Today marks the 260th birthday of one of Scotland’s heroes, the poet Robert Burns. Around Scotland, Burns suppers are held around this time to celebrate the life and works of the Bard. In thinking about what I would write about this week, I thought I would look for female poets of the same time as… Continue reading Alison, Rabbie, et al.
SPOILER ALERT (But also, if you haven’t seen Inside Out yet, you need to right away.)As I was traveling over winter break, I rewatched Inside Out on an airplane. This movie has always been important to me, especially as someone who struggles with anxiety and depression, but this time round was especially poignant. I watched… Continue reading Surprised by Joy
I took a break from blogging while I was writing final essays, but I'm back! Here is a paper I wrote earlier this year on the securitization of migration and its impacts on the European Union. Introduction Migration into the European Union has become an evermore heated topic in recent years. External border countries have… Continue reading The Securitization of Migration
In archaeological studies of the Vikings in the Celtic Isles, there is a discrepancy in the large amount of work that has been done in the Northern Isles and the Isle of Man versus the Western Isles of the Hebrides (Sharples 41-42). The artifacts that have been found in the Western Isles show that there… Continue reading The Lewis Chess Pieces
I am currently in a class on displacement and development, so of course various refugee crises have been brought up in the course of our lectures, including what is currently happening in Myanmar. I remembered doing some research in the past on the distinction between calling the country ‘Myanmar’ or referring to it as ‘Burma’,… Continue reading ‘Burma’ or ‘Myanmar’?
Re-posting a good one from a year and a bit ago! I recently saw a plaque in a museum that stated that “universities were a medieval invention”, which then went on to talk about how universities emerged in Europe in the 1200s. While it is true that universities came to Europe during that time, they… Continue reading Decolonizing the University
Abstract In this paper, I argue that immigration forms produce difference, specifically illegality, through the language they incorporate. I hone in on the Special Immigrant Juvenile process as a case study, demonstrating how minors are depicted as criminals and outsiders through their immigration forms. This occurs through the structure of the forms, the presence of… Continue reading Documentation and Illegality
In the island nation of Kiribati, the story of creation starts with Spider, but is completed by Eel, Octopus, Turtle, and Wave. The children of Sand are pulled together and above the children of Water and the land is created. Now, the water is rising again. In Kiribati, ‘baki-aba’ (translated to ‘land hunger’) is the… Continue reading Baki-Aba
The most upsetting thing about these days Is where the ears attend So many suffer in silence. People who are homeless on the street, bundles of clothes just lying there as we stride past Black families quietly mourning their sons and daughters, Afraid that their sorrow will be seen as rage as… Continue reading Silence in These Days
(I took a break from blogging last year as I was working on my undergraduate thesis. This academic year, as I go through my graduate studies in public policy, I am hoping to become more consistent with blogging.) When I tell people that I’m doing my masters in comparative public policy, I have many people… Continue reading My Views on Policy