Cues to Queue

And posts containing the following words should be brought to the top of the queue: “Africa*, Rauner, productivity, new novel, opioids, heroin epidemic, Bauman, robotization, Transition, crisis.”

* I’m very interested in Africa right now. 

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16 thoughts on “Cues to Queue”

  1. Hi, Clarissa,

    I’m interested in what you think about women doing (and feeling obligated to do) more service than men in academia. See today’s article in Inside Higher Ed about this: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/04/12/study-finds-female-professors-outperform-men-service-their-possible-professional

    I worry about this image of women as being so weak and helpless that they can’t ever say no to anything that their departments and university ask them to do. I do get that it’s hard to say no when you’re not tenured and your job seems to be on the line, but as long as your doing some service already, can’t you occasionally say no? I mean, if you always agree to every service-related request made of you and you also get upset about how much service you are doing, whose fault is it ultimately?

    From glancing at the comments section earlier today, apparently my opinion is in the minority.

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    1. It’s not hard to say no, in my experience. 😁

      The truth nobody wants to recognize is that service is a convenient excuse not to do scholarship. Service is easy while research is hard. And all of this moaning about how one is just so swamped with service because one is so totally forced to do it is code for “Writing and getting published bites.” I tend to not take it seriously.

      In my experience, there is no real gender component here. Men and women do it equally. But it’s less fashionable for men to talk about it so we don’t hear it as much.

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  2. My African history professor (who was great) recommended “How Europe Underdeveloped Africa.” Haven’t read it personally though. To be clear, he never took the viewpoint of “literally all suffering in Africa is Europe’s fault, woe is Africa” so I figure the book isn’t just insipid whining.

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    1. Rodney’s work is very Marxist in its orientation and states that the lack of development in Africa is a direct result of Europe confiscating its wealth during the trans-Atlantic slave trade. It is an interesting book, but very much stuck in its time as a 1970 radical work by an exiled Guyanese political activist working at the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. The most archaic parts of the book are his praise of the governments of the USSR, China, Romania, and North Korea as “friends” of Africans.

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  3. I just finished teaching a week for my Modern European History on the failure of Soviet style socialism in Africa, specifically Ethiopia, Angola, and Mozambique. Next week we cover Western Sahara the last African colony.

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