Privileges and Positionality: academia and the rest of the world

By Justine Grace N. Abrugena

‘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”


EMMIR Conference 2018 – “Linking Scholarship and Academia in Migration Societies: Critical Inquiries”

This past week, EMMIR hosted a 3-day conference on the links between activism and academia at the University of Oldenburg.

check us out on Twitter (@StudyEMMIR) or look at the #ActiveAcademia tag for some highlights of the conference. 

Some cohort 7 students stayed after their proposal colloquium for the conference, and several cohort 6 students came too as well as some alumni!

Cohort 8 students attending the conference, thanks to Ha for the photo! 


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Q&A: Questions about 3rd semester at Wits

Health and Migration @ Wits University, Johannesburg
Health and Migration @ Wits University, Johannesburg

Today I received a nice message from Cohort 8 student Ha, who is interested in the 3rd semester in South Africa!

Morning Gabriella,
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”

HELPFUL–> How to write a conference abstract: a five-part plan for pitching your research at almost anything

by Catherine Baker at


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!