I’m Helen Saunders, a third year PhD candidate at King’s College London. I’m based in the English department and my thesis looks at the intersection of fashion and modernist literature, with a particular emphasis on the work of James Joyce. As part of my PhD I’ve taught in the English department and taught summer schools for King’s, and also studied abroad in Italy and Dublin. I’m also a PGR representative for the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS). I’ve reviewed for James Joyce Quarterly, James Joyce Broadsheet and Irish Studies Review.
I’m a part time student: outside of my studies I tutor humanities students, advising them how to improve their academic writing. I also work as a freelance media analyst: my main client is a big media firm and this job involves data crunching and telling stories around this data. This kind of training has surprising benefits when working in the Humanities!
During my week as a curator, I’ll be looking at a range of topics, including a discussion of academic book covers: how do these inform our ideas about academic books? Can they contribute to the success of an academic book? Should we really trust the blurb we find on the covers?
I also hope to get a conversation going around statues of and plaques about writers/thinkers: how might the ‘built environment of the humanities’ (not) reflect our disciplines? I’ll be piggybacking a bit on recent discussions about the gender imbalance of English Heritage’s Blue Plaques, as well as that mansplaining sculpture.
I’ll also jump on a couple of existing hashtags, including #modernismmonday and #fashionfriday. With the latter, I’ll hope we can carry on some of the detailed conversations other WTH curators have initiated about museum collections and experiences.
You can find me on Twitter (@helenkatebooks), Academia.edu, and on my site helenkatesaunders.wordpress.com.