Alessandra Rigonato: USP SPECTRESS Fellow in Bochum

My SPECTRESS Secondment took place in Bochum, Germany, and was wonderful for two main reasons. First of all, the people I have met, researchers that were always kind and open to discuss themes related to my PhD research; second of all, the University structure, the libraries provides a resourceful environment to do research. My routine consisted mostly in working on the libraries, and I also could breathe the town’s culture. Bochum has many green areas, and cultural festivals of arts, music and gastronomy.

Living in Bochum was memorable. I had already lived abroad before, however never in a county where I could not speak the local language. Particularly, this experience has made me aware that verbal language is not always essential. I could “hear” or “read” throughout gestures and contexts, which was very enriching. Moreover, not knowing the language brought a sense of mystery and magic to my perception of the place. A place that seemed a little Brothers Grimm’s fairytale. In the end of my secondment, I was enchanted by the colours of Bochum, by its parks, by its history and by German culture.


About Jennifer Edmond

Dr Jennifer Edmond, is the Director of Strategic Projects in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. Trained as a scholar of German literature, Jennifer is mostly engaged professionally with the investigation of knowledge exchange and collaboration in Humanities research and in particular the impact of technology on these processes.
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