A few things happened while I was completing the PhD, which I probably should have mentioned at the time but then forgot about. A few months ago, I received a copy of Volume 29, Issue 3 of Social Science Computer Review in the mail, the edition containing the papers from two panels I was a part of at the 2010 ICA conference in Singapore.

I was involved in two papers, one with Axel Bruns, Jean Burgess, Lars Kirchhoff, and Thomas Nicolai which helped to establish some of the aims and context for the Mapping Online Publics project at QUT, and one with Lars and Thomas drawing directly on my PhD. That paper, ‘Challenges of tracking topical discussion networks online’ drew on early research into one of my case studies in asking methodological questions about how to study online communication, and helped the development of the idea of topical network analysis that I used in my thesis. The abstracts for these papers were initially sent in over two years ago now, so they’ve been around for a while (written and presented in June 2010, online last year), but I’m mentioning the availability of the final version for purely personal reasons: it’s the first time my research has made it into print!

SSC

 

16/03/2008 – (18/07/2011) – 17/11/2011
 

Thesis Inside
Spine Inside

 

Corrections made, thesis printed and bound, all paperwork signed off – the PhD is now complete. I’m off to Brisbane in a few weeks for graduation, and then my time as a student really will be all over.

The thesis will soon be available through QUT’s eprints website. Once it’s uploaded, I’ll add the link here – if you’re interested in looking at it before then, send me an email and I’ll see what I can do!

 

On 14 July 2011 – just over three weeks ago – three printed copies of my PhD thesis were received by the QUT Research Students Centre, and from there were sent out to examiners. After 1221 days, my PhD journey is, for now, at an end, and many thanks are due to everyone who has helped over the last three and a bit years. The thesis work will restart in a few months’ time, when the examiners’ reports come back and there are changes to be made, but I’ve been enjoying not thinking about the Great Work for a little while. The first half of this year in particular has been a blur, a flurry of writing and editing, and having been sitting at a computer in the UWA Reid Library for a lot of this time, going offline and not doing much at all has made for a welcome, and much-needed, break.

That said, the ‘holiday’ has to end at some point, with some new discussions to come from next week onwards. However, before covering new topics, it would be a little amiss not to note that the thesis was completed and lodged for examination. Even if QUT doesn’t give out mugs…

 

Original post lost in site crash of May 2011.

Presented at QUT, 10 March 2011:

 

Original post lost in site crash of May 2011.

With Lars Kirchhoff and Thomas Nicolai. Panel presentation at IR11, Gothenburg, Sweden. October 2010:

 
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