Other PhD student will know the feeling, that massive "FOMO", whenever they meet friends and realise these friends have either switched jobs, got promoted, went on vacation in a very interesting place, married, divorced, got kids, etc ... Whenever you connect back to the general context of your life over a dinner or a chat … Continue reading Context is important.
Sometimes, quitting is the good option. This is an option I've thought about daily during the first two years of my own PhD program. Now I don't think about it so much anymore, except when, during "holidays", I get glimpses of live outside of the PhD, such as the life of normal people with normal … Continue reading About quitting a PhD
Officially, this is my current status. But in reality, nothing sounds right in this sentence. PhD students don't have holidays. I don't feel I'm going back anywhere, and home has come to mean something very different over the years ... Home 101, the house I grew up in - the one I dream about when … Continue reading Holidays Back Home
When talking about Lebanon, it's very easy to fall into some well-worn tropes, such as the "wild nightlife while the war threatens", etc ... And it's hard to catch this weird little place where I live most of the time in a few words, and it's even harder to catch the little things that could … Continue reading Passim
Like possibly every PhD student ever, I go from time to time through 'whatsthepoint' periods. You work every day on a subject you are sometimes perfectly unsure of. How is this relevant to anything and anyone on the planet ? I perfectly understand the seeking of knowledge for knowledge in itself, or fundamental research in … Continue reading What’s the point ?
A recent Guardian article here broached a subject that had long been nagging me, and which surfaced last year while chatting with a fellow "talker" during my first academic conference ever (more on that later). She was telling me that later on she would like to do some research on speculative fiction. It made me … Continue reading Speculative Fiction is Coming.
Last Wednesday, it was my turn to present a brown-bag talk at noon. (How fitting that we should present our obscure research in front a small audience on Odin's day - lord of mysteries, runes, poetry, knowledge and suchly stuff). Because it's an American university, I could have done in in English, but because I … Continue reading The Significance of a Brown-Bag