This is not the post I had scheduled for this week. In fact I have been very distracted this week, but in the best possible way. And one of the things I have done is add to my care burden. It seems illogical, and that’s exactly why I resisted it. But I was wrong. This… Continue reading Joyful things
A post introducing a series of new blogs on academia and caring.
Today is one full year since I took up my new post as Lecturer in History at London South Bank University This year has gone by very quickly! It has been a year of hard work. Mentors had advised me that the first year of a lectureship was tough and I can now wholeheartedly agree… Continue reading 365 days later
It is no coincidence that my blog has been rather neglected since I completed my PhD. I have been experiencing the early career precarity which, though it is becoming more visible, still affects many of us after we submit our theses. This post is not the time for an extended account of my years in… Continue reading A new role
Early in my PhD I had a conversation with my supervisors about locating the relevant sources for my research. We knew it would be a challenge and it was a significant factor in how I chose my case studies. While the main youth associations in London and Liverpool had both deposited significant amounts of material in… Continue reading Archives in the wild: researching local youth clubs in London and Liverpool
This title could well read 'How long does a PhD take!' That would perhaps reflect the sense that though I have travelled a great distance towards completing my PhD in the last three years, it is not finished yet. I am entering my continuation year, or 'writing-up' period as it is also known. The terms of… Continue reading How long does a PhD take?
I am sure no one has noticed that my blog went quiet for a while. Without airing my personal life via social media, the last few months have been a time where I felt I needed to hunker down and blogging just could not be a priority. Now that I'm adapting to a new normal… Continue reading Reflections on blogging
On Friday 7th February 2014 I co-organised a workshop at the Humanities Research Centre, University of York for PhD students and practitioner researchers who use oral history or interviewing methods as part of their research. The event was funded by the Humanities Research Centre and supported by the VAHS New Researchers Committee. The day comprised of… Continue reading Oral Histories of Voluntary Action
My PhD supervisor has written a couple of blog posts about her experience of pregnancy and motherhood having spent the last term on maternity leave. However supervisors can be absent for a number of reasons, such as illness, research trips away from the university etc. Reading my supervisors pieces got me thinking about it from another… Continue reading Supervisor Absence
This post originally appeared on the VAHS Blog in July 2013 I hope that my positions on the New Researchers Committee and as co-publicity secretary for VAHS do not stop you from taking me seriously when I say how impressed I was with new researchers' presence at #VAHS2013. My overriding impression was of the size and strength… Continue reading New Researchers at #VAHS2013