Collaborative Research Projects: Challenges and Benefits

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The TORCH Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford (RECSO) network are hosting a series of seminars on Researching the Eighteenth Century. Building on the successful “Teaching the Eighteenth Century” in Michaelmas 2014, this seminar series focuses on various aspects of researching the period. Convened by Dr Fiona Gatty, these sessions will provide graduate students with some insights into the challenges faced by researchers today. In each session the speaker will talk about their research for 40 minutes, followed by questions and a general discussion for 40-45 minutes.

This seminar 'Collaborative Research Projects: Challenges and Benefits' is with Professor Joanna Innes (Somerville College, University of Oxford)

Joanna Innes is tutor in modern history at Somerville College. She has been co-organising an international collaborative project on the process of 'Re-imagining Democracy' in Europe and both Americas, as a possible modern and not just ancient political form, since 2004. She is now working on a collective book arising from three years of Leverhulme funding for a network focussing on 'Re-imagining Democracy in the Mediterranean, 1750-1860'.

She will talk about the various ways in which we have managed collaboration during the (so far) twelve-year lifespan of our project. About the challenges -- esp identifying collaborators, and simply the amount of admin involved - and the benefits, some of which we didn't anticipate.

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Romanticism and Eighteenth-Century Studies Oxford

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