The start of the winter term is also, of course, the start of the new year, a time I generally dub "Abstract-Writing Season". It is a time for hauling out trillions of half-baked ideas, tarting them into slightly more palatable projects, and pitching said projects to myriad conferences/seminars/symposia/journals. A busy time.
But the winter term is fantastically brief - there are only ten weeks left. I've gotten stuck into two classes - Politics of Aesthetics, Culture & Modernity - which are essentially there to knock off a significant amount of work for my comps. And on that front, comps are currently coming together.
The process at York Humanities is very flexible. I basically have a general (75+ texts) and a specialised (50 texts) comp, both of which are basically extended essays outlining major issues in my fields of interest. For the specialised comp, we have to design an undergraduate course syllabus - strangely the bit I'm looking forward to most.
Tentatively, it's looking like:
- Aesthetics in Continental Thought (General Comp)
- Nature in Environmental Philosophy (Specialised)
I still have to solidify committees and reading lists. Joan has off-handedly mentioned next December as a good deadline (that would be 9 months earlier than scheduled) so I'm working towards that.
Best news of the term? I finally finished my Hampstead Heath paper, based on a talk given last summer at the IIAA's summer conference on urban nature. It only took... all year.