time management lesson

I attended the 3-day Personal Skills Course from GPA Partnership on campus which I found unusual. I did however reflect on my own tactics and how I tend to approach tasks and people. The DPhil was presented as a manageable project that needs clarity, setting objectives, interim realistic aims and strategy. A good tip for prioritizing was to keep different material spaces for different priority tasks, which is not particularly useful to me because I don’t have that much space. Additionally, I don’t like paper to take up that space so I usually strip letters, notes etc to their core volume, which can be a note in my notebook.

A good tip that I am piloting and seems to work is: Use 10 minutes at the start of the day to plan (jot down 5-10 things that have to be done today). Use the plan. And spend another 10 minutes at the end of the day reflecting on own failure to accomplish the tasks, move for next day etc.


impressions from the feminist history conference

Reflections on the event

This is not intended to be a review of the Conference, and it does not function as a minutes document either. It consists more of a personal reflection and always within the framework (which is still shaping) of my research. In this light, I will refer to the various talks and presentations but it will be my interpretation of the arguments presented, in the sense that there may be a point more pertinent to the presenter’s discussion which I may have overlooked here. Continue reading “impressions from the feminist history conference”

In Depth:Feminism and History Conference and Update

The Artists page has been updated , with some more names and a few resources. This week I am looking at

intersections of feminism and technoscience and also searching for artists using computer media that focus

on gender/body/identity.

On Saturday Bishopsgate Institute is holding a one-day-conference in Feminism and History (organised by the History of Feminism Network in partnership with the Raphael Samuel History Centre, Goldsmiths, University of London-History and Politics Departments and the Graduate School), which I will be attending.

From the site:

“This one-day conference will explore the relationship between feminism and the making and writing of history. Postgraduates and early career scholars will present papers on many different aspects of the history of women’s movements since 1800, including ‘women of letters’, feminism and religion and re-thinking the first and second waves of feminism. The day will also discuss the rise of feminist history in the context of the women’s liberation movement and ask whether there is still a future for feminist history.

Speakers include Professor Barbara Taylor (University of East London), Dr Lucy Bland (London Metropolitan University), Dr Kathryn Gleadle (University of Oxford), Dr Lucy Delap (University of Cambridge) and Dr Margaretta Jolly (University of Sussex)”.
Booking and info here.
The Feminist Acivist Forum will also have a presence there, presenting their work on ‘Outwrite’ newspaper.

QueerNL workshop

This came from the Queeruption list -announcement of the workshop (21-23 November 08) follows:

“We would like to propose a 2dh5 workshop on queer activism in the
Netherlands. The Netherlands had a very active queer and lgbt actvist
movement in the 70s and 80s. This movement had organised public
demonstrations, started public debates, and played a huge role in changing
the legal as well as social response to homosexuality and related issues.
However, over the last decade and a half, the momentum has steadily
decreased. Society at large, including lgbt people, see the struggle as
having been won, and there being nothing left to achieve. There are now
only a handful of queer groups as well as lgbt groups in the country, and
a majority of the latter have evolved into institutionalised lobbying
groups. Continue reading “QueerNL workshop”

tactical biopolitics book review

Marcie Bianco of Feminist Review writes about the new book ‘Tactical Biopolitics: Art, Activism, and Technoscience’, Edited by Beatriz da Costa and Kavita Philip, MIT Press. She notes that

‘The essay on subRosa’s subversive practices that intertwine art, biology, and politics nicely encapsulates the empowering, activist tone of’

the book.