My name is danah boyd and I'm a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and the founder/president of Data & Society. Buzzwords in my world include: privacy, context, youth culture, social media, big data. I use this blog to express random thoughts about whatever I'm thinking.

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travel schedule from hell, bright white light at the end

I’m about to embark on what can politely be called the travel month from hell: 12 cities, 3 countries, 13 different talks (with far too little overlap). I can bitch and moan, but there is a beautiful white light at the end of this horrid tunnel: hibernation. That’s right, the moment we’ve all been waiting for… (or at least the one that I have): Starting November 1, I will go into hibernation to write my dissertation. From thenceforth, only personal travel (weddings, burfdays, Xmas), no conferences, only 1 paid gig per month. I’ve been practicing the word “No” lately and am getting kinda good at it. And I need to be because I think that I will be in hibernation for a good 6-9 months. Crazy, eh?

Thus, this upcoming month of conferencing is bound to be a nice little social hurrah before I disappear into the world of dissertation. As usual, I don’t schedule anything during conferences but I’m always hanging around the conference or in the hallways and love adhoc socialization and food outtings. So, if it’s your thing, hopefully we can play at any of these public events:

(Oh, and to pre-empt the question that I’m getting frequently these days and am bound to get at all the academic conferences, the answer is: no, I’m not going on the academic job market this year. I’ll explain why a little later.)

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7 comments to travel schedule from hell, bright white light at the end

  • danah – if it’s such hell, why do it?

  • 1. Cuz I committed to the academic conferences when I thought I was going on the job market and I feel responsible to come through.
    2. Cuz the non-public talks will pay my rent for a few months so that I can write.
    3. Cuz in-between includes my grandparent’s 60th wedding anniversary, my brother’s birthday, a trip to Berkman.
    4. Cuz I’d rather pack it into one month than spread it out over a longer period.

  • Best of luck with the dissertation! I know it was hell to live with my mom while she did hers — hang in there!

  • Hi danah,

    My friend Demetri (who just so happens to be my MySpace “case study”) told me about this conference last night. When he said, “there’s a woman who’s an expert on online social networking speaking,” I guessed it was you. If you wanna, I know the best (and cheapest!) Indian place in town.

    Also, I wrote the first three pages of my thesis yesterday! Hibernation is imminent; I fear for my sanity.

    Be well,

  • At least you get a lot of free miles?

  • mir

    I’ll be in la montreal in October, you should give me a call and I’ll take you out for drink and teach you rudimentary Quebecois French.

    (hint: the first phrase is la la la)

    Ask Barb, it’s a gas.

  • Siri Hall Arny

    Thanks for going through with it – your talk at 4s was one of the best I had the pleasure to hear during the whole conference.