The Ploughman's Lunch

Postcards from a PhD

Kraftwerk day

For all but a blissful week I have spent the whole of 2016 so far battling with one form of cold or another. This week is no exception, feeling thoroughly … Continue reading

February 24, 2016

Fun with contact mics

I decided last week that it was time for a very thorough re-reading of Svetlana Boym’s The Future of Nostalgia. I bought it a couple of years ago, when I … Continue reading

February 24, 2016

Functions of nostalgia

February, so far, has been an admin-heavy month with most of my dedicated ‘study days’ eaten up with preparation for and travel to a supervision meeting, making the arrangements to … Continue reading

February 13, 2016

Etc. #1

Snowball sampling is something I have vague memories of from studying A-level sociology.  It’s basically a technique of recruiting participants for a study via the existing participants, each new person … Continue reading

January 27, 2016

Yearning For Yesterday

Nostalgia, so the saying goes, ain’t what it used to be.  Cute line, I thought, I’ll use that to start my blog-post on Yearning for Yesterday, Fred Davis’ 1979 book … Continue reading

January 24, 2016

The Ministry of Nostalgia

I read today, with some disbelief, that the ‘Oxford Dictionaries’ website’s Word of the Year 2015 is an emoji.  Not the word ’emoji’ but an actual pictograph, officially known as … Continue reading

January 9, 2016

In Search of Lost Time

Over a week into my Christmas break and I only seem to have managed to lightly dent my ‘to read pile’ (pictured). I blame Lacan. No, I really do. If … Continue reading

December 30, 2015