Hello and welcome to my blog. For a while I've wanted to create a space where I could share my thoughts and experiences as a PhD student. This year seemed like a good time to start - I'll be going on a research trip to PNG, presenting at conferences, trying to learn a new language and hopefully completing a couple of thesis chapters. I will use this blog to write about these experiences and give you some idea of what it is I do everyday.
I'm now half-way through the second year of my PhD. This year is the third year since I moved to Sydney from Adelaide. In my first year here I did my BA Honours year at Sydney University - I completed a thesis on West Papuan refugees in Papua New Guinea in the Australian administration in the 1960s-1970s. From there I followed on into a PhD also at Sydney Uni. While it was a big adjustment to move states, I've loved the opportunity to get to spend most of my time reading and doing research.
I became intoxicated with the archive during Honours when I spent time at the National Archives and the National Library in Canberra. I loved getting to read documents no one else had ever looked at before. It is amazing what has been preserved and how many details you can learn about the past. Last year, in the first year of my PhD, I also got the opportunity to travel to the US and do research in the United Nations archives in New York. It was amazing to read letters West Papuans had sent to the UN protesting their treatment and advocating for the chance to have a voice in the future of their territory.
Friends and family (I'm sure you are the only ones reading this), feel free to comment or send me requests if there is anything you would like me to write about. I will keep you updated once I head off to Papua New Guinea on my research trip.