A very delayed blog entry. But I feel like I need to immortalize this experience. This year, I have taken new approach for my PhD. I don’t want to push myself that hard anymore. I am going to take it slowly with my own pace while delegating my full time job as a primary school teacher (seems easy but loads of clerical stuffs to be executed! It feels rather frustrating when your focus in PhD is already at its zenith that suddenly you have to channel the focus into school workloads. But then, it is what it is! Suck it up, Shahrill!). But, I have been making my 2019 resolutions that I will strive to write and publish two articles in academic journals – and one of the way is to join conferences!
On the 27th June 2019, I have attended the 1st International Scholar Conference 2019 at School of Multimedia Technology & Communication, Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM). I presented my conceptual paper on “A Rhetorical Analysis of Mahathir’s Malay Dilemmas Speeches During His Political Hiatus (2003-2018). On whole, I’ve received positive feedback from the audience but of course, there are rooms for improvement suggested by Dr. Manvinder and others :-
- The duration from 2003-2018 is a vast period (Answer : It is the period where Tun Mahathir was in his political hiatus. The term political hiatus itself is defined as the transition period between his 1st premiership into 2nd premiership);
- 16 speeches are a lot to be transcribed. How the researcher (Yours Truly) is to analyze the speeches without human error? (I proposed to use the traditional approach (listen and transcribe verbatim;- Dr. Mahvinder suggested to me that corpus analysis software tool will be much help to eliminate human bias).
It is important for me to sharpen my academic presentation delivery. It is quite challenging serving as a primary school teacher where I have to simplify my lingo to be in sync with the kids and then as a PhD candidate getting immersed with all the Aristotelian terminology and sophisticated demeanour!
I took note the recommendations to be discussed with my Supervisor. It was also encouraging to receive positive feedback from a few scholars there who are looking forward for my writing as UUM is known as the hub research on Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad. Apart from that, I also had a chit-chat with a doctor from Iran who took keen on my presentation.
Since I only took a day off from my school by flying to Alor Star on 26th June, I flew back to KL after the conference was over as I had to assist my colleagues to co-train the Action Song for Year 4 pupils in the STEM Carnival (which by the way, unraveled its own DRAMA and the dirt of organizational politics – but I won’t dish it here! But then again, perhaps after I leave the school! Hahhaaha!). Nevertheless, I am happy to hear that the editor of Scopus was OK with the article for the first assessments after I made some adjustment according to Dr. Manvinder’s recommendations. . I am looking forward for the update on the publication progress as that was the main reason why I joined the conference, as well as to fulfill the requirement for PhD graduation!
Hopefully everything will be eased, Amin.
So now, for the second conference which is the “International Conference on Religion, Governance and Sustainable Development (ICGRD2019)” that will be held at Universiti Islam Antarabangsa on the 16th-17th October 2019, I am planning to present my paper entitled “A Rhetorical Analysis on Azhar Idrus’s Ethos in Gender-Provocative Selected Sermon”. I have already sent the abstract and after a few adjustment made recommended by the assessors, it was accepted by the committee. I am looking forward to strive for another potential in publication. Hope everything will be OK. Amin.
My next conference, Insya ALLAH.