I'm a designer and researcher from France, living and working in London for over 10 years. I'm currently writing up my PhD by practice which is about algorithms, prediction, and diagrams. I'm interested in the digital humanities, media archaeology, and critical/speculative creative practice.
I'm keen to try (and potentially build?) alternatives to predatory services like academia.edu and researchgate so this is me jumping in!
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Where I stand: rewriting the academic bio - by Dr Tamson Pietsch
thesis, exams, money
Had my re-entry exam today. I'll be officially back next term after being on 👶 leave since Sept. They recognised big progress has been made. My argument makes sense as an outline 🎉 .
The hard bit was the 'plan to submission'. There is no £ left so:
- 1st draft end June
- final in Sept.
The panel kinda gasped at that. I never needed more calm and focus, never been so broke and uncertain. Better done than perfect, but can it be done?
My first ever book chapter came back from the editor. I submitted it about a year ago so it is obvs. mega cringe to re-read. I will have to look past that and do the few changes next week. No time to rewrite it all + I have a thesis to focus on. The ed. says she is happy with it, no way I believe that of course 😉 let's just hope no one ever reads it!
first peer reviewed conference paper
Marenko, B. and Benqué, D. (2019) ‘Speculative diagrams: Experiments in mapping Youtube’, in Method & Critique; frictions and shifts in RTD. Research Through Design, TU Delft. doi: https://doi.org/10.6084/m9.figshare.7855811.v1.
The review process for this was looong but very productive, really challenged my assumptions as I dragged my feet through it. So THANKS reviewer 2!
Reading on academic writing
"professors are the ones nobody wanted to dance with in high school."
"difficult prose can function as a kind of protective camouflage. When you write typical academic prose, it is nearly impossible to make a strong, clear statement. The benefit here is that no one can attack your position"
Patricia Nelson Limerick (1993) ‘Dancing with professors: the trouble with academic prose’, New York Times Book Review, 31 October. Available at: https://www.cs.tufts.edu/~nr/cs257/archive/patricia-limerick/dancing.htm
There is no way my supervisor will do this, but still useful. Might put myself through these paces when the time comes (I don't have a 1st draft yet).
Ten drafts to submission
One draft per week.
email list politics
Design has this "PhD Design List" for jobs, CfPs, and discussion threads.
Recently the old white profs on there descended yet again into sexist arguments and endless ramblings justifying their shitty politics with dodgy theory. When confronted by others they basically said "well we own this list🤷♂️"
I was this close to unsubscribing, thinking no job FOMO is worth this bs, but then another prof responded and murdered everyone by words. Now I don't know what to do.
stages of literature review:
1. I am a brilliant genius whose originality is beyond compare
2. [searches google scholar]
3. oh no
4. oh god no
5. like fifty people have done this exact thing
6. [actually reads some of the papers]
7. wait these are all related but not exactly the same thing
8. also some of them are not very good
9. oh this one is actually really helpful!
10. I am a brilliant, gracious genius whose originality is beyond compare
thesis writing, lit review, code
I got sick of getting stuck writing sentences that don't make any sense. So I decided to step back and look at the structure.
I parsed all the citations in my context review chapter 🤓 this view is kinda useful actually, I can see which major works aren't in place yet, and which ones should probably be woven through the whole chapter. Might do a venn diagram because this thesis must have as many diagrams as possible.
Phd Candidate at the Royal College of Art, London. Researching algorithms and prediction as/with diagrams. I also teach on the BA Design at Goldsmiths.
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