Changing topics in year 5

2017-01-20

in Daily updates, PhD thesis, Writing

My supervisors have been encouraging me to switch thesis topics. I find myself resisting because the proposed alternative topic has very little to do with the intersection between environmental and indigenous politics, which I judge to be the most important ongoing change in the contemporary politics of the United States and Canada.

At the same time, while I have made a significant effort to come to grips with indigenous politics in the context of climate change politics, I have also often felt contradicted and confused, unable to discern confidently which interpretation may be most robust and useful. It may well be that I just don’t know enough about them to make a PhD research project with that focus feasible to complete over the next two years.

If you look at my initial long proposal and my subsequent shorter proposal, you can see a few of the reasons why I think this intersection is so interesting and important.

I’m still thinking it through.

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Milan January 22, 2017 at 7:20 pm

There was also this effort at reformulating the pipeline proposal.

I am aiming to get the first preliminary draft of a divestment-based proposal to my supervisors and committee members tomorrow.

alena January 22, 2017 at 9:21 pm

If your proposal rings true to your core, than go with it. You are smart, caring, hardworking and passionate. That is much more than most of us have.

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