WHOCSOC is a student’s guide to the latest news, videos, features, gig guide info, competitions, classifieds, photos and so much more. WHOCSOC is your link to what’s happening both on and off campus. If you would like to contribute writing, photography or be part of the WHOCSOC video crew, please drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The UCT Humanities Student Council have also just started an online magazine called E-Pulse. This magazine will publish informative articles for students, by students to showcase the various talents embedded in the faculty! Here’s what they’re looking for:
1. one person with a passion for music, who will be responsible for this section:
Write a short paragraph about music and what you think good music is and include anything else that you think will set you apart from all the other applicants as the best
2. Creative writers
These individuals will get a chance to publish their creative writing on any interesting topic of their choice. This is not a permanent position. To be considered, write a short motivation of not more than one page.
3. An Assistant
This individual will be responsible for all administration concerning the effective operation of “E-Pulse”. Send in your C.V and attach a motivational letter- one page maximum.
4. Anyone with an interesting article or piece of artwork etc. to be showcased. Bring it into the office (Room b27, Beattie Building)
What’s in it for you….
· You will be part of the team of the first ever Humanities On-line magazine
· It looks good on your C.V
· It is a valuable experience that will have a positive impact on your future as a professional
N.B! you can bring in your CV and motivation to the HSC office – Room b27, Beattie Building OR E-mail them to email@example.com
So you’ve received your essays back and been told to work on your academic writing… The Writing Centre offers UCT students the brilliant service of one-on-one, walk-in consultations. Their website also has good resources that you can use to improve on your writing, such as a quick guide to Harvard referencing and grammar.
The key thing to remember is that the art of writing is about rewriting. As a PhD student, I still visit a writing analyst at the Writing Centre who offers very useful advice on writing style, structure and voice. I have rewritten most of my chapters three times at this stage and will probably edit them all again. The first copy of your essay is never the best it can be: there is always room for improvement. Good writing is rewriting!
Apply this practice to your blog posts as well – some much-needed proofing awaits…
In the indomitable words of Descartes, ‘I think therefore I am’. Thinking is the most important activity you will do all day, aside from breathing. Forget to eat breakfast but NEVER forget to think. You should set aside a certain amount of time per day just to think… you’ll be amazed at what you come up with. Blogs are an incredible way of harnessing your thoughts and sharing them with others. Simply blog yourself into being.
Teaching this seminar has enabled me to fall in love with this process all over again. I don’t mean to quote myself because that is such a super self indulgent thing to do; but bare with me here. I really love the idea of making history pertain to the present; history is not something we should ever dismiss or take for granted. I learnt about hypomnemata (see Foucault) and as a social media scholar I loved how it relates to postmodern day practices.
In Ancient Greece hypomnemata was a term to describe notes, or public records. The idea was for the citizen to write himself (I use the masculine here quite simply because women did not write) into being. Thus began the concept of writing and identity formation through these citizen records. Aside from this “culture of the self” what was important was the preservation of the self in writing and also being able to reformulate oneself and one’s ideas over time. Hence hypomnemata is a collection of what has been said; writing that establishes a relationship with the self. (La Claw aka Hiltermann: 2012)
So think of your blogs as so much more than just everyday ramblings, they are archives. I encourage you all to embrace the next 7 weeks and blog as much as you can, and share the process with your classmates. Comment, share and above all, think.