My first week as a PhD student was quite intense! In the mornings I took an online course on research integrity. Except the online events and some school administration, I spent most of the time reading, especially Patrick Galbraith’s new book, which is very fitting for my research.
I had my first meeting with my supervisors. We agreed that I will focus on reading background literature and theory during the first semester and on more subject specific literature during the second. Both will result in some kind of writing, one for the mid-year review in January 2022 (end of the first semester), the second for the end-of-year review in June 2022.
I’ve decided to be diligent in treating this PhD as a full-time job, so I created a spreadsheet where I enter everything I’m doing that is part of the PhD (seminars, reading, learning Japanese, etc), down to the quarter, until it reaches eight hours per day – eight effective hours that is, and damn, I’m working into the late evenings to succeed with that! But it’s good to have this structure. I’m also diligent in eating well and getting exercise every day – usually an hour’s power walk in the nearby park.
The first day of my PhD studies – here we go:
- Creative Arts Research Network/Benjamin Thorne: After Law: Atrocity Archives, Plural Memory and Arts-based Research (presentation and discussion, 1h)
- Faculty of Humanities: Online induction (2h)
- School of Arts, Languages and Cultures: Online induction (1h)
- 94th Stockholm Seminar on Japan: Patrick W. Galbraith: The Ethics of Affect: Lines and Life in a Tokyo Neighborhood (1h)
- My first supervision meeting! (2h)
- Tandem training (Japanese and German) with K, while we watched the inlines marathon.
- Marathon in the morning – O came over and watched it from my terrace.
- Voting in the afternoon, together with A. Afterwards we had a walk and tried Victoria Tacos. Tasty but not so much food – you have to order plenty of them.
My thoughts right now
Things have become clearer. The first year of my PhD will basically be about reading, which suits me well, but demands structure, which I created the spreadsheet for. It feels good to have set targets with my supervisors, and to feel that we are thinking the same way about my research and that I have their support.
- Research Integrity
My Manchester News:
- Shedlosky-Shoemaker, Randi, Kristi A. Costabile, and Robert M. Arkin. 2014. “Self-Expansion through Fictional Characters.” Self and Identity 13 (5): 556–78. https://doi.org/10.1080/15298868.2014.882269
- Georges Bataille: Eroticism (part 2).
- 5: Mysticism and sensuality (p. 221–51)
- 6: Sanctity, eroticism and solitude (p. 252–64)
- 7: A preface to “Madame Edwarda” (p. 265–71)
- Conclusion (p. 273–76)
- Galbraith, P. W. 2021. The Ethics of Affect: Lines and Life in a Tokyo Neighborhood. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press.
- Introduction (p. 1–38)
- 1: Imaginary Sex and Crime in Japan: A Brief History (p. 39–76)
- 2: Coming of Age in Akihabara: Imaginary Sex in Public (p. 77–116)
- 3: Moving Images: Affection by Design (p. 117–55)
Anki, kanji, news, and:
- Try N2, chapter 8.
- NYT Newsletter/Shira Ovide: On delivery businesses
- BZ: Autofrust an der Schönhauser Allee – Parkplätze werden zum Radweg
- BZ: Massives Wahl-Chaos in Berlin! „Bundestag? Geht hier nicht. Nur Berlin? Bitteschön!“
- Bulletin/Henrik Alexandersson: Kan vänster och höger lära sig leva tillsammans?
- Bulletin/Nina Lekander: Identitetspolitik – för bortskämda överklassungdomar