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
"I do not know what is happening. The reason of my waking mind tells me that great evil has befallen and we stand at the end of days. But my heart says nay: and all my limbs are light, and a hope and joy are come to me that no reason can deny. (...) I … Continue reading إنّا لله وإنّا إليه راجعون
I'm a PhD student in Arabic literature, and because of my specific subject, islamology as well. So you would think that mastering Arabic is an obvious thing to have among my set of skills. I have never heard of a PhD student in French literature who couldn't speak/write/understand French. Same for about any other language … Continue reading Learning the language
Yesterday I was minding my own business in a coffee shop, that is, I opened a book and tried to read it. However if people talk loudly right next to me, I first listen to what they say. Either it's boring and then I can actively concentrate on my book (I have a high power … Continue reading No myth and no legends ?
I really thought I'd be able to write one post a week, last semester. I once again wanted to believe that my overbooked agenda would let me time for writing things on the internet. Or at least, that my very efficient self-pressure button would not work so much this time, so that I actually took … Continue reading New Year … New hopes for my blog(s)