Skip to content

PhD and Body Coercion

by on August 27, 2013

Has anyone felt his or her body will freeze forever while writing up his or her PhD?

Has anyone felt tiredness, sore muscles, legs and eyes after a long day in front of his or her computer?

Nobody really talks about what a PhD involves body wise: BODY COERCION!

Foucault was so right while defining ‘disciplinary power’…the process of  becoming a disciplinary expert involves becoming a docile body, slaves to our computers, desks and seats. We completely internalized the posture of being seated for hours in front of our computers without questioning why we have to do that to produce a PhD in Arts (I guess PhD students  in sciences are more inclined to move around with lab work).

Here is a starting list of what I got from such body coercion while staring at the computer, immobilised for hours:

  1. Serious neck and back pain
  2. Sight loss
  3. Grey hair
  4. Wrinkles

And what about you?

Feel free to complete the list!



From → Uncategorized

  1. You are so right Aura. It has to be one of the most challenging aspects of writing a PhD, sitting in one place for hours on end. It is so unnatural. There are so many more creative ways we could go about researching and presenting research. I think it is time to start challenging the traditional methods of presentation. This would give us more freedom as to how we research as well as present and possibly then we could avoid all those horrible repetitive strain injuries that become ‘normal’ while writing a PhD.

  2. I am glad you think the same:)

Leave a Reply / Fág teachtaireacht

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The Heritage Trust

All over the world, every day, heritage sites, artefacts, skills and traditions are being damaged or lost through war, neglect, development, vandalism, theft or natural disasters. The Heritage Trust aims to focus on some of these issues, as well as highlighting many of the success stories in the fields of archaeology, conservation and historical research. If you have concerns for our heritage, or just a story to tell about it, please let us know by leaving a comment or contacting us at -

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Irish History, Culture, Heritage, Language, Mythology

Eilís Ní Dhúill

Leata ar an bhfoghlaim / Life, learning and goals

Acceptable in the Eighties

A very unscientific attempt to go back in time

Alex Hijmans

Writer | Scríbhneoir | Schrijver | Escritor

Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh

File Gaeilge | Irish language poet

Blag Gaeilge Iníon Uí Iarlaithe

Nuacht agus Nótaí agus níos mó as Gaeilge

Is múinteoir Gaeilge mé...

Ní neart go cur le chéile.


research education, academic writing, public engagement, funding, other eccentricities.

Urras Film nan Eileanan Beaga

Small Islands Film Trust

Black Irish Girl

Chronicling the journey from California to Ireland

The Blog

The latest news on and the WordPress community.

%d bloggers like this: