Veranstaltungsempfehlung: Feministische Wissenschaftlerinnen und Gender Studies werden immer wieder zur Zielscheibe von Angriffen auf die Sinnhaftigkeit des Faches, in der Regel von Personen, die sich einer wissenschaftlichen Debatte dazu entziehen. Diese Diskussionen fanden gerade in jüngster Vergangenheit vor allem im Netz statt, prominente Beispiele sind Diskussionen um die berliner Sprachwissenschaftlerin Lann Hornscheidt oder das Statement der Fachschaft Gender Studies an der HU Berlin (Sprachlog hat die antiwissenschaftlichen Argument dieser Debatte ausführlich und lesenswert analysiert). Die dort festgestelle reflexhafte Abwehr von wissenschaftlichen Prozessen kann im alonischen Sinne als “kultureller Code” der “besseren (weißen, männlichen) Kreise” verstanden werden.
Das Institut für deutsche Sprache und Literatur der TU Dortmund widmet sich diesem Thema in diesem Semester in einer Veranstaltungsreihe. Den Anfang macht die neuberufene Professorin Sigrid Nieberle in ihrer Antrittsvorlesung mit dem schönen Titel “Martensteine. Einlagerungen in den Genderdiskurs.” Außerdem sind weitere (Netz-)bekannte wie Anne Wieczorek und Dana Buchzik dabei. Empfehlung!
So this was the second week and it went worse than the first week. It was more difficult to get up on time and start early. I learnt that I had toreduce some other activities to be able to get enough sleep. But I managed to draft an elaborated argument and I sent it out for some comments. Even if I did not keep up with the schedule regarding revising my article around the main argument, I could find out more about how I write and why some things work and others do not.
Even though I updated my abstract and became really aware of my main argument, I found it difficult to write it up first. I did not want to update the abstract only, but aimed to put more flesh on the bones. This turned out to be a difficult task because I started writing a piece that will not be part of the article as such. The argument elaboration will just serve to get it more focused. Later I saw that it could serve well to update the introduction as well as to structure the whole article better. This was the point when I felt being closer to the finish line of the second week.
The next week is scheduled to be about finding a journal. Since I already have decided on the journal and also 2nd and 3rd options, I will continue on revising the article around the argument. This needs some more work. So, let’s start and have a good week!
It has been the first week of the writing challenge “Writing my Journal Article in 12 Weeks”, and that means that today will be the first day of reflection how it went so far. I do not follow the flow of weeks in the books exactly, since I already did the first week tasks within a day as preparation. But since I will have some traveling throughout the 12 weeks course, I will be back on the schedule at some point. My first week was about what Belcher takes as the second week in her book.
My general writing flow went very well. I planned to spend two hours every morning on the project. In the end I spent a whole 15 hours on the project this week. While the daily working time changed between 1h and 6,5h, it was very helpful working on it every day, but it was also good to change to another project in the afternoon. I think I can work well with this sort of split day.
This week’s tasks focused on the abstract of the article and writing habits. I spend the first day reading through the advises about abstracts and finding my writing partners. My call for writing partners has been really successful, I found two writing partners that follow a similar schedule in finishing articles and others that are willing to give feedback. Even though this task was the one I was most resistant to adopt, I think it IS one of the most important parts in succeeding. Not only does it force me to follow my schedule, but the discussions have so far been very enlightening for myself and make me re-thinking things that seemed so clear …
Abstract writing is usually done at the very end of the writing process. The results are often accordingly (bad). Belcher reminds us in her book not only about the main structure of an abstract. When starting with working on the abstract, we become aware of what we really want to say. If you don’t have a story you cannot write an abstract. After one week I can say that I now have a rough idea what my story should be and how I will connect it to scholarly discussions. This is a good start for the next tasks.
Next week will be about elaborating the argument. Stay tuned…
This Monday I will start with a writing challenge in which I plan to finish a paper within the next twelve weeks. I recently took part in a writing class where the facilitator highly recommended one book: Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks: A Guide to Academic Publishing Success by Wendy Laura Belcher. Belcher promises that you can finish a journal article in that time if you just spent a small amount of time every day. 15 min should be enough as long as you do it every day. She provides us with a workbook that has a weekly schedule for all 12 weeks, including some weekly time to go through her advises in the book. Even though some of her premises seem to be a bit more advertising than reality (she talks about 15min each day but all weekly schedules involve about 1h per day), I will use her ideas to make a writing plan (and hopefully fulfill it;).
I use my current stay as a guest researcher at the University of Oslo to test the concept without much interruption from other appointments and duties. My writing schedule involves two hours of writing from Monday to Saturday and one hour on Sunday. Additionally, I planned for one hour to wrap up the week and write a blog article each Sunday. This said, I will spend 14h on writing in a regular week, additional time will be spent on data analysis for further work. If the concept works out, I should be done at the end of November.
The basic idea of the writing plan is to start working on the paper everyday, no matter how long. It sounds reasonable: Everyone who ever got stuck in the loop of not starting to write because there is not a whole spare day for it and find themselves on that particular day not in the right mood for writing knows what I am talking about. Another important task of the challenge is to find a writing partner. This means that there is someone that is willing to comment on parts of the paper during the writing, but also someone who might ask some results and kicks up the backside. … I will use the weekly blog writing to sum up and discuss what worked and what failed. So if you are interested in following and maybe rethink your own writing behavior – stay tuned!