Some workplaces and research cultures explicitly or implicitly run so that every conversation is actually a battle for airtime, and it’s common to try to sabotage other people’s chances. We should be working towards the exact opposite: energising, authentic, worthwhile, academic conversations. That’s what we love about getting together with our nerd pals.
What these students show is they see reading as an intelligence test. (To be fair, they probably learned this from school.) As a graduate student, they have been a ‘smart’ person all their life, but maybe now they are not smart, or not smart enough.
You don’t get knocked down and bounce back stronger. At least not immediately.
This is a reflection on the form of a writing genre and what that means. I started thinking about it … More
By the time your academic writing is ready to be published, it’s a tough nut, a rose hip, a thick-skinned … More
Is your work ‘interdisciplinary’? (Or maybe it is ‘cross-disciplinary’ or ‘multi-disciplinary’.) Or is the purpose of your work to take … More
This is a post I started eighteen months ago. It was only after my last post, on warfare and Foucault, … More
A doctorate propels you towards the real world of scholarship. You will be a teacher, a researcher, an author. This is not a test. No-one else knows the answer to this stuff, that’s why you are making ‘an original contribution to knowledge’.
So, a bit of empathy, a small dose of social science, and some common sense is all you need to work brilliantly in teams, and be a brilliant communicator.
First. Sometimes I feel like this ‘Writing the Article’ series is an extended example of falling flat on my face … More