Having successfully completed two research projects this summer – Darwin & Human Nature, and Darwin & Gender – we are making some changes to our blog and twitter feeds. So much that is intriguing, quirky, or topical in Darwin’s letters just gets passed around the table here at teatime and never makes it into our footnotes, so we’re looking forward to being able to share some of our more entertaining gems with you.
In order to integrate our twitter output we will be rebranding @DarwinWomen and discontinuing @DarwinHuman in the coming weeks. The rebranded twitter feed will be @MyDearDarwin and will cover a wider range of subjects, make announcements about the Darwin Correspondence Project, and pass on quotes from Darwin letters.
The blogs for the Human Nature and Gender projects will also be discontinued, but the posts will stay available and we will continue posting to our main Project blog “Natural Selections”.
Sadly the end of the research projects also means that we are saying goodbye to a number of colleagues who worked with us on them: Sophie Defrance who was the research associate on the Human Nature project, and Philippa Hardman, the research associate on the Gender project who were both based here in Cambridge, but also our research team in Harvard – Geoff Belknap, Myrna Perez, Katie Ericksen Baca, Megan Formato, and Andrew Inkpen. We wish them all the very best of luck for the future.
Darwin & Human Nature Project
The Darwin & Human Nature project was a major international research initiative in the history of evolutionary views of human nature. Its goals have already been accomplished and we hope those following this project will continue to take an interest in the main blog and twitter account. Take a look at the web pages for more information about the Darwin & Human Nature project which was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the National Science Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation.
Darwin & Gender Project
The ‘Darwin and Gender’ research and education project, funded by the Parasol Foundation, ran from 2009 until 2013. Conducted in parallel with the Human Nature project, it explored issues of gender in relation to Darwin’s life and work, and created educational resources based on Darwin’s correspondence for use in both universities and schools. For more, see the Darwin & Gender: An Introduction article.
The Darwin Correspondence Project Harvard office
The team at Harvard, who also included Alistair Sponsel, Rebecca Woods, and Jenna Tonn, and were directed by Janet Browne, have supported many activities of the Darwin Correspondence Project over the last four years. They helped develop materials for the Darwin & Gender project and the Darwin & Human Nature project, and contributed widely to the University Courses, as well as blogging and tweeting. They transcribed manuscript material, and provided invaluable support for the editorial team, tracking down research queries that were sometimes very obscure indeed. We are also very grateful to Kelly Buttermore of the American Council of Learned Societies, and all our other colleagues there, for the support they provided to the Harvard office over the last few years.