Slowing down.

Last Tuesday, in our airbnb in Adelaide where we were attending an anthropology conference, J and I mused about conference fatigue, academic precarity, and our plans for the future. And then she told me that she knows that I am ‘working very hard’ for my academic goals. I got shy and brushed it off in mock humility, then attempted to return the focus of our exchange to her.

That night I cried myself to sleep. Continue reading Slowing down.

Procrastiprogress updates from the cave VII.

Moshimoshi folks,

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.

Procrastiprogress updates from the cave VI.

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Moshimoshi folks,

I can’t believe it’s already the end of September. This month has been hectic but fulfilling.

I finally attended my PhD Convocation ceremony, 13 months after I had submitted my thesis and seven months after I had passed. (Yes the grading did take that long!) I still have mixed feelings about graduation because four years of research was literally casually commemorated in a five-second walk on stage to shake the hand of an important-looking academic in front of a bunch of strangers. To me, the real fun was the honour of getting to graduate with my good friends – it was a bumper crop of five anthropology PhDs this time – and spending precious time with all the people I miss and love. So yes, all the officialdom of postgrad life is done and dusted, I have been Lord Voldemort once more, and my DECRA clock has begun!

Continue reading Procrastiprogress updates from the cave VI.

Academic life one year post-thesis submission.

I submitted my thesis one year ago today. It was the loveliest of days with some of my favourite postgrad crew, which sort of made up for the extremely anti-climatic printing day before. A few months later, I declared I was dead set on wanting to be an academic.

What has changed since?

Continue reading Academic life one year post-thesis submission.