"My memory is that I made it back to the bedroom as if I had become a new team member on Floor is Lava. It probably looked much worse in real life."
'I also make a point every evening of organizing, labelling, and filing away in my hard-drive everything I collect on that day so that I don’t return to a huge, undifferentiated, digital pile of photos with names like “IMG_2874.”'
"Favourite form of procrastination?" "Another cup of tea."
"I...agree with what many others have said here about imposter syndrome. Everyone has it, and if you don’t, what’s your secret?"
"The multiplicity of colonial relations being enacted and negotiated in asylums and jails is truly astounding."
"I don’t know that I could have finished my doctoral dissertation if it weren’t for periodic trips to the batting cage."
"The great bell hooks was spot on when she talked about how her work focused on challenging the ‘imperialist white supremacist heteropatriarchy’ – and that’s a fine path to follow."
"What is most disappointing here is that these harmful stereotypes are being communicated and perpetuated by the very people who are supposed to be welcoming and supporting the newly arrived emigrants."
"I think it is important to remember that feeling overwhelmed is normal."
"I definitely miss interactions, and absolutely soak them up when I am on campus."
"We have the most innovative women artists here in Ireland, and I want to be part of bringing that rich history into the core of Irish Studies as a field."
"Many academics recognize that working with Ancestry.com and genealogical data can become quite addictive. That’s me: I am one of those historians."
"[A] mordant sense of humour is a great resource when surrounded by people taking themselves too seriously."
"My confession: I don’t know how to use Excel."
"[L]earning how to do a PhD is a process. Balance is a goal that is important to work towards, but be kind to yourself and make it work for you."
"We did it. We found the Holy Grail."
"Even though there is no scientific proof to back me up, I have always found that listening to classical music heightens my receptivity and creativity."
"Sometimes, as a way to re-envision the lived reality of the people we write about, I play a little game..."
"When I’m practicing or composing new musical ideas, voice memos on my iPhone are invaluable."
"I have to have tea/coffee on hand when I’m writing. It serves as a useful coping mechanism for when words are not appearing during the creative process."
"Everyone works on their conference papers right up till the day they present, especially on the voyage to the conference."
"Invariably, I will ignore whatever outline I came up with earlier in the process."
"[W]hen they opened up the library again and I could actually browse the shelves, I didn't know what to do with myself... so much freedom!"
"Food is politics; knowledge of and access to it, and what constitutes 'healthy' or 'health-promoting' food, is a privilege beyond measure."
"It is essential to write every day. The faster you put your ideas in black and white, the better."
"Pots of Darjeeling to keep me going. Also, lots of Cadbury milk chocolate. I have simple needs."
Early on in the project, we realized we needed specific guidelines for the collection of data from very different archival sources.
"[G]rant applications aren't a lot of work for nothing. Sometimes you get money if you do one."
"So, what are we going to do with all those entries? How are we going to analyse them?"
"What it comes down to is that you are the expert on your work. You have to trust that."
"There is an art to grant writing... It takes a different set of skills."
"Oh my god. Just ask for help. You’re not supposed to know it all."
"To me, the overlap between some of the symptoms of 'madness' in the asylums and untreated thyroid disease is striking."
"As usual, I have too many books on the go for my own good."
"I listen to music, go for a long walk, or binge-watch Outlander on Netflix."
"So, as a bit of Canadian Thanksgiving Weekend-filler, I thought I would make a completely subjective-and-not-at-all-scientific list..."
"There are so many people that have inspired me in one way or another..."
"Some patients who exhibited very bad behaviour or who were 'excessively filthy in their habits' were sent to 'the Basement'."
"Cue cards have become a lifeline..."
"I have a long-standing crush on the Abbey Theatre Digital Archive at National University of Ireland, Galway. That’s normal, right?"
"I don’t think anyone in our project deserves to be made into a Voldemort."
"PhD work can be lonely, and these tools helped me to combat that."
"If I can avoid doing it on the computer, I do."
"[D]oing archival research in Cuba prepared me for a global pandemic."
"No one else *really* knows what they're talking about in the way it seems they do."
"[W]hether I am reading for work or leisure, the common theme is motherhood!"
"I see the materials with which the team has engaged...as a repository of feelings and emotions."
"Enjoy this time! Also, buy a standing desk and a SAD lamp..."
"Like clockwork, a haunting happened again in the earliest days of the GMM Project."
"I spent many happy years deep in the stacks of precisely the kind of space you’d imagine..."
"Intellectually and in other ways, I am far more a fox than a hedgehog."
"Noting the rise in cases, a spike, and then a gradual petering out over time was incredibly calming during the summer of 2020..."
"The imagination can run a bit riot when one has an actual abandoned lunatic asylum just down the shore that surprisingly few people know about..."
"I'm still territorial about my seat in Humanities 2..."