It’s my first post of the year and the new term, so I thought I might talk about what’s in store for me these next few months. The Lab work is super-exciting now that I’m going to work on the Preliminaries Project with David. Since I’m just starting out, it involves plenty of reading up, multiple trips to the coffee shop and basically being Dee Dee to David’s Dexter. Fun Times!
On a similar note, the courses I’m taking this term are very promising. The Digital Humanist course will be my official introduction to DH theories and practices. It will be interesting to see the historiography of DH and trying my hand at creating viable DH options for future endeavours. The other course I’m taking and am excited about is “Reading India through Postcolonial Theory in the 21st Century.” This will be my first time studying Indian literature, and reading about my culture and history at University level. What interests me about this is potentially looking at the post or de-colonial condition, both from the Indian and the Latin American perspective.
As for my teaching, exciting times lie ahead here too. The students are finally used to sporadic bursts of Hin-span-glish, and have themselves become confident in speaking Spanish. An extra-curricular activity that has enthused them is the upcoming ‘Noche Herética’ when some of them might be performing a Bollywood-Latino mash-up number. Like I said, fun times!
I will elaborate on my progress as the term moves along.For now, I want to keep my Zen-self in full form, so that I don’t lose control of all the things that need to be done. I’d like to draw your attention to this Pico Iyer article that talks about just that – keeping anxiety at bay, no matter what your physical situation is. This write-up holds special meaning for me because my father sent it to me last month (at a time when end-of-term essay-madness was taking over) without really having a clue about what was going on with me. And so I will make myself think of this –
“It’s not circumstances that define us, the Stoics wrote again and again; it’s our response to circumstances. And insofar as anxiety is to a large extent in the eye of the beholder, it’s also in the power of the beholder to control […] The problem with anxiety — as Marcus Aurelius would acknowledge — is that, by definition, it’s irrational; in that regard, it’s not so different from the almost irresistible impulse to jump that seizes me every time I find myself on a 50th-floor balcony, or the senseless revulsion I feel on seeing a rope that I take to be a snake. Its power comes in those moments when reason has no sway over it.”