I pitched my dissertation idea this morning. I’d been worried about doing so as I’m planning to research empirical aesthetics – the scientific study of responses to art – and swinging this by my notoriously artsy tutors was risky. Thankfully I got a friendly guy who was fine with the concept, only making sure I wasn’t planning to write something dull and technical. So that’s quite the relief. The other tutor in the room wasn’t impressed when I said criticisms of my topic as ‘reductionist’ weren’t compelling, but otherwise I got through. Hoorah! I’ve been wanting to research this subject since the first year, and it would have been such a waste to instead write 10k words comparing conveniently unfalsifiable art theories.