In the last three months, I’ve been approached by eight or so (prospective) postgrads around the world who wanted advice on academia and their research projects. I don’t consider myself an expert at academicking, being rather new to the industry and still learning along the way; but having been a recipient of much academic kindness and mentoring myself, I usually always oblige to chat with postgrads via Skype or email. None of them were based at any of the institutions I work at, so I can only guess that they must have found me somewhere on the internet.
Incidentally, they were all young women; this brings me much hope and joy knowing that young academic women are venturing out to explore and secure collegial relationships, resources, and care outside of their institutions in an industry that is otherwise structurally unequal for some bodies and identities over others. Continue reading Academic women and mentoring.
How has your 2016 been? This is the last procrastiprogress update for the year!
It’s been a bumper crop year for me in terms of academic writing despite the most challenging year of my life so far, so please allow me to revel in the sense of satisfaction with this post as I round up my newest words.
In 2017 I will be focusing on finishing up a few sole-authored, co-authored, and co-edited monographs as I continue writing here at wishcrys and on Cyborgology, and editing for PopAnth. I will also be embarking on new research projects on the commodification of weddings in East Asia with the Department of Sociology at NUS, on digital folklore with the Asia Research Institute, and on Influencers in Sweden with the Swedish Retail and Wholesale Council.
If our research interests intersect and you’d like to chat, please feel free to write to me. 2017 is set to be looking very exciting – I can’t wait to throw myself into fieldwork again.
Hope your Christmas was wonderful; I spent mine among my favourite people, across homes, and on beaches. Have a lovely New Year!
Over and out,
wishcrys. Continue reading Procrastiprogress updates from the cave VII.
At the risk of committing yet another academic faux pas, I want to talk about the running monologue in my head when I received my latest academic rejection yesterday afternoon.
It is 0029hrs and I haven’t slept in a billion years but I need to affectdump all the disappointment I am holding inside my body, so that I can offload it from my brain, make sense of it some other time, let it go now, and go to sleep.
So, this is going to be long. Continue reading Remembering care in times of academic rejection.
I always appreciate my good friends in academia extra much during conferences:
1) I like that there is always a backchannel or conversational thread in which we muse about little happenings to unload our brains, and to wish each other well before our talks.
2) I like that these threads collate our plans and whereabouts for the day so we know where to find company when we need it.
3) I like that amidst learning intelligent things and serial networking with semi-strangers, we find pockets of time to reunite across a crowded room for mutual care and to destress before going back to the watering hole.
4) I like that we can read each others’ facial expressions and glances and glares from across the room and help to extract people from difficult situations.
5) I like that we have cultivated a good balance between serious game face mode and pure afterhours frivolity and fun without the stress of needing to activate work persona all the time.
6) I like that we check in with each other to make sure everyone has gotten back safely after a wild night.
7) I like that all this social labour is a genuine, reciprocal friendship that operates out of care rather than pragmatism.
8) I like that I will get to grow up and grow old with these folks throughout my career.
Image: Last panel on the last day featuring #teamaustralia on sexualities. Image kudos to Brady Robards’ Instagram via Sonja Vivienne’s cellphone via Paul Byron’s expert framing skills.
1) Acknowledge that the system is broken
2) Recognize that meritocracy is a farce
3) Admit that branding genealogy is a cult
4) Find your safe spaces and allies
5) Locate enjoyment in your research and/or teaching
6) Preserve this joy and guard it with moderate cynicism
7) Remember that your self worth is not determined by academic achievement
8) Recalibrate your equilibrium by airing occasional rants to seek solidarity
9) Rinse and repeat