Dear PhD dissertation, It's been just over 2 months since you left my life. Two long months. I have been filling up the time with holidays and family and more recently work again. I've been busy but it's a different sort of busy to the busy I was when you and I were still together. … Continue reading A letter to my dissertation, after the break up
I have been wandering around for the last few weeks in a bit of a fug. I have been feelings all sorts of things - frustration, boredom, aimlessness, sadness, the Meh - and I have been a bit puzzled about this. Why do I feel this way? I show people my thesis in its beautiful ring-bound … Continue reading Post-PhD Drift
I was skimming through my PhD proposal towards the end of last year, trying to see how close or far my final argument and question was from what I proposed it would be in 2011. It got me thinking about the proposal itself and the art of writing a proposal that is both vague enough … Continue reading How should I propose?
I have pondered on this particular question a great deal over the last few years. I don't think I have an answer, to be honest, because I really don't know what counts as a 'contribution to knowledge' in PhD work. I suspect it means different things in different fields of study. Perhaps for a scientist … Continue reading What exactly is a ‘contribution to knowledge’?