The end of my PhD journey

Well, hello, hello. Oh, my dear, old blog has been so neglected lately.

So, here’s a little bit of an update with some great news I’ve been meaning to share for a while now.

I went to England in May for my PhD Viva (thesis defence in the UK) and that went really well. I had a very engaging discussion with my examiners who seemed genuinely interested in my work. It was really exciting to talk to people who are encouraging, supportive and really do see the value of your work.

Viva prep, Canterbury, 22 May 2013

Viva prep, Canterbury, 22 May 2013

Suddenly, all those struggles, effort, sweat and tears felt completely worth it!

I will be editing the final document in the next few weeks and once I submit the final bound copy to the University and the British Library, I will share it here too.

I also intend to submit most of my studies for publishing, although I am more keen to have it peer-reviewed and submitted to an open access journal. If I can’t find one I’m happy with, I’ll have it peer-reviewed by colleagues and published here for anyone who wants to access it.

I am also working on a chapter for a book on music identities so stay tuned for more news on that front.

I am hoping this will keep me going for a couple of years. In the meantime, I have a job that has nothing to do with my research work or even academia. But it pays the mortgage while I’m finding my bearings in New Zealand.

Plus, it’s one of those 9 to 5 jobs that I don’t have to worry about all the time and let’s me disconnect once I’m out of the office. I can even catch up with non-academic reading at lunchtime! Wow!

However, it seems I can’t stay away from research for too long so I have already some research ideas brewing. I’m taking my time though.

To wrap-up this post before it becomes an essay, I want to thank all the singers and non-singers who took time to participate in my studies. I wouldn’t have been able to put together the 8 studies in my thesis without your collaboration, so thank you all so very much! I do owe one!

Now let me leave you with the music in my head today: Daft Punk’s new album Random Access Memories.



About Rita BA

I read, I write, I think, I dream, I write a bit more...
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