Notes while reading

I sometimes keep a notebook of 'notes while reading'. This was crucial during my PhD, but has become an occasional rather than disciplined practice. At any time, what I am reading shapes my thinking. Regular readers of this blog will know that in most posts I share excerpts from journal articles and academic books. I … Continue reading Notes while reading

Politics and loss

You may be reading this post against the backdrop of the American presidential election, but it was written before we started obsessively refreshing news pages on results. The 'politics and loss' of the title is on a smaller scale: changes to higher education in Australia. Here in Australia, higher education is making front-page news like … Continue reading Politics and loss

Things I miss

During the most difficult times in my life, I have noticed that one way people show empathy is by sharing something dreadful that they, or someone close to them, has experienced. There's a camaraderie in suffering, which can be both comforting and suffocating. Back in 2012, I had an ectopic pregnancy, after several years of … Continue reading Things I miss