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Reviewing for the Brighton Salon Culture Wars




I've been waiting for an excuse to get the blog together and have found one at last.

I've been involved with the Brighton Salon for the last couple of years.  Its a group of people, interested in challenging ideas, who meet regularly around Brighton, listen to visiting speakers and get stuck into important issues.  One of the best things, for me, about the Salon, is that I get to talk and think about all the things that made me interested in being an academic in the first place, but without it being 'work'.  Discussions are jargon free, focussed on current events and devoid of having to think about careers, deadlines or evaluation and assessment.  You never know quite where the discussion will take you, with a healthy mixture of people getting involved; 6th form and uni students, academics and people from the real world out there.

When Dan Travis, who co-ordinates the Salon, asked me to get involved with reviewing for the Culture Wars section of their website I saw an opportunity to put my money where my mouth is.  Dan thought the idea of historians using their skills to review contemporary cultural events was a good one.  I wanted to take this one step further.  I always talk about teaching as a collaboration between students and faculty, and that's certainly what I aspire to, if not always deliver.  On the whole I've done pretty well out of that collaboration, my research is constantly reformed and shaped by the interests and input of students.    So when facebook told me that one of my students, Ash Arcadian, and I were going to the same gig I jumped at the chance to rope him into some co-reviewing.   The review is here

I'm really interested in developing this sort of project further, and the Salon are too. So am looking for students who want to do some reviewing, music, art, theatre etc etc, that will use their academic interests to shed an interesting light on current events.  Hows that for transferable skills?