The York Historian Meets: Oleg Benesch
The York Historian meets Oleg Benesch, Lecturer in East Asian History, specializing in the history of early modern and modern Japan and China. Oleg has several ongoing projects related to the study of Japanese castles, transnational conceptions of martial identity, as well as new projects concerning conceptions of civil society and alternative education movements. With Paul Kerr, Oleg discusses the details of his various roles within the university, and his experiences of academia, from international study to presenting research to various audiences.
00:00 – Introductions
00:35 – Oleg’s background
03:42 – Applying for PhD
05:25 – International Officer
07:38 – Popularity of study abroad
10:33 – Study abroad outreach
13:49 – Oleg’s research and public lectures
16:25 – Preparing content for diverse audiences
18:20 – Presenting research
22:44 – Control over research topics
24:13 – Receiving criticism in academia and elsewhere
26:45 – Unfiltered criticism: Useless?
30:04 – Seeking feedback
32:50 – Filtering feedback
35:16 – Preparing for a presentation
37:19 – Citizen Historians
40:50 – Oleg for president?