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Podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. Dr. Liz Wayne and Dr. Christine "Xine" Yao are two women of color Ivy League PhDs navigating higher education. Biomedical engineer meets literary critic. Both fans of lipstick.

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Podcast about academia, culture, and social justice across the STEM/humanities divide. Dr. Liz Wayne and Dr. Christine "Xine" Yao are two women of color Ivy League PhDs navigating higher education. Biomedical engineer meets literary critic. Both fans of lipstick.

    S5E5 | On Asking for Help & Valuing Our Work; Launching a Patreon!

    S5E5 | On Asking for Help & Valuing Our Work; Launching a Patreon!

    How do we evaluate the value of our work? PhDivas is finally launching a Patreon in order to sustain this project. Liz and Xine decided to sit down and record why it has taken them so long to put this together. (Awkwardness!) Sometimes we are so used to giving free labour to our institutions and our field of study that, combined with imposter syndrome, it is hard to ask for the support we need to continue that work. For some of us even the act of asking for any form of support is terrifying because of the fear of rejection -- so it feels safer not to try at all. Stop procrastinating and put the same faith you have in others into yourself!

    Support us on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/phdivaspodcast
    We appreciate your follows, ratings, and reviews!

    • 23 min
    S5E4 | ON STRIKE! Collective Action for a Better University

    S5E4 | ON STRIKE! Collective Action for a Better University

    Job security, unequal pay, excessive workloads, gender and racial inequality: this is the state of academia everywhere. How do we push for change when institutions don't want to? In the UK the University and College Union is on STRIKE to fight for the soul of the university and that means PhDiva Xine is too. Xine interviews Dr. Francesca Brooks about the history and demands behind the strike as well as the tactics and lived experience from the perspective of precarity. If you are elsewhere in the world, may you learn something useful from this struggle!

    You can show your solidarity by donating to the union's fighting fund which provides financial support for those going without pay, with emphasis on the most vulnerable: https://www.ucu.org.uk/fightingfund

    Or you can join the #digitalstrike by not posting about any work that benefits your institutional employer during this time. Use #UCUStrike #UCUStrikesBack, reshare this information about the strike widely!

    https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/nov/07/university-staff-dont-want-to-strike-for-fair-pensions-and-pay-but-were-being-forced-to

    • 48 min
    S5E3 | Wellness Check

    S5E3 | Wellness Check

    it's time for a wellness check! PhDivas Liz and Xine talk about getting sick while navigating challenges as new faculty in STEM and the humanities -- and adulting. What are our new privileges and limitations on our research and advocacy? It's also a wellness check for the health of academia. Just because you are well does not mean the system is working! And enjoy the discussion of Avatar: The Last Airbender aka the greatest show of all time. Check in with yourself and those around you. As we have to remind ourselves, just because it is the final push of the semester and year doesn't mean you should push yourself to breaking...

    To learn more about the protests on Mauna Kea against the Thirty Meter Telescope, see Keolu Fox and Chanda Hsu Prescod-Weinstein's article: https://www.thenation.com/article/mauna-kea-tmt-colonial-science/

    • 50 min
    S5E2| Consent & Colonialism in Art: Khairani Barokka on Disability and Aesthetics

    S5E2| Consent & Colonialism in Art: Khairani Barokka on Disability and Aesthetics

    In the eyes of Western art all brown girls are the same. "Annah the Javanese" by the famous artist Paul Gauguin depicts a nude young brown girl with a monkey at her feet. She was his "mistress." In her PhD in Visuals Cultures Indonesian artist Khairani Barokka (Goldsmiths) uses her own art practice to question the inconsistent histories about Annah and to imagine her story in the midst of colonial exploitation. Okka and PhDiva Xine discuss disability studies, performance, poetry, and art history as two postcolonial subjects now living in the former heart of empire.

    Pic credit: Christa Holka.
    http://khairanibarokka.com
    @mailbykite

    Debut poetry collection Rope:
    http://ninearchespress.com/publications/poetry-collections/rope.html

    Poetry-art book Indigenous Species:
    http://www.tiltedaxispress.com/indigenous-species/

    Annah: Nomenclature at the ICA
    https://www.ica.art/on/live/khairani-barokka-annah-nomenclature
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EsIoIawX01s
    https://www.ica.art/on/live/khairani-barokka-performance-qa
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ejnAxXS_Yo
    Selected Annahs at SALTS Basel
    http://www.salts.ch/#/en/exhibition/bhanu-kapil-khairani-barokka

    • 57 min
    S5E1 | The Price of Research: Dr. Elaine Westbrooks on Libraries and the Knowledge Economy

    S5E1 | The Price of Research: Dr. Elaine Westbrooks on Libraries and the Knowledge Economy

    None of us in STEM or humanities should ever take libraries for granted! PhDiva Liz Wayne interviews Dr. Elaine Westbrook (Vice Provost of UNC Chapel-Hill Libraries) about the knowledge economy, peer review, and the invisible, exorbitant cost of journals. Scientists pay to have their articles published and then their universities can spend up to $40,000 on a single journal to make that research available to their community. This is an ethical matter of access and inequality on a geopolitical level.

    Follow Dr. Elaine L Westbrooks @UNC_Librarian!

    • 59 min
    S04E22 | #NewProf Now What? Pt 2: What About Our Loved Ones?

    S04E22 | #NewProf Now What? Pt 2: What About Our Loved Ones?

    More about PhDiva Liz's new job! What happens to your personal life when you get that coveted academic job and have to move away? We advance in our careers but family advance in age. Liz and Xine talk about how the academic job market affects dating and family. How are we treated professionally and socially if we are single versus coupled academics?

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

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Interesting, intelligent and informative

I don’t work in academia but this podcast has a much wider relevance than just that audience. Insightful comments on how women and minorities navigate this world, how power structures and intersectionality play into how we interact, how we view the world and who gets to tell those stories. I love hearing these women speak and they always leave me with something to think about.

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