What a beautiful week, calendar-wise: I like when a new month starts with a Monday.
On Tuesday I had my first ‘debrief’ with my main supervisor. I had prepared a few slides and talked informally about what I had read up till now and how I thought it fit with my research:
We then talked for about an hour about the way forward, I got lots of useful tips to look up, and my supervisor will ask the library to order some books that I will need.
As I have mentioned before, my main worry was that I had not read enough, or that I read in too much detail, but my supervisor seemed impressed with my initial progress and told me to trust my gut:
If it speaks to you, indulge in it.
The subject of TA (teaching assistant) came up, and I said I would absolutely want to teach at some point.
On Thursday I submitted my visa application for the UK, after I was notified the night before that the university now has filed my CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) with the UK government. The application process was relatively smooth and completely online (my friend H had to come over to assist with his modern Iphone), but took time since I read everything very carefully. In the end I had to pay a lot of money to the NHS, much more than what seemed right, but I figure it will get adjusted once the exact length of the visa is decided (I have no idea what they will offer me). In any case, it was fun to do this, because it made this whole endeavor so much more concrete! I realised I’m actually going to leave Berlin, the city I settled in exactly 15 years ago today!
I keep up the daily walks, even in rain. The featured photo is from today’s walk on Tempelhofer Feld in between quite fierce showers.
I started reading The Foucault Reader on Monday and Tuesday, but spent the rest of the week diving into the readings for the course in Queer autoethnography:
Queer autoethnography intro (QA 0)
- Chawla, Devika and Ahmed Atay. 2018. Introduction: Decolonizing Autoethnography. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies. 18(1):3-8.
- Jones, Stacy Holman and Anne M. Harriss. 2021. Queering Autoethnography:
- ‘Introduction’, pp. 1–12
- ‘Queering movements’, pp. 50–69
- Johnson, Amber M. and Benny LeMaster (eds.). 2020. Gender futurity, intersectional autoethnography: Embodied theorizing from the margins:
- ‘Introduction’, pp. 1–11
- Section IV intro: ‘Queering History, Imagining Futures’, pp. 195–99
Queer autoethnography session 1 (QA 1)
- Moraga, C. 1983. Loving in the War Years.
- ‘A long line of vendidas’, pp 90-145.
- Romesburg, D. 2014. ‘Where She Comes From: Locating Queer Transracial Adoption’. QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking, 1(3): 1-29
- Dahl, U. & H. Hallgren. 2012. ‘Figurative Fragments of a Politics of Location in Desire’. In Livholts, M., ed. Emergent Writing Methodologies in Feminist Studies. Pp 178-182.
- Adams, T.E., Holman Jones, S.L., & Ellis, C. 2015. Autoethnography.
- ‘Introduction’, pp. 1–20.
- This was the best text: Explained how autoethnography came into being in the wake of the ‘crisis of representation’, and was really inspiring!
- Critical reading
- About how to quickly see what paragraphs in a text want by looking at words that signal ‘summary’, ‘argument’, etc. This is basically what I studied for my BA.
- Optimising your PhD journey, session 3 of 3
- It was almost cathartic to learn about ‘the change curve’ of shock → denial → emotional turmoil → acceptance → coming out on the other side where you can become a functioning human being again. Applicable to business situations as well as to your life.
- Consent issues in data sharing (UK Data Service)
- Another useful session by the nice team at UK Data Service. I learned that if data is anonymised, it does not need to adhere to GDPR. And I got inspired to create a combined information folder and informed consent form when it’s time for fieldwork.
Anki, kanji, lots of news, and:
- Started translating a bit again in Manda Ringo’s The Syotaroh from 1996.
- Shaman King (episodes 18–24) – good mix of epic fight scenes and sweet family moments. I really like the extreme perspectives in the drawing style.
- High-Risk High-Rise, a PBS documentary about skyscraper safety that I found on SVT Play.
My feeling now