More and more people oppose the coronavirus measures, because they perceive them as threatening their autonomy. In this post, Anne-Kathrin Kleine explains how people’s sense of autonomy may be protected. The goals and stakes are clear: we want to stop the virus without running the risk of emerging from the crisis as a divided society.
The pandemic and self-isolation can help us to reflect on relevant topics. The post reflects on the experience of a PhD student being far away from her homeland during COVID-19 outbreak, the equilibrium between solitude and interpersonal relationships, highlighting the relevance of social interactions in the development and construction of ourselves.
It is sometimes said that migrants should work on their acculturation in the host country in order to realize their goals. In her PhD dissertation, which she succesfully defended last November, Ágnes Tóth argues that this relation may actually work the other way around.
“So, what do you actually do in your PhD?” Casual questions like this can be surprisingly hard to answer for PhD students. This is because we are trained to write for scientific journals and give conference talks, not to explain our ideas at family reunions or over drinks and loud music. But they are good […]
On September 21, the annual PhD Day is organized in the Oosterpoort in Groningen. Both PhD and Research Master students are invited to broaden their research and career perspectives. Mindwise asks a few questions to the chair of PhD Day Groningen 2018 about the highs and lows in her first organizing experience.