…my brand new blog. I’ve been thinking about blogging my research for a while now, and finally decided to take the plunge. For those that do not already know something about me, I am a second year PhD student of Museum Studies, based in the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester. My research is looking at how the material culture of the Cultural Revolution has been collected, interpreted and displayed in contemporary British museums, and how this challenges or reflects the wider image of China in the popular consciousness.
Inspired by other research bloggers like Mary Stevens and Lynn Bethke, I intend to use this blog to collect my thoughts, chart my progress and organise useful sources as I find them. I suspect my approach will be quite rambling at times, and I doubt that I will make any really incisive breakthroughs (and if I do, I probably won’t blog ’em just in case my ideas get nicked!), but this blog is – first and foremost – a tool to facilitate the writing of my thesis, which may – as a happy coincidence – make for interesting reading.