Teaching and Studying Women Writers
Teaching and studying women writers with NEWW Virtual Research Environment
Teaching covers a wide range of activities, from using outcomes of the research to contributing to it. We believe that indeed the students could be given a more important role than the rather passive one they are allowed to have now. Besides, given the important number (over 6000) of European women authors before the early 20th c. discovered up to now and accumulated in our NEWW VRE, we have to enlarge the group of active collaborators.
And most importantly, it now seems possible to have the collaboration of students – in the classroom or as trainees – and also seniors as “citizen scientists”. They can much more than before, participate in scholarly enterprises like ours, considering that so much of textual material (including those by and about women authors; including also the periodical press) is now available online.
In this way, the research tool NEWW VRE can also become important within the process of teaching women’s presence in the literary field – at different levels: MA students can study individual cases (within the large context provided by NEWW); Bachelor students can become familiar with women’s too little-known contribution to literature, and even grammar school students can find information and access the writings.
The discussions and training sessions held at the international conference and workshop Teaching Women Writers – exploring “NEWW Virtual Research Environment” possibilities (Ljubljana, 16-18 November 2017) have been continued by individual work in the VRE at home, with checking and support given by a qualified assistant hired especially for this and funded by DARIAH. Such training and support has contributed to easiness of data entry, to the quality of data, and to further development of the online tool.
Host: Prof. Katja Mihurko Poniž, University of Nova Gorica. Guests: Dr. Suzan van Dijk, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands Assoc. Prof. Dr. Narvika Bovcon, University of Ljubljana