Mostly reading and seminars this week. I also got two rejections: Of the abstract i submitted for a special issue (admittedly a stretch) and of the article I submitted to a journal in August 2021.
I’ve been a PhD student for one month now, so I recorded a little update of what it’s been like.
- Jagose, Annamarie. 1996. Queer Theory: An Introduction. Lots of overlaps with Sullivan 2003, which I read last week, but that’s good, it means the subject is graspable (despite everyone’s insistence on the ungraspability of ‘queer’).
- Rubin, Gayle S. 1984. ‘Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality’. A classic essay, and deservedly so: Just wow, what a positive and sound piece of writing!
- Tuesday: The second session about a Data Management Plan, this time Q&A so I asked: When are we supposed to create our DMP? The answer: As soon as possible. It will live with you throughout and after your research project. The library helps in reviewing it.
- Wednesday: Optimise your PhD journey. Started off from the text ‘Swimming with sharks’.
- Thursday: Critical analysis. How to read critically. Nothing new but good repetition.
- Friday: Enhance your public speaking skills using improvisation techniques. Fun and useful!
Anki, kanji, news, anime, and:
- Try N2, chapter 13-1, 13-2 and 14 = finished the book!
- Sōmatome N2 reading, from 5-2 to 6-2.
- Saitō Tamaki, a couple of pages of close reading and translation.
I’m at episode 34 of Macross and might finish it tonight – it’s 36 episodes in total. I love it and relate to it on a personal level.
Finished The White Lotus, such a perfect piece of entertainment!
State of mind
It’s fun! I can be sick of the book I’m reading at the end of the day, but next day I’m excited to start the next chapter and learn more. It’s almost like taking classes, but by reading chapters. I think it’s the intensity of the reading that creates that feeling. I wake up by myself at 7 or 8 in the morning. I keep studying eight effective hours per day. I want to keep this going.