This was my closing sentence during the last supervision. We were talking about field visits and how to plan those and how to execute those and what we can learn from those. I believe that during my forthcoming visits to museums I will able to find a lot of nice archive materials, which can be looked upon as ingredients to a novel PhD. We have agreed on the approach and decided that it’s best to write-up my visits afterwards, though these essays will probably be not included in the thesis itself.
The road to this aforementioned supervision was quite rocky. As you probably know, I am a Distance Learning PhD student, residing in Hungary. I sent an email to a museum, expressing my desire to conduct research there – this should have been the place for my pilot field study. The reply was quite shocking: “I am not really sure what actual goal You follow with Your project. If it is about to find another grounds to support Your governments nationalistic course I think we will not support that”. Though we later cleared up the misunderstanding, this was quite worrying. And it turned out that their library and archive is being remodeled right now. So I sent an email to the Technishches Museum in Vienna, who were very happy to accomodate me and so that will be the place for my pilot study.
I also have to touch upon the brief epiphany moment which I mentioned in my last blog post. A lot of thoughts were swirling around my head lately. But I am happy to report that I now know where I am heading. As I said at the beginning of this post: I believe my field studies will be very useful. I know what I’d like to learn from those visit, I know exactly what I’d like to research, what kind of questions I’d like to ask, what kind of materials I intend to read etc.