Last Friday I presented my final PhD seminar in front of a pretty substantial audience and an internal panel. I was unusually tense but I got through it without falling over. I enjoyed the Q&A with the audience, who threw in some pretty tough questions on issues that I had skated over in the presentation but will now argue through more carefully in the final draft. Most useful of all was the generous feedback from the panel, who gave me some very helpful advice about how to draw everything together into a more substantial conclusion and how to amplify the significance of the work. Which was great because there’s so much going on in the thesis, and because of that I’d been floundering around and hadn’t really even attempted a proper conclusion chapter yet. So on towards completion I go.
Naturally, the drinks afterward was the best bit, especially as it was a double celebration – Jaz very successfully got through the confirmation process on the same day. This week I’m getting out into the real world for a couple of hours each day doing some digital storytelling stuff. Hope I can remember how to talk to actual humans.