As this is the twentieth anniversary year of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the National Library of Scotland and the British Library in London organised a number of events over the course of the year to celebrate the phenomenon of the Harry Potter books. These are some notes from the two exhibitions I visited, the one at the NLS in June and at the British Library starting October.
There was a recent controversy in response to a survey by Times Higher Education on work-life balance within academia, in which some felt that an academic’s life is their work, while others responded saying that this was a toxic and harmful attitude. This is my reflection on what this question of ‘loving one’s work’ means for work-life balance within academia.
Photographs from my trip to the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art while I was in Copenhagen, and a reflection on the interaction between art, space, landscape and people.
A pastiche of Paul Simon’s ‘The Sound of Silence’, written in collaboration over a Twitter thread with @mcclare95, @JSTOR, @rmathematicus and @w0wkeeton, all reflecting on the trials, tribulations and frustrations of academia and research.