Project Dissertation

I moved to this fabulous city three years ago mainly to; be near an airport for travel, be able to not trade my stilletos for trainers, and to finish my doctoral studies in four years. Yes, that pretty much sums up my priorities at 30. So now I am ABD with nine months to go and San Francisco is no easy city to ignore. Although, I would argue that each experience that deters my academic writing is really just needed inspiration. Welcome and I hope you enjoy...

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Bilingual, Bicultural, and Dual Citizen. J School B.A., M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities, & ABD in Education.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Dissertation Nepantla and Beyond

Nepantla is a Nahuatl term that describes an in between and unknown space of time and change: To me that sound a lot like the Dissertation.

For a more thorough explanation of Nepantla, I suggest the work of the late Chicana scholar Gloria Anzaldua. Needless to say, when I came across Nepantla written in a proposal review this afternoon, it was akin to a gust of fresh air or a cool glass of water...I got it, I understood, others reading may not, but it spoke to me in a profound way. Although I have not compromised my identity for academia it is resilience that is required to get through.

Over the course of my doctoral program I have written and presented at countless conferences. Never, had I volunteered to review. So, it felt odd not knowing if I was reviewing the work of a doctoral student or well known scholar. Either way the same thing that worked for one good proposal applied to them all.

Conference Proposal Writing Tips:
Do follow all proposal application directions
Do clearly label the sections of the proposal
Do use the appropriate style guide
Do include a citation section as current as possible
Do select the most effective presentation format

Because I had written proposals previously I was familiar with the format. Nonetheless it was still difficult to reject a proposal. The one I did reject had a good topic but almost too difficult to focus on and did not adhere to the proposal writing tips I mentioned above.

257 days of Nepantla to go...


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