In Lancaster again – more analysis & writing

As part of my fellowship by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), I’ll be spending the next months as a Visiting Student in the Sociology Department at Lancaster University. Continuing the work on my dissertation, this time the focus lies on the analysis of my empirical material as well as on expanding and writing parts of my thesis.

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At the start of term Lancaster University is very busy – induction week and week one are full of events making settling in rather easy. Many students are involved in volunteering activities, such as “Green Lancaster” which promotes environmental projects or a food co-operative selling fruits and vegetables from local farmers.

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In the upcoming week the practice theory reading group will be visiting Leighton Moss for a session on bird watching in practice. More on this soon to come!

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Visiting student in the Department of Sociology, Lancaster University

From January until March I am a visiting PhD student in the Department of Sociology at Lancaster University. This stay is part of a six month fellowship I received from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). During the upcoming weeks I will be working on my thesis, in particular on its contribution to recent developments within the realm of theories of practice. I am supervised by Elizabeth Shove.

The Department of Sociology currently accommodates five visiting PhD students from Canada, Denmark and Germany. We received a warm welcome from staff and students alike. This open and encouraging environment gives us the opportunity to get in exchange about our work and questions related to our research.

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Viewpoint above Windermere train station

Apart from courses, talks and lunch time meetings in the Department and on campus, there are lots of events in and around Lancaster. So far we’ve organised a trip to the Lake District around Windermere and Bowness which became this time a very snowy and soaky affair but nevertheless a great adventure!

Taking into account current weather conditions, our next practice theory reading group will focus on fire…