Meet… Anna Jenkin – Outreach Co-ordinator

Anna Jenkin, Outreach Co-ordinator

Anna Jenkin, Outreach Co-ordinator

The Music Faculty welcomes Anna Jenkin, who has taken up the newly-created post (September 2015) of Outreach Co-ordinator for the Faculty of Architecture & History of Art and the Faculty of Music at the University of Cambridge.  This is the first time an Outreach post at the University of Cambridge has been established to work across disciplines, in this case in the School of Arts and Humanities.

Faculty of Music, Old House building, University of Cambridge

Faculty of Music, Old House building, University of Cambridge

Anna is based 2.5 days a week in the Faculty of Music, where she can be found in an office on the top floor of the Old House, and 2.5 days a week in the Architecture and History of Art Faculty in the Scroope Terrace building on Trumpington Road.  Her time is split 50% working for the Faculty of Music, 25% for Architecture and 25% for the History of Art.

She comes to Cambridge from the University of Sheffield where she has just submitted her PhD on the 18th Century criminal history of women accused of murder in London and Paris.  As part of her studies, she created an outreach creative writing project entitled “Beyond the Bailey”  for young people in Rotherham and Sheffield. She was also Deputy Editor of the History Dept (Sheffield) blog “History Matters”.

Anna is an active user of Twitter #acjenkin.  During her PhD studies she ran a highly successful  Twitter campaign where each new Twitter follower was given a link to a historical murder trial – ie. 1674th follower given a link to a trial in the year 1674 from the Bailey database.  This proved a great idea for publicising trials with amusing names, duels, etc.!

In her new Outreach post, Anna has several aims.
For Music:
This post differs from previous Music Outreach posts in that there is less emphasis on educational projects encouraging participation in music. The new post is more focused on research – getting people interested in the research that the Faculty is doing.  Educational Outreach at the Faculty is continuing under Joe Shaw.

Scroope Terrace, Faculty of Architecture and History of Art

Scroope Terrace, Faculty of Architecture and History of Art

For History of Art:
The focus is on getting more state school students to apply, so she will be developing a schools programme. There is particular emphasis on getting more boys to apply.

For Architecture:
Raising the profile of the department, dispelling the myth that all good architecture courses are based in London!

Up and coming events:
Anna will mainly be involved in the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas, which runs from 19 October  – 1 November 2015.  In the Music Faculty, Anna will be promoting the following talks and events to be held at the West Road Concert Hall:

Festival of Ideas 2015 talk: "Flamenco and the politics of restistance"

Festival of Ideas 2015 talk: “Flamenco and the politics of restistance”

Festival of Ideas 24 Oct 11:00 12:00
Matthew Machin-Autenrieth (Research Fellow at the Faculty of Music)
Flamenco and the politics of resistance.
When people think of flamenco, usually stereotypical images of dark-haired Gypsy dancers, polka-dot dresses and passion come to mind. This talk explores an alternative side to flamenco that is little known outside of Spain – one of acting as a vehicle for political protest and a catalyst for social change. He considers two case studies: flamenco flashmobs against the economic crisis and a performance that raises awareness about immigration and racism in Southern Spain.

Festival of Ideas 2015 talk: "Who Decides what I listen to next?"

Festival of Ideas 2015 talk: “Who Decides what I listen to next?”

Festival of Ideas 24 Oct 15:00-17:00
Dr Kariann Goldschmitt and Dr Ananay Aguilar (Faculty of Music)
Who decides what I listen to next?
With Spotify radio, Last.fm and YouTube continuous play, listeners no longer have complete control of their playlist. Are we content with algorithms and staff curators deciding who we listen to, especially when small independent artists lose out?

Finalists of the 2014 Cambridge Young Composer of the Year award

Finalists of the 2014 Cambridge Young Composer of the Year award

Festival of Ideas 1 Nov 14:30-17:30 , Concert at 19:00.
Cambridge Young Composer of the Year Final and concert. This unique event provides a platform for composers aged 17 and under to hear their pieces performed by professional musicians and to gain advice on composing. The pieces will be performed by the Ligeti Quartet, whose members are dedicated to performing modern and contemporary music, as well as commissioning new works.

HS/AJ Anna Jenkin was interviewed by Helen Snelling.

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