PhD thesis

Refining

2019-10-25

in PhD thesis, Writing

I have been productively refining the dissertation, adding to the precision and extent of its content. There is still NVivo analysis to be done and the iterative process of refining the manuscript with the committee, but all the indications so far are that the interviews I conducted provide useful information for what happened during these […]

Given how much I have been thinking about ‘the summer’ as a unit, September might have been expected to arrive with a feeling like a sonic boom experienced from the ground or the tolling of an ancient clock bell. The temporary life reorganization arising from my mother’s short visit blurred the transition, as I had […]

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It’s 4:41am and I am in my 10 1/2th hour of thesis work since I last slept. For weeks I have been working my way through my notebooks, compiling interview reports based on my discussions with campus fossil fuel divestment organizers in Canada. I have been paying special attention to getting the details from this […]

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Now that my copy of NVivo has been delivered there is an extra impetus to finish converting my notes from the 62 interviews so far into text file interview reports which I can code using the software. That will be my main focus until the whole set of interview reports is written. Then I can […]

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Fascinating what you can find online: Canada’s Oil Sands: Connecting Energy Infrastructure with Core Values Peter MacConnachie, Suncor Energy PNWER Meeting, Big Sky Note especially slide 16 and slide 20: the first is their breakdown of the “enemy naming” strategy which the CFFD movement has adopted to assert the moral complicity of the fossil fuel […]

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tap tap tap

2019-08-02

in PhD thesis, Writing

Number of pages in Word manuscript by date, along with number of desirable research subjects identified, interviews conducted, and interview reports completed: Pages by chapter:

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I know it sounds assholish to say it, but writing books makes life thrilling. It makes me aware of the individuality of every passing moment of time, the progress of the universe toward some state of complexity and development which doesn’t exist yet but which is palpably coming. private to the other dot-orc, I hope […]

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Productivity in the context of academic research is an unusual phenomenon. While elements like data entry may have a pretty direct and straightforward relationship between effort and outcomes, coming up with new ideas and writing can both involve a lot of unpredictability and spontaneity. Academic productivity is also social, or at least networked. The extent […]

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Where have all the activists gone? The Varsity By Anna Osterberg Published: 7:28 pm, 17 May 2019

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Today was the end of term party in the political science department. I showed up in a suit in part to convey to any of my committee members present that I am focused on getting the dissertation done. * I have promised my supervisor two big packages of work. First — The output from the […]

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