Author: disconex

What I learned about academics from novels

Holidays are perfect time for some fun, non-research reading. No need to go far from academia though. In this summer time post, Marta shares hers thoughts on novels featuring academics and researchers… According to a recent poll the most desirable jobs in Britain are: author, librarian and academic. This might…

Presentation of academic CVs online – comparing French and British cases

How are the educational qualifications of scholars presented differently in French and British academia? Aurore & Kyoung-Mi, who work as research assistants in DISCONEX, share some observations in this post.   In the DISCONEX project, we explore how sociology and linguistics professors in France and the UK present their degrees…

Our blog is 1 year old! Cadeau – les statistiques!

Dear Readers, Today is a joyful anniversary – our blog is 1 year old! Our first post appeared on March 14th 2016, and since then we’ve published 11 more which is almost 1 per month.  Want to know more about how ‘Academic wor(l)ds’ fares in term of numbers and stats?…

Vilifying fat in our diets and scientific discourse

The ‘fat wars’ in nutrition science and what it reveals about scientific discourse and the politics of doing scientific research Where I grew up, in Singapore, the national health board exhorted the consumption of margarine and vegetable fats instead of saturated fats like butter and ghee three decades ago. It…

Academics like actors? Different stages of academic performance

So this happened back when I was an undergrad Philosophy student. After our first ever lecture on Heidegger we wandered out into the corridor in a state of stunned amazement – the theory seemed so deep and complex, touching on the most intimate experience of everyday being and yet it…

A linguist in a roomful of sociologists

I wrote this post thinking about my Phd journey so far. Like many novice researchers, I struggle with finding out who I am in this new world called academia, where everyone ‘speaks funny’ and seems to be able to identify with some expertise in a certain field of knowledge. “As…

Outsiders and insiders

Belonging to a group is very important to people. Even people who claim to be loners and deliberately live in the most isolated locations would still belong to a family unit, a community and/or a nation. We all seek belonging be it with other people or on a more abstract…

Mapping the field – What makes a professor in linguistics?

Analysing academic worlds is very straight forward – that’s at least what one might think! There are these researchers doing their research in a particular way depending on their discipline and their research field, working in strong international networks and publishing in journals of global renown. However, once our team…