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Kickstarter Update

Transparency and accountability.

From January 11th – March 12th 2018, the Modernist Podcast ran a Kickstarter funding drive, raising money to help us cover essential costs, as well as hire an intern. These costs will allow us to keep producing the podcast freely for the next two years, bringing modernist culture to a mass audience, and aiding international critical dialogue.

Our initial funding goal was £150. We are delighted to say, we exceeded all targets, raising £413 over just 60 days. Due to this, we have been able to hire two interns, Naomi Baguley and Jon Petre. In the interest of transparency, this post outlines what we will be doing with the money.

Firstly, it is important to note that Kickstarter levies a fee for its services. Due to this, we received £374.14 in funding. As outlined, we will be using some of the money to continue hosting the WordPress site. Alongside this, we have hired two student interns. Finally, we will be professionalising our branding by working with an outside illustrator, who will produce merchandising and logos for the podcast. We hope that by selling merchandise we will be able to independently raise money, which will help mitigate any other costs attributed to the podcast and, if enough is made, run our internship scheme again next year. We will be keeping some money back for intern expenses (train tickets, subsistence etc), should these arise. If they do not, the money will be channelled elsewhere, and a further update made. As such, of our money will be distributed as follows:

  • WordPress Hosting. £30/Year. 2 Years. £60.
  • Social Media Intern. £9/Hour, 2 Hours a Week, 6 weeks. £108.
  • Research Intern. £9/Hour, 2 Hours a Week, 3 Weeks. £54.
  • Merchandising and Branding: £70.
  • Intern Expenses: £80.

Total: £372

As part of our Kickstarter campaign, our backers received a website thank you, which can be found here. As well as this, our backers received an on-air thank you. This was included at the beginning of Episode 13, which can be found here. One backer pledged enough to help us choose a theme of an upcoming episode. Discussions are being held with said backer, and the episode will air in 2019.

If you have any questions, we would be happy to answer these. Just email us at: ModernistPodcast@gmail.com

 

 

 

The Modernist Podcast is hiring!

We are looking for a student to join our team as a paid intern.

The Modernist Podcast is looking to hire a UK-based social media intern to help support our work. This is a paid position and a great opportunity for a student to gain experience in an academic-focused social media role. As our intern, you will be responsible for scheduling social media posts, writing blogs and helping with a social media report. We envisage that the intern will be an undergraduate looking to move onto an MA, or an MA student looking to move on to a PhD. If you have any questions, please contact our host at modernistpodcast@gmail.com

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To apply, please send a one-page CV and a personal statement of 250 words, stating why you are interested in the role. Applications close March 1st 2018.

Modernist Archive Share

Launching our new campaign. Offer a little of your time to help others.

Supporting Other Scholars.

Archives are essential to modernist research. In the wake of fantastic digitization ventures such as MAPP and the Modernist Journals Project, this has never been more obvious. The Beinecke, the Harry Ransom Center, the Huntington Library, The Keep and a broad range of other repositories are continually plundered with fervour. Nonetheless, for many, archives remain inaccessible. Fiscal constraints, childcare issues, disabilities and more prevent researchers from travelling to archives across the globe, even for a short time. That is why the Modernist Podcast is launching a new campaign, set to run throughout 2018.

For the next twelve months, we will be trialing a new page on the site: Archive Share. On this page researchers will be able to offer a small portion of their time photographing, scanning or taking notes on another scholar’s behalf. We hope that this will make archive material more accessible, encourage knowledge sharing, foster collaboration, allow relationships to be formed and spark interesting research. In the age of digital humanities, our collaborative potential expands ever outwards to new and exciting horizons. Within this landscape, time sharing is a small, but important, gesture.

Whether you are visiting an archive for a week and can offer an hour, or you live next door to an archive and can offer a day a month, we heartily encourage researchers from all corners of modernist studies to share a little of their time. The campaign will only be as strong as its members, so please do spread the word and consider supporting your peers. During this process, we ask researchers to be mindful and respectful of rules set by archives, as well as to comply with copyright law.

Interested? Offer your time here.

 

Record at #MSA19

From August 10th – 13th, the Modernist Podcast will be recording at the Modernist Studies Association Conference in Amsterdam. This is a great chance for all researchers at MSA19 to get involved, whether they are presenting or visiting.

The podcast will be able to record at a hotel in the centre of Amsterdam from the 10th-13th, as well as your lodgings should you wish. To get involved, email us at modernistpodcast@gmail.com with the panel you would like to be on, and a brief description on your research. We accept exceptional MA students, PhDs or ECRs within two years of their viva. If you are a early career researcher, consider getting involved, and if you are an academic, help our work by sharing this call-out with your students. You can check out the full schedule for here.

Many thanks!

The Modernist Podcast

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Record in the USA

From May 14th – May 30th, the Modernist Podcast will be recording in the USA. This is a great chance for all researchers based within or visiting the New Haven or Boston area to get involved, whether they are at Yale, Harvard, Northeastern, Boston University or beyond.

The podcast will be able to record at Yale from the 16th-23rd and in Boston from the 24th – 29th. To get involved, email us at modernistpodcast@gmail.com with the panel you would like to be on, and a brief description on your research. We accept exceptional MA students, PhDs or ECRs within two years of their viva. If you are a early career researcher, consider getting involved, and if you are an academic, help our work by sharing this call-out with your students. You can check out the full schedule for here.

Many thanks!

The Modernist Podcast

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Join the Modernist Podcast in 2018!

Since our launch episode in January, the Modernist Podcast has had an overwhelming – and slightly unbelievable! – amount of support from students, academics, networks and institutions. Our audience is constantly expanding, with panellists and listeners from around the globe, critiquing modernism in all its forms. We are proud of our work so far, and excited to hear our future panellists discussing themes as disparate as race, sexuality, war, technology and medicine.

Due to this magnanimous support however, our panels for 2017 are already full. This has led to an overwhelming demand from students, meaning that we have had to turn down projects brimming with talent. To remedy this, we at the podcast have decided to release our schedule for 2018 early, allowing researchers to secure places and panels to get to know one another. We are truly excited about these panels, which expand upon our current discussions, as well as allow us to take the podcast in new directions, with episodes dedicated to Woolf, H.D. and Joyce.

You can check out the full schedule for 2018 here. To get involved, email us at modernistpodcast@gmail.com with the panel you would like to be on, and a brief description on your research. We accept exceptional MA students, PhDs or ECRs within two years of their viva. If you are a early career researcher, consider getting involved, and if you are an academic, help our work by sharing this call-out with your students.

We eagerly await participants to join our fantastic line-up!

Many thanks!

The Modernist Podcast

This announcement does not end our commitment to diversifying our panels, as outlined here. If you are a researcher of colour and would like to get involved with any future panel, we will make space for you. 

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Prioritising Panellists of Colour

Founded in late 2016 and starting in January 2017, the Modernist Podcast has been an exciting journey for each of us involved. We are overwhelmed by the support from the Modernist community, as well as incredibly happy that we have panellists for all our upcoming episodes. Equally, we are excited that each of our episodes feature women, and that we will not be hosting any all-male panels. However, as we enter March and prepare Episode 3, we are aware that our panels are overwhelmingly white. Because of this, the podcast will be prioritising panellists of colour for all panels in 2017.

Racism is a deeply embedded structural issue within the academic community, and one which we aim to challenge, rather than be complicit in. Overall, 92.4 per cent of professors in the UK are white, while just 0.49 per cent are black. Only 15 black academics are in senior management roles. For women of colour, this issue is even further entrenched, with the Runnymede Trust finding just 17 black female professors in their recent study. As an educational podcast, this is a fact that we would like to draw attention to, and be aware of ourselves.

This is a general call out to all researchers and academics working in the field to help us spread the message and ensure that our panels are as diverse as possible. As each show currently has at least three panellists already, we will not be accepting any further white panellists for 2017. We are willing to make space for panellists of colour on any of our upcoming episodes, including Episode 3, Transatlantic Modernism. If you are in the UK, we can travel to you to make the recording. If you are abroad, all you need is a Dictaphone or good quality phone app, we can do the rest! To get involved, just send us a Tweet @Podernism, or email us at ModernistPodcast@gmail.com

Many thanks!

The Modernist Podcast

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