These days it’s all but impossible to separate the things we produce from the things we consume. Whether it be working on a production line, or staying at home raising children, many of the things that we do are a form of production – whether we get paid for that work, or not. And yet at the same time, we are also consumers, for we all pay bills, we all shop for food, and we all send our children to school.
Things then become problematic when production and consumption start to blur, for we produce in order to consume, but we also consume in order to produce. Whether it be catching a bus or paying for lunch, even the process of working itself is a form of consumption, and more often than not, many of us will also then consume the same product we have a hand in producing.
It’s 8:21am. I’ve been sitting at my desk now since a little
after 6am, working feverishly on amendments to a journal article while also
planning out thesis amendments, my next blog series, and ideas for the In The Zone podcast. I’m also
trying to sort out my work situation for next year and scour the internet for
somewhere to live. Oh, and I’m
also organising a conference.
Just another day in the life of an academic hermit!
But it’s not all bad. The end is now well and truly in
sight. I’ve met my second supervisor and updated my thesis with his
suggestions, and now all that remains is to check that he is happy with my
changes and cut out about 400 words to bring my total under the 80,000 word
maximum required by my department. Though 400 words may not sound like a lot, this
will still take quite a lot of work as I’ve already honed down a lot of my
content to the bare minimum wordage where possible.
This may be hard to believe, but the main challenge with a
humanities thesis is not reaching the word-count, but cutting down your content
to fit within the maximum limit. Nearly there though, and not too long to go
until I submit!
It’s been a little while since my last blog so I thought I’d write a quick update on ‘where I’m at’ with my PhD, conferences and several jobs all keeping me incredibly busy. Continue reading