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Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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24-Sep-17, 18:45
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Goodness, that resignation was fast! I feel sorry for the articles that are in the pipeline for publishing, quite a clog with the resignation.

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Crikey. So how did it get published then - through some administrative error? And if intentionally then for what purpose?


Honestly, if the the editor in chief's palms weren't greased by Gilley, then he made a big mistake, lol! I initially thought bribery was involved, and this makes it more suspicious. Such blatant lying about a double-peer review is very damaging to his career as an editor.

Thread: Starting postdoc before finishing PhD. Is that possible?

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22-Sep-17, 12:28
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For the post-docs in my field (politics), they advertise a year in advance. So, the criteria usually states that you must have your PhD by the starting day (autumn 2018), and they do the interviews in winter 2017, and probably choose in early spring.

I think even if one states that you already must have your PhD, having a strong CV that includes some teaching and publishing may put you in line for consideration.

Thread: Dissertation presentation

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21-Sep-17, 14:29
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From what I know it is common practice for supervisors to write papers based on your data later once you've left the scene. I know people who have been shocked to see that their ex supervisor has published a paper based on their data.
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If I were in this situation, I would say something like "I want to write up a paper (or papers) based on my dissertation, and am happy to have you as co-author. I take it this is what you meant?"


Good advice!

(Ah, I didn't know that first situation happens. I think I would feel definitely exploited somewhat if the supervisor didn't inform me, as it would limit the student's options for publishing something solo later on).

Thread: Germany , Ph.D Interview

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20-Sep-17, 16:13
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Sounds similar to mine for UK universities, only I think the interviews were only 30-45 minutes long, thankfully! Even though I rambled off topic for one, I still got an offer, so you probably did fine. The most important part is matching your research aims to the department strengths, which they have decided anyway by looking at your proposal/prior research paths.

Thread: Dissertation presentation

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20-Sep-17, 16:08
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I have not received any feedback. My supervisor only told me that she wants to write a paper on my dissertation.


Wait, I've never heard of this practice. Your supervisor wants to write a paper, using your theory, data, and analysis from your dissertation? Are you comfortable with that? I feel like she's taking advantage of your work in some way.

(Sorry, I can't help you on the question part, mine was just a hand-in and written feedback.)

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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19-Sep-17, 16:02
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Welcome :)

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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19-Sep-17, 13:11
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For those that are curious, the editor-in-chief's response is here (1 page):
(If it feels TL:DR, it is basically saying the ball is in our court, for some reason. It is now up to all scholars who do follow rigorous guidelines of presenting arguments and supportive evidence to now try to argue against a guy who has no real case. And that blind-peer-review did happen.) I do wish my articles were blind peer-reviewed that lightly, lol!

Looks like the case is closed, although still quite mysterious and I'm not sure academics are going to fall for the editor passing the buck. We do have more important articles to tackle than debating Gilley.

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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18-Sep-17, 08:05
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posted about 1 week ago
Dear Trilla,

Thank you very much for your reply and explanation!I I appreciate your insight and I will definitely sign the petition.

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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13-Sep-17, 20:13
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Wow! I am not trying to be funny, but maybe the usual editors were on leave and others were responsible for accepting it for publication? It is odd that they should accept it when it could bring them into disrepute (if it is really just a bad piece of work).


Haha, yeah that's one theory, :) but a huge mistake since it's a top journal. This isn't their first summer term/ vacation rodeo, maybe would've expected it from a new one. Someone is still getting in trouble for it, at least the two + main editor that would've been consulted for blind peer-review. Until it's resolved publicly by the editors, it's a mystery.

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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13-Sep-17, 18:21
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This is an interesting point. I have to say, I know several people of African heritage who believe that colonialism brought many advantages to their countries. However, I don't think that them having this view means that they condone or wish to see repeated the awful nuts and bolts of colonialism.

Of course, I have no idea of the intentions of the author!


Yes, I think researchers were expecting an engagement with what the discourses of colonialism, maybe a realistic comparison of what colonialism represents. They suspended their hesitation and read the article through, though, and such (alternative) facts like colonialism abolishing slavery, and proposing to recolonise the coast of Africa and the Middle East by a vague 'Western will' caused some concern. This is besides misusing the well-known literary critic of colonialism, China Achebe as being a colonial cheerleader. This is why it's extremely puzzling on how it got pushed through a review process.

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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13-Sep-17, 16:05
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Lol, don't worry, it's not an attitude. I think you are misunderstanding the issue. I'm not blatantly smearing the journal, as I've written out before. I love this journal, read it with relish every month, which is why, among other political scientists, I'm stunned at a piece of work that, in the words of one professor, 'can be torn apart by undergrads'.

You can certainly engage in a debate on the merit of the article, but that does require an understanding of why just the abstract alone has shocked scholars. This would be similar if I jumped into an article the sciences, I would expect to know certain things for that discipline in order to judge a piece of work. Without a certain understanding of the theories that this article is suggesting, and the aim of the journal, it is just lamenting over censorship without considering the importance of rigorous scholarship. Please just relax, I'm not treating you like a schoolchild, I'm just confused over your vigorous defence. However, that is not what this post is about, so I'd rather not just bounce an argument around. I wish you a good day. :)

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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13-Sep-17, 15:42
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Well, my intention was to share an issue with postgraduates that professors and established, international academics are rightfully concerned about. Critiquing is not silencing. Choosing not to apply for a journal that allows for bad research is not silencing, it is our right and power as academics. When the only purpose of an academic journal is to offer well-developed scholarship that contributes to the production of knowledge, then, yet, a discussion of the actual article and possible lack of oversight is absolutely necessary. I have discussed this article with other postgrads and professors, so yes, I did expect a similiar reaction forum that considered a serious issue in academia.

However, this topic may best be suited for a person in a similar disciple to both myself and the journal, which is why I stated, "I'm putting this out here in case any humanities/social science students missed this article that caused a flurry on Twitter." Many of the posts on this forum are discipline specific (with a heavy emphasis on science, which is fine).

Getting back to the topic at hand, if anyone is curious about the article, just PM me for a share!

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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13-Sep-17, 14:44
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Wow, PM, not sure why you are so defensive. This is an issue that concerns our industry. Yes, this article is being exposed, not as nonsense, but as a dangerous editorial slip/possibly paid off. I don't have to provide an analysis, the abstract is written simply enough for anyone with a critical background to understand. Good god, look at that last sentence. Did you not read the beginning of the post, where the reason I noticed it was from the ripples in Twitter by political science and social science academics who study colonialism and international relations?

The reason for the shock is that it passed a peer-reviewed journal, where, apart from a badly written argument and lack of sources, carries a problematic assumption that Said (one of the easily cited scholars on Orientalism) tackled 30 years ago. Would something like that be acceptable in any discipline? It's not about political correctness or academic freedom of thought (especially if the thought is not well founded). Scholars right now are writing to the journal, demanding answers. The department in the author's university is also getting very bad press over this, and it can open up doors into other concerns. It's one of the bigger mistakes to happen in a while, and nothing exciting ever happens in academic journals. Third World Quarterly was on my list for an upcoming article, but now I will consider other journals for submissions if the editorial board doesn't respond, and I know I'm not the only one.

Epiphany, yes, I think that is why there is so much confusion on this article being published, there is concern that an academic journal may be more interested in being 'known' through a new medium such as twitter than contributing to scholarship. The 'sinking' will come from people not submitting to the journal, as well as taking articles that pass the peer-review with a grain of salt.

Thread: ICYMI: The Case for Colonialism

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13-Sep-17, 10:13
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So, I'm putting this out here in case any humanities/social science students missed this article that caused a flurry on Twitter. I thought it was a joke, but it truly may sink this journal (Third World Quarterly) , considering they give out the 'Edward Said' award and Chomsky, among other prolific academics, are on the editorial board.


Title: The Case for Colonialism by Bruce Gilley
Abstract

For the last 100 years, Western colonialism has had a bad name. It is high time to question this orthodoxy. Western colonialism was, as a general rule, both objectively beneficial and subjectively legitimate in most of the places where it was found, using realistic measures of those concepts. The countries that embraced their colonial inheritance, by and large, did better than those that spurned it. Anti-colonial ideology imposed grave harms on subject peoples and continues to thwart sustained development and a fruitful encounter with modernity in many places. Colonialism can be recovered by weak and fragile states today in three ways: by reclaiming colonial modes of governance; by recolonising some areas; and by creating new Western colonies from scratch.

It also had an altimetric of over 900 in just a few hours (due to Twitter) and over 600 views. :| Damn.
It was originally published as an article, but it seems the journal now changed it to 'viewpoint'..as if it will save it.

(I can't seem to choose the 'off topic' category for some reason)

Thread: Any practice based Phd students? Looking for proposal help!

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15-Aug-17, 23:54
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Ah, i actually was not aware a practice based proposal was so different. Learning something new every day! :) I found this resource page, hope it helps if you haven't seen it yet during your search:
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