Embedded below is a presentation I gave to new research students in the history department at St Andrews.
While introducing some tools that I find useful in my own academic workflow, I hoped to make the general point that using different applications to break up the messy, complex beast that is the research project makes it more manageable.
It is technically feasible to write an entire PhD project using only Word, but no sane person would do this. By thinking about the disparate tasks that make up research and writing and considering what tool works best for each function, it becomes easier to envision just how you might go about writing a lengthy dissertation.
A desk is a dangerous place from which to view the world
- John le Carré
…try telling that to the dissertation.
At the start of this summer I spent some time thinking about how I would structure my day in order to get more writing done. I wanted to find a daily schedule that I could follow consistently, without the risk of burnout.
This post will outline some of the things I’ve learned about how to spend time writing productively each and every day.
Embedded below is a presentation I gave at the University of St Andrews earlier today on creating a digital ecosystem for academic research.
Having already discussed many disparate software options for research and writing in previous ‘digital history’ presentations, this workshop was designed to demonstrate how these different products can fit together and work as a whole within an academic workflow.
Below is a Storify of my tweets at the Research Futures 2013 Conference held at the University of St Andrews on June 4.
Further details of the conference and a copy of the programme can be found at the conference website here.
Additional links mentioned in the summary-
Beltane Public Engagement Network: http://www.beltanenetwork.org/
National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement: http://www.publicengagement.ac.uk/
Bright Club (Stand-up Comedy for Researchers): http://www.brightclub.org/
The Scottish History Festival: historyfest.co.uk
On 28 May 1987 a German teenager landed this plane in the very centre of Moscow:
As it’s International Museum Day, let me tell you a story about a museum and a younger me:
Cast yourself back to 2008. The Great Recession had hit and Lehman Brothers investment bank had just collapsed. I was occupied on some of the financial fall-out of this, working in my first job as a corporate financier in London Town. My presence in the office from 6am to 11pm during this time – and additional issues – had me thinking this might not be the career for me.
Last week I attended the first instalment of the ‘A Creative Enlightenment’ workshop. I was lucky enough to be offered a place on this programme and it’s been an incredibly inspiring experience (no, really – I don’t do hyperbole) and full of useful how-to advice.
What is ‘A Creative Enlightenment’ (ACE)?
ACE is an AHRC-funded programme to encourage entrepreneurial thinking among Arts & Humanities research students at Scottish universities. In short, it’s designed to promote consideration of ‘how to transform creativity into realistic career opportunities.’
Oliver Stone’s #UntoldHistory
A summary of the live-tweeting at the Institue of Historical Research, where Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick introduced their new documentary series and book
Dominic Sandbrook on being a Popular Historian
Last night Dominic Sandbrook participated in a Q&A session at Cambridge. Here are some excerpts (as tweeted by @PopularHistory)