On doing the dissertation

Image, Bernard Picart, Sisyphus Pushing His Stone Up the Mountain, 1731.

Yeah, it’s a little like this. Bernard Picart, Sisyphus Pushing His Stone Up the Mountain, 1731.

Well, hello there…

I would apologize for my lengthy hiatus, but between passing my exams, teaching two courses, defending my prospectus, and spending part of the summer in (sweltering, lovely) D.C. at the National Museum of Natural History as a fellow in the Smithsonian Summer Institute of Museum Anthropology, it’s been a bit crazy around here.

I’m now beginning fieldwork in Birmingham, Alabama at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). My larger dissertation examines the representation and reception of apartheid history in a local, national, and global context through case studies of the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, the District Six Museum in Cape Town, and the BCRI.

As anyone who’s conducted research can probably understand, most of my graduate career has been a hurry-up-and-wait game–the adrenaline of exams, punctuated by months of grant writing and preparation for research. And now that I’m finally in the field, so to speak, it can be easy to become completely sidetracked and overwhelmed by the rabbitholes and labyrinths of research. My friend Jen Sarrett decided to tackle this problem by blogging to keep herself accountable and sort through the jumble that fieldwork can so easily become. It strikes me that she’s on to something, so check back for updates!

And a big hat tip to Jen for the inspiration!

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  • kaffeemitschlag

    That certainly was a lengthy hiatus. I’ll be checking back regularly, so you’re certain to have some accountability pressure.

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