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Avoiding Reading 13.1.12 (plus some notes)

So, I have officially wasted yet another perfect study day due to procrastination. “Perfect study day?” you ask. Yes — the perfect study weather (slightly overcast and cool enough to rug up), no noisy neighbours, and a sleeping husband.


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Things I have done today:

  • Running errands in town (we booked haircuts for both of us and an eyebrow wax for me, and then we had to pick up Dan’s pay, which was of course followed by the exciting weekly visit to the post office and then brunch at the cafe)
  • Watched YouTube videos (generally titled “How I Organize my Planner” and “What’s in my School Bag” — I’m a nerd/geek/loser, get over it.)
  • Tried on outfits to wear to summer school (I want to look like me, but professional too — and many of my summery dresses feel too short for that description!)
  • Started writing a shopping list for when I visit Officeworks (nerdily excited to spend my birthday money from Dan there)
  • Taking Charlie to the beach (but not for long due to massive winds down there today — boo!)

Thesis Thoughts

I am lucky I have already hit on the broad topic I want to research for my thesis. But this is also a bit troublesome for me, due to the fact I now feel a little overconfident, and like I have already achieved my January academic goal. Really, I should be reading more and trying to narrow my focus! Especially as I am beginning to feel passionately about ‘curating for kids’ (in such a way I am hoping to do well enough to do my PhD after my MA — whereas earlier in my MA, I was not convinced I would ever be at that point, and would just keep doing odd courses to get pieces of paper).

I already feel better about my thesis topic than I did the whole year of my Honours.

And, to add something productive to my day, please indulge some random mind dribble regarding ‘curating for kids’:

  • Any interviews, surveys, etc. I want to do need to be decided upon pretty ASAP re: ethics need to be put through
  • Look into UN ‘Convention on the Rights of the Child’ (CRC) >> Articles 12 & 31 primarily re: child’s rightsto ‘cultural citizenship’
    • “…Article 12 – the right to participation – and Article 31 which defines participation in the arts contexts…” (Mai & Gibson, 2011)
    • I could look at this in general, and then see how it is/n’t implemented in Australian institutions (above article mentions QAG as a good start — can toooootally have a study holiday there haha — and NGA and NGV are easy trips also), and then move on to howit could be implemented by these institutions and others
      • Look at how these institutions have been designed by and for adults, and how they can be adapted to suit the needs of children? >> Not sure. I know the NGA had a reworking of the gallery floor when they remodelled, meaning the children’s gallery was removed (and now only seems to ‘reappear’ in blockbusters, and even then it is behind a closed door!)
        • The words ‘segregation’ and ‘integration’ come to mind here >> loaded words but they certainly seem correct

I really need to read at least one article this evening before I wake Daniel up for dinner.