After extensive internet research, I decided to get myself a home espresso setup: A Gaggia Classic machine and an Ascaso i-Mini grinder. These are my notes on why I chose this particular gear and what I’ve learned about it, by reading the experiences of other owners and during my first few days with my own machine. Super geeky coffee talk ahead! Continue reading “Espresso with the Gaggia Classic”
Just returned from a seminar “On Populism and Politics” by the Finnish Political Science Association and politiikasta.fi, with an interesting discussion on the concept of populism and its usefulness with contributions from several researchers from the fields of political science, sociology and communication. Continue reading “Slides: What is Finnish about the Finns Party?”
Gladly, I’ve received funding for the year 2013 from the Kone Foundation to start off my PhD work on the Finns Party, Finnish political culture and populism. This means I’ll start working on the study in January. Still waiting for information about an office space – hopefully with other political sociology researchers at the University.
My research proposal can be found here (4-page PDF), though it will very likely be altered to some extent once I get the work going. However, many issues such as the connection between gender and conservative politics do interest me and will likely be part of the research. Additionally, I hope to be part of developing a framework of analyzing populism via Laurent Thévenot’s sociology of engagements.
I’ll also be presenting my work at a seminar, “On Populism and on Politics” on the 18th of December, 2012 (next week’s Tuesday!). I’m preparing slides that will present what I’ve done so far in a condensed form, so I’ll upload them here after the event.
NOTE (13th Dec 2012): Now that the University of Helsinki has updated from Office 2007 to 2010, I should update this when I have the time.
Microsoft Word might not be the best tool for academic writing, but it’s what most of us have to live with. Learning a few tricks can make it a lot easier. Continue reading “Technical tips for academic writing in Word 2007”