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.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Writing Up: The Material Culture of Composition

This is a view of my workspace here at home; I took the photo this evening, just as I finished writing up my latest (but not last, alas) chapter. You can see that I have a suitcase in which I keep most of my photocopies - this travels with me when I go back and forth from the UK and to my boyfriend's place. I have considered designing a special thesis suitcase, but my boyfriend wisely pointed out that PhD students wouldn't be able to afford it! And there are books and articles spilling on the floor, and my colourful post-it notes for bookmarking pages in said material are at my right. I have scribbled notes everywhere, and a glass of water to hand but not so close that I can knock it over. And Kleenex, because although my desk is in the basement (a walk-out basement, but still) it gets cold and I have a tendency to sneeze!

What does your workspace look like?


Stephanie said...

I love the plants! I have a tiny desk and workspace so I have to maintain a very quick turn around on post-it notes and papers or I don't have room to write! I have a Gantt Chart and calendar in front of my desk, and also some nice prints - one of Picadilly Circus in about 1870, an Erte print and a very Gothic rendering of Notre Dame Cathedral with a woman in black in the foreground reading Victor Hugo, with her foot resting on a skull.

Jenny said...

Significantly less glam than either of those!!! It involves lost of postcards, pictures of friends, meaningful but practiacally useless items, and randomly scrawled postit notes stuck all over my desk and computer screen. Usually at odd angles.

Oh, and a cup of tea.