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Thank you, Aleksandra, and thank you for following me here all these years! You’re absolutely right, it’s the right place to get a greeting from you. I thought I spotted you in the audience on Friday, but afterward I forgot all about it. I have a couple of blog posts in the pipeline, in order finish the story and wrap up the blog, which I think it deserves. Afterward, I’m looking very much forward to get on with some other stuff, academic and other :-)
Thinking that the blog is the right place for gratulations! Gratulations, Cicilie! It was fun to attend your defence Friday and fun to follow your Paris-journey. Good luck with new projects, bigger and the tiny ones )
If I may add more as to cultural differences, in Norway when you communicate perphaps people value more the content of what people say not the form, and most of times it has to be short, concrete and direct without unuseful “decorations"..while in france and southern europe the form of communication, expressivity is everything! it is even part of communication, so your eyes do communicate, as much as the rest of your facial expressions, bodily postures, gestures, etc. while in norway this is to a much lesser degree so..
But only one question..what if u swap the roles? when men in Norway are called out “hot” by girls on the street noone thinks “oh, that’s a light sexual harassment!", but on the opposite those men are supposed to play along the game, and possibly praise that girl’s sexual emancipation, which is ok, but something doens’t sound so equal there if you swap back the roles…
Good to hear that you are having a working-flow at the moment. Wish you good luck.
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“A student alerted me to the fact that Evans-Pritchard lead African troops against the Italians in Eastern Africa during the WWII (Wikipedia). After seeing the French film Indigènes (see earlier blog post) on how the French colonial troops were treated during the war, I cannot but wonder how my predecessor treated his own soldiers.”
Presumably one could do some documentary research on this, rather than speculate and imply.
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That’s a good one, Peterblu. It didn’t take me long in front of the keyboard to remember what an important advice that is. Thank you!
Yes, I’ve a simple phrase tacked over my desk to remind me of this “don’t get it right, get it written". Good luck!
WOW! 1000 pages a day is impressive hihihi
Thank you for your comment, Aleksandra! You’re absolutely right about the editing, and 11 days seems like an optimistic and good estimate. Today I’ve done about 600-700 new words and quite a lot of cut’n'paste and now the bulk work for my paper in Catania, Sicily(!!!) is done.
Actually, I do structure a lot along the way, but always with a pencil on paper on in my notebook. That’s why it is so important for me to know exactly what I’m going to work on the next day: I need to have at least an idea, a problematics or a simple outline drawn out beforehand.
Co-authoring I’ve never tried, but I can imagine it must be both creative and confusing the way you do it.
And, finally, no reason do dream of being in my position right now :-) In the beginning of a research project, yes absolutely, but now, when the money and patience is running out, it’s quite nerve-wrecking. But on the other hand, I understand what you mean: When the story finally flows from under your fingers, the feeling is of course absorbing and great. Good luck to you!
Good for you! This is the way I have been always working. I fill out pages and pages and pages and then the operation starts: cut, move, lim, sew etc. Always worked for me (maybe because I do have problems with finding a structure first, like in painting, you kind of know that it will be a winter landscape, but you are never sure if you’ll end up with 2 trees or 4 etc).
Works for me, but stream of consciousness is a painful method while working on texts with co-authors. I am still not sure how to handle it.
Regarding you question - even if you do 1000 a day, you still will need (I guess) some days/weeks for the operation part. But as you, say it will be much easier to edit. So I would optimistically say 44 days
So, cheer up and enjoy the stream and look forward to the lovely structure you’ll see in the end.
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Thanks, I enjoyed that.
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Hi Tracy, It’s always good to hear it when others find my musings helpful or interesting. Good luck with the struggle!
Thanks for your comment! It’s nice to hear from other participants, and I’m looking forward to hearing more about your research at the conference.
I googled ‘Home, Migration and the City…’ and this post popped up. I hope you don’t mind me contacting you, but I’m doing a paper at the conference too - immediately before yours! Mine is on migrant musicians’ narratives of home. Looking forward to meeting you there.
Thanks for your comment, Heather! That’s a really good idea I should consider doing myself. I haven’t been too concerned about trying to be useful before - probably because I didn’t think I could make any difference -, but lately I’ve started thinking that perhaps it’s better to at least try… We’ll see what comes out of it.