“As young female scholars coming from the Balkans, we have often been subjected to pedagogical politics on what and how we should research our own region, and how we should navigate our supposed innate biases so that we can make our academic work ‘legitimate’ and ‘objective’.”


“…what has also brought us together is the love we have for pluralistic and decolonial knowledge and the region that we still call home, because of our very own heritage, memories, and families who still live there.

With that in mind, we are committed to work and help nurture an academic environment that is more rooted in friendship, equity and solidarity, rather than one that is geared towards corporate competitiveness, benchmarks and matrixes.”

Love this.


Anyone know of any similar initiatives in academia? Especially in tech?

@aral Sure thing! A few good friends are involved in that project. Incidentally, they're from ex-Yugoslavian countries too — I'm sure there's a good lesson on socialism and solidarity in there somewhere. :)

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