Category Archives: diaries of a phd student

having worked full time for three years with the phd resting in a state of suspended animation, i now face the pleasure and challenge to return to academia full time. the beauty, hurdles and outcome of this journey will be shared in this part of my blog.

4students: three tips on methodology

when it comes to research, my belief system is built on three cornerstones: (truly) ‘objective’ research does not exist – we can only aim at getting as close as possible to it by limiting our human fault lines. everybody is … Continue reading

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the difficulty of staying neutral

the more i am faced with writing my phd, the more i notice a seemingly insurmountable challenge: remaining neutral in my writing. it is no secret that words carry meaning – sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly, sometimes the meaning has changed … Continue reading

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can there ever be no war?

recently, i was asked whether we can stop all wars. for me, this is a (surprisingly) easy question to answer: all wars, for ever, you can not stop. however, it’s not quite as grim and fatalistic as you might think … Continue reading

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from 100 to 0 in less than a day – on life transitions

having worked a solid 40-60 hour week for the past three years, my phd was resting in a state of suspended animation. since monday, however, i am faced with the pleasure and challenge to return to academia full time in … Continue reading

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