Sabbatical Diary: Reflections on the First Semester

ReflectionAs regular readers know, I’m on sabbatical this year, and spending the time as a non-degree student in Loyola University Chicago’s MA program in Digital Humanities.

Being a student again (it’s been a very long time!) has been a great experience. I’ve learned a lot and have some new things to think about for when I return to Saint Mary’s.

Here’s a quick rundown of what I’ve gained from the first semester:

  • a better understanding of and appreciation for the scope and methods of the digital humanities
  • an introductory understanding of computing (not just as an end user)
  • an introduction to some of the potential legal issues surrounding digital work

I’ve also had the chance to rekindle a desire to read more of the works of Václav Havel, who warranted passing mention in my dissertation. Though I haven’t yet decided whether I’ll actually follow up on that desire — and if so, what I’ll do with the fruits of my reading — I’m grateful that the interest has been stirred up again. I’m also glad that I can easily imagine ways to bring DH methods to bear on the study of Havel’s works.

Time will tell what the second semester brings. . .

If you’ve had a sabbatical, what was your experience of it? Did it rekindle any forgotten interests, or generate some new ones?

[Creative Commons licensed Flickr photo by proudfoott]

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