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PhD Blog #13: Planning and the PhD (an update)

In January of this year, I shared my intention to be more organised in my approach to research (read my original post here). I purchased a notebook to use as a bullet journal and sought to plan my time more effectively and to track my working patterns. I have had mixed success with these goals.… Continue reading PhD Blog #13: Planning and the PhD (an update)

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PhD Blog #12: Transfer Viva Anxiety, or A Very Long Day

Tuesday 3rd of July was my birthday, hooray! It was also the date of my transfer viva. The transfer or upgrade viva is a milestone in the PhD process that (hopefully) moves you from provisional to official candidate status. In order to make that move, we have to satisfy a panel of internal readers that… Continue reading PhD Blog #12: Transfer Viva Anxiety, or A Very Long Day

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PhD Blog #11: Taking on Too Much

The first big milestone of my PhD is rapidly approaching. The transfer viva involves submitting a completed chapter of your thesis (c.15,000 words) along with a synopsis outlining the project as the basis for a mini-viva. Succesful completion of the transfer viva is necessary to progress from "probationary" status into a fully-fledged PhD candidature. The… Continue reading PhD Blog #11: Taking on Too Much

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Phd Blog #10: Disillusionment

It's been a long time since I've posted anything on this blog, and one of the biggest reasons for that is the general sense of disillusionment I've been experiencing recently. A lot of positive things have happened since my last post--I've published a couple of book reviews: HERE and HERE, and I've won an essay… Continue reading Phd Blog #10: Disillusionment

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Umberto Eco & the Nature of Europe

Just a quick post to promote a piece I wrote for the Ploughshares blog, which came out today. In this post, I discuss Umberto Eco's The Name of the Rose in relation to the nature of Europe, and in particular how the medieval Europe of the novel's setting resonates with contemporary European issues, such as… Continue reading Umberto Eco & the Nature of Europe