In December last year (2013) I was interviewed as part of the Australia wide ‘Australian Generations Oral History Project‘. I found the process of being interviewed, rather than being the interviewer a challenging experience. I enjoyed it, but having to quickly decide what to talk about – or leave out – kept me very aware that this interview would be archived for ‘eternity’ and anyone who wished could access it. It was a warts interview, but not warts and all, some stories I didn’t tell. We all have secrets and embarrassing moments in our lives. I have related some of those incidents, but without completely embarrassing myself. I talked about some of the drama I experienced in my various professional roles, being assaulted (physically) by a teacher at high school and as a teenager in the 60s.
David Sweet at Australian Generations Conference Monash University, October 31, 2014
Over two days in October, Professor Alistair Thomson, Monash University hosted a series of presentations by the project research team members including papers on project findings and about the team’s oral history methodology. Professor Michael Frisch, the internationally renowned oral and public historian, delivered the Keynote Address at the public launch of the conference on Thursday 30 October 2014 at the State Library of Victoria. Attending these sessions was enjoyable, an excellent learning experience and meeting colleagues (old and new) in the family and oral history research genre.
Check out the Australian Generations Report site.
I just received a gentle reminder from our hard-working School Research Officers . There are 100 days left of my PhD candidacy. Fifty days of writing and fifty days of editing, proofing and printing, ready for examination. The countdown begins. This is the scary part – parading on the academic catwalk.
I have set up a separate ‘Page’ GO to Oxford (a little play on words) that will have regular updates on my trip to Paris, London, Brighton, Oxford and Singapore. I hope that you enjoy my stories, the places I visit and a few photographs.
The past three weeks have been some what busy. University teaching becomes a little tense with students worrying about final assessments – was I ever that concerned in my undergraduate days? I probably was, I just don’t remember the stress. Coupled with teaching is keeping on top of the never ending assignments to mark. Six tutorial groups of at least twenty-five students in each, three assessments each – you can do the sums. It adds up to many hours of reading and commenting.
There has been a slight change to my presentation at the British Sociological Association Auto/Biography Summer Residential Conference at the Wolfson College, Oxford University in July. I’m now presenting for forty minutes followed by twenty minutes of questions. A little more daunting. It is only fourteen days to departure as well.
Last weekend (May 31) I attended the State Media Awards at the National Wine Centre, here in Adelaide. Together with one of our leading photojournalists, Bryan Charlton, and a guest judge we have been reviewing photojournalists pictorial work. You may wish to view further information about the Awards following this link.
Besides the enjoyable ‘work’ I have managed to get up to the Barossa Valley and have an enjoyable evening listening to the Tanunda Town Band with renowned Jazz player, James Morrison. I love my Jazz and this night was special. Even in a big agricultural barn, Morrison made it intimate and special.
This site was created some years ago as part of a teaching exercise. My students went on to publish great Blogs. I spent my time reading their work and did nothing myself. Over the coming weeks and months I hope to populate this site with comments on my interests, research, teaching and travel. May be the odd comment on current events might surface as well. However, it will not be a site for political ideology , or rants on other’s beliefs.