This is a duplication of a blogpost that I wrote for piirus.ac.uk Summer means conference season in academia. From casual graduate symposia popping up across campuses, to the vast annual international gatherings of scholars in one dedicated field, there will be the congregation of academic minds. Whilst undergraduate marking looms like an unmovable mountain inContinue reading “How do you find academic conferences to attend?”
Photo: Exeter Student’s Guild This year I was shortlisted for ‘Best Postgraduate Teacher’ at the University of Exeter Student’s Guild Teaching Awards. These Awards were the first of this kind to be established in the UK (2009) and remains the largest in the country. Over 1 million words in praise of teaching at the UniversityContinue reading “University of Exeter Students’ Guild Teaching Awards 2015”
by Zoe Bulaitis (PhD Candidate) PhD Comic. I have recently been drawing again, and comics have attracted my attention. I like the potential to tell stories in time, and capture mixed emotions in multiple frames.
I was attracted to read White Noise because of the central protagonist Jack Gladney’s academic profession. I am writing my next chapter on academic fiction and representations of humanities scholarship in media and therefore found “Hitler Studies” a most entertaining addition to my repertoire of English Professors (Morris Zapp included), Medieval Historians (Jim Dixon, of course)Continue reading “Don Delillo: White Noise”
Recently I read Tartt’s “The Secret History and was impressed by the handling of a bunch of pretentious teenagers studying Julian Morrow’s exclusive (and doubtless uppity) Greek Classics class. The Guardian well summarises the reasons that you should read this book right now, and so I will spend little time repeating the qualities of excellence thatContinue reading “The Secret History by Donna Tartt – an investigation into a novel about studying the humanities (and murder!)”
Today I have made a decision that I am no longer going to consider myself as an active participant or user of Facebook. Ironically, perhaps, I feel the need to share this on the internet but hope that the thinking I have done around this may be of some value to others. I spend aContinue reading “How to Give up / Quit Facebook – how to live in social oblivion and still be happy.”