I have decided to try and make a more concerted effort with this blog over 2014. I have decided that my lack of engagement and enjoyment with the modern age of technology is probably due to just that; a complete lack of engagement. As this is now mid May and I am posting this now you can see that the fulfilment of New Year Resolutions regarding this issue have been, well, rather tardy. This purpose of this blog is to chart and debate whatever research questions I am currently facing and to use the internet as more than just a tool for trying to track down students who have committed plagurism, checking out the next episode of NBC’s Hannibal or ordering voluminous amount of books and dvds.
Over the next few weeks I will be charting the development, progress and completion of a series of projects that I am working on. This will include the finalisation of a co-edited collected edition with Palgrave Macmillan entitled International Cinema and the girl: Local Issue and Transnational Contexts (with co-editor Fiona Handyside @Fionahandyside if you are a twitter user); the development of a monograph study on Bride Kidnapping in Visual Culture; the final stages of a mongraph study on Colonial Japanese Cinema; and finally charting the issues that are involved in being a joint editor-in-chief of a new journal examining East Asian Popular Culture. This is all together with trying to raise a family, teach, apply for grants and submit a few fun book and journal chapters here and there!
One issue that has previously stopped me from really focusing on on the blog space is I am dyslexic and have, several times in my life, come under fire from people who assume any grammatical or spelling errors I make is due to being a simpleton. I have a PhD so I am not uneducated but in the academic field, staff members with learning difficulties often face public shaming and rarely get support from the wider university environment outside of a few kind and considerate colleagues. I once had a fellow staff member send around an email to all my colleagues stating that since I had made a spelling mistake in an email I sent I was clearly unfit to be in the academic environment ( this was in the first few weeks of my first post you can image how I felt) and I have sat though more than one dinner party where other academics have said dyslexia is a myth and we are all just ‘stupid and lazy’. Proof reading is something I am bad at for the above reason and since paying for a proof reader for everything I do is not financially feasible, I have to ‘take the flack’ so to speak with many aspect of my professional life. Blogging of course, will be just the same.