Just Because

Rhythms of Academia

I was writing about the rhythms of academia when the internet dictated its own. It shut me down! So, without having saved my original text, here I am back again. It is probably better since the shut down stopped me going on about things. It is spring here though judging from today’s gusty winds and cloudy overcast sky it is hard to believe.

The long and short of what I was writing it this: I think there to be a rhythm to academic life that one needs to take time to feel and understand. It is no use trying to fight the tempo of how our days work. At this point, there is a hiatus between the arrival of the first batch of assessments for marking and the demands that writing lectures and conducting classes place on academics. So, a small window to tackle some of the research ideas and projects that have been placed on the back burner through the year as teaching takes priority.

However, without truly knowing and understanding the rhythms it is difficult to know when these tasks can be inserted. Which is kind of my original point. I am learning that sometimes things have to take their time whatever the urgency one feels and that trying to hurry matters along, even with the best intentions, cannot work.

I am not by nature a patient person and often end up working myself to exhaustion trying to bend the rhythms of life to my will just so I can achieve an objective. The price is high and too frequently not worthwhile but is there a point where one might know when to bend, when to go with the flow and when simply to hop out and let things pass?


I'm a research fellow at an Australian university where I work on a number of projects. These include projects to do with new media and migration and the Chinese diaspora in Australia, projects on the Malaysian internet, ethno-religious issues in Singapore and Malaysia. And, before I forget many of the photos I use on this site were taken by my sister, Jessie and myself. All rights are reserved.