How are the educational qualifications of scholars presented differently in French and British academia? Aurore Zelazny & Kyoung-Mi Kim, who work as research assistants in DISCONEX, share some observations in this post.
The ‘fat wars’ in nutrition science and what it reveals about scientific discourse and the politics of doing scientific research
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 was so difficult to grasp… also because the lecturer made a point of quoting the most crucial fragments and concepts in German…
Regardless, we were deeply impressed – both with Heidegger and with our professor who appeared to have read the 800-page “Sein und Zeit” with pleasure, and even understood the oeuvre (apparently, it is all very simple if you read it in the original). When we were already on the doorsteps of the building, lighting our Gauloises cigarettes (mandatory attribute of young philosophers, in case you didn’t know) and exchanging whispers full of reverence, a fellow student approached us, with a strange look on his face.
Names are important, even more so when you are an aspiring researcher. Marta writes about her experience in academia and identifies three possible ways of dealing with ‘name trouble’.
–So, what’s your name?
–Oh, Magda! I have a friend…
–No, that would be another popular Polish name. But mine is Marta.
–Manga? Well that sounds Japanese!
–No, actually it’s Marta. M-A-R-T-A
–You know what? Just call me Martha.
Science and scientists have been the object of scholarship for some time now. Fields like the philosophy, sociology, or history of science as well as the sociology of intellectuals are all interested in how ideas and scientific discoveries emerge in certain (social, historical, philosophical) contexts. In this post junior researchers of the DISCONEX project explain what inspired them to investigate the curious world of academic researchers.
Sixian is a PhD student member and Ronny is project manager of the DISCONEX team. In this blog post, they discuss why the blog is titled ‘Academic Wor(l)ds’ and what they think the DISCONEX project tries to do. In subsequent blog posts, you would hear more voices from the team discussing other aspects of the project.
Academic Wor(l)ds is a research journal of the DISCONEX project, which investigates how researchers do research.
DISCONEX contributes to the emerging field of Social Sciences and Humanities Studies (SSHS) as well as to the transdisciplinary field of Discourse Studies. The project compares academic practices and cultures of SSH research in France, Germany, the UK and the US, particularly in two fields with distinct knowledge traditions and institutional cultures: linguistics and sociology. We analyse the discursive practices taking place in the Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH).