Category: Academic Discussion

Steal This Conference

Ray Hudson Posse shares how he never paid for his attendance at the recent conference of the British International Studies Association (BISA) in London . He faked his conference badge and just walked in to make a point about academic conferences. He argues: “The way in which the structures of academia are chewing up and spitting out the next generation of scholars-with-no-future is most clearly expressed in the ‘conference trap’, characterised by a double-fuckery – those most in need of attending are precisely those most priced out.”

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Sport as a Critique of Politics: The Case of Bangladeshis Climbing the Everest

In this piece Mubashar Hasan shares the summary of his recently published scholarly article titled ‘Sport as a critique of politics: Everest climbing, nationalism and the failure of politics in Bangladesh.’ Mubashar argues that in Bangladesh, Everest climbing has political significance as these mountaineers use their public platform to criticise national politics. Even hoisting the flag at the top of the world (after risking own lives) can be used as a way to express dissatisfaction over the country’s politics.