This week we had the second ‘peer led’ session of the group. We spent some time discussing the article by Barnacle and Dall’Alba, the idea of mastery and how we handled this vis a vis our writing. We talked a lot about the blog post “showing my knickers” which came up in our conversation. For some this was a moving account, nudging us towards more self -exploration in our PhD journeys; for some of us it seemed that such a note would not fit in in our cultural contexts and our academic audiences
We talked about what makes us write and stumbling blocks we face ever so often; the need to demystify grand theories and something we seem to come back to repeatedly – why the supervision space ought to be one of trust and ease and not one where we are judged.
We then spent some time writing about what we wanted from these sessions. Some of us want a space where we can write without fear or pressure; some want feedback on writing (this could be a small group activity), some of us want more sessions of free writing, some want to learn to write for an academic audience, some want to nurture and strengthen the ‘researcher’s voice’. One researcher wants by end of these sessions to write a piece and share a part of it here.
Some participants used this opportunity to do further free writing about the idea of ‘mastery’ and their writing and wrote moving pieces which I hope they share on the blog below.
Some readings mentioned during the discussion which may be of use to the group are:
Dunleavy, P (2003) Authoring a PhD how to write, draft and finish a doctoral thesis or dissertation Palgrave, London
McNay, Lois (2004) Agency and Experience: gender as a lived relation, in Adkins, L and Skeggs, B (Eds) Feminism after Bourdieu, Blackwell Publishing 175-190, Oxford, UK
Happy writing! (Suvasini)