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Is this group still alive? [Sep. 1st, 2006|12:05 pm]
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Because I think it's a great idea. I post my PhD news to my blog, but it doesn't always get the same results as it woudl in an all-academic audience. Besides, a doctoral thesis is still a thesis, right?

Anyways, I want to squee a bit. I named my thesis the other day (and posted it to my blog, and got good comments, but I want to share!), and it's re-focussed my work liek a crazy thing.

So here it is:

GLOBAL THOUGHT, LOCAL ACTION:
Rediscovering a Transnational Australian Antiwar Movement, 1959-1972


Whaddaya think?

(PS anyone who saw it on my journal, yes I have changed 'Peace' to 'Antiwar' because that one word change lets me ignore a bunch of stuff I can't really deal with in 100,000 words)
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[User Picture]From: juliadactyl
2006-09-01 05:46 am (UTC)
I love it.

I agree that it's really hard to talk about your thesis outside an academic arena, because people are dumb and incapable of giving constructive criticism.
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From: globalthought
2006-09-01 06:09 am (UTC)
The difficulty lies in that critcism is usually ignorant of academic norms, so it is either non-existent ("oh, that sounds cool"), or misguided ("I think you shoudl call it somethign that takes Vietnam Vets into consideration").

Which isn't to say non-academic people are stupid (because they're not), just that it's a highly specific genre of writing, and the tile is SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO important :)
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[User Picture]From: katels
2006-09-01 06:29 am (UTC)
I'm the only one left still writing a thesis (I went part-time and did the coursework last year). I'm still stuck for a title, but I think that's partly because I've only partially figured out my topic... And it's due in four and a half weeks. ... Yeah, I suck.
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From: globalthought
2006-09-01 06:47 am (UTC)
My supervisor named my honours thesis for me, and if he hadn't, I wouldn't have written it the way I did.

But that was more to do with my topic being a bit of a rort. There's no way I would have come up with a title until waaaay late otherwise.

Love the icon. So incredibly true. I think it was a month ago I was whingeing that "I do't want to be a PhD student anymore, I just want the PhD."

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[User Picture]From: katels
2006-09-01 06:53 am (UTC)
Hmmm. My supervisor is known to be one of the hardkorr-est academics in the department. I'm not sure if he's going to give me that one...

Heh, yeah. Totally. Is this a PhD in history you're writing, then? When do you finish?
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From: globalthought
2006-09-01 07:08 am (UTC)
Ohhhh... You're with Dirk, aren't you?

It's due 2009.

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[User Picture]From: katels
2006-09-01 07:14 am (UTC)
Heh. Did you guess, or did you know?

Golly. That's a long way away. Good on you for sticking with something that long!
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From: globalthought
2006-09-01 07:25 am (UTC)
Heehee. Julia told me, I think.

Also, don't congratulate me yet, I've only stuck with it for six months so far ;)
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[User Picture]From: aarligbyrd
2006-09-01 07:08 am (UTC)
I'm still doing my MPhil. I finish June/July next year.
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From: globalthought
2006-09-01 07:09 am (UTC)
I didn't realise it was an M.Phil.

What's it in?
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[User Picture]From: aarligbyrd
2006-09-01 07:11 am (UTC)
Same as PhD just shorter (40-60k), and not as massively reliant on being an un-researched topic.
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[User Picture]From: aarligbyrd
2006-09-01 07:13 am (UTC)
Bah, can't read :-/

It's with the religion department.
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From: globalthought
2006-09-01 07:25 am (UTC)
Ahhhh. Subject?

Actually, you shoudl totally post about it, get this community going again.
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[User Picture]From: aarligbyrd
2006-09-05 02:10 am (UTC)
done :-)
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[User Picture]From: katels
2006-09-01 07:18 am (UTC)
Oh, right, hello there! : )
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