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An academic's opinions on feminism, politics, literature, philosophy, teaching, academia, and a lot more.

How to Make a Mark as a Scholar 

If you want to make your mark as a scholar, you can do what I’m doing. Read, think, analyze, discuss, write, rewrite, rewrite again, submit, publish, read some more, etc. It’s hard, it takes a lot of time, and it’s often painful as hell. 

Or you can skip all this bother and simply do what an aspiring medievalist did. Go to a conference and instead of delivering a talk that will stun everybody with erudition and insight, send out tweets about how the attendees who do give erudite, insightful talks are not diverse enough and must surely be white supremacists. And sexists. And xenophobes. 

And that’s it. You are famous. 

OK, I’m back to my reading now because I’m too old-fashioned for this sort of fame. 


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3 thoughts on “How to Make a Mark as a Scholar 

  1. Fie upon this quiet life on said:

    People can’t help that they are white. But they can help the fact that they’re having a conference on otherness that excludes non-whites. The whole thing is pretty stupid.


  2. It’s like the old saying: “If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullshit”

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