- Hot off the press: Critical Security Methods, by Claudia Aradau, Jef Huysmans, Andrew Neal and Nadine Voelkner. I’ve just ordered my own copy, and can’t wait to read it – it’s always nice to see research methods taken seriously.
- In the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, here is an interesting article on how it would have been covered had it occurred in a country other than the US. Includes: ‘Chinese and Russian officials are warning of a potential humanitarian crisis in the restive American province of Missouri, where ancient communal tensions have boiled over into full-blown violence. “We must use all means at our disposal to end the violence and restore calm to the region,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in comments to an emergency United Nations Security Council session on the America crisis’.
- The ethics of killer robots. Yes, you read that correctly.
- Fascinating piece on translation and the relationship between the North Korean dialect and Soviet Russian. Apparently North Korean has a lot of borrowed phrases from Soviet Russian which are difficult to translate into English, but make sense when translated into Russian.
- Professors’ pet peeves. Includes beauties like: don’t be too cool for school, don’t fudge your formatting to make your essay look longer (I’m not an idiot), and don’t ask the professor if you missed anything important during your absence (‘Of course you missed something important! We’re college professors! Thinking everything we do is important is an occupational hazard. Here’s an alternative way to phrase it: “I’m so sorry I missed class. I’m sure it was awesome.”‘). Seriously considering printing this list out as a handout for start of term.
- Confuse students to help them learn?
- Great piece on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as the ultimate IR blockbuster, and some interesting ideas for using it in teaching.
- Ten grammar rules it’s ok to break (sometimes): including recognition that ‘Many prescriptive rules originated for screwball reasons, impede clear and graceful prose, and have been flouted by the best writers for centuries’.
- In praise of idleness, by Bertrand Russell: as relevant now as 1932.
- Are you an academic hermit and how to change (if you actually want to)
- For anyone involved in or thinking about media activities, this reflective piece from RelationsInternational is definitely worth a read: Mum, did you see me on TV?
- Next time you’re chairing an intense debate, workshop or seminar, consider using these philosophy referee hand signals to manage the situation… Personal favourite: Your argument is circular!
- Finishing the PhD thesis: some advice for those aiming to submit in October from the Guardian.
- When good supervisors go bad, from the thesis whisperer. Some great advice about managing supervisor relationships: while I’m speaking as someone who happened to be lucky on the supervisor front I’ve heard enough bad stories for this to be a useful read!
- How to let go of perfectionism and become a productive and motivated student/sane human being – useful for post-PhDs too.
….and lastly, why academics really use twitter, from the always brilliant @phdcomics: