Last night I spent much more time than planned on Twitter following up on a post that I’d tweeted. In the post (technically, two linked posts), I had used the #ImmodestWomen movement (wherein women with PhDs are encouraging each other to add the “Dr” title to their social media names to encourage broader recognition of women’s achievements in professional settings) to reflect on a recent incident where I had been forced to entitle myself, and specifically, to reflect on why I had rejected the title ‘Dr.’
In the past, I probably would have put this reflection on a blogpost. But, well, blogs are seeming so 2016. Plus, I was writing about a “social media” movement so Twitter seemed like the right arena. As an efficiency innovation, the decision to post on Twitter was a total failure: After spending half the night on Twitter I’m now still spending the morning writing a lengthy blogpost. But in retrospect, I am glad I started this on Twitter – posting on Twitter has led to much more interactivity and feedback, and that has impacted my thinking. (And a big thanks to all of you who did engage me…..I really mean that, including to those of you who were critical).
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After three years being available in hardback only, Contesting the Arctic has now been released in paperback, at the cost of GBP 18.95, direct from from IB Tauris, or USD 35.00 from Amazon.com. Pick up your copy, while supplies last!
As editor-in-chief of Political Geography, I have had to make some difficult decisions concerning the relationship between the ongoing strike in UK academia, my position as a member of an international scholarly community, and my specific responsibilities with the journal.
Even in the best of circumstances, deciding what it means to be an academic on strike is difficult. As I considered in a blogpost during the 2013 strike, it is not at all clear where ‘work’ ends and the reflective everyday life of the academic begins. Should one not read, not write, not think during a strike….or should one just refrain from work that directly aids one’s employer? One of my colleagues has urged us all to do nothing even remotely scholarly when on strike. He suggested preparing the garden for spring planting. This sounded like a great idea…until we were hit with a blizzard!
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In an earlier post on this blog I announced the formation of DurhamARCTIC (the Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration), which is funding 15 new PhD students at Durham University. As an interdisciplinary programme, student recruitment cuts across a number of disciplinary cultures, from the natural science model, where academic staff design fully formed projects that they then ‘hire’ a student to carry out, to the model in the social sciences and humanities, where students are asked to submit their own proposals.
DurhamARCTIC expects to bring in some students who generate their own proposals and others who sign on to undertake research designed by their future supervisors, but it also likely will take on some through a middle route, where students develop research proposals that are designed to fit broad research trajectories that have been outlined by supervisory staff. To contribute to this latter category, Chris Stokes and I are recruiting students to propose research that falls under the topic, Measurement, Knowledge, and Regulation in the Marginal Sea-Ice Zone.”
Applications are due 2 February, so if you’re interested and have any questions, please contact me as soon as possible.
I am happy to announce Durham University’s success with a £1.05 million, five-year bid to the Leverhulme Trust to fund 15 PhD students in Interdisciplinary Understanding for a Changing Arctic. Although I took the lead with the grant proposal and will be directing the interdisciplinary training programme, I am indebted to input from colleagues from across the university.
To host the programme, and carry on its legacy after the grant ends in 2023, I am presently establishing a new Doctoral Training Centre at Durham: The Durham Arctic Research Centre for Training and Interdisciplinary Collaboration (DurhamARCTIC). While waiting for the bureaucratic wheels at Durham to (slowly) turn, I’ve established a provisional “unofficial” website for the programme at http://durhamarctic.wordpress.com.
Students in the programme enrol in standard, department-based doctoral programmes, but DurhamARCTIC then provides a number of “extras” including interdisciplinary supervision, colloquia, summer schools, etc., as well as dedicated funds for Arctic placements and research. The application deadline for the first cohort, to enter in Autumn 2018, is 2 February 2018. If you’re interested in applying (or if you know someone who might be interested) please see the programme website for more details regarding DurhamARCTIC’s focus, the extra elements it will provide for students, and the application process.
I’m convening two exciting ocean workshops this coming month, each of which, in very different ways, focuses on a non-liquid (or more-than-liquid) aspect of the ocean.
First, on 1 December the ICE LAW Project’s Territory subproject will be hosting a workshop on Territory, Law, and the Anthropocene. This workshop is being held at Warwick University and is being hosted by Territory subproject leader Stuart Elden.
Then, the following week, on 6-8 December at the University of Liverpool, Kimberley Peters and I will be running a workshop for early career researchers on seabed governance, focusing in particular on the opportunities that seabed governance debates provide for building bridges between science, policy, and advocacy. This is an effort of Working Group 3 (which Kim and I co-lead) of the EU COST Action on Ocean Governance.