Month: January 2012

Asking technical questions Asking questions relating to your institution Asking questions relating to doing a PhD Promoting events within your institution Promoting broader academic events Dialogue about research interests Dialogue about the process of doing a PhD Seeking support in your PhD Offering support in your PhD Promoting your activities Courtesy of Virginia Yonkers: Looking […]

To maintain that social relations have a reality of their own (sui generis) means saying that they are not simply derived from something else, but reflect an order of reality of their own with internal dynamics that require theoretical-practical conceptualization. This order of reality is not derivable from or reduicble to this or that particular […]

Responsible department: Department for Education There is a need for an informed public debate on the purpose of education. No expansive debate has taken place in recent years. Significant global, environmental and socio-economic conditions make such a debate vital. Policies are set by dominant political parties representing a minority of the electorate. Ministers often have […]

“I came to identify as asexual this way: I have never understood the desire to engage in the acts that define sex, from kissing on down the list. My body doesn’t function that way – it doesn’t excite me. Other things excite me: a good protest, a fine steak, reaching the top of a mountain […]

What I mean by emotional purchase is analogous to the idea of Merleau-Ponty (1979) that we have a basic need for an ‘optimal grip’ on the world rooted in our embodiment. He argues that our bodies sit in a prediscursive relation with the world and, as we move through this world, we strive to maintain […]

The aforementioned transformations in the socio-cultural and the cultural system are generalisable beyond the particular experiences of asexual individuals. Some have suggested that the heterogeneity which manifests itself through the Internet precludes generalisation. For instance Gauntlett and Horsley (2004: 28) argue that the diversity of material available online means that it is “not possible to […]

The term ‘culture’ carries considerable intellectual baggage yet is rarely subject to extensive conceptual scrutiny. Our use of it is simultaneously everyday and abstract, concrete yet nebulous and, as a consequence, operationalizing it within the context of research necessitates a degree of specificity which it profoundly lacks when utilised within lay discourse. Therefore drawing on […]

It has become widely accepted in lay and academic circles that the Internet and associated digital technologies are transforming the manner in which human beings interact with others and understand themselves. In her seminal work Turkle (1996) argues that such technologies are engendering profound cultural changes through the renegotiation of conceptual and experiential boundaries which […]

It’s been a long and lonely trip but I’m glad that I took it because it was well worth it/ I got to read a couple books and do some research before I reached my verdict/ Never thought that I was perfect/ Always thought that I had a purpose/ Used to wonder if I’d live […]