This week I’ve been on spring break. Though one might think that would be especially propitious for blogging, my production levels this week tell a different story, as I’ve spent much of my break either “spring cleaning” at home or getting a bit ahead of the curve on grading and class prep. Both those tasks are necessary and satisfying in their own way, but they aren’t particularly inspiring.
Yet it has inspired me to daydream about summer vacation and all the amazing things I will accomplish. Before that point, I have four more weeks of classes, “writing week” (when students work on independent projects and I hopefully manage to finish grading for the semester), a feverish weekend of grading the humanities area exam, then a week of conferences with students, and finally commencement on May 5. I will then have some meetings in the early part of the summer, though the dean has promised the week after commencement will be totally free of them.
Between now and the end of the school year, my outside academic obligations include reviewing proposals for the AAR programming unit for which I serve on the steering committee (Bible, Theology, and Postmodernism) and writing a short blog piece on Agamben’s Kingdom and the Glory for the blog of Political Theology. If possible, I would also like to do a draft translation of the introduction to The Highest Poverty to post here.
During the summer vacation, I will need to produce complete drafts of both the Agamben translations — I can do polishing work and track down references during the fall semester, but it’s clear to me that it would be naive to plan on doing major translation work while teaching. I will also need to expand the aforementioned blog post into an article. In addition, I obviously need to do course prep, though currently I’m only assigned to do two sections of one class and audit another class (similar to last fall), making prep relatively light.
During that all-too-short break, I would like to write and send off two articles that would provide building blocks for my devil project, one dealing with a figure from my dissertation (probably Gregory of Nyssa) and one new (probably Calvin). Both are ideas I’ve been thinking through for a long time, so hopefully it’s not as over-ambitious as it sounds. (I’m also planning for the article on The Kingdom and the Glory to work toward the devil project.) I had previously had placed unrealistic demands on myself to write this book somehow immediately, but it’s becoming clear that some kind of spacing out will be necessary. I would also like to start working my way through Sein und Zeit in German, as I’m most likely going to be teaching an elective course over it in the fall of 2013 — and given the state of my German, I’ll probably need a good solid 15 months to get through it.
What about you, my dear readers? What do you need to do before the end of the school year and during the summer break? What would you like to do? We can be accountability buddies!