New blogsite

Greetings readers, followers and casual viewers,

This site will now be moving as will all matters relating to my research, blogging, etc. to the following url: http://www.biometricstate.com

Look forward to seeing and hearing you there! 
Best

Ben

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Time Management Tactics for Academics

Loads of useful stuff here – well worth a read for academics of all ages!

How to Do Great Research

A distinguishing feature of a research career—particularly in academia—is the unstructured nature of the job.  Graduate students, research scientists, professors, and postdocs are generally masters of their own time.  Although this autonomy can be liberating, it can also result in tremendous inefficiency if one does not develop effective time-management tactics.  There are countless books on time management, and it is impossible to provide a comprehensive compendium of time-management tactics in a single post.  Hence, what I aim to do in this post is identify specific time management tactics that may be useful for academics (or anyone who works in an unstructured environment).  The tactics I have compiled below are the result of much reading on this topic over many years, as well as empirically determining what works for me.  Some of these tips are adapted from other readings, but most are simply tactics I’ve devised that seem to work…

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The Meh List: First Annual College Edition

Here’s something well worth a look and a laugh from the Sunday edition of the NYT Magazine:

The Meh List: First Annual College Edition
By MARK LEIBOVICH

1. Peer workshops
2. Johnny Manziel
3. Brown
4. “That was during my lesbian phase.”
5. Ikea
6. Chopped salads
7. People who describe “The Wire” as “like a novel.”
8. Mike’s Hard Lemonade
9. “I just love Ann Arbor in the summer . . . so chill.”
10. Jim Belushi posters
11. “Teleological”
12. “Meta”
13. Ben Harper
14. Arcade Fire
15. Core curriculums
16. Twerking
17. The fourth meal
18. Cartilage piercing
19. Blue Moon
20. Boston

Additional reporting by Ashley Parker and Annie Lowrey

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2013/09/01/magazine/01-one-page-magazine.html 

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Image wars

Fascinating stuff here – Grad students are lucky to have the opportunity to take a course covering these themes and materials.

geographical imaginations

STALLABRASS Memory of FireI’m still putting together the programme for my graduate course this term (I’ll post the full outline under the TEACHING tab as soon as it’s ready), and I plan to spend some time on what I’m calling Militarized vision and imag(in)ing modern war.

Images have become increasingly important to the conduct of war; in Precarious LifeJudith Butlerargues that ‘there is no way to separate, under present historical conditions, the material reality of war from those representational regimes through which it operates and which rationalize its own operation.’  This requires us to think carefully about two, closely related issues – media representations of military violence and its effects, and the ways in which militaries have incorporated political technologies of vision into their operations.

I’m thinking of beginning with these two readings:

Bernd Hüppauf, ‘Experiences of modern warfare and the crisis of representation’, New German Critique 59 (1993)…

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The Adverb is Not Your Friend: Stephen King on Simplicity of Style

As the University term begins, these tidbits about writing deserve attention! Adverbs and adjectives together help pave the road to hell for many a student term paper. 

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Why I’ll Miss Jean Bethke Elshtain

Fitting tribute to a great political thinker who’s work was also inspiration for me early in my studies.

The Disorder Of Things

A short version of a tribute to Jean Bethke Elshtain, who died last Sunday, from Christine Sylvester, Professor of Political Science at the University of Connecticut.


Jean Bethke Elshtain

She was embraced by feminists for her books on Women and War and Public Man/Private Woman, and then ostracised by the sisterhood for her disapproval of gay marriage and approval of “just” wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. She would become anathema to peace researchers and sandpaper to scholars of critical IR. Those who liked her early writings in a secular vein would be disappointed when she began to argue from a base in religious philosophies. Jean Bethke Elshtain encapsulated the best hopes of feminists to effect change in core topics of “men’s studies” –International Relations and Religious Studies –and ended up instead on the wrong side of several issues. That’s clear. So let’s ignore her recent death, shall we? Possibly celebrate her…

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Digital Technologies and Border Control in West Africa

Great contribution on criticalsecurity.ca about technology and border control in Africa by Philippe M. Frowd.

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