Thursday, February 15, 2018

Uppsala, Sweden

I've been doing a fair amount of travelling lately. This weekend I'm glad to just stay in Lugano and catch up on some things.

Last weekend, I went to Uppsala, Sweden to attend a seminar on discourse theory and methods. It was a pretty interesting collection of students, and the professor was really nice and knowledgeable. 
Here's a picture of me presenting
(photo credit: Yiming)

Here is a picture of the group all together 

And here are some shots of the (super cold but apparently not as bad as usual) Uppsala



(photo credit: Monika)

I did end up getting a little bit of time to see Uppsala and Stockholm, but I have to be honest: it was way too cold for me to be walking around. Still, I'm glad that I got to see some old friends in Stockholm, visit a new country, and broaden my horizons when it comes to discourse theory. 




And, of course, what would a trip be without stuffing my face with (admittedly non-vegan) pastries?

Monday, January 29, 2018

Coimbra, Portugal


Last weekend I attended the annual preparatory meeting of the Master's semester abroad program that my boss and I coordinate. This year it took place in Coimbra, Portugal. At first Coimbra was cloudy (although still quite nice, to be honest)


But the weather improved notably.


The city is about 2 hours away from Lisbon, and had a quaint sort of University town charm.



I didn't get a lot of time to walk around, but the free time I did have was nice. I really like the small alleys of the ancient city center


University of Coimbra is the 7th oldest university in Europe and has some pretty impressive architecture


I also managed to accidentally order this giant puff pastry thing with my broken portuguese. It was still pretty fun to eat. 


My last day I only had a few hours, so I woke up early and walked to this familiar looking bridge...



It was a pretty nice weekend that also included a colloquium of sorts where all of the participants of the organizational meeting also presented their research, myself included. Now, I'm back in Lugano and there's a LOT to do, but I feel fairly energized by the positive experience and feedback. I head to Uppsala in 5 days so I thought I'd post this before I get too much of a backlog. Thanks for reading :)



Monday, January 22, 2018

New Year, New...Year.

My last post was last year! Crazy.

Some things have happened. I went to NYC (again) and then visited the fam-bam for 3 weeks. I got another tattoo, ate a whole lot of food, tried to relax, had a TERRIBLE trip back to Lugano (seriously over 24 hours of travelling) and then tried to get my circadian rhythm back on track. It's still a work in progress.

I really hoped that my trip back to the U.S. would give me some energy and clarity, allowing me to get back to the grind and attack my dissertation with renewed vigor. Unfortunately, that hasn't been the case this first week back...

I have two trips coming up; the first is to Coimbra, Portugal and the second is to Uppsala, Sweden. I'll be taking care of administrative stuff for the master's program my boss and I coordinate in Coimbra, and attending a week-long seminar on discourse theory in Uppsala. Those are things to look forward to. I'm also going to be giving a presentation on my research (?) in Coimbra after the administrative meeting, so hopefully my next update will have nice pictures and a more positive vibe. 

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Video update

It's been a while, hasn't it?

I was trying to keep this blog mostly about academic stuff. But not so much has been happening and I thought I'd do at least a little bit of updating.


I guess this video is mostly me processing what's going on in my life in the moment...just kind of out loud. 

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Copenhagen

I recently went to Copenhagen to attend the 2017 CutieBPOC festival, a gathering for and by Queer and Trans Black folks and People of Color. This is my third year attending and, as usual, it was a beautiful, healing, wonderful, amazing, positive, helpful, lovely experience. It really hits me every time how open and happy I get when I don't have to worry about being the only weird Black or brown queer in the room.

After some initial scheduling difficulties, I arrived on the second day of the festival to attend a couple of workshops. The workshops were great and surprisingly physical. I think, however, the main reason I go to the festival is just to commune with the fam. This time was especially great, because I got to see people I've known for years now and really felt a sense of community. 



This lovely mural surprised us on the way from one of the festival venues to the other. 


Copenhagen wasn't the best, weather-wise, but it was still an interesting place. After the festival I went around the harbor areas and took a few pictures. 


I'd heard about this Ai Wei Wei piece, but didn't know that there was also an installation in Copenhagen. 


The changing of the guards. It's quite a funny little country, Denmark. 


Apparently, this church isn't really that old, but I took a picture of it anyways. It reminded me of Berlin, kind of.  


This was the party on the final night. Such a good vibe, beautiful people, and an overall great feeling. The only thing that I could count as somewhat negative was that I got really sick due to the rain, lack of sleep, and general activity. I can say, though, that it was by far one of the most joyful experiences I've had this year and I don't regret a single second of it. I can't wait until next year!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

New York City


I recently went to NYC for the Easter break (mostly) for a conference. It was A LOT. I'm still processing...actually, I'm just posting this blog because I'm going to Lausanne next week and won't have any time in between now and then to do anything other then prep for the multitude of things I have to do beforehand.  




I visited the American Natural History Museum and it was pretty legit. I also visited the Brooklyn Museum, which had a beautiful Georgia O'keefe exhibit and a wonderful exhibit on Black feminism. Unfortunately, I didn't get any pictures of that because I lost my phone...


Just walking around in New York was nice, even if everything was soooo faarrrrrr


I really enjoyed the name of this restaurant (hi, mom)



Central park! I saw so many fun people from disparate parts of my life (high school, choir convention, undergrad, Berlin, internship) I also met some really cool new people at the conference, which had the counter-intuitive effect of reminding me of my tenuous relationship with Lugano and small cities in general. After answering the question "What's Switzerland like?" a few times, I was really confronted with answer: "....less than ideal." Oh well, I shouldn't complain. I am lucky to be here, after all. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Neuchâtel



I went to the beautiful, historic University of Neuchâtel this week to attend a conference called "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Discrimination in the Context of Mobility and Migration". The paper I presented is to become a chapter in my dissertation, but still has a looooong way to go before I get there. I was hoping to get some insight into what I could do to translate my theoretical framework into empirical research. The comments that people made were helpful, and I'm hoping to make that transition fairly soon.



Other than attending the conference all day, some of the conference participants and I walked around the old part of the city, which was cute and quaint, much like Lugano. Also, like Lugano, Neuchâtel is located on a lake, with the University some 50 meters away from the shore. It was all very nice to take in after 48+ hours of stress and anxiety about my presentation. I have to say, the French part of Switzerland seems more relaxed than the Italian part. Now, I have a couple days to recover after the arduous, late-night journey back to Lugano. I think this experience marks the beginning of a turning point in my PhD journey.