And the Good News Is …

Money, money, money
Must be funny
In the rich man’s world
Money, money, money
Always sunny
In the rich man’s world
Aha aha
All the things I could do
If I had a little money
It’s a rich man’s world
It’s a rich man’s world

ABBA (1976)

In 1976, ABBA nailed it. Money makes life so much easier.

I’m okay with not being part of ‘the rich man’s world.’ And if I weren’t, I wouldn’t be a cultural anthropologist. That’s not a job I ever associated with ‘the rich man’s world.’

After my job interview the day before yesterday, I also received good news! Nothing like a job in academia or research funding. Not even money I will be using for my own project. But I am imagining that it might help with future applications. For jobs. For scholarships, grants, and awards.

I am organizing an international workshop with a friend, with attendees from different countries. Not all of them have funding. And personally, I believe the coffee breaks, joint lunch, and joint dinner are the most important moments at conferences and workshops. That’s when the real networking happens.

To enable all selected presenters to attend the workshop and to arrange a valuable networking experience, we applied for funding for the organization of our workshop: for travel and accommodation of our guests, for our networking endeavors. And the day before yesterday, we received the email we hoped for: funding granted!

Writing proposals is such an important part of our work, even though we often do not realize it. We do it regularly, but we don’t do it very often. No one (with exceptions, of course) teaches us how to write a proper proposal. It’s a trial and error thing. But a successful proposal motivates!

I’m glad for our participants. And I’m glad for myself. A few months ago, I went through a rough patch. I thought about quitting. Leaving academia. Not because I did not want to be a cultural anthropologist anymore. But when too many things go wrong, it is difficult to keep your motivation flying high. Excitement slowly dies away. But successes, even the small ones, are often enough.

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