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Gord Barentsen


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  1. couldn't resist posting this...

    Pretty much says it all in this day and age! http://wheninacademia.tumblr.com/post/129518725904/when-there-is-only-one-job-available-in-your
  2. Hi everyone, I've been accepted to teach a summer school course at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy (MSCP) beginning Monday 15 Jan. 2018 and going for two hours each Monday for five weeks. The course is called "Schelling and 'Philosophical Psychology'," and you can read the description here: https://mscp.org.au/courses/summer-school-2018#course1

    Well, embarrassingly late response to this. I blame the Hammer pants. Anyone who wants to check out my thesis can download it for free from the Western thesis repository here: http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/4784
  4. A test album

    This is an example of an album you can create inside your media gallery. Use albums to organise your media by theme or topic!
  5. Introducing LF_Magnum!

    Thanks @stimmung79! I'm glad the changes are getting positive reviews. Lots more to do, but I hope to be posting more material in the near future.
  6. Introducing LF_Magnum!

    Thanks @Graham Barnett . Many others have said it really makes the site "pop"!
  7. About the Owner: Gord Barentsen

    Gord Barentsen, BA Hons. (York), MA (York), Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario) As a first-year undergraduate, I knew I wanted to be in English graduate studies. There's something about being absorbed in a book that opens the mind to unthought possibilities, but which can also make you revisit what you thought you knew and think about it differently. Gradually, your mind stretches and grows to accomodate these new ideas; it learns to move around and through them, and soon those ideas quietly become part of who you are — part of how you respond to and engage with the world. Whether you or the people around you know it or not, those ideas are always operating in the background. Become conscious of them and learn how to use them and you can enrich your life experience and the experiences of those around you. Sometimes, even in the most inconsequential, mundane and everyday thing it's possible to see something that compels you to think differently, even if just for a moment. That is my experience of reading. As the owner of LiquidFractal, I now have the opportunity to share this experience with new generations of students. LiquidFractal has been, and continues to be, a profoundly creative project for me: it's a platform for my professional services, but it's also the vehicle for my unique vision of what open learning should be — a combination of sophistication and an entertaining and engaging social sphere. It's also an opportunity for the tech nerd inside me (who used to write classroom manuals for HTML, JavaScript and Perl) to stretch his legs once in a while, even though my programming days are long past. So for those of you who might want to see credentials and experience, or who just want to know a bit more about me, here it is. Contents Academic Recent Scholarships, Awards & Recognitions Selected Publications Recent Presentations Academic Employment Non-Academic ⁄ Professional Other Qualifications Interests & Hobbies Travelling Academic Ph.D., English (The University of Western Ontario) (2017) Thesis title: "Romantic Metasubjectivity: Rethinking the Romantic Subject Through Schelling and Jung" Supervisors: Tilottama Rajan, Joel Faflak MA, Interdisciplinary Studies (York University) (1999) Thesis title: "Where is the Anti-Nowhere League? English Romanticism and Punk Subculture" Supervisors: Ian Balfour, Rob Bowman, Elizabeth Seaton BA, Hons. Dbl. Maj., English & Humanities (York University) (1995) Graduated magna cum laude Awarded Arthur Haberman Award in History & Humanities Dean's Honour Roll Recent Scholarships, Awards & Recognitions 2013 Barbara McGraw Graduate Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario 2012 Mary Routledge Fellowship, The University of Western Ontario 2012 Ontario Graduate Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario 2010 Graduate Student Teaching Award, The University of Western Ontario (nominated) 2009 Nineteenth-Century Literature written and oral examination, passed with distinction (PWD) 2008 Dean's Entrance Scholarship, The University of Western Ontario Selected Publications Barentsen, Gord. “A Whole Made of Holes: Interrogating Holism via Jung and Schelling.” (forthcoming, Routledge 2018) Barentsen, Gord. “Silent Partnerships: Schelling, Jung, and the Romantic Metasubject.” Special Issue: “Schelling After Theory,” ed. Tilottama Rajan and Sean McGrath, Symposium: Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy 19.1 (2015), pp. 67-79. (refereed) Barentsen, Gord. “Introduction.” A Language Spoken in Tongues: Essays on the Transcultural Gothic. Ed. Gord Barentsen. Rodopi/Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2012, pp. vii-xvi. (refereed) Barentsen, Gord. “Freud, Jung, and the Dangerous Supplement to Psychoanalysis.” Mosaic 44.4 (December 2011), pp. 195-211. (refereed) Recent Presentations “A Whole Made of Holes: Interrogating Holism via Jung and Schelling.” One World: Logical and Ethical Implications of Holism, an AHRC funded conference at the Dept. of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex, Colchester, United Kingdom, 8-10 Sept. 2017. “Silent Partnerships: Schelling, Jung and the Romantic Metasubject.” Futures of Schelling: The Second Conference of the North American Schelling Society, The University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, 29 August – 1 September, 2013. “Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age: E/Merging Reading, Writing, and Research Practices.” (with Paul Werstine) INKE 2012 Birds-of-a-Feather Gathering, Hotel Parque Central, Havana, Cuba, 12 December 2012. “Schelling, Jung and the Critique of Interiority.” The First Conference of the International Society for Psychology as the Discipline of Interiority (ISPDI), Crown Plaza Hotel, Berlin, Germany, 23-25 July, 2012. “Coding Digital Texts in TEI-Compliant XML, Case Study: The Folger Shakespeare Library Edition of Troilus and Cressida.” The Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI) 2012 Colloquium, University of Victoria, 5-8 June 2012. “Metasubjectivity in Schelling and Jung.” Romanticism and Evolution: A Romanticism Research Group International Conference. Windermere Manor, University of Western Ontario, 12-14 May 2011. (solicited) “Freud, Jung and the Dangerous Supplement to Psychoanalysis.” Freud After Derrida. Mosaic: A Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature, University of Manitoba, 6-9 Oct 2010. Academic Employment 2014 Editorial Assistant for a special edition of Symposium: The Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, ed. Tilottama Rajan and Sean McGrath (2015) and William Godwin, Mandeville, ed. Tilottama Rajan (Peterborough: Broadview, 2015). Responsible for proofreading, image management, formatting, copyediting 2013 Course Director for "The History of Criticism and Theory," a full-year, full-credit undergraduate English course at the University of Western Ontario. Full responsibilities for grading, lecturing, managing online LMS components 2010-2013 Research Assistant in the Textual Studies Group of Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE), funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)'s Major Collaborative Initiatives program. Responsible for coding TEI-compliant XML of Troilus & Cressida for the New Shakespeare Variorum under the supervision of Prof. Paul Werstine; presented a case study at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute (DHSI), University of Victoria, British Columbia, 2012. 2010-2011 Teaching Assistant for two half-year undergraduate English courses, "The History of Criticism and Theory" and Contemporary Theory and Criticism," at the University of Western Ontario. Responsible for delivering two guest lectures and managing online LMS components 2009-2010 Teaching Assistant for a full-year undergraduate English course, "Modern Drama: The Activist Stage," at the University of Western Ontario. Responsible for delivering a guest lecture, grading, mentoring creative and theoretical course aspects as well as online LMS component. Nominated, Graduate Teaching Award Non-Academic ⁄ Professional 2002-present Senior Production Writer and Instructional Designer, Nevada Learning Series. Responsibilities include conceiving, writing, proofreading, and revising software reference guides used by Fortune 500 companies, corporations, and North American government agencies. Other Qualifications Current Working With Children E (WWC-E) Check Interests & Hobbies Reading, writing, travelling, photography (much of the photography on this site is my own!) Travelling In the early 2000s I embarked on a six-year backpacking journey around several parts of the world. The countries I visited, in no particular order: Ireland, France, England, Germany, Syria, Switzerland, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, China, Mongolia, Singapore.
  8. LiquidFractal in the new year

    Hi everyone, It's official - LiquidFractal's new...iteration? manifestation? representation? - will be going live January 1, 2018! Of course, the site's public areas and forums chatter have been around for ages and will still be there. But in the new year I hope to have everything else in place: tutoring rates, information on contract editing/proofreading/technical writing work, as well as the storefront. I will also be introducing a Referrals program. So if you're a client (tutor, editing or otherwise) refer someone else who becomes a client, you get reward points which can go towards free tutoring hours, resources, or maybe even some free stuff. Not a client? If you're a Member who refers someone who becomes a client, you will also earn Referral points for stuff in the future. More soon! As always, I enthusiastically welcome any and all suggestions you may have. And psst...tell your friends.
  9. New: Sticky Notes!

    For those of you who are able to use Sticky Notes, you can now leave Notes for yourself on the site as well as sending them to me. This is a great way of setting up eye-catching reminders of upcoming events, tutoring sessions, or just homework deadlines.
  10. Introducing LF_Magnum!

    Hello again, So all of you will have noticed the changes I've made to the site as I prepare to push it forward into "live"ness. The most obvious of these changes is the new default site theme, LF_Magnum,[1] which will quite possibly replace the existing themes. LF_Magnum has a lot of eye-catching features and makes very good use of the real estate on a given page to provide easy access to social media buttons. Some of you have mentioned that you really like the idea of a sticky header (the top menu that stays at the top as you scroll down a page), so I kept that in mind when selecting a new default theme. Of course, there is also the marquee, which will contain breaking news about site developments and links to other information. I hope you all like it as much as I do - tweaking this theme has been a very nice creative exercise for me. As always, please post in the Suggestions forum or get in touch with me if you have comments, opinions, or suggestions of any kind. Footnotes ^ If you're wondering about the name, "Magnum" is the original name given it by its developer. I've just kept it because I can't think of anything else right now!
  11. Just thought I'd throw out a cryptic little tidbit from Kierkegaard's Either/Or: Footnotes ^ Kierkegaard, Either/Or, trans. Hannay (Penguin, 1992), 216-17.
  12. page formatting in new themes

    Hello all, Since this site will be "officially" going live in the next while, I wanted to draw your attention to some coding-related issues which affect how the two newer themes (Dashboard, Chameleon) display. In short, you will see the odd part of a webpage which seems to have no background, where the text at times can be very difficult to read against the static background graphics. This apparently has to do with the way certain blocks of code were formatted in Invision's CSS, and I am waiting on this issue to be resolved (it affects many other people out there as well!). So if you want to see everything without these formatting issues, I suggest you use the default LF_Blue theme - there's no background eyecandy, but everything will display fine. Of course, registered Members are still free to use the new themes...everything works fine - it's just the odd display block that's affected. Invision promise to address it as soon as they can; you'll know as soon as I do! Note: as I've said before, while they will display on mobile screens the newer themes are too involved to display correctly on mobile devices - they're more for the desktop/laptop/tablet experience. I recommend using the default LF_Blue theme, which is much easier on your mobile bandwidth anyway.
  13. New: Sticky Notes!

    I'll put one up so you can see what they're all about. There is also the ability to send Sticky Notes to other site members, which I'm currently experimenting with.
  14. who cares about DNA anyway?

    I was talking about DNA with someone just recently and telling them the story below reminded me of this thread. I seem to rememeber reading something about how someone who underwent a complete marrow transplant ended up having two - count 'em, two sets of DNA in his body! That would mean that a tissue sample from this person would return one set of DNA and a marrow (or blood?) sample would return a different one entirely. I wonder the degree to which this throws the proverbial wrench into simple forms of DNA identification?

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