Category Archives: PhD Diary

My PhD: 1st year in review

As we near October and the start of another academic year, I thought I’d share some of my experiences and highlights from the first year of my PhD here at Lancaster University.

Looking over my notes, I have:

  • Read a lot of novels.
  • Spent a lot of time in the library.
    • And even more time typing in my room.
  • Held down multiple jobs:
    • Work for Student Based Services at Lancaster:
      • Weekly term-time newsletter to all students.
      • Edited an AUA Good Practice Guide.
      • Managed and published a book of condolence.
    • Migrated the Graduate College’s website to a new CMS with new dynamic templates.
      • Also assisted Bowland College in finishing off their own website as well.
    • Continued to work a day a week for the IT department at CCCU.
  • Helped start the TTAC21 research group, and made significant contributions to blog articles and face-to-face meetings.
  • Learnt some interesting things in diverse disciplines include: law, ethics, cognitive psychology, philosophy, cultural studies, history, and military / war studies.
  • Joined the Sci Fi and Fantasy Anonymous Reading Group.
  • Helped organise this year’s AHRC North West postgraduate conference.
  • Attended several conferences and workshops.
    • Gave papers at two conference inc. the CRSF in Liverpool and the Iredell Law Conference, here in Lancaster. (With more to come later this year…)
  • Met some really smart people.
  • Written and contributed to a host of blogs and blog discussions including:
  • Expanded my social media profile.
  • Visited some interesting literary places, including:
    • Whitby (Dracula)
    • Grasmere (final resting place of William Wordsworth)
    • Haworth (home of the Brontës)
  • Seen a whole host of world-class musicians at Lancaster Arts and the Liverpool Philharmonic.
  • Started work on my first joint paper.

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Can you ever read too much?

I sit here, on Friday 20th January typing away at non-PhD work to rest my eyes from all the reading I’ve been doing of late. My working bibliography thus far comes to near on four full pages, and most of these aren’t exactly what you’d call ‘easy’ books (Agamben, Foucault, Derrida, Deleuze etc.). Plus there are all the novels I’ve been re-reading ready to integrate with the philosophy.

Yet still I feel like I haven’t read enough. Continue reading »

Ushering in 2017… (a brief update)

We’re only just over a week into the new year and already 2017 is shaping up to be an incredibly busy year all round.

Since the turn of the year I’ve spent much of my time working on my first chapter, provisionally entitled ‘Future Soldiers’, and am currently up to around 7,500 words including footnotes. This will come down a bit once I’ve got the main structure sorted and can tidy up the footnotes, but it’s a pretty good start considering at the end of 2016 I had nothing in terms of written argument at all. Continue reading »