Some academic texts seem extremely difficult, almost like they’re not meant to be understood. But I notice I get defensive when people talk about it that way.
The first step towards getting a PhD-position is writing a research proposal. I was a bit nervous to start this because I haven’t done a research master. In the Netherlands, you can do either a normal master or a research master, where the latter prepares you for academic research and you learn valuable skills like … Continue reading On writing a research proposal
After two years of hard work, my thesis is finally done. I submitted it, got my grade back (8,3/10!) and once I’ve had the ceremony I can officially call myself Master of Arts.
Now that my thesis is finally submitted, let me tell you a bit more about it.
A little while ago, I visited my first academic conference, the Colloquium vir Afrikaans in Gent. The university of Gent does quite a lot with Afrikaans literature and linguistics and every year they organise a conference. As it is free for students, I thought I would give it a try.
As some of my readers might have noticed, I’m currently specialising in South African literature – Afrikaans literature, to be more precise. I myself am Dutch, and had never set a foot in South Africa until three months ago. It is kind of weird to specialise in a literature that I’m so uncommon with and it has its own specific challenges.
There are too many interesting things to do in the world.
In a few weeks, I’m starting my master Literary studies: Literature in society. This, and a few other projects, means I have a huge to-be-read-list! Here’s a few things I’ll be reading over the next few months.