planning my sabbatical
I’ve been offered to opportunity to apply for qualification funding – funding for research travel and so on that’s likely to help me publish more so that I eventually qualify for full professorship. Which would rock. So I’m trying to figure out what I should do. The standard thing, what they sort of expect, is a year being a visiting scholar somewhere. That’s impossible for me for family reasons, though I think I’m going to wangle a month in Perth with my daughter (and my now-fiancÈ-then-husband (!) will be able to be there for about half that time) and that I can do maybe a three-week thing somewhere later. I can apply for conference funding too, I think.
So my question to you, my dear blogosphere, is: what should I do? What would be the best places to visit, conferences to go to and so on?
And of course, what the heck is my project? I’ll have finished the book on blogging by September 1, so what am I going to spend the next ten months of my sabbatical on? Another book? More blogging? Participatory culture? Return to the distributed narrative project I wanted to do a book on? Or has time moved on since then – I’m thinking participatory narrative might be a more interesting concept these days. Who cares if it’s distributed, the point now is that you can barely tell a story without the audience getting into it and telling half of it too.
It’s hugely luxurious getting to plan how to spend a whole year’s time and even, quite likely, some money too. At times like these I adore academia.