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A Conference Interlude

We apologize for the delay in our regular posting schedule due to a hiccup, but before we return to regular programming later tonight, here’s a useful conference theme interlude. We can’t cover everything of relevance to conferencing but here’s a

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The Conference You Wish Existed – A DIY Approach

I’ve been involved in conference planning before but this time is the first that I’ve actually come up with a conference that I wanted to make happen. It required me to take a chance on believing that “if you build

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#CAF Crisis = #Work/Life Imbalance

A still from Modern Times 1936. According to the official Charlie Chaplin website, copyright belongs to Roy Export SAS.

This month we’re talking about work/life balance. Have you ever noticed that the formulation of this proportion (some work, some life – probably more work, but entitlement to at least some life) refers to the personal scale of individual experience?

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Roundtable: Time-to-Completion Tips

Unplug the router, or, if you're feeling nostalgic for Office Space, smash the router.

On the heels of Dissertation Boot Camp we’ve decided to finish out the month by each answering the same question: In a lot (most?) of programs PhD students are often later than expected graduating. What has been the most useful

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I Can Get In, I Can’t Get Out: A Final Reflection on Dissertation Boot Camp

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Boot Camp has become like my phantom limb. Or else maybe I’m like some worker who has risen at the same time every day for 40 years and keeps getting up, getting dressed, and going through the motions of a

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On the Virtues of Peer Pressure or, Great Expectations

Did I say liveblogging? Well, yesterday I wrote all day and then went to the gym, made it home, ate, attended to a few details of home administration, and promptly fell asleep. Sleepblogging. I’ve accidentally left my notes from yesterday

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Do You Quit While You’re Ahead?


No, I’m not talking about academia in general. Don’t be so sensational. I’m talking about writing. At this morning’s Boot Camp motivational meeting Valerie Ashford, from the Writing Center, recommended setting time limits to your writing and then stopping at

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Office Hours?


Today was the first day of Dissertation Boot Camp (I’ve been talking of going to Boot Camp like Buster from Arrested Development talks about going to Army). The permission granted by this program to focus, without guilt, on your dissertation

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Happy Family Day and The First Verse of my Paean to Dissertation Boot Camp

On the eve of the beginning of dissertation bootcamp...

Happy family day, dear readers. On this, the second most joyous day of February, I’m writing to let you know that I’ll be posting – probably a few times, probably it’s called something like “liveblogging” by those in the know

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Cover your bases

Most cover letter humour is about job cover letters, rather than journal submission cover letters, so just replace "I" with "my paper" and "koalafications" with "koala the aims of your journal"

This week I’m continuing our series on publications by asking “what the hell is in a journal cover letter?” I was confused when I first had to write one of these. I felt I’d screwed up the courage to storm

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Gradifying Poll

Grad Community at Queen's
How connected do you feel to a community of other graduate students at Queen's?