Taking a Break: Academia and Mental Health 2.0

I’ve written about taking a break from the PhD before, in a blog post far more succinct than this, having been through the process of editing and revision I refuse to undertake now. I wrote about the relationship between mental health and academic structures arguing, at the very least, both are connected and, more likely, … More Taking a Break: Academia and Mental Health 2.0

A New Chapter

As I opened my word processor to type this short blog, the three documents I’ve been working on for the last six months remain open.  Primary source notes, secondary source notes and chapter one all begging me to write one more word. But nothing else will get written on these documents for at least six … More A New Chapter

Telling Stories: In Memory of My Granny, Rosemary Joy Melanify (1941-2016)

This is an essay about telling stories about individual lives. It is an essay about the power we have as historians. It is an essay about life and death. It is an essay about family and love. Above all this is an essay about my grandmother, about the life that she lived, the stories she … More Telling Stories: In Memory of My Granny, Rosemary Joy Melanify (1941-2016)

‘I’m stressed, but I know I’m fortunate I am to be in my position’: Gratitude, Precarity, and Mental Health

Thank you to everyone who responded to my previous blog on mental health and helped me to think through some of these things. Thanks also to the Class and Capitalism reading group run by Richard Bromhall, David Civil and Abi Rhodes for setting readings on audit culture and providing such great discussion.  This paper was … More ‘I’m stressed, but I know I’m fortunate I am to be in my position’: Gratitude, Precarity, and Mental Health

Mental Health and Academic Structures: A Personal Reflection

TW: suicidal ideation With my postgraduate colleagues at the Centre for Modern British Studies, I have written about the entanglement of our materiality and our practice, often focusing on what it means to write history from a position of precarity. At public events, we talk about the demands of the job market, but in private, … More Mental Health and Academic Structures: A Personal Reflection