A Twitter Pause and a Blog Rebirth? Anonymous Swiss Collector Revisited


Perhaps a break from the social can revive the thoughtful?

As some of you may know/have noticed, I’m taking a bit of a hiatus from twitter. For years I’ve enjoyed it for scholarly interaction and information sharing, but in the past year or so it’s become a very stressful place; in the past few weeks I just couldn’t take it. I just can’t fight these battles right now. I’m considering some sort of phased or limited return, perhaps solely for information sharing, but for now I’m taking a breath.

My hope is that I’ll use some of my now-spare internet time to revive this blog a bit. It’s been dormant for a while for some pretty good reasons:

  • In the past few months I’ve traveled to New Zealand twice (both times for at least 3 weeks), the USA twice (one for 3 weeks of fieldwork, I drove 4200 miles. I’ll write about it), London, Brussels, and maybe somewhere else. I forget. Suffice to say I’ve barely had time to sit down, let alone blog.
  • In February and March I participated in industrial action along with University employee colleagues across the UK. When I wasn’t on strike, I was working to contract and blogs aren’t in my contract.
  • On May 31st I interviewed for a large European Research Council grant. Fingers crossed on that, but it meant that I blocked the entire month of May for preparations and did pretty much nothing else.
  • All sorts of exciting and stressful personal life stuff.

While the last one certainly isn’t cleared up yet (OMG MORTGAGES!) I think it’s time to revisit this format for info sharing. Don’t hold me to it, but I’m going to try. Thus you may see some activity on my twitter account, but probably just to post links to this blog, announcements of papers and events, and the likes.

Meanwhile, this Anonymous Swiss Collector is getting her house in order. I’m organising my auction catalogues. Yesterday was “Tribal”, “Primitive”, and “other painfully offensive market monikers for non-Western things”. Here’s about 1/4 of them. “Antiquities” (read: stuff made by ancient peoples that Europeans feel is more “us” than “them”) are next, but I have a student who needs to pour though them first.