I’m currently in Florida on vacation with Brandon, so today’s post was written before we traveled to Pensacola. Rather than take on new readings or other research, I decided last week was a good time to pause and take stock of what I’d done since completing the prospectus, both to see what I’d learned and… Continue reading Dissertation Work, July Update
It’s been a busy few weeks since the last time I talked about the dissertation, so let’s get caught up. Following the approval of the prospectus and sketching out a tentative working schedule, I started reading more deeply into nineteenth-century mobile visual culture, including panoramas, magic lantern shows, and peep shows. Aside from learning more… Continue reading Dissertation Work, June Update
The most exciting news about my dissertation right now is that I successfully completed my prospectus colloquium on April 12, and that my project, tentatively titled “Reassessing Art Outreach Exhibitions,” has been approved. This means that the faculty members who read my prospectus agreed that I should move forward with the project. This also means… Continue reading Dissertation Work, May Update
Last month I told you about the process I went through to create my prospectus draft, and how I determined that traveling outreach exhibitions organized by museums and related cultural institutions is my core topic of inquiry. Today, I’ll share the revisions I made to that initial draft, and how I refined my burgeoning argument.… Continue reading Dissertation Work, April Update
The last few months have been rather busy for me regarding the dissertation, but the work has changed slightly as I’ve settled into the new year. If January was all about sorting through potential subtopics and archival repositories, February and early March have been about distilling those various resources into a coherent prospectus draft. Since… Continue reading Dissertation Work, March Update
Last month I shared some of the big ideas I’ve been thinking about regarding the dissertation. Today I’ll talk about how I’ve been exploring different topics within those bigger ideas to render them more manageable. I started January’s work by taking a closer look at the idea of federal art funding. While attending an online… Continue reading Dissertation Work, February Update
As promised in last week’s post, here’s my first update on my dissertation work for 2021. Since we’re covering what I’ve been up to since finishing comps, today’s post will be a bit longer. At this point, I’ve been doing more thinking than finished writing. While I do have a growing repository of free-write sessions… Continue reading Dissertation Work, January Update
At the beginning of this year, a time that feels like a million years ago now, I wrote a post called “So How Exactly Do You Get a Ph.D., Anyway?” In that post, I described the basic steps you go through to get a degree in American Studies at William & Mary. Today, I’d like… Continue reading So What Exactly is a Dissertation Prospectus, Anyway?