This is week 1 of the pre-PhD build-up… after numerous conversations, a first draft proposal, a budget and one plane trip to Denmark, I have properly begun. The proposal, budget and appropriate emails have been to various interested parties -with extremely pleasing results after only a day or two. On the academic side the proposal is being scrutinized by professors and professionals.
So this week is all about basic research – finding and sorting sources, both written and oral, securing some funding and responding to the email replies already received. By the end of this week I hope to have secured supervisors for the PhD, be at least assured of probable funds and have applications away and awaiting approval.
Apart from all this, of course, I have to enjoy the lovely Esbjerg weather – barely back a week from not-so-sunny Portsmouth and the snow came down – luckily for me a have good company and Belgian beer to keep me n good stead while I peruse my (borrowed) copy of Fishing Gear of the World 1.
it’s a subject well-known to many within the commercial fishing industry and those interested in this aspect of maritime culture. it is, however, practically invisible to people on the outside. My motivation lies in the maritime culture, specifically the ideas and concepts that lie around maritime culture and heritage. More and more attention is being paid to historical fisheries, but I want to look at something that lies just out of the reach of living memory itself. this means going to talk to all the people who were – and are – key to this part of commercial fishing.
So what has happened so far? Well, two dozen emails have been sent and around half have responded, all positive and encouraging. thses includes introductions to other sources, as well help getting to various institutions and their records.
A meeting with the Sofarts- og fiskerimuseet in Esbjerg, again with good results – access to their library and section on fisheries technology, journals and government publications. My proposal is being perused by professors and in the coming week I will submit a the formal application and start arranging to go and visit all the people who will be key in providing information and memories of this origins of pelagic trawling.
One big and unavoidable part of this PhD is funding; so far I have garnered what amount to 20% of my goal – not bad for a week’s work! Still some way to go, but early days.
My thanks so far go to;
Thyberøn Trawldoors, http://www.trawldoor.dk/