Imagine hearing about a play that ran for one night only.

Everything you know about it is second-hand at best. If you’re lucky, you might be able to talk to someone who saw it. If you’re really lucky, they’ll even be telling the truth. More likely, everything that comes to you is of the “I know a guy whose second cousin’s former roomate was in the audience” variety.

With a bit of digging, maybe you can get your hands on some of the props and costumes, though there’s nothing to tell you how they were used. Maybe even a few pages of the script - though as any student of theatre can tell you, what it says in the script and what actually went down on stage are often two very different things.

Now: imagine writing fanfic based on this play you’ve never seen and never will, without so much as a decent plot summary to guide you.

If that sounds reasonable to you, congratulations: you may have what it takes to be an historian.

Like, psychology statistics and methodology is a pet interest of mine (wow I fucking hate myself typing that sentence) and I want to like not make this just like “wow I’m complaining about men again fucking crazy huh”

the methodology of these sorts of studies, especially ones that purport to be intra-community is really important if we are talking about it as ‘self-knowledge’ , which is usually how these sorts of studies are marketed.

Like, the fact that a paper can be published that is talking about ‘how lgbt people see themselves and their own sexuality’ that polls only college educated lgbt people is going to come with shit results, esp. when you take into account that certain segments of the communties in question are more highly educated than others. And even with people who have education, those with connections to academic communities still (ie. those who haven’t left listservs because they are fucking useless/terrible to certain groups) skew in certain statistical ways.

so having a methodology that is “listservs and references/word of mouth” is like not going to serve a lot of people. Because racism/class/whatever not only affects who can get into college, but who is in the ‘community’ that is receiving this word of mouth.

That’s why the first round of these surveys in the study I just linked skews *very* white and has basically no trans women/camab trans people in it. Because even if you are educated, you might not hear about it through the ‘academic pipeline’ because these communtiies are both racist and transmisogynistic.

So then you have these studies that talk about how LGBT see their sexuality, but the perspectives are going to reflect those privileged people’s narratives, which will then be used in arguments in our own lives and become truisms.

You only need one shit study (see: FORGE) and people will latch onto it. And that’s a study with no actual credibility, subtlety, or transparency at all! Imagine how a (from outsider perspective) subtle bias like this can misinform us in important ways.

Science Academia AUs

I’ve read some AMAZING academia AU fics over the years, and it’s definitely a real weakness of mine–I’ll click on just about any fic with this premise, and from my dedicated survey of the literature (*cough procrastinating from my various research responsibilities*) have noticed that most academia AUs are set in the humanities and social science scenes. Maybe people in those disciplines are more likely to write/be into fic? However, I present the following for your consideration:

  1. I am the lab manager, and you are the new postdoc. We both have STRONG OPINIONS about how the instruments should be maintained/glasses should be washed/brands should be bought and all of the flirt-fighting is making the undergrad assistants feel very uncomfortable. They beg us to please just resolve the tension so they can make stock solutions in peace, as they do not get paid enough for this.
  2. RIVAL LABS. Truly, the Montagues and Capulets of our time.
  3. I keep breaking the instrument so you, the attractive service person can keep fixing it, but I’ve got to pluck up my courage and ask you out soon because I have spent almost my entire grant on service visits oh my god how am I on track for tenure I’m a mess!
  4. Your lab keeps scooping us and I was prepared to go to this conference to glare angrily at your poster and poke holes in your methods but oh no you’re so cute (Did I mention RIVAL LABS)!
  5. My tent blew away/was ripped apart by wild animals on our field expedition to collect plant/water/rock/whatever samples in a super remote place. Oh no, it looks like we’ll have to share for the next two months! 
  6. We totally had a thing during a summer externship back in undergrad but lost touch. I saw you again at a conference and you got even better looking now that you’ve stopped doing that ridiculous thing to your hair.  Too bad we are now in… RIVAL LABS!
  7. We are the only two TAs for this Gen-Ed class of 200 utterly baffled English majors and the professor can’t lecture worth a darn; we are forever bonded by trauma
  8. I am the professor teaching this Gen-Ed class of 200 utterly baffled English majors; you are the adult non-traditional student auditing who sits in the back and is clearly judging my terrible lecture skills. Do you mind? I am TRYING! 
  9. You keep anonymously reading my abstracts on ResearchGate. Thank you for validating me let me buy you a coffee if you’re ever in town, beautiful stranger
  10. I keep nodding off during seminars; you laugh at me but also bring me some shitty coffee next week 
  11. Steadily escalating whiteboard wars about the use of the lucky pipette: I may hate you, but your insulting picture of me as a pipette-hoarding dragon was actually really good and I can respect that I guess
  12. We’ve been dating on the down-low for ages because we are in RIVAL LABS and just get our kicks recounting the ways in which our PIs trash talk each other while we live our sickeningly domestic home life
  13. I’m an international student trying to write my thesis, but English grammar is ridiculous, what the hell so I hire you, a Humanities/Social Science grad as a proofreader so I don’t get laughed out of my own committee. We grow closer and closer, but what will happen when I finally defend and begin to look for postdocs elsewhere?
  14. We shared an office for a year or two back in graduate school, and have always stayed in touch and wondered if there might have been something there. Now twenty years down the line we are each heads of our own… RIVAL LABS

Add your own! I had so much fun thinking of these.

kah-hoa-raverkeinst asked:

When the news about Asuka returning were released the first thing I thought was your Academia!Asuka design, I really hlpe they use something sinilar to what you drew, it looked really good!

You mean this:  (º﹃º) 
Asuka would look good in ArcV!Academia’s uniform  ԅ(♡﹃♡ԅ)

I was hoping for Asuka to appear, although I had a feeling it could be either Johann and Manjoume. Imagine my reaction when I saw the spoilers, the news, and the whole fandom spreading the word.  (*´﹃`)

As I’ve mentioned before, Asuka is one of my favorite characters in Yu-Gi-Oh! Thank you, Arc V, for bringing our Queen back. I just hope the writers won’t screw her up, because let’s face it… YGO hasn’t been always good with the girls. This is Asuka’s chance for redemption and to have more of her cards featured. I’m fusion scum, so I want to see Asuka use Fusion. And I wanna see Cyber Blader again! But I’m also leaning toward Ritual. We need more Ritual users in Arc V, I swear. 

Nothing’s set in stone yet. Just like with Crow and Jack, we’ll be getting a different Asuka. We don’t know if she’s with Academia. If she is, then I expect her to be a high-ranking officer. But she’s set to appear in XYZ, right? There’s a possibility that she may have defected and joined the Resistance. We can make a lot of guesses and theories here, and we’ll get our answers as the series progresses. 

For now let’s enjoy the hype! No words can express how happy I am to hear that Asuka’s coming back!  (’┓`*)

Jane wasn’t a Romantic (with a capital R)

My students in the Austen course are now reading Pride and Prejudice, and this was our first week discussing the text. 

They’ve been excited about this novel since day one, naturally. I am too, but probably for much different reasons than they are. I’m not sure they believed me when I said my main goal for the semester was to wildly transform their view of this author. 

Anyway, I had a betting pool going for how long it took before one of them would bring up the film adaptations and ask why the the novel is so different. Where’s Mr. Darcy diving into the lake? Fencing to keep his mind off Elizabeth? The clenching of his fist when he hands her into the carriage at Pemberley?? Their kiss?!

It’s fascinating how these things are ingrained in their minds as iconic moments of the novel (which all but 2 of them have read before my course) when none of them actually occur in the text.

It made for a good discussion concerning what really matters in the original text, and how it’s been interpreted very differently by modern readers and film viewers. And you win, @guardedlogic! Second lecture of the week. ;)

i feel like a lot of the time men/white folk won’t credit things woc/femmes say because it’s not formally published. thinking about the way “so, i was talking to Sarah, and she brought up how___” is seen as frivolous even though it’s actually really important, if subtle way of offering credit and acknowledgement. all the brown & Black women i know and am friends with on facebook/tumblr who are co-organizers and/or academics always have posts like “so Kiara and I were talking about” or even mention situations in which specific conversations happen, and it’s so important, but it’s invalidated as “gossip talk”. i notice when men will take the information and “pass it on” but without credit, and to those who were never privy to the private conversations, it appears as if all that work comes from the men. i notice the men who do it accidentally and rectify this when it’s pointed out, i notice the ones who don’t care, or consciously do it to build social capital. someone says something in a facebook comment and two weeks later someone else has published an article and gotten paid $250 for it.

sharing resources is such under credited womens’ and femme work too. i can’t even begin to count the number of times i’ll have people message me asking me for some link i’ve posted a few weeks ago, or for an opinion on an issue, or “you know so much, so tell me everything you know about ________”, or “so could you promo/signal boost/tell people about this thing I did?” not even a hi, how have you been doing? let’s be clear: the answer if i don’t consider us friends is no, and if we’re friends, it’s likely i offered first. don’t get me wrong, my priorities are community building and i relish in seeing people grow and succeed, but this also means i will focus my energy on, well, people who actually concern themselves with the community over their own social capital. 

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if this isn’t how my defense goes i will be severely disappointed

I used to be the Queen of Procrastination, but there’s reason + ways I’ve overcome my problem. 

  • Do assignments when they’re given to you. Easy said than done, right? Wrong! It’s such a simple process, that a lot of us make such a big deal out of, just because we are lazy. When a teacher assigns work, do it that day. If it doesn’t require a lot of steps such as an essay, then you have no excuse to not finish it when it’s given to you.

- side note: I do my work as soon as I get home. I can’t study in a library because it’s too quiet for me. Honestly I’m able to get all of my work done in my room, on my bed. If you have enough discipline, you can keep yourself from trying to fall asleep. If you honestly can’t do this, then instead of heading back to your room, stay on campus and go to the library after class, or find a cafe. 

  • Get your priorities straight. You’re in school and there to get a better education so you can help make a difference in this world with efficient knowledge. Especially if you’re in college, why waste money when you’re not even going to do your work? These are the questions you seriously need to start asking yourself.
  • Your GPA only affects YOU. I know a lot of people say a GPA doesn’t define their worth, but in college…it does. We need to stop looking at everything with roses in our face. If you were so set out on not caring about your GPA, then you shouldn’t be in school in the first place. This life is very challenging and someone’s always going to outshine you. Procrastinating on work, is like procrastinating on life. You’re showing that you’re okay with someone showing you up.
  • Stop making excuses. You have NO excuse for not having work done. Unless you have a death in the family, seriously get injured, or having a form of disability that counteracts with your learning…you need to stop letting yourself down. I know a lot of people who suffer from serious anxiety and other situations, but still get their work done. I don’t want to hear your excuse & your teacher might not care tbh. 

- side note: breaking this habit early will definitely help you improve in the future. Procrastination can spread to your field of work also, and that’s when you’ll get fired from your job. Building discipline is very essential.

  • Nipping procrastination in the bud gives you more free-time. Have you had to cancel plans because you decided to do your work last minute? Well guess what, you’re stopping yourself from being able to also enjoy life. If you get your work done now, you can play later.
  • Write out your goals. Put your goals in your face, I have mine on a chalk board in my room. Write down what you want to achieve in life/school. When you physically see your goals, it will motivate you more. 
  • Work with a study group. I always stress having a study group in my posts because it honestly is what helped me the most. Have some friends, and work together. Literally, your whole perspective on work will change if the group is effective and you’ll all actually doing work.
  • Get off of Tumblr. Stop trying to focus your attention on social media, and other distractions. If you start allowing yourself to actually focus, you’ll enjoy doing your work more.

- side note: You’ll realize your grades will start to improve. Good grades help us strive even further in doing our work on time. I’m always ready to turn work in and find out my grade. This concept has helped me get over my severe laziness. 

I hope these tips help you all, and remember…continue being STUDIOUS! feel free to message me anytime for more advice and helpful tips!! - xoxo Domi :*

I just read some Judith Butler out loud to my husband and he had NO idea what I was saying. As much as I do enjoy reading Butler she represents a lot of the problems with academic writing.

I understand that not all books and papers can cater to the laymen, sometimes prior knowledge is simply required for context.

But there is still a great amount of work that is written BY academics FOR academics and I think that is a little tragic.
Books and papers should have a level lf accessibility that isn’t hindered by a lack of not having a thesaurus for a brain. Your writing should not be so dense, when you are talking about social issues, that the very people you speak of can’t understand your work.

If you have something important to say then it is imperative that you work hard on making sure that people are ABLE to hear it.

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i’m starting to feel that all my pictures look the same hAhhaha forgive me everyone! i don’t change it up that often oops. went for my first tuition in 3 years for chemistry and now i’m back home resisting the urge to sleep in the cozy gloomy weather  ⛈ (keep suggesting masterpost ideas peeps i love to hear from yall) 

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In the Safe Spaces on Campus, No Jews Allowed, by Anthony Berteaux

When Arielle Mokhtarzadeh and Ben Rosenberg arrived at University of California, Berkeley on November 6 to attend the annual Students of Color Conference, they had no way of knowing that they would be leaving as victims of anti-Semitism.

The University of California Student Association’s “oldest and largest conference,” the Students of Color Conference (SOCC) has maintained a reputation for 27 years as being a “safe space” where students of color, as well as white progressive allies, can address and discuss issues of structural and cultural inequality on college campuses. Students who attend are encouraged to be cognizant of their language while exploring topics that directly affect students from marginalized communities: the school-to-prison pipeline, sexual violence, decreased funding to ethnic and LGBT studies departments, racially insensitive speech, and perhaps most importantly, a “disquieting trend” of hate crimes on university campuses statewide.

It was this disquieting, yet growing, trend of hate speech and crimes directed towards Jewish students within the UC system that spurred Mokhtarzadeh and Rosenberg, both Jewish sophomores at UCLA, to attend the conference. Their freshman year was punctuated by incidents of anti-Semitism that were both personal and met with national controversy. They were shocked during their first quarter in school, when students entered the Bruin Cafe to see the phrase “Hitler did nothing wrong” etched into a table. Months later, Mokhtarzadeh’s friend, Rachel Beyda, was temporarily denied a student government leadership position based solely on her Jewish identity, an event that made news nationwide. Throughout the year, they saw the school’s pro-Palestinian group, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), issue criticism of Israel that overstepped into anti-Semitic rhetoric and hate. The campus was supposed to be their new home, their new safe space—so why didn’t they feel that way?

At the conference, progressive students and students of color—often themselves targets of hate, bigotry, and discrimination—were propagators of ancient hatreds against the Jewish people.

Mokhtarzadeh applied to the Students of Color Conference with the hope “of learning more about the experiences of communities of color at the UC… [and] sharing with those communities the experience of my own,” she told me. As an Iranian Jew, she believed her identity as both a religious and ethnic minority granted her a place to belong and thrive at the SOCC. Rosenberg (who requested a pseudonym so that he could speak freely about campus issues without fear of potential retaliation) said that growing up in the Bay Area had taught him to be an active member of social justice movements and progressive communities. “I was always encouraged to take initiative on issues and movements that didn’t directly affect me,” he said. “I wanted to learn more about the struggles that my fellow students were going through.”

But their experiences as Jewish students at the SOCC would soon inspire a rude awakening: the campus progressives who were fighting for justice on college campuses for students of color weren’t only ignoring anti-Semitism and attacks on Jewish identity—they were sometimes the ones perpetuating it.

This was quickly made clear on the first day at a session called “Existence is Resistance,” hosted by leaders of UC San Diego’s SJP chapter. Students discussed the boycott of Israel as an issue of urgency for students of color. Rosenberg and Mokhtarzadeh told me that they originally had no intention to engage in dialogue about Israel at the conference, but they were horrified at how attacks on Israel soon devolved into attacks on the Jews. “The session went way beyond the boundaries of what was appropriate or truthful at the SOCC,” Rosenberg recalled.

For example, they said that Israel was poisoning the water that they sell into the West Bank, and raising the price by ten times. Any sane person knows that this is not true. They also said that when Jewish-American students go on Birthright trips, the Israeli government offers you money to live on a settlement. A number of things like that.

Rosenberg also stated that “There was also no mention of the Holocaust when talking about the history of Israel. They said that in the late 19th century, Jews decided to move into this land and take over it. They completely white-washed our history as a people.”

Mokhtarzadeh was also horrified by the rhetoric used during the session.

Over the course of what was probably no longer than an hour, my history was denied, the murder of my people was justified, and a movement whose sole purpose is the destruction of the Jewish homeland was glorified. Statements were made justifying the ruthless murder of innocent Israeli civilians, blatantly denying Jewish indigeneity in the land, and denying the Holocaust in which six million Jews were murdered. Why anyone in their right mind would accept these slanders as truths baffles me. But they did. These statements, and others, were met with endless snaps and cheers. I was taken aback.

At a conference facilitated by peers who they believed were fighting the righteous battle against racist speech and hate crimes, Mokhtarzadeh and Rosenberg heard anti-Semitic statements that were met with applause and approval—statements like “the state of Israel pays Jews to move to Israel to join the army and kill Palestinians” and even “you shouldn’t buy Ben and Jerry’s because they’re Jewish and have a shop in Israel.” But perhaps the most painful, and upsetting portion of SJP’s presentation was the section called “Intifada: Peaceful Uprising.”