Pandemics and PhDs — patter

Friends, these are interesting times and the article below is a departure from the norm. As some of you may know I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Strathclyde in the Business School.  The main context of my research is book blogging. I want to understand more about how book blogging/book bloggers interact with all the different institutions in the book world such as festivals, publishers, authors, readers, libraries, bookshops etc The article below is an interesting piece on how this virus situation impacts the research community particularly those who do ethnographic research which relies on the researcher actually being in certain places.  I have spent the last two years studying and preparing to go into the field and gather data and had planned to do much of my data collection at upcoming book festivals and events and I am now so disappointed that this cannot happen. I am trying to remain positive.

In light of these events all being postponed/cancelled I am reaching out to our wonderful book community to ask if you would be willing to answer some questions about your everyday experiences with book blogs.  I particularly need to speak to publishers and PR people, festival programmers, book bloggers, readers and authors. I would also be interested to hear from librarians and book sellers. We can chat by email or Skype. There are no difficult questions I promise. You can reach out to me here in the comments or through Twitter @nordicnoirbuzz or at

I really would appreciate a little of your time so please get in touch so we can chat.

via Pandemics and PhDs — patter

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