It’s now 16 months since moving to ANU and my fourth month of full time study. As I am about to head off on some long awaited holidays, just a few quick notes on developments. Most of the last year and a bit has been taken up with meeting the ANU’s PhD coursework requirements. These included Interdisciplinary Research Methods, Research Design and Ethics (including successful submission of a research ethics clearance to the University), Situating the Thesis (aka the literature review, in my case a re-review) and an elective. I chose to do a Masters unit given by by supervisor Kath Bode, “Digital Humanities: Theories and Projects”, which was very useful to me for catching up on the latest DH research issues. I am also very pleased to have a new supervisor added to my panel, theatre studies expert Dr Kate Flaherty.
As a result, my output in papers and this research blog has slowed to a trickle, as has work on the actual archive itself. This is not a bad thing as the new edition of the ANU’s OCCAMS content management system has been released, and some additional features I need are now under development such as being able to embed into WordPress. This will likely be my last post until the new year as I spend the next 6 weeks relaxing with my partner Victoria, and friends and family in Cambodia, Thailand and Western Australia.