I trained as a historian I have taught a range of History subjects over the last 15 years. My passion for History culminated in "Reframing the Past: history, film and television". An extension of my PhD, both were inspired by my interest in Public History, how the past has become a cultural phenomenon, and how technological developments will affect the study of History into the future.
Launched by the amazing Associate Professor Peter Howard (with me in the photo above) – who taught me in my first semester, first year of my undergraduate degree in Arts – the event was a wonderful evening. Full of laughter (Peter quoted feedback from one of my first year essays – apparently I ‘had potential’), good food and drink (thanks ACMI!).
It was a great night that marked the moment when my passion for history research moved beyond things I wrote and were then marked and forgotten, to the moment when my baby toddled its way into the world.
I recently posted on LinkedIn that I had a really interesting conversation (over exceptional coffee in Melbourne) with another female academic. This all came about because (insert music denoting drama/doom/death) I had just applied for a new job. For those in academia you know why this is an unsettling thing, it is as if the entire process is designed to make you question your abilities, career choice, and sanity.
In addition to this my husband recently had surgery to fix a detached retina – which has resulted in an 8-week hiatus from ‘normal programming’ in the Treacey-Minack household. I have been working from home with others covering my teaching (my colleagues rock!).
All of which made me realise I had drunk the Kool-aid. I had begun living to work, not working to live. I’d lost sight of my passion – history, specifically, screened history. And I want it back. So, this blog.
Along with finally engaging with all the various social media platforms expected within academia these days (Facebook is a personal space, I refuse to concede that to the general public!), I am going to start writing about all the things that I think about and questions that I have about Screened History, History, teaching, lifelong learning and the difference between a vocation and a career.
I may be screaming into the void, or may begin to find others like me, thinking similar thoughts, and with similar questions. Or I may just develop into a better writer. I can live with any of those outcomes.