I believe there is an obligation on researchers to share their knowledge with society. I am very happy to engage with the media, schools, student societies, and civil society groups beyond academia.
In addition to writing the journalistic items listed under my publications, I have been interviewed by The Times, BBC Radio 2, BBC World Service, and ABC Radio Perth. My writings on subtitling have been reported on by news media in Sweden, the Netherlands, India and Taiwan. I have also been a panellist on the Irish radio station Newstalk’s Talking History programme, with me in the studio and Akira Iriye, Louise Young and Susan Townsend on the phone.
In December 2016, I spoke to a group of bilingual Tokyo children and parents/carers about my family’s experience of the German occupation of Denmark. The children – my daughter among them – had been reading about the rescue of the Jewish community in Denmark. I wrote this age-appropriate text for them to take home: Naia’s Family and the Second World War in Denmark.
In 2017 I was fortunate enough to be awarded an eight-month extension (i.e. salary and funding) of my IRC/Marie Curie fellowship for the purpose of developing public outreach activities. I will therefore focus on this through the organisation of a series of events in Ireland and English subtitling of Japanese documentaries on intellectual history. The contract runs until the end of May 2018 and the activities will take place between October 2017 and May 2018. More details will be published here in due course.