I still have to come to terms with the non-direct link between my blog’s blogroll and my bloglines feed reader. Whenever I come across someone interesting or one of my old feeds has changed address and the like, I update my bloglines straight away. However, I have to get used toÂ updating it on here. Hopefully writing this note to myself will serve as a trigger to rimind myself whenever I play with the blogroll.
A new addition is Adam Muir at http://amuir.edublogs.org/Â he is a PhD at Griffith Uni. He recently changed blogs. His most recent post on his new blog is an interesting reflection on the interpersonal politics of participation by postgrads and ECRs in academia.
That good old piece of advice from public speaking aboutÂ thinking of your audience as being naked can be transported into academia. Except for an important caveat, and that is a lot of the academics (and postgrads) I have met carrying on as if they would like you to think of them as naked. Or, should I say,Â at least like someone else to think of them as naked.Â Especially at conference dinners/drinks. This reverses the reassuring, nerves-attenuating advantageÂ of such ‘imagineering’.Â You know, sexy cultstuds and all that… Maybe it is just the people I mix with. Or my infantile prejudices. Or adult prejudices. Or sense of humour. Or bad taste. I am not sure.
Or you could just wear black, a leather jacket,Â andÂ act as ifÂ you want to live in New York.
Or bring out some class hatred, or in its milder form as disdain,Â towards people whoÂ wear black, leather jackets,Â and act as if theyÂ already are in New York.Â Bourgies! That goes down a treat.
But, seriously, something on this issue isÂ going to have to beÂ on the postgrad wiki.Â
The CSAA exec meeting is tomorrow. So hopefully the wiki shall be getting up very soon.