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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.

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Academic names

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?

–It’s Marta.

–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

–Oh! Ma-ta!

–You know what? Just call me Martha.

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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 started to dig into this we weren’t sure, any longer, if there is only one academic world or rather multiple worlds, depending on the administrative culture and the institutional structure of academia in a particular country. Continue reading Mapping the field – What makes a professor in linguistics?

Understanding Academic Worlds – Getting Started

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.

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