Two short pieces recently drafted – a contribution to an edited book on ‘How we Write’, and a piece on the use of other languages in my research. The first is entitled ‘Writing by Accumulation’, and in keeping with the book as a whole is not advice on how to write, but a descriptive piece about how I actually write. But I was struck that I wrote the piece in almost completely the opposite way to how I regularly write – this one was written in one long sitting, and then edited in another long session the next day. Most of my work, as the title suggests, is written little-by-little, built up over time. The second piece is for E-IR, and is an autobiographical piece, entitled ‘Theory and Other Languages’, about how using French and some other languages has been important to my past and ongoing research. It too was written in the faster, consolidated style. That piece should be out in a week or so; the collection on writing is being produced for later this year.
The other current research task is a conference paper on ‘Foucault and Shakespeare‘, which is being slowly built up over time, in much more my usual practice.