Notes from the first year of my PhD

When I started my PhD, I decided to create an ongoing note on my phone to document my reflections on navigating academic life and things I've learned. Here they are.

It’s behind you

Spice up your relationship with your previous achievements, give them some TLC, tell them you’re thinking of them. Sometimes your greatest success is behind you.

Taking time for yourself isn’t a sign of weakness

I thought that if I was visibly tired, busy and over-worked then that would somehow justify the importance of my work to the external observer. But taking time for yourself isn't a sign of weakness.

You’re only doing a PhD so you can be a student forever

If you get comments from people doing "real" 9-5 office jobs in "The City" about how you're "putting off life" by doing a PhD, you're not alone.

It’s okay to have nothing to say

After I started my PhD, I realised that it’s okay to admit you haven’t heard of X concept or X canonical text. This may sound obvious, but it wasn’t to me until I sat in my first PhD working group.

A blog on blog writing

A blog about my fear of blogging and the crippling anxiety I face as I convince myself, three sentences in, that nobody cares what I have to say.

Article – Constructing a Non-Eurocentric Theory of International Relations: a cosmological framework

This article proposes a non-Western alternative to Eurocentric IR theory by marrying together aspects of three unconventional cosmologies from outside of the constructed Western IR boundary – Daoism, ubuntu, and dharma.

Catcalling: is it really that bad?

Ignoring sexist verbal harassment creates a culture whereby other types of violence against women are perceived to be acceptable. Confronting instances of street harassment is the important first step in tackling all types of verbal and physical hate crimes against women.

Article – Conflict Related Sexual Violence Towards Men: Engendering Change

The UN is unable to effectively tackle CSRV towards men due to the underlying gendered discourses underpinning its current security agenda, which serves to reinforce the binary of women as victims and men as perpetrators.

Review – The Dao of World Politics by L.H.M Ling

Ling uses Daoist dialectics to move beyond the parochial, state-centric Westphalian conception of a hierarchical and violent world politics in order to portray a world politics based on ethics, fluidity, compassion and care.

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