February in Review (including a roundup of online teaching materials)

I’m a little late with this month-in-review post, which, given the current global health crisis, I am not really surprised about. Some good things did happen in February, although they feel a rather long time ago. The main thing being that my article on eighteenth-century textile crafts and the gendered nature of their representations was published in the Journal for Eighteenth-Century Studies – a huge deal for me. I also saw the May Morris: Art & Life exhibition at the Dovecot Studios in Edinburgh, which was fantastic. Shedding light on the artistic practices of Morris’ daughter, the exhibition mixed beautiful textiles, portraits, photographs, and preparatory drawings, with objects and texts reflecting Morris’ political commitments and complex social life.

Otherwise, for the rest of this month’s stuff, I thought I’d share some resources and threads about online teaching which have been doing the rounds on twitter – I hope they’re of use during this difficult time:

general threads: 1, 2

thread on tech options

a thread with links to specific resources collated in a google doc

a thread of tips aimed towards student usage

thoughts on asking students for preferences


more specific, eighteenth-century based sources

stuff on book history:

instructional videos on the history of the book from the Edinburgh Centre for it’s study

the Hicks Project are due to post a series of videos using books from their collections as part of materials for online teaching – watch this space for when they’re posted

stuff on eighteenth-century antiquarianism via the Vetusta Monumenta project site


and perhaps, most importantly, a couple of threads with reminders that the swift transition to online teaching is not going to be smooth and needs to be perfunctory, not perfect – this isn’t an opportunity to radicalise your pedagogical practices, this is the time to get by and do your best

relatedly, this new post from Chronicle Vitae ‘Going Online in a Hurry: What to Do and Where to Start’

I’m also going to compile a working from home resource book in the coming week or so, so stay tuned for that in the next few days. Stay safe!

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