Professional Profile

Jennie Coleman

PhD    M Mus (Ethnomusicology)   PG Dip (Tertiary Tchg)   Mus B (Hons)

My teaching experience spans undergraduate and post-graduate university, teacher training and  religious ministry training programmes in New Zealand; specialist subjects in New Zealand primary, Area and secondary schools, and United Kingdom Preparatory and Grammar schools. Research and academic career highlights include the University of Otago’s  Bamforth Scholarship; the inaugural Fellowship in New Zealand Studies, hosted by the Hocken Library, (now Hocken Collections); and a period of superb training in archival practice at the Presbyterian Archives Research Centre, Dunedin.

ResearchWriteNZ, my business enterprise, offers a suite of seminar and workshop programmes to inform and encourage those not engaged in formal education who wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of their own personal, inherited, histories within the context of New Zealand social and cultural history. ‘Emigrant Voices under Sail’ explores the emigrant voyage as recorded in shipboard diaries, and has already met with significant acclaim.[Read more] Forthcoming programmes deal with the practicalities of archiving personal collections; retrieving and reconstructing ‘lost’ stories; care and preservation of personal archives; and digital storytelling.

I maintain my involvement with the academic world by presenting research papers at national and international conferences in Celtic studies – especially relating to Scots Gaelic culture – and New Zealand’s musical, religious, industrial, migration and rural histories. This year (2010) I will present two papers: ‘Professional Encounters: Voicing the researcher experience’ at the ARANZ (Archives & Records Association of New Zealand) annual conference in Wellington in August; and ‘Beyond the Pulpit: Gaelic sagas of faith and mission in early New Zealand Presbyterianism’ at the Seventh Australian Conference of Celtic Studies at the University of Sydney in September/October.

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