Back to Normal and Anything But…

the-isolatorAfter the initial surge of returning home and to work after sabbatical leave, there’s finally time for some reflection. For the first time in the past couple of weeks, I managed to have time last Friday to complete a couple of writing projects. One project involves an amazing and diverse group of scholars whom I managed to coerce into collectively writing a piece with various insights into the constellation of architecture, technology and security. The collaborative article is slated to come out in International Political Sociology in 2016, and I’m delighted to expose the general readers of IPS to folks from diverse disciplines and perspectives.

The reason behind not having sufficient time to devote to overdue writing projects is unfortunately not the result of a burdensome teaching load, or having lost my “Isolator,” but the result of new administrative duties. In particular, the role of Faculty Association Chair has involved not only a relatively steep learning curve, but scheduling and organizational madness. The madness has subsided, by in large, and now the “new” business as usual for me is slowly emerging. Although there are many serious matters to attend to and a diverse range of issues of concern and responsibilities, I’m trying to keep my sense of humour and still pull out a Hawaiian shirt or a Popcycle original from Tucson for the odd meeting, just to keep things light and keep myself sane.