Masochistic PhD

‘Why are most PhD candidates unhappy?’ blogger Nadya Karimasari was asked by a student. In today’s column, Nadya reflects on the culture in academia that unintentionally encourages unhappiness. ‘The ability to constructively deal with criticism is one of the most important traits for a scientist,’ said professor Jan-Willem van Groenigen during a general PhD course…

Methodology Notes: Fieldwork and Reality Construction

This month I am following a Master course, "Fieldwork in Conflict and Post-Conflict Setting" with Gemma van der Haar and Peter Tamas. It is very good and gives me a lot of imagination to handle the practice and methodological thinking of doing fieldwork. I would recommend to do this course especially if you already had…

Research Update: Introduction

Okay, long story short: I haven't been updating my research process for almost a year now. Thanks to my office room-mate Britt Broekhaus today, we had a short chit chat on what our research is about. It is a challenge for both of us to say what our research is about in two words or…

The Unconventional Anna Tsing

Last week, blogger Nadya had one of her best PhD moments: she met one of the most innovative anthropologists of our time. When I was working on my master’s thesis five years ago, my supervisor told me that I was like Anna Tsing. At the time, although Anna Tsing’s work was mostly on Indonesia, I was…

Life after Deadline

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‘Life in academia is a life of catching up,’ said a professor of blogger Nadya Karimasari, which is why people in academia have to get used to the feeling of being behind. As a first year PhD candidate, I was often told ‘you still have plenty of time!’ But I am wondering: why has it…

... continually facing a problem which is very familiar to anthropologists: how to express a different system with a vocabulary which is inevitably moulded to the institutions of the society in which it is normally used. (Bloch, 1983: 34)

Seasonal Change

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Blogger Nadya Karimasari needs some tips to enjoy the breezy autumn. Summer is officially over. For someone from the tropics like myself, to let go of the glorious summer days is easier said than done. The night comes sooner and the morning is terribly dark. I have to bring a flashlight to the bus stop,…