During the first semester of 2011, Marco Ceccarelli and Sally Carlton conducted an interview with Dr Brett Hirsch, the 2010 University Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at The University of Western Australia. Dr Hirsch’s work focuses on the literature and culture of early modern England, with a particular interest in the drama of William Shakespeare and his contemporaries. With such interests, his loyalties are divided between the School of Humanities, the School of Social and Cultural Studies, and the Centre for Medieval and Early Modern Studies.
In this interview, Dr Hirsch delves into a fascinating range of subjects as befitting his wide-ranging scholarly endeavours and interests. Among other topics, he shares with us his current understanding of and future expectations for ‘Digital Humanities’, stresses the professional importance of personal websites, gives us tips and opinions on publishing in the Humanities and provides suggestions for producing strong grant and postdoctoral applications. Such information will undoubtedly prove invaluable to postgraduates seeking to remain in academia!