Dr Inès Amami holds a PhD from Sorbonne Nouvelle University in French literature and civilization. Her research is about the representation of the West and the Muslim world in the Encyclopédie de Diderot (18th century). Ines is also a political activist in the field of women’s rights and fights against all kinds of violence. She is a single mother of an 11 year old daughter.
In this episode we talk about the challenges that Ines has faced over the course of her PhD journey which started in 2004 - including periods of illness and a toxic boss.
We focus on Ines’ experience of being a single parent on the PhD journey and the discoveries she has made along the way.
Ines shares the tools that helped her stay on track during her doctorate.
We discuss mum guilt and how lowering your standards can be the key to success!
Ines stresses the importance of self care as a foundation for single parenthood.
We finish with a top tip around asking for help.
You can contact Ines on twitter here: @inesParisFr
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22:34Dr Kathleen Vacek is an academic writing coach who researches lived experiences of doctoral writing and scholarly publishing. During the course of her PhD, she became a mother and left her full-time academic staff position. She was supported on this rocky journey by a doctoral writing group she formed with members of her program cohort. In this episode Kate shares how her group was formed and maintained and reflects on her experience of what worked and what was not so useful. She also offers some alternative models for doctoral writing groups and advice for those who would like to try this way of working. Here is the info on the Sarah Haas chapter Kate mentions in the chapter and the article she wrote with her colleagues on their experience Haas, Sarah. "Pick-N-Mix: A Typology of Writers’ Groups in Use." In Writing Groups for Doctoral Education and Beyond: Innovations in Practice and Theory, edited by Claire Aitchison and Cally Guerin, 30-48. London: Routledge, 2014. Kathleen Vacek, William J. Donohue, Amanda Gates, Alice Shu-Ju Lee & Shelah Simpson (2021) Seeking balance within personal writing ecologies: a collaborative autoethnography of a doctoral student writing group, Studies in Continuing Education, 43:1, 104-118, DOI: 10.1080/0158037X.2019.1703670 You can contact Kate here: [email protected] yourphdcompass.com https://www.linkedin.com/company/compass-academic-coaching/ https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100091276196636 https://www.instagram.com/yourphdcompass/ For a transcript of this episode go to www.thephdliferaft.com
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Balancing PhD Study with Full-time Work with Denise Venturi
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Special Needs Parenting and the PhD with Kaisa Pankokoski
28:22Dr Kaisa Pankakoski is a writer, researcher, translator, and multilingualism consultant. For her PhD at Cardiff University she looked at multilingual families’ language ideologies, strategies, and experiences in Finland and Wales. During the course of her PhD, she gained grants from eleven different funding bodies in her two home countries to complete the thesis. In this episode Kaisa reflects on the turning point when she decided to return to academia and focus on researching multilingual families. She discusses her research journey over eight years and the range of activities she took part in over that time. In the discussion of caregiving alongside the PhD Kaisa emphasizes the emotional and mental toll of special needs parenting, including the constant worry and caregiving responsibilities. She emphasizes the importance of taking breaks, avoiding overworking, and prioritizing self-care. Kaisa mentions the value of attending retreats to create a space for relaxation and creativity. Kaisa offers some top tips and a range of resources including: Blog posts Self-care during PhD https://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/doctoral-academy-blog/10-self-care-tips-for-the-phd/ Writing retreat https://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/doctoral-academy-blog/should-you-go-on-a-writing-retreat/?preview=true Words of wisdom, two blog posts, altogether 40 top tips! https://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/doctoral-academy-blog/words-of-wisdom-for-new-postgraduate-researchers-part-one-2/ https://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/doctoral-academy-blog/words-of-wisdom-for-new-postgraduate-research-students-part-two/ Facebook groups: Bridging the Gap Community Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/410364763121879 PhD and Early Career Researcher Parents https://www.facebook.com/groups/776957585681408 Apps: Forest App: https://www.forestapp.cc/ We also mention the Rowena Murray podcast episode: https://thephdliferaft.libsyn.com/rowena-murray You can contact Kaisa here: https://twitter.com/kaisapan https://www.linkedin.com/in/kaisapankakoski/ For a transcript of this episode go to www.thephdliferaft.com If you would like to receive a useful weekly email from the PhD Life Raft you can sign up here for ‘Notes from the Life Raft’: https://mailchi.mp/f2dce91955c6/notes-from-the-life-raft
Coping with Challenges on the PhD Journey with Rachel Campbell
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