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.

My next aim then is to finish off the conclusion for the chapter and then write an introduction, though this part may be subject to change depending on where ‘Future Soldier’ fits in my wider thesis.

I’m hoping this chapter will be done within the next week or so in order that I might then send it on to Arthur and Brian for their input. This will be the nerve-wracking part where I find out if all my efforts have been in vain!

Once I’ve submitted to my supervisors my plan is to look into my second chapter. I haven’t got a working title for it yet, but I envisage it will cover community, dissemination and sacrifice (not necessarily in that order), and will touch upon the work of Esposito, Girard and Kahn as my key thinkers, with a smattering of Foucault and Agamben depending on where my argumentation takes me. In terms of science fiction, I’m thinking The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and The Dispossessed, but this isn’t set in stone just yet. I’m also continuing to read more widely around my subject and have an ever-growing shelf of e-books with the library that I need to work my way through.

Checklist of things to do this month…

  1. Find definitions for all the words in my ‘to define’ file.
  2. Clear my library e-shelf.
  3. Finish first chapter; submit to supervisors.
  4. Re-read more of my sci-fi core texts.

Other activities

Besides writing, writing and more writing, I’m also getting ready to return to work after the Christmas break. In November I took up a part-time role at the University working on their student newsletter every Thursday. I’ve also been asked to help compile and edit a ‘good practice guide’ for the AUA, which I’ve spent much of Wednesday working on as a break from my normal work.

I’m also looking into the possibility writing for The Conversation, as I think this would be a good outlet for my biopolitical explorations. But more on that in the coming weeks…

 

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