What does it mean to be an early career researcher, and doing research or simply being within the academy? This is something that all four of the contributors have pondered, questioned, and debated numerous times. This blog explores the tensions we have faced so far in our careers and offers up stories of lived experiences and the possibilities for new ways of being, learning and doing academia.
My doctoral project explores the ways in which the relationship between Britain and the Holocaust has been depicted in educational settings: in particular, school classrooms and museums. This strand of my research focuses on portrayals of the British response in textbooks designed for use in schools.
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The data collection phase of my research was immersive. I was enthralled by experiences participants shared within interviews, the incidents they narrated, the emotional trajectory within the interviews, the expressions, the gestures, the ‘tells’ each participant had, the unique way they spoke, the language they used.
Spring 2020. The doctoral studies in education I was about to undertake began at a time when death became more visible than ever. From George Floyd’s murder, a singular story but socially connected to the disproportionate deaths of racial minorities, to the ongoing violent and lethal environmental disturbances, the spread of coronavirus joined the grim list of deadly events.
I recently bought a greetings card with a quotation on it attributed to Charles Dickens: ‘An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will explain itself.’ This chimed for me with the difficulties that I have been having in deciding how to approach the analysis of my research data…