‘PRIVILEGE’ — it’s a word that has been constantly dropped and discussed as I did my graduate studies with EMMIR, and it’s something that I have been acutely aware and conscious of for the past year. Maybe if someone asked me two or three years ago if I consider myself privileged, I would have answered, “no, not really, I don’t think so. Whatever I had, I had to work hard and fight for it.” Even when I went to one of the premier (and most expensive) universities in the Philippines, I did not necessarily see myself as privileged. I worked hard to be there, fought to be there, and begged to be there. I was the scholarship and financial aid kid in a place full of wealthy privileged kids. Compared to them, I was the underprivileged. I equated privilege with money, and indeed it is an indicator of privilege, but only one amongst numerous indicators. Continue reading “Privileges and Positionality: academia and the rest of the world”→
This past week, EMMIR hosted a 3-day conference on the links between activism and academia at the University of Oldenburg.
Good discussions never come to an end! We are sharing experiences with four of #ActiveAcademia’s panelists on participatory research and #genderstudies #FridayThoughts
We start day two of #ActiveAcademia with @ale_delano who will present her research on scholar-activism at the US-Mexico border #migration #activism #borderstudies
Brian Fehler (Texas Woman’s University) is presenting his paper “Tame a Tongue, Detain a Toddler: Literacy Oppugnants and Migrant Policies at the Mexico/U.S. Border” on #immigration policy in the United States under the Trump administration in the ‘Gender On/Under FIre’ panel.
Ramon Grosfoguel is discussing the historic and ongoing decolonialisation of westernized universities, referencing his positionality as a Puerto Rican at UC Berkeley and how people of color have fought for their places at westernized universities.
#ActiveAcademia is also about intersectionality. John Marnell from @WitsUniversity presents critical reflections on participatory research with LGBTIQ+ migrants, refugees and asylum seekers living in South Africa.
Thank you, Apala Kundu for presenting your paper “Muted Voices, Gendered Memories” arguing that that the Sylhet Partition, w/ special focus on gendered experiences of migration and displacement, is essential to understand contemporary social movements and activism in N.E. India
Alumni and professors discussing about building coalition between activists and scholars. How can we work together? #ActiveAcademia #inspiration
There’s a big crowd here for McGill’s Aziz Choudry, who is presenting his keynote presentation “Migration Research and the Terms of Engagement: Reflections on Knowledge, Power and Resistance” at today’s #ActiveAcademia conference. 👏
Susan Toolit Alobo from #Uganda Management Institute is one of #ActiveAcademia panelists. She stressed the importance of raising activism views to academics and build criticism to policy-makers.
Some cohort 7 students stayed after their proposal colloquium for the conference, and several cohort 6 students came too as well as some alumni!
This week, Cohort 7 presented their thesis proposals at a 2-day thesis proposal colloquium in Oldenburg. It was the first time seeing some classmates in a few months, and a good opportunity to iron out some details and questions regarding the theses we are about to write!
Today I received a nice message from Cohort 8 student Ha, who is interested in the 3rd semester in South Africa!
How have you been doing recently Did you enjoy your 3rd semester in South Africa? I’m also very interested in that option. Just want to ask some questions if you don’t mind.
1. What visa type did you apply for? A normal visitor visa or student visa? I think the modules are only 2 months.
I actually didn’t apply for the student visa at all. With my EU passport, I was able to stay in South Africa for 3 months with a tourist visa that I got upon arrival in SA. Since the module was short, only ~10 weeks (including a week-long teaching break and a take-home exam), and because I wasn’t planning on staying in South Africa for my internship, I decided to just get the upon-arrival visa. However, there are few important things Continue reading “Q&A: Questions about 3rd semester at Wits”→
The five-part structure I’m going to go through here would make sense to organisers throughout the humanities and social sciences (I’ve used it for abstracts that needed to fit into history, politics, sociology, geography, media or cultural or popular music studies, interdisciplinary area studies, anthropology, education, even conferences on topics my CV looked like I don’tstudy explaining why I did study them after all) – some of its principles probably apply in sciences as well, though your fields might have more formal requirements for what you put where. READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE!