Like so many of us, I didn’t see a global pandemic coming when I started my PhD in 2019. I was going to use oral history and creative methods to document refugees and asylum seekers’ experiences of everyday life in Scotland. I planned convivial zine-making sessions, walks across the landscape of Glasgow deep in conversation, … Continue reading The poetry of everyday life
In this guest post, University of Glasgow PhD researcher Lucy McCormick discusses how her current research was affected by her time in Tibet and explores how white researchers of non-white communities can confront their own complicity. In 2013 I was living in a part of China with a large Tibetan population – unsurprising, since a … Continue reading Panning Out: Confronting White Complicity as a Researcher of Tibet
In this guest post, University of St Andrews PhD researcher Kate Mackenzie discusses the upcoming UK Supreme Court decision on the Scottish Government's Rights of the Child Bill and explains how child laws in Central Africa could set a precedent. It is perhaps a feature of the life of a PhD researcher that, even when … Continue reading Interpreting the Rights of the Child: Look South (a lot further than Westminster)
In this guest post, University of Glasgow PhD researcher Jordanna Conn explores how adaptations of comic books to film and TV shows, particularly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe, tend to leave behind or retcon important details of characters' lives or backgrounds, heavily impacting the Jewishness of specific characters. You can read more about Jordanna and … Continue reading Where Did All the Jewish Superheroes Go? The Changing Narrative of Character Backgrounds in Superhero Adaptations
The very first time I looked at an issue of the 1825-1826 caricature periodical, the Glasgow Looking Glass, I experienced a mixture of emotions. I was entertained by the small images that conveyed so much humour. I was distracted by the detail of a print of the 1825 Glasgow Fair. I was disappointed by the … Continue reading Navigating Racism in Nineteenth-Century Visual Satire
After a short hiatus, our '5 Minutes With...' series is back just in time to celebrate Women's History Month! In this series we interview PhD researchers across the arts and humanities in Scotland, and throughout the month of March we're putting a special focus on women-identifying researchers. To kick the series back off, we welcome … Continue reading 5 Minutes With… Shelby Judge
In this guest post, Manos Apostolidis discusses how to navigate the waters of a PhD and personal development when we have to face our own barriers. It presents a guide of his own techniques for how to navigate this and be kind to yourself. It also features some lovely images of Greece, somewhere I spent … Continue reading Obsessive Compulsive Disasters
The 1st October 2020 was the first “official” day of my PhD Research. It was one of those days – rainy and sunny at the same time. No doubt that’s a metaphor. The rain was a nuisance, but there was a fabulous rainbow as I walked my kids down to school. My 6-year-old asked his … Continue reading MIND THE (interdisciplinary) GAP!
This is not a particularly new subject to write about, however it is something I have been thinking about lately. How much of our identity is wrapped up in our identity as a PhD student and as a researcher, and how much remains of who we were before? I, like many of you, am lucky … Continue reading Are we human, or are we researcher?
This latest guest blog post comes from Juliette Irretier, a PhD candidate in Film & TV Stuidies and Interdisciplinary Studies at the University of Glasgow. She gives us a review of the training event TV PhD, put on as part of the Edinburgh TV Festival. As well as being of interest to anyone interested in … Continue reading A Foot in the Door: Taking Part in the Edinburgh TV Festival’s TV PhD Training Scheme