Comments on: Why blogging still sucks, part II: a shande http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/ History and sexual politics, 1492 to the present Sun, 28 Sep 2014 10:58:43 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1017246 Wed, 16 May 2012 21:59:08 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1017246 Yeah, and when did uncredentialed bloggers without academic positions qualify for academic freedom?

I have liberty on my own damn blog, but that’s because I own the place. I’m sure NSR can inject whatever she wants into the bloodstream of the polis from the comforts of her own damn blog, but she’s not entitled to someone else’s real estate.

(Besides, she was a paid blogger. That means it was contract work–and the Chronicle just decided not to renew her contract. Sucks to be an adjunct, doesn’t it, baby?)

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By: Notorious Ph.D. http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1017204 Wed, 16 May 2012 19:43:36 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1017204 Boneheaded RedState article (which Lance helpfully links to) strongly implies that this is a matter of “academic freedom.”

When did the CHE become a university?

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By: J. Otto Pohl http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1016360 Tue, 15 May 2012 12:14:12 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1016360 I think you posit a very narrow and American centered view of the term conservative in the comment above. Generally speaking a conservative is one who wishes to conserve and therefore looks back to tradition. Some of these traditions are bad such as slavery and segregation. But, to be honest Ghana is far, far, far more conservative in every sense of the word than any place I have lived in the US including Virginia, Arizona, and Orange County, CA. Some of this conservatism such as the homophobia here is bad. But, looking back to the era of Nkrumah and seeking restore his vision for things like education is a good thing. Indeed even looking back to the colonial era when the history department of the University of Ghana was ranked the best on the continent and was an integral part of the University of London system is a good thing. Conservatism, however, is definitely not a white thing. In terms of things like the role of religion in society, traditional gender roles, and attitudes towards sexuality Ghana is as I noted far more conservative than any place in the US and yet almost everybody is black.

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1016048 Mon, 14 May 2012 21:40:25 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1016048 What can I say? Conservatives have a very selective version of American political and intellectual history, one in which conservatives are always the good guys whose values comport with what they define as acceptable conservativism today. If a historical conservative does not hold views that modern conservatives hold now, then it’s quite simple: said historical conservative was not *really* a conservative.

This is how conservatives define proslavery as not-conservative, anti-Civil Rights as not-conservative, etc. So I’m sure it’s only a short hop in their minds to imagine that very white and very conservative establishment of academia ca. 1950s-1980 were in fact all inclusive and open to the historical and intellectual study of black topics. The divisiveness was *caused* by all of those black radicals in their dashikis and afros, don’t you know.

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By: cgeye http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1016032 Mon, 14 May 2012 20:57:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1016032 ex-squeeze me?

Does none of these clowns remember that one of the demands of protests in 1968 was *exactly* the development of Black Studies departments, precisely because so few authors were considered canon, for literature, history, economics, that some facility had to be developed where scholars themselves could develop, in the schools of their homes instead of segregating themselves into the historically black college system?

It’s an achievement to be below a coat of paint in the use of intellect.

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By: Lance http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1013550 Thu, 10 May 2012 12:06:08 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1013550 Oh, to be paid not to read. What a charmed life.

But yes, she’ll be even better paid soon.

Courtesy of this sort of thing: http://www.redstate.com/tooncesthecat/2012/05/09/censorship-alert-the-chronicle-of-higher-education-fires-a-conservative-blogger/

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By: Nursing Clio http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1013537 Thu, 10 May 2012 11:31:02 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1013537 Feminist Avatar makes an excellent point. Once I counted to ten (OK, twenty) and my blood pressure returned to normal, I realized that, at the least, NSR’s ridiculous post made me want to learn more about black women’s experiences with midwifery. I, for one, cannot wait until this graduate student publishes her work. Medical history is indeed well funded and God knows the field needs more intersectionality.

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By: Feminist Avatar http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1013251 Thu, 10 May 2012 02:29:20 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1013251 Well, I for one, can’t wait to read some research on black women’s experience of midwifery! And, far from being a waste of time, I think that this is quite a politically astute choice of dissertation topic (as well as intellectually valuable). History of Medicine has some really big funders, like Welcome, that will fund your work, and you can work in history, African-American Studies and also nursing depts who sometimes have a resident historian or two, so you have a larger field of employers.

Although, I disagree that there isn’t a place to debate the existence of disciplines! I think we do all the time and should, especially in the UK, where the current management push is to amalgamate departments into faculties of humanities or social sciences. So you no longer work with a cohort of historians, but two historians, two Eng-lit peeps, 2 sociologists etc. This allows them to cut numbers of staff, by making degrees more generic or ‘interdisciplinary’. And the problem is ‘interdisciplinary’ is generally a good thing and there might be legitimate reasons why ‘departments’ or ‘subjects’ should be questioned as they constrain research by imposing certain artificial boundaries or standards around how we access the past. But this is a different type of conversation!

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By: Historiann http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1013215 Thu, 10 May 2012 01:39:42 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1013215 Yes. Different blogs, but the same host.

p.s. Check out Scott McLemee’s excellent commentary on this issue at IHE today.

Some of you may also want to read the comments, but be warned: many of them evoke an imaginary world in which History, English, Anthropology, Sociology, Lanugages, etc. departments were all busily and happily pursuing research on black people and the black American experience in particular up through the 1960s and 1970s, when all of a sudden the Black Scholar Mafia “segregated itself” from other academic disciplines and created their own black studies programs.

Yeah, that’s exactly how it happened. African Americans and their self-segregation, again!

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By: Comradde PhysioProffe http://www.historiann.com/2012/05/09/why-blogging-still-sucks-part-ii-a-shande/comment-page-1/#comment-1013209 Thu, 10 May 2012 01:27:43 +0000 http://www.historiann.com/?p=18773#comment-1013209 Oh, fucke. I just put two and two together and realized this shitte went down at the Chronicle, where Lesboprof and Tenured Radical blogge.

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