Ms Kanta

Voracious reader and DPhil candidate blogs about books and scholarly life.

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My Thesis is Slaying Dragons

To-do lists were never really my thing until I started my PhD. However, the various parts of academic life started competing for attention to the point where I could no … Continue reading

07/09/2016 · Leave a comment

Writing for a wider audience: ‘The Oxonian Review’, Oxford’s Graduate Literary Magazine — Graduate Projects in the Humanities

You might have wondered what kept me from contributing more regularly to my blog these past months. Well, in January I took over as Editor in Chief of the Oxonian … Continue reading

07/06/2016 · Leave a comment

The Martian, NASA, and Potatoes

It’s been a while since this originally came out, but I never published it to my blog. In November, I was interviewed by my friend Dan O’Neill, who is a … Continue reading

02/05/2016 · Leave a comment

Hey, Summer School Students, Your Teachers Are Not Paid

Summer schools are big business in Oxbridge. Colleges are never quiet: the students have hardly left for the vacation before groups of students from all over the world arrive for … Continue reading

11/07/2015 · Leave a comment

“We thought Kanta was a guy.”

Oxford academics tend to attract media attention. And to seek it out, too, quite often. To prevent awkward blunders in the public eye, the Humanities department arranged a media training … Continue reading

18/05/2015 · 1 Comment

Station Eleven wins Arthur C. Clarke Award

Since I am now an official science fiction researcher, it seemed only fitting for me to attend last Wednesday’s Arthur C. Clarke Award ceremony. The most prestigious British science fiction … Continue reading

08/05/2015 · Leave a comment

Writing, Fast and Slow

Though I’ve never had a very serious bout of writer’s block yet, and I’ve written three theses before (two undergraduate, one graduate), writing can be awfully hard. I am not … Continue reading

14/02/2015 · 1 Comment

“So what is your research about?”

It is a question I get asked often, and frankly, it is the question academics love to be asked most. (Hint: it is a much better question than “When are … Continue reading

07/02/2015 · 2 Comments

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