the us election

I’m trying to figure out how to feel better given that the facts aren’t going away.  Maybe a little venting via Gary Younge in the Guardian:

Americans have just elected the party they like the least to run the government body they least trust. Even greater cynicism is the most likely outcome.

On Tuesday night, the electorate wasn’t waving. It was drowning.

I hope that doesn’t make you feel worse, dear reader!

What is it like to be a foreigner in academia?

A new blog has launched!

this blog was created along the lines of “what is it like to be a woman in philosophy?”. It consists of short stories sent in by readers sharing experiencies of what it is like to be a foreigner in the academia. The goal of the blog is to raise awareness of the complex experiences that people in the academia studying and/or working in a country other than their country of origin or residence go through. Some of these stories will undoubtedly be stories of unfair treatment, of xenophobia, of conscious and unconscious biases, of constrainsts imposed by bureaucracy, of language and culture barriers. Hopefully, other stories will be tales of enriching adventures, of support in moments of need, of new connections and accomplishments.

We hope that by sharing these stories, a better understanding of what it is like to be a foreigner in the academia will emerge.

Many of these stories will be written by academics working in countries other than their countries of origin, but we hope that not all will be, for others in the academia might have something relevant to say about what being a foreigner in the academia is like.

Check it out, and tell your friends! Note that this isn’t just about philosophy, so do pass on to other academic friends as well.