Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Creative Communities 2: Day 2 & 3

The final two days of CC2 were as inspiring as the first. Mary Fogarty kicked us off on Wednesday, day 2, with a very accessible and thoughtful keynote on her doctoral research concerned with breaking. Mary brought together much of the thinking from the previous day, suggesting 'extended families' in various youth cultures as useful mechanisms for inclusion and community.

Mary Fogarty, getting down low

Tuesday, 21 September 2010

Creative Communities 2: Day 1

This week the Griffith Centre for Cultural Research hosted the second annual Creative Communities conference on the Gold Coast at Crowne Plaza. The theme of the conference this year is 'Culture, Identity & Inclusion'. Here are some thoughts and responses to Day 1 of the conference.

thought bubble: humanities podcast

Let me introduce you to the work of Dr Ann Jones, who puts together a monthly podcast called 'Think Bubble'. Ann asks what is going on in the humanities in Australia, and each month she talks to researchers on her program. You can also subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. From issues of language and place through to research on new media, this podcast is a nice little bite-size way to be exposed to some research we might not otherwise hear much about.

I came across the podcast because Ann asked to interview me for the program, which I was more than happy to do. You can find that interview in the current episode. This will conclude the shameless self promotion for this evening. Thank you Ann!

Thursday, 16 September 2010

organising journal articles

Being organised is my main coping mechanism for pretty much anything related to work: labeled folders (physical and digital), class lists, marks spreadsheets, project timelines, budget documents, agendas for meetings, to-do lists, checklists, synchronising all my files across all my computers/laptop/ipad via dropbox, and knowing exactly where every powerpoint/lecture/seminar/conference paper I have ever prepared for is located. Sometimes I wonder whether or not being excessively organised (at work only, I might add) is actually a form of procrastination. Okay, I don't wonder, I know. Let's not speak of this again.

I don't know whether other people are as fussy me, but it works. Just don't mess with my spreadsheets. In this post I will rave on about one of my favourite things to catalogue and organise: journal articles.