*"More bearable than Vogon poetry!" - some random*
*"She's just this burnt-out academic, you know?" - her closest friend*
This blog explores the misadventures of an arts and humanities scholar who left university teaching to get some work done. Posts include condensed versions of academic articles and conference papers, responses to films and events, reflections on researching emotionally challenging topics, and the experiences of navigating the precarious landscape of higher education post-PhD.
It is a year and a day since I last posted. I had just begun working as a Teaching Fellow in the University of Aberdeen. What a year 2013 turned out to be. I designed and coordinated an Honours course on Cinema and the American Avant-garde, and taught on the Introduction to Visual Culture and Cinema and Revolution courses. There were personal and professional difficulties, but I made the most incredible friends anyone could hope for, and learned so much about teaching, learning, and life. The six months flew in all too quickly, and I moved back to Belfast at the end of June (just in time for marching season, of course). I'd have liked to have travelled a bit, but Aberdeen is an expensive city to live in and I knew I wouldn't have income again until November as I had been offered a similar full-time fixed term position at Queen's, so back to my ma's it was.
What a summer. I had decided to save my earnings and eke them out until I was working again rather than sign on. I…