Throwntogetherness

or, the juxtaposition of previously unrelated trajectories

How I held it together and reorganized my book manuscript without being reduced to an embarrassing mess (and other lies)

“Oh crap.” I thought, for the six hundred millionth time since I had opened my overdue manuscript. Other common thoughts included: “This is total crap.” “Did I write this crap?” … Continue reading

January 15, 2020 · Leave a comment

My new normal: reducing decision fatigue with four kids and fulltime work

I used to think routines are unnecessary. Now I can’t live without them!

August 10, 2019 · 2 Comments

Six things I wish I had known before editing my first collection

I am currently working on the introduction to The Handbook of Diverse Economies with the wonderful Katherine Gibson. It is the last chapter of our 58 chapter handbook, and, as … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · 2 Comments

Care-Work on Fieldwork

Reblogging from 2015: Every time I publish an article based on my personal PhD experiences with fieldwork, I tell myself it will be the last. So far, I have four. … Continue reading

June 24, 2019 · 6 Comments

Making my own life-work manifesto

Lately I have been feeling very disillusioned with the academic life. I mean, I’ve always intellectually known that our reach is often short, our work ignored and overlooked, and our … Continue reading

May 31, 2019 · Leave a comment

Saying yes, saying no: 4 years tracking my voluntary academic activities

Recently in my Twitter circle, I’ve been part of a few conversations about academic workloads, work-life balance, and managing the pressure of early career researcher decision-making. It forced me to … Continue reading

May 27, 2019 · 1 Comment

The work of “Life Admin”

I recently read Elizabeth Emen’s 2019 book The Art of Life Admin. Well, perhaps inhaled is a better verb to describe what I did with it. I got it out … Continue reading

May 14, 2019 · 1 Comment

Academic Maternity Leave : The shame game

It is a milestone week. My baby is now past the six week mark. We saw our wonderful wise midwife for the last time professionally and were transferred into the … Continue reading

February 23, 2019 · 1 Comment

Blogging by phone

So Boochani wrote his award winning book on WhatsApp. And I have been blogging so irregularly: firstly because I have way too many writing deadlines and even when I have … Continue reading

February 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

Three Words 2018: Less, Dwell, Write

In the last few years I have been choosing some focus words for each year, rather than a New Year’s Resolution. In 2018, after reflecting on the words and things … Continue reading

January 8, 2019 · 2 Comments

Becoming a quality scholar through deep work

How do we become scholars that produce quality thinking and research, and stay sane in an academic environment where bringing in salary recovery dollars and churning out publication ‘fluff’ sometimes … Continue reading

August 10, 2018 · 2 Comments

Collective Strategies for Deep Work

In a previous post reviewing Cal Newport’s book Deep Work I promised I would write a post sharing more collective strategies for enabling deep work, in particular for people with … Continue reading

April 4, 2018 · 5 Comments

The Invisible Gender of Deep Work

A book review of Cal Newport’s Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, 2016, London: Little Brown. It’s no secret that many of us find it difficult … Continue reading

April 1, 2018 · 15 Comments

Three Words 2017: Prepare, Deeper, Joy

Prepare, deeper, joy. For 2017, these were my touchstone words, reminding me of the things I was to ponder and experiment with this year. Choosing a word for the year … Continue reading

December 27, 2017 · 1 Comment

An article six years in the making…

  I am just so ridiculously pleased to finally have this article out. I first presented the material that became this article in July 2011 in Sydney, Australia. I have … Continue reading

October 2, 2017 · Leave a comment

Be gone, cruel voices

I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. I’m thinking of when you have something important to do, to say, but become paralysed by your uncertainty about your ability — … Continue reading

August 29, 2017 · 5 Comments

Five things I learned while editing my thesis into a book

It has been some time now since I published the posts on writing your book proposal for an academic book coming out of your thesis (see also this and this). … Continue reading

July 26, 2017 · Leave a comment

I know, I’ll wait, I’m here

This is re-post of a piece co-authored with Stephen Healy for The Daily Marinade , first published July 15th 2017. In a post circulating on facebook from 2016, a woman … Continue reading

July 19, 2017 · 1 Comment

On (the impossibility of?) settling down

It seems to be thing. Couples who fall in love with each other, commit to a shared life together, then at some point discover their idea of home is — … Continue reading

July 15, 2017 · Leave a comment

Slow, painful, rewrite #9

I’m guessing about the #9, actually. I’m pretty sure I’ve completely rewritten this paper more than nine times, it’s just nine for this title. But for what it’s worth, I’m … Continue reading

May 5, 2017 · 5 Comments

Thinking-with, Dissenting-within

I am about three chapters in to Maria Puig de la Bellacasa’s book Matters of Care: Speculative Ethics in More Than Human Worlds.  In the same way that Richard Rohr seems to … Continue reading

April 29, 2017 · 2 Comments

Vulnerability and Learning to be Affected

I’ve been struggling with an article for a long time. This piece of writing has evolved through 5 or 6 complete revisions and framings (and many, many more versions), including … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

How much is enough? Setting some limits on ‘voluntary’ academic work for the new year

Every year, I try and do some work on being more intentional about the things I say yes to.

January 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

How to do slow reading

My previous post ‘slow scholarship starts with slow reading’ prompted some questions around slow reading. What do I really mean by slow reading, and how do we do it? It … Continue reading

December 28, 2016 · 6 Comments

Slow Scholarship starts with Slow Reading

I wonder if you know the feeling: You have a few hours, or a day, to get some writing done — to get it finished, in fact! You have been … Continue reading

December 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

Writing your Book Proposal II: What happens after submitting your proposal?

After submitting your proposal, it’s time for the waiting game. It will go to peer review, then you will need to respond, then it might go before a board, all … Continue reading

December 13, 2016 · 2 Comments

Writing a book proposal I: From concept to submission

Publishing an academic book is a bit different from publishing a novel, I’m told. All I can do is tell you the process I went through, and offer suggestions on … Continue reading

December 8, 2016 · 4 Comments

Turning your PhD into a book

As I was racing to the submission finish line with my PhD thesis in August 2012, I constantly doubted whether certain sections were ‘done’ or ‘good enough’. One of the … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · 2 Comments

Quiet: A book review

Recently I was recommended Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking.  My first reaction to the recommendation was ‘but I’m not an … Continue reading

November 16, 2016 · 2 Comments

Writing for Research II: Writing as an iterative process

Yesterday, I wrote about writing as a learned skill. Today we move on to thinking about writing as an iterative process. One of the biggest mistakes that graduate students make … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Writing for Research I: Writing is a learned skill

  I recently gave a class on writing for research to a wonderful group of health science postgraduate students. It was a great opportunity to gather some of my ideas … Continue reading

May 9, 2016 · 2 Comments

Beyond public intellectualism: moving from ‘matters of fact’ to ‘matters of concern’ in research

Last week I posted on being a public intellectual, or someone who engages with communities and society outside of academia, communicating research directly and also being influenced by communities in … Continue reading

April 10, 2016 · 4 Comments

Being a Public Intellectual

Today I was interviewed by a PhD scholar  researching ‘public’ geographers and public intellectuals more generally. I’m not sure if I was being researched as an actual public geographer, or … Continue reading

April 6, 2016 · 11 Comments

What I learned about emailing students… from my two-year-old.

I recently posted about writing emails to lecturers in New Zealand universities. I made some suggestions for appropriate email etiquette in NZ based on deconstructing a few representative emails and … Continue reading

March 22, 2016 · 2 Comments

You Won’t Believe How These New Zealand Undergraduates Email Their Lecturers

My tongue-in-cheek clickbait title is meant to illustrate via awkward engagement how inappropriate the norms of social media are to academia. Nowhere is this more obvious than when students try … Continue reading

March 21, 2016 · 1 Comment

Domestic Activists?

Women still do the majority of household caring labour. But not only this, women’s caring labour has expanded to include care not just for families and their needs but also … Continue reading

January 27, 2016 · 3 Comments

Insecurities as a mum-employee

Today I had a major work-fail moment. I was organising honours students presentations, and had already underorganised that normally-well-attended event. It was first thing in the morning following a public … Continue reading

June 2, 2015 · 5 Comments

Writing First Year Geography Lectures

I’ve been very quiet in the blogosphere recently. Mostly because I have been preparing new lectures for a section of a first year course I am teaching. I taught first … Continue reading

May 20, 2015 · Leave a comment

Academic mothering: reflections from guest blogger Dr Ann Hill

My friend and colleague Ann Hill has contributed a blog post for me today, inspired by the conversations we have had about managing our academic and mothering practices. Dr Ann … Continue reading

April 22, 2015 · 1 Comment

On writing: Spew drafts in the Phd process

I have recently been working through a book with some PhD students in my department. The book is Alison B Miller’s Finish Your Dissertation Once and For All! How to … Continue reading

March 24, 2015 · 3 Comments

Managing Maternity-related Gaps in your CV Part II: Upbeat ways to make caring work visible

When it comes to applying for jobs as a mother, there seems to be two approaches to explaining any gaps in your CV. The first approach is to maintain that … Continue reading

February 17, 2015 · 2 Comments

Managing Maternity-Related CV Gaps Part I: The ‘ideal fit’

Early career researchers are often applying for a limited number of jobs in a really competitive market. In New Zealand, this is compounded by the fact that universities are partly … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 2 Comments

Small victory for breastfeeding on campus

Last year I bought a semester parking ticket because, even though I bike or walk in each day, my husband parks near my building and brings the baby up for … Continue reading

February 4, 2015 · 1 Comment

Breastfeeding and academic travel

So, I have been the primary income earner in all my 14 years of marriage. And in that time, I have had three children. I breastfed my first two for … Continue reading

January 21, 2015 · 6 Comments

Wife of a stay-at-home husband

There seems to be a misconception out there that having a stay at home husband is some kind of pinnacle of feminist achievement. You go out, focus on your rewarding … Continue reading

September 1, 2014 · 7 Comments

Throwntogetherness — or the juxtaposition of previously unrelated trajectories

‘Throwntogetherness’ is a term that feminist geographer Doreen Massey uses to describe a particular quality of space that she admires. And by space she means the site where a multiplicity … Continue reading

August 19, 2014 · Leave a comment