Originally my goal was to finish writing a draft version of my dissertation before Christmas, later rescheduled to mid-January. Eventually, I finished writing on January 19th, exactly 360 days after creating the first doc file on my laptop. After that, I was advised to take a break and proceed to edit after a few weeks. I’m currently editing my dissertation with the help of my two supervisors, aiming for finishing the final version by mid-May and defending in the summer or autumn of 2019.
Unfortunately, I’m way behind schedule, and won’t be able to visit Minneapolis this year, nor start any of the thousand projects I was thinking about, besides my course on American popular music, which is tons of fun (and hard work)! But hey! At least I’ve bought limited edition FYE exclusive glitter Purple Rain Prince funko, and a magnificent re-released version of Prince’s Planet Earth on LP!
The goals reached after December 2018 include:
- Finished writing final chapters of my dissertation, including the analysis of the sound of a city as a cultural phenomenon and its contemporary state, and proceeded to edit;
- Finished editing the first two chapters of my dissertation;
- Started teaching a self-made graduate-level course on the history of American popular music at the Jagiellonian University;
- Submitted an article about a methodology of analyzing local music scenes in terms of regional and cultural studies to MUTE: Music/University/Technology/Emotions, vol. 3 monograph;
- Submitted an abstract about the relation between contemporary music distribution strategies, the practices, and perception of music, and was accepted to a popular music studies conference MUTE 4: Change at the Jagiellonian University, which will take place in May 2019.
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