The Virtual Power Hour – Academic Productivity

In the final months of my PhD, COVID-19 restricted everyone in Ireland to work from the seclusion of our homes. PhD’s are a group that is already at risk of developing issues associated with working in isolation. Thankfully, I had a strong network of friends and fellow PhD seekers in place before the lockdowns hit. Keeping motivated proved difficult without the spontaneous “water cooler” or coffee break chats. There was…

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Visiting Research Fellowship to University of Luxembourg

Having recently completed my PhD, I thoroughly recommend other freshly-minted doctors consider doing a visiting research fellowship at another university. It was a great experience learning about the different methodologies historians and anthropologists use to conduct research. I also learned that each discipline has its common challenges. For example, in social science, the sampling and data analysis can be challenging since we toe-the-line between scientific methods and humanistic (i.e., subjective/interpretive)…

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The Irish National Famine Way: A Transmedia Story

The National Irish Famine Way is Ireland’s newest accredited national heritage trail that runs approximately 165 km from Strokestown, Roscommon, to Dublin, Ireland. The National Famine Way is a project that I’m honoured to have participated in over the past year. The story starts at the height of the famine in 1847 (Black ’47) when 1,490 Irish tenants of Strokestown Park Estate including men, women and children walked six days…

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Attending Academic Conferences as a PhD Student

I presented at three conferences in three different countries within a five week period. No, this is not common or even recommendable. It was a lot of work, travelling, and jet lag, but I met inspiring scholars and learned a lot as a freshman PhD student. I thought I would share, in the event it might help other PhD students, strategies for attending an academic conference as a PhD student.…

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