Hello! My name is Diljeet, and I’m going to be taking over We the Humanities for a week from November 7th. I’m going into my third year of PhD research in the Reid School of Music at the University of Edinburgh. Within the Reid School, I’m part of The Institute for Music in Human and Social Development. I’m also a member of the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities, who fund my PhD, and I’m involved in various committees as part of this. Committees are a recurring theme in my life - I’m also a trade union activist with the Musicians’ Union, sitting on the Regional Committee for Scotland and Northern Ireland, now into my 2nd term, and before my PhD took over my life I sat on organising committees for a couple of ensembles. Check out my blog diljeetbhachu.wordpress.com to find out about some more hats I wear, and tweet me @DiljeetB_Flute.
You might have guessed by now, I’m also a musician! I’m just about managing to find time to keep playing alongside research and all of the other things I do. As the daughter of Indian immigrants, I’m a minority within musical circles in Scotland, but also a minority within the Scottish-Indian community as a young woman working in the arts and pursuing academia. I’m really interested in increasing diversity in music and academia, finding my feet as a potential role model for future generations. I hope to share some of my experiences of this with you next week, including introducing you to some of the amazing people and organisations that have supported me in my journey.
During my time as a curator, you can also expect conversations about wearing many hats, activism, work-life unbalance, and PhD survival.