At the Faber Residency, Kate Good will be working on the introduction to her thesis, in which she will examine a particular type of suspicious critical reception that Caterina Albert and her contemporaries, such as Agustina Storni and Delmira Agustini, received. The objective of the introductory chapter is to propose new methods of critical reading that take into account the diverse motives of these writers and their reading public. While in Olot, Kate hopes to be able to share parts of her project with local students and also to learn from the dialogue with other residents.
At Faber, I expected to write a large portion of one chapter of my dissertation, perhaps go on a few walks, and brush up on my Catalan around the town of Olot. This experience would have left me very satisfied. What I did not know is that I would do all of those things and quite a bit more.
During my three weeks at the residency, I participated in nightly informal discussions, organized by fellow residents, on a wide variety of research projects regularly met with and talked to Faber’s incredibly engaged and professional leadership team discussed my work at Faber’s Open Day to the largest and most diverse audience I’ve ever had enjoyed nightly dinner conversations with fellow residents on topics ranging from the mundane (soup or salad?) to the meaningful (diversity in the workplace, equal pay for women) discovered new ways to broaden the scope of my project after discussing it with women from different fields including journalism, organizational studies, and philosophy practiced public humanities by sharing my research and my experiences with local media gave my first academic presentation in Catalan to local high school students visited Olot and several other beautiful towns nearby.
Because of the great variety of unexpected bonus experiences Faber offered, I found it to be an especially enriching and rewarding experience, academically, professionally, and personally. Moltes gràcies!