Fall term 2016: review in lieu of post

Well, after blogging semi-regularly during a 6-month sabbatical in the first half of the year, I completely fell off the blogging schedule in the second half.

I don’t know if it was actually an unusually busy semester (it sure seemed like it, at times), or I was overwhelmed by the change of pace after the sabbatical. Here is what I did instead of blogging over the last few months:

  • Taught two regular courses: one (“Critical Political Theory”) which I have been teaching pretty regularly over the last few years (though it still gets tweaked every year), and one (“Politics of Water”), which I last taught 4 years ago. That one went through a pretty significant overhaul. The good news is that the work of overhauling the course means that I have some material for a few teaching-related posts (hopefully coming soon). I also taught a directed reading course on Politics & Hip-hop. A steep learning curve on that one for me, although the one-on-one format did help to take some of the pressure off. Help in a couple of instances (at least!) came from the folks at the Critical Karaoke podcast, and also from Jeff Hennessy’s (music prof and interim Dean of Arts at Acadia) Tuesday evening open album listening nights.
  • Supervising an ongoing Honours thesis (on water politics in Israel-Palestine), and three or four (depending on how you count) ongoing MA theses. One (or two) of those were more or less “dormant” this semester, for various reasons, but the other two (Bourdieuian analysis of US campaign finance; politics of/& dystopian literature) were more active.
  • I also sat on two MA thesis examining committees (one on Foucault & Deleuze, one using Agamben to explore tolerance and xenophobia in the context of the current refugee crisis).
  • Participated in two roundtable discussions/public forums on campus: one on electoral reform in Canada, and the other on the aftermath of the US election. (The latter was recorded as part of our new departmental podcast series.)
  • Presented papers at our graduate colloquium, and at the Atlantic Provinces Political Science Association conference in Saint John, NB.
  • Gave a public lecture on “21st Century Water Wars: Global and Local” at Oxford College at Emory University, in Atlanta, GA.
  • Submitted an article, had it desk-rejected, and resubmitted to another journal (all in August), had it accepted with revisions, and just sent the revised version off last week.
  • Started (and almost finished) a proposal for a co-authored book project.
  • The usual department head duties and various other service commitments. You don’t want to know.

As usual, one of my new year’s resolutions will be to try to post something here more regularly. For now, it’s back to grading…


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