As promised, this is the second of two posts about writing your first book, post-PhD. In my previous post I went through the steps from deciding you want to turn your thesis into a book to getting a book contract. But what’s it like to actually write the thing? First of all, what did I … More So, you want to write a book. II
I’ve been away from this blog for what seems like a very(!) long time. Since my last post at the end of February I have completed my busiest semester of teaching yet (my first full time semester), developed a new module (on Contemporary Political Theory) to teach next year, written a short chapter for an … More So, you want to write a book?
It seems that the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States has led to a resurgence of interest in the work of Hannah Arendt, and in particular her analysis of totalitarianism. An article in The Atlantic from January 25th listed The Origins of Totalitarianism on its list of books experiencing a marked … More The Ghost of Christmas Past
At 16:28 on Thursday 3rd November my time in academic limbo came to an end when my Head of School rang me and offered me a job. … More 348 Days in Limbo
I came across the banner picture for this post in a Tweet from the European Council on Refugees and Exiles (ECRE) the day after a boat carrying 600 people sank off the coast of Egypt, killing over 150 of those onboard. It resonated with me for a number of reasons. The first is that a … More It’s the same old story…
I’m taking a teaching course this semester as I work toward Fellowship in the Higher Education Academy, and as part of this course I need to keep a Reflective Log on my teaching. A particular episode on Monday ended up providing an ideal opportunity for reflection, and so forms one of the entries in my … More Computer Says ‘No’
My academic year (or, as it currently stands, semester) officially began on Monday when I gave my first lecture on Refugees and International Relations to my new crop of third year undergraduates. Also this week I finally finished a draft of an article – on refugee protest, responsibility and human rights – that I’ve been … More New (Academic) Year’s Resolution: Just Read.
Four years ago, when I got my new iPhone, I was browsing the App Store and a small advert popped up on the bottom of my screen from UNHCR (the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees). I clicked on the ad, and was directed to the page for a new App called “My Life as … More Making a Crisis into a Game
I bit the bullet this past week and finally – finally – organised and de-cluttered my laptop. Renaming hundreds of poorly-named Word documents, and deleting multiple copies of the same journal articles dowloaded through the course of my PhD, was actually quite a cathartic exercise, and I feel a little better prepared for the start … More Living in Limbo – remember what you have
For my first foray into the blogosphere I would like to address the quote that welcomes visitors to this page: “Education is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it, and by the same token save it from that ruin which except for renewal, except for … More Educating for “the world” – a statement of purpose