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February 04, 2012

Learning to teach

I've been a bit worried lately that I spend too much time teaching. When I say that, I don't just mean the time spent teaching my actual single, two-hour seminar, but the time spent preparing, reading, and talking about techniques and approaches with my fellow sessional tutors in the department.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

January 25, 2012

Warwick CSWG Postgraduate Seminar Series – Spring Term Schedule

spring term

A somewhat belated post here I'm afraid! The first event was definitely a success, with some great feedback on an early draft of my "Genderforking" conference paper. There was also a fantastic last-minute contribution from Mark Carrigan, who postulated a connection between the "sexual revolution" and the emergence of a particular "asexual" identity in the early years of the 21st century.

The next two events promise to be equally interesting, with multi-disciplinary contributions from across the arts, humanities and social sciences.

January 03, 2012

New Year, new enthusiasm

That's a lot to be said for a good break.

The last few months of 2011 were a whirl of activity for me, even if I didn't manage to get as much done on my actual PhD as I might have liked. Fortunately, I've really benefitted from a proper break over the Christmas period.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

December 18, 2011

PhD students in film

I sat down with my partner and a friend the other day to re-watch the 1972 classic Cabaret. Amidst the singing, dancing, decadence, romance and inexorable rise of the Nazis during the dying days of Weimar Germany, I realised for the first time that central character Brian is a PhD student.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

December 12, 2011

It's nearly Christmas…hurrah, I finally have time for my PhD!

Term is over, the undergraduate population has largely evaporated overnight, and Warwick's campus is once again quiet. Time for a well-earned rest? Hah! No way...

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

November 03, 2011

Gender, Bodies & Technology: (Dis)Integrating Frames

My paper, "Genderforking: deconstructing gender norms in a community blog", has been accepted for the second Gender Bodies and Technology conference. The conference, which is hosted by the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Virginia Tech, will take place on 26th-28th April 2012 in Roanoke, Virginia, USA.

I'm very excited at the prospect of presenting my work in this setting! I've never attended a conference outside of the UK before, and the conference itself - an interdisciplinary exploration of the relationships(s) between gender and technology - should be fascinating, so it will certainly be an experience to remember.

October 24, 2011

Technological experimentation is FUN

A little while back I wrote about my experiences planning a videoconference as part of what we believe to be the world's first international gathering of researchers in the new field of asexuality studies. With the event - organised by a shiny new research network - rapidly approaching, I can think about little else!

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

October 12, 2011

Centre for the Study of Women and Gender Graduate Seminar series Programme 2011/12 (Autumn Term)

We've finalised the first two streams for this year's graduate seminar series! The sessions will take place from 5pm in the Gillian Rose Room (R3.25) in the Ramphal Building, University of Warwick central campus. All are welcome!

Session One: Processess of interpretation: gender and sexuality in celebrity culture – 2nd November 2011

Melanie Kennedy, University of East Anglia: The Jonas Brothers as Tween Pin-ups: The Negotiation of Desire in Young Feminine ‘Becoming’

Clare Reed, University of Reading: The Changing Face of Lesbian Programming

Izzy Gutteridge, University of Warwick: Picturing Fame

Session Two: Gender, migration and citizenship – 23rd November 2011

Evelyn Sulem, University of Warwick: Transnational Migration in Mexican Indigenous Communities: The Reconstruction of Gender and the Empowerment of Indigenous Women

Bimbika Sijapati Basnett, London School of Economics and Political Science: Nexus between Gender, Migration and Forest Governance: Re-thinking Community Forestry Policies in Nepal

Menah Raven-Ellison, Queen Mary, University of London: Beyond Detention: Women, Home and Mental Wellbeing

October 11, 2011

Eureka! The cleaning ritual as a nexus of academic creativity

showerA month or two ago I had an extremely productive shower. As my thoughts idly wandered, I began to explore the concept of intersubjectivity - an idea I've had some attachment to since my undergraduate degree in Philosophy. I wondered if I could possibly apply the concept to an article I was working on, in order to better explain a particular social process I had observed.

Suddenly, everything made perfect sense! I spent the next couple of days blissfully fleshing out the idea in my head, wondering if it might even provide the foundation for an ontological backdrop to my PhD project.

>>>Read more at PhD Life.

October 10, 2011

Why don't we use video conferencing more?

I had a good old experiment with the the video conferencing software in one of the Wolfson Research Exchange seminar rooms the other day. I'm quite frankly amazed it isn't used more often: the equipment is very powerful and surprisingly user-friendly, although you do need to set aside an hour or two in order to learn how to use it.

What's more exciting than sharing a talk or taking part in a seminar with a person (or even a room of people!) in another part of the world? I admit that's a bit of a geeky question, but then I am a shamelessly geeky researcher. Video conferencing allows you to exchange ideas and engage in discussion with people you might otherwise never be in direct contact with. This is particularly beneficial if your field – like mine – is somewhat obscure. Moreover, it's far less expensive (hire of the seminar rooms is free!) and considerably more comfortable than travelling to a far-flung conference.

>>>Read more at Phd Life.

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