Who are you and what is your role in the Coventry University Group?
I work as Innovation Lead at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, with a particular focus on digital fluency and open knowledge. I am also interested in how to internationalise the curriculum and foster intercultural communication through online experiences and, more generally, in the social implications of digital technologies and in the increasingly central role that Internet-based practices play in learning as well as in everyday life. At the conference you will find me primarily around the online exhibition and sessions on the digital strand.
Something else about yourself?
I am also interested in conceptual and visual arts and from time to time I produce some works in that field. This year I have partcipated in a collective exhibition with an installation exploring the material dimension of books as objects and the expiration of encyclopaedic knowledge.
Something you learnt during the pandemic or something you started (or stopped) doing that you would like to keep doing (or not doing)
This is a quote by the Spanish writer Carmen Martín Gaite that I recently learnt from my dad: “Hoy es tan tiempo como ayer. Mañana lloraré este día que no supe habitar” (which could be translated as “Today is time as much as yesterday was. I’ll cry tomorrow for this day I didn’t know how to inhabit”).
I have done my best to bear in mind those words during the pandemic and somethig I have been doing towards that end, although not as regularly as I was hoping for, is to write letters to my baby daughter trying to make sense of these strange times we all are going through and recording little things and moments I will most definitely remember with great fondness in the future.
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