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Navigating Social Media as a Researcher

Here is the 2015 Social Media Map (thanks to Lucy Lyons for sending it to me): It is vast, varied and has something for everyone! But it can be overwhelming. It reminded me of a question I was asked in a recent class discussion about social media for researchers: What are the top 5 social media […]

Academic Writing Month 2013: My Goals

@americasstudies I’m sure you’ve seen the flurry of post after the official announcement: yes, #acwrimo 2013 is alive and kicking (1/2). — Melanie Boeckmann (@m_boeckmann) October 10, 2013 Academic Writing Month is on our doorsteps once again. After some success with it last year – all 9247 words of it – I am definitely taking […]

Thesis in a Tweet

Recently I partook in a challenge to condense my thesis topic into a 140 character (or less) tweet. I decided to rework the opening lines of Romeo and Juliet as a nod to my literature studies background. This also helped to produce a succinct description that emulates the poetic core of my project. 2 Chicana poets, both alike in feminist dignity In unfair U.S. […]

The Geography of Hate Versus The Geography of Marriage Equality in the U.S.

Above is the Geography of Hate Map of Homophobia in the U.S. (It also visualises racist and disability slurs). The project, headed by Monica Stephens of Humboldt State University, aims to do the following: The prominence of debates around online bullying and the censorship of hate speech prompted us to examine how social media has […]

Shut Up and Write Acrostic

Spotlight (on your writing) Hub (of activity) Universal (method for all writing types) Team (effort) Useful (for supercharging writing) Participate (with your peers in a socio-work setting) Amiable (environment to write and meet people) Negotiable (time, place, and duration) Diversity (in/out of every session) Words (on screen/paper, among friends) Regular (sessions help people keep in […]

Am I Making You Sick? Why I Love Academic Blogging

I recently read an article by Inger Mewburn (The Thesis Whisperer) called “‘You make me want to throw up’: why do some academics hate blogging?” As I read down through Mewburn’s experiences of resistance to blogging among academics I felt incredibly familiar with most of them: the accusation that blogging is not scholarly, the comments […]

A St Patrick’s Day Tweet

As an Irish researcher of Chicana poetry I was delighted by this tweet in response to St Patrick’s Day today: “@laloalcaraz: Remember, the Irish are Europe’s Chicanos! #HappyStPatricksDay” So true! — Tony Hernandez (@TonyHTonyH) March 17, 2013   Similar Post: The Irish In Mexico: The San Patricios

To Conclude: Academic Writing Month and Me

As Academic Writing Month Draws to an end, I wish to reflect on how it has shaped my work over the past month. I sit here in a shut up and write session organised by WISPS (#WispsWD)using the last few minutes of the writing hours to begin this post. I entered AcWriMo with the hope that […]

Reading Kristeva: Podcasts, Discourse, and Collaboration

At the moment I am re-reading Julia Kristeva as a possible theoretical framework for my thesis. Kristeva is quite complex, yet very rewarding, and her phenomenological approach can be challenging after months of engaging with more straightforward critical and theoretical texts. When I struggle to find meaning in, or build up a dialogue between my […]

Storifying Conferences

I recently wrote a post On Organising Conferences in which I suggested using tools like Storify to create a digital record of the event. I was on the organising committee for the annual School of English Postgraduate Conference in University College Cork called Bookends VI: Deviance which took place on the 30th and 31st May […]