A very intensive week.
I’ve been working on the application for an important fieldwork stipend that my supervisor pointed me to. This work included contacting a potential advisor at a host institution in Japan and organising some kind of official Japanese language evaluation. Both worked out! I’ll take the language test over Zoom next week. The hardest work was to write the project description and other parts that demanded brain power. Submission deadline is 1 December 2021. Yesterday (Saturday) I sent off my draft submission to both my supervisors to see if they have any comments.
But the main thing this week was the course in Queer autoethnography at the University of Stavanger, online. We were 22 participants from around the world. An inspiring setting, but I must say the lectures and discussions were a bit of an anticlimax for me. I had gone all in and spent 33 hours (yes, just counted) in the two and a half weeks leading up to the course doing the readings and assignments. I was psyched! And so I think I had expected to engage with the readings more with the lecturers and students, in a way that didn’t happen. On the other hand, the readings were great (curated by each lecturer) and maybe the readings ‘are’ the course? I think most students didn’t take the course seriously and hadn’t done the readings. This makes me want to focus on those who, like myself, go all in. There were a few of them there. As the course convenor put it:
Find your people, wherever they are, and hold on to them.
Despite some complaints, I leave the course feeling inspired. Autoethnography is such a powerful method, especially when laced with queerness.
Now it’s time for essay writing (deadline in January 2022). I know exactly what I want to write about and I’ve already done one reading for that purpose.
SVA Film and Media Festival
And then it was the SVA Film and Media Festival – that’s the Society for Visual Anthropology, a section of the American Anthropological Association. And they had selected my film Unreal Boys for their programme! Yesterday (Saturday) I participated in a little Q&A:
Yes, I kept up the walks: even when classes started at 9am I had a brisk morning walk for an hour through Hasenheide!
On Friday I met some friends at a bar, which demanded I took a fresh Covid test. Such a surreal feeling to be in a bar packed with dancing people. I was only there for an hour and don’t have any urge to go to a bar again anytime soon. But it was good to be a bit social, cause otherwise I didn’t meet anyone except J very briefly for an administrative matter.
Come to think of it, I’ve been a PhD student for two months now.
I forgot to mention last week that my application for a student visa to the UK has been approved. Took eight days and was an all-online experience. So I should start packing!
Queer autoethnography session 4 (QA 4)
- Elliston, Deborah. 2005. “Critical Reflexivity and sexuality studies in anthropology: Siting sexuality in research, theory, ethnography, and pedagogy.” Reviews in Anthropology 34(1): 21-47.
- Vanderbeck , Robert M. 2005. “Masculinities and Fieldwork: Widening the discussion.” Gender, Place & Culture 12(4): 387-402
Queer autoethnography essay (QA X)
- Blinne, Kristen C. 2012. “Auto(Erotic)Ethnography.” Sexualities 15 (8): 953–77. https://doi.org/10.1177/1363460712459153.
Anki, kanji, news, and:
- Shaman King (episodes 30-35).
- Hackad 6, on SVT Play.
- Taskmaster, S10 E01. British culture! On SVT Play.