Nadine Muller

Nadine Muller

Nadine is Senior Lecturer in English Literature and Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University. Her research covers the literary and cultural histories of women, gender, and feminism from the nineteenth century through to the present day. She is currently completing a monograph on the Victorian widow (Liverpool University Press, 2018), and is leading War Widows' Stories, a participatory research and oral history project on war widows in Britain.

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  1. Dr. Nicola J. Rolfe says:

    Hi Nadine, it’s great to see PEAs in action! It’s especially great to see PEAs for arts and humanities. Coming from the sheltered world of science, where PE is established as it’s own practise , but still not widely accepted by academics, it’s really interesting to read how PE is coming off the ground in the Arts. I think you’ve done well in this article, summing up the salient points about how rewarding PE can be, and some of the benefits of properly engaging rather than performing.

  2. Helen Webster says:

    Really glad you stress the participatory, two-way nature of good public engagement- I *always* learn from the audience when I run things, not least how to articulate my work clearly, and it helps me review what I think I’m doing! The most transformative event I ran was on my work on medieval nuns, for a convent of modern nuns. Their very different response to my findings helped me see my source material in a very different and possibly more authentic light, and their lived expertise, tho ‘non-academic’, stopped me from being quite so patronising!

    My advice would be to echo that above- start off with a very specific audience rather than aiming at “the general public” whatever that is, with whom you can build a two-way relationship. Simple one-off youtube videos, audioclips, blogposts etc are great ways to start and can be developed with your identified specific audience- the early career researchers I’ve worked with so far have mostly wanted to race ahead, with complex web resources, hard-to-maintain blogs and BBC TV series. Just because the Internet can potentially reach everyone, doesn’t mean your resources necessarily will- start small and specific so you have a ready made audience and they can grow from there! I also like exploring Martin Weller’s notion of public engagement as ‘collateral damage’ – frictionlessly produced where possible, rather than major undertakings.

  3. Charlotte Mathieson says:

    Great post Nadine- impact and public engagement are so much more than higher ed buzz-words and over the last year I’ve been amazed at the variety of types of public engagement that are possible. One really interesting e.g. of the kind of participatory research you mention is that of Karen Throsby who researches channel swimmers (I recently blogged about her here – http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/researcherlife/entry/ace_event_impact/)

    My key advice to early career academics is to think about starting small – podcasts, blogging, writing for non-specialist outlets, videos etc. are all great ways to start thinking about how you can communicate your work to different audiences, and will help you to build up media skills and a good portfolio that will stand you in good stead for putting together a bigger project.

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