demonstrate the Network's collaborative nature. The Network is overseen by two Academic Leads, Dr Loredana Polezzi (Reader in Italian Studies at Warwick) and Prof. Rita Wilson (Head of the School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures, and Linguistics at Monash, and Monash-Warwick Associate Professor at Warwick), and is also supported on the Monash side by Project Administrator Kerryn Morey. While Loredana and Rita will introduce themselves on the blog later, both are strongly committed to the Alliance concept and helped take the lead in establishing the Monash-Warwick joint PhD programme. The Academic Leads act as chairs of the two universities' Steering Committees, which are composed of academic staff with research interests which fall under the Network's umbrella. The Committees provide oversight and advice for the project staff, and work to support and represent the Network in their respective universities.

Content for this blog will be provided by the project team, by our Steering Committees, and by a range of other researchers, students, and partners of the Network. Please get in touch if you would like to contribute, or if you'd just like to be kept abreast of the Network's progress. The goal of the Network is to create an international community of collaborators and act as a digital meeting-point, so let us know if you have any news, an event you'd like us to promote, or if you're looking to meet some new collaborators. Thanks!

Gavin Schwartz-Leeper
Project Officer

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