Like 99% of academics, now that the summer is officially over, I feel like I accomplished way less than what I intended in May. Therefore, it's a useful exercise to put in writing everything I've done during the summer, and see if the impression holds true. So here it goes:
- I went to Argentina for 3 weeks.
- I gave the last touches to this article, and wrote an essay (in English, yeah!!!) for an edited collection, kind of a general introduction to one of my fields. Although the essay was more like a chronological survey, and the research I had to do was minimum, what took me an enormous amount of time was to find a structure to make the essay coherent.
- I researched and picked the books for my upcoming class. These
were thechoices (click on each word, I am trying to make it less googleable). I decided to focus on Argentina. I also read them. While all are interesting, I highly recommend Gamerro's. It's one of my favorite Argentine novels from the past decade. I will also be screening Nine Queens and El Bonaerense.
- I read a lot for my bigger project, and took lots of notes. The work will be resumed after I turn in my tenure portfolio.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen. I'm going up for tenure this Fall. If somebody has extra Valium to spare, we can talk business.
- In the middle of all this, I also managed to mentor a student undergraduate research. I will say I had a fruitful summer, though they always feel to short.
Are you happy with your summer?