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Holiday Spirits

Last Friday, just before leaving for my dentist’s office, my husband reminded me about the party. And my already low holiday spirits sunk further.

First of all, I hate going to the dentist and even though I love my current one. 1,276 more words

Homelessness

What Happens to You When You Study Politics

I am now officially one third of the way to obtaining my Master’s degree in International Relations. Yes, I know, technically that’s not a Politics degree; but after studying the two at an undergraduate level and experiencing some overlap between classes at a graduate level, I feel these can be applied to both. 788 more words

Academia

how might a buddhist interrogation of 'the secular' be articulated?

In posting about some of the ethical, political, and ideological challenges (and indeed, the possible neo-colonial effects) of the widespread adaptation of meditation practice or mindfulness training across various settings, I’ve come to realise that I am brushing up against a broader issue about the secularisation of Buddhist teachings. 743 more words

Buddhism

I Believe I Can Fly

Dear Reader,

I think you sometimes forget that Darren is only human.

It turned out that he may have madeĀ a tiny error when he was unplugging the transnational communicator two nights ago. 269 more words

Academia

A Silly Moment from Finals Week

It is not officially finals until a drink is poured, and tonight it’s family recipe bourbon slush. Ironically I am reading Emerson, who argues that the true Poet needs no mind-altering drugs to find “new passages in nature”, when “the metamorphosis is possible”. 22 more words

General

Grants and Gratitude: A Year on Wordpress

Well, friends, it’s been a heck of a year. I started the year on a good professional note, attending the Gender and Medieval Studies conference… 965 more words

Medieval Studies

Studying Agaciro: Moving Beyond Wilsonian Interventionist Knowledge Production on Rwanda

My new article in the Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding just came out yesterday. All comments most welcome!

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/rMFXekBWVr4ay9mtuW8x/full

Abstract

“Twenty years after the end of the Rwandan genocide, knowledge production on the small country of a thousand hills remains a clamorous battle ground of post- and decolonial power and influence. 231 more words

Representations