As part of my ongoing research, I’ve recently been reading through Brad Evans and Julian Reid’s Resilient Life: The Art of Living Dangerously. I’m not normally one for prefaces and acknowledgements, but this book’s front matter really struck a chord with me. In it, the authors rework Foucault’s own preface in Deleuze’s Anti-Oedipus to create a series of basic principles that they believe every intellectual project ‘of a political kind’ should follow. Personally, I believe these principles should be applied to all research, and I will certainly do my best to be guided by these principles in my own work Continue reading
I’ve just got back from the final day of the NWCDTP postgraduate conference, ‘Creative Humanities: Thinking, Making and Meaning’ at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester.
I’ve attended many conferences in my time, but up to now, only ever as a journalist, and never a truly academic conference such as this – so it has very much been a new experience for me, and one which given me a great deal to ponder. Continue reading
So I’ve finally done it – I’ve upped sticks and moved to Lancaster!
Induction week is now well underway and I’m starting to come to terms with my new life as a PhD student in the department of English & Creative Writing. As things start to settle there seems no better time to post my first ‘proper’ blog on my research and my PhD journey. Continue reading
I recently had the pleasure to take a trip to the home of Charles Darwin, Down House, a lovely residence near Orpington in Kent. In the first of my research blogs series, I would like to take a closer at the life of Darwin the man, and what the extraordinary circumstances of Darwin’s rise to greatness tells us about the world we live in. Continue reading
So it’s been a busy few months. I started a new job at the end of February, and I’ve been spending much of my spare time working on my funding application for uni.
The good news is that my efforts have finally paid off, and I will be starting a “new life” as a student again from 1 October, when I will be moving up to Lancaster to start a PhD in English. Continue reading