16th July 2014, 9:39am
Acclaimed literary scholar to address digital skills workshop for researchers in women’s writing
Professor Florence Howe The American author, historian and publisher recognised as a leader of the contemporary feminist movement will join a number of literary scholars from across the UK at a digital skills workshop hosted by the University of Lincoln.

Professor Florence Howe co-founded The Feminist Press in 1970 and became a leader of the women’s studies movement throughout the following two decades. On Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th July 2014, she will visit the University of Lincoln’s School of Humanities to speak to delegates undertaking the UK-wide Collaborative Skills Development Programme.

The programme is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and was launched by Professor Lucie Armitt, Professor of Contemporary English Literature at the University of Lincoln, in 2013. The initiative is designed to enable UK-based postgraduate students and early-career academics specialising in contemporary women’s writing to develop an entrepreneurial approach to their research.

The programme focuses on the real-world application of research in a rapidly changing literary and media environment, through seven workshops hosted by partner institutes around the UK.

The Lincoln workshop will highlight the importance of new media and social media skills, and encourage the scholars to develop their capabilities in these areas.

Professor Howe will invite the participants to consider the relationship between contemporary women’s writing, grass roots politics and new developments in open access repositories and other digital media.

Professor Armitt said: “It is absolutely crucial to demonstrate the real-world significance of research in the arts and humanities sectors, and the Collaborative Skills Development Programme for postgraduate and early-career researchers working in the field of contemporary women’s writing is dedicated to precisely this.

“In an increasingly digital world, our work aims to promote research as a key vocational aspect of the arts and humanities sectors that should never be lost. It aims to fill the perceived skills gap between academic research and the competitive employment market, within and beyond higher education.”

The two-day event will also include a talk by Dr Yuwei Lin from the University for the Creative Arts. Dr Lin’s current research focuses on the crossovers between society and information and communication technologies, and she will speak on Women and Configurable Technologies: Using Free and Open Source Software.

The workshop will be delivered to 24 participants, who were each competitively selected following the award of the grant by the AHRC. It will incorporate ‘hands-on’ practical sessions, offering opportunities to experiment with new technology that can communicate research to non-academic audiences, as well as research presentations, a round table discussion and a workshop on digital archiving led by the National Archives.

The Lincoln event will also encourage participants to put into practice the entrepreneurial, communication and careers skills acquired over the course of the previous workshops. These were hosted by the project’s partner universities - including Southampton, Brighton, Leeds Metropolitan, Salford and Liverpool John Moores - over the past year.

For more information on the Collaborative Skills Development Programme, visit www.cwwskills.org.uk.
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