Of Action and Academia

“Find out who you are and do it on purpose.”

Dolly Parton

It is coming up on a year since I submitted my PhD. I can barely believe it. Have you ever had one of those years where you do so many things that it feels simultaneously like the longest year of your life and over in a flash? Continue reading “Of Action and Academia”

Conversations with Dead People: On Archives and the Humanities

“The past is always tense, the future perfect.”

Zadie Smith, White Teeth

I spent this weekend helping my good friend Maeve with a conference of her own devising and orgainisation on Sylvia Plath. It was an enormously edifying experience, not least because it meant I got out of my own eightenth-century headspace for a few days.

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Confident Conferences, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Public Speaking

“Proper words in proper places, make the true definition of a style.”

Jonathan Swift, Letter to a Young Clergyman

 

Full and lethargic from Christmas overindulgence, I am preparing to go back to work tomorrow. Specifically, I am preparing to get a 5.30 train to go to Oxford to deliver a paper to the British Society of Eighteenth Century Studies annual conference. Continue reading “Confident Conferences, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Public Speaking”