My article on the role of the European Commission in the culture OMC is now available in the Journal of Common Market Studies. See it here.
It’s no secret that I am a fan of #AcWriMo. My goals for this year are relatively modest, since I just finished my PhD and don’t have any major writing to work on at the moment.
It’s mid-October. How did that happen?! It’s been a whirlwind 8 weeks.
I had, on reflection, a pretty lovely summer: a more relaxed academic schedule and 2.5 weeks at home in Canada. As soon as I got back, I turned my focus to viva prep. I had my viva on 14 September and am pleased to say that I passed (with minor corrections)! Overall it was a good experience — not as tough as I thought it might be, but on the other hand I got quite a few questions that I hadn’t thought of (I think this is typical). I definitely think that once you submit, the hardest part is over.
This fall I am teaching at Richmond and City, now part of the University of London. At Richmond I am reprising my role as assistant professor (adjunct) in Arts Policy. We have a vibrant, engaging cohort on the MA this year and 6 weeks in we’ve had some fantastic discussions. At City I am a Visiting Lecturer teaching undergraduate seminars on a new (to me) module called Violence, where we look at legislative and policy responses to violence and crime in society.
Happy to announce that my article on equality & diversity issues in politics doctoral study, co-authored with the fantastic Shardia Briscoe-Palmer (Birmingham), is now available on early view:
I’m happy to share my most recent book review, of The Slow Professor by Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber, at the Journal of Higher Education. This was a really engrossing read. I’d be curious to hear any thoughts on the book, review, or the subject matter in general!
The time between submission and the viva is a little strange. In my case, I submitted on 7 June and my viva is not until 14 September — 13 weeks. It feels like a looong time, but I know the summer will go quickly.
The time of year you submit will of course influence how these ‘in-between’ months take shape. I’m not teaching or marking so have much less structure than if I’d submitted in the winter. I’m finding the lack of structure both liberating and a little unsettling, depending on the day.
I’m trying to accomplish two goals this summer: 1) write (and submit) some journal articles and 2) to take a bit of a break, take some of the pressure off, to be kind to myself. They may sound incompatible but so far things seem to be working. I am working (part-time) and writing when I can. I have a publication plan with 3 articles currently in progress. One is close to being ready and the other two need more work. I’m working, and working hard, but I’m trying to be a bit more relaxed about things. If I feel like quitting at 5pm, (so far) I’m letting myself do it. Why? Because for almost 4 years I didn’t.
The best part about having submitted is that I am taking more time to do things I enjoy, like exercising, cooking, and reading for pleasure (currently this and this). I did all of this before, of course, but the guilt is much less and if I want to take a little extra time for something, I’m doing it. I’m also trying to spend less time on email/online. Being summer, there isn’t as much anyway, and I find it’s good for the brain to switch off from technology as much as possible.
I’m also enjoying re-connecting with literatures I haven’t read in a while and reading new stuff, since I sort of neglected that over the past 6-12 months. It’s also a good time to re-connect with contacts (“I’ve submitted”) and remind them of what you’re up to.
I am going to take the first 3 weeks of August completely off, and when I return back to London will start preparing for my viva!
I really did not think it would come to this. My gut feeling since day 1 was that Remain would win, if only by a hair. I’m in shock, stupefied, sad, angry…
Yesterday, I posted this message on Facebook:
Well, the day has dawned. I still can’t quite believe it’s come to this.
I have been fortunate to ‘take advantage’ of/engage with the EU more than some: I’ve spent the last almost 4 years studying the EU. I’ve interviewed some of its staff, spent time in its buildings, attended its events. And as a British citizen I’ve also spent 2 years living in another EU country. Most personally/selfishly, the EU and its regulations have allowed me and [my boyfriend] to live and work together in the same countries for over 6 years. It’s difficult to find the words to express what that means to us.
For these reasons and more, I am voting REMAIN and hope you do too.
All of this remains true. Like so many others, the uncertainty I’m facing in the future is high, on both personal and professional notes. My next research project, which I’d hoped to start sometime within the next 12-18 months if I was lucky, is directly related to the relationship between the UK and EU! Ha.
I’ll have more thoughts in the coming days and weeks but needed an outlet to express my dismay and sadness as this result today.
Edited to all: my horoscope today –> “Facts and figures must come first, both in your personal life and at work.” OH THE IRONY!