I am in the intellectually and emotionally demanding process of bursting the bubble of maternity leave and seeing my little daughter off to daycare in order to start thinking about my PhD project in a serious and productive way. Luckily, I do not start teaching until mid-October, so I now have some time to collect my thoughts and make preparations. Aside from teaching, one of my tasks is now to carry out and write about my study for this year’s Internet Research conference (see previous post). I am planning to focus especially on the methodological issues mentioned in end of the abstract, as this is something that I have been thinking about – in a more general way – lately.
During my time off, I have been pondering about my own place in the research landscape – which field should I primarily speak and refer to, what do I take with me from my background in literary studies, what does it mean to me to be a humanist scholar in an emergent, cross-disciplinary research environment? These are questions that I want to write about and hopefully discuss in the coming months.