The Biopolitics of BioShock: Introduction

The Geek Anthropologist

By Emma Louise Backe

I have to admit, I’ve never been the best gamer. I’ve dabbled in computer puzzles like Myst (1993) and RPG’s like Batman: Arkham Asylum (2009) and Alice: Madness Returns (2011), but I have always been attracted to video games primarily because of the stories they tell. This past summer, with some extra free time on my hands, I was finally able to play 2K Games’ opus, BioShock (2007). I was utterly enraptured. I was stunned by the incredible visuals, game play, narrative and political subtext, all interwoven throughout the underwater world of Rapture, where men and monsters reign. For those unfamiliar with the game, the player (sometimes called Jack) crash-lands in the ocean by a mysterious lighthouse in 1960. After ascending the steps, the player encounters a submersible, which drops into the Bathysphere to reveal Rapture, a utopia built by Andrew Ryan that has gone horribly…

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How I do my PhD | Michael Saker

PhD Life

I’m in the final year of my PhD, having recently upgraded in the summer. I’ve decided to use this space to briefly offer fellow PhDers some tips on what has helped me along the way.

Be open to your project moving in different directions. As clich as it is to quote Bruce Lee so early on and I’ve no doubt it has been done many times before, I nonetheless feel compelled and justified in stating: be like water. Don’t constrain your project to an a priori path of progression devised in its infancy. Instead allow it the space needed to evolve and transform in interesting and un-thought of ways. This will then provide the opportunity to pursue potentially new avenues of interest, which could enrich your thesis.

Build a good relationship with your supervisors. I can’t stress the importance of this enough. A good relationship with your supervisors will not…

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Great Twitter hashtags I am using as an Early Career Academic

I am loving learning how useful Twitter can be.

Dr Anna Tarrant

I have recently been fortunate enough to help organise and host the hashtag #acwri (short for academic writing) on Twitter. Together with PhD2Published and Dr Jeremy Segrott, we do fortnightly live chats on Twitter around a particular theme about academic writing (find out more here). We have now developed a great community and have had some fascinating discussions that are really opening up a helpful and informative informal online learning network.

As well as my involvement in #acwri I do like to follow and contribute to other hashtags on Twitter, which I think are worthy of mention. 

A really great hashtag that I have been following recently is #phdadvice, brain child of Dr Nadine Muller. Nadine is doing a fantastic job with the hashtag and I have now posted several questions and received excellent feedback and advice. It is great for Early Career Researchers because a range of…

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