Are there any more? The finality of becoming Dr Barnes is causing me anxiety; what if I have nothing left to strive for? I need to know that there is life outside academia beyond a PhD. And, just to make things worse, I keep reading surveys that suggest that women with PhDs are more likely to remain singletons. Am I destined to become spinster of this parish? Questions, questions, questions...
The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Is there life beyond a PhD?
Perhaps it's just my fear of being pigeon-holed, (I still harbour dreams of becoming the BBC's first female football commentator, or an internationally renowned textile artist!), but recently I've been quite preoccupied with coming up with a list of celebrities and other well known people with PhDs, who are predominantly known for something else. So far I have this paltry list: