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I'm Saqer (pronouns: he/they).

I work on issues in Translation Studies, Trans* and Intersex Studies, and Medieval Islamic Studies.

I've got affiliations with Decolonial Studies and the larger "Religious" Studies discipline.

Currently finishing up my dissertation at Binghamton University.

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In 2016, I published a paper in the TSQ titled:
“You Have Made Her a Man among Men”: Translating the Khuntha's Anatomy in Fatimid Jurisprudence
tsq.dukejournals.org/content/3

I discussed in it a case described in a Fatimid-era legal manual where a person had their body examined in order to be recognized as male and have a marriage voided.

a gazillion tasks and procrastination 

That was mostly around comment 3 by the copyeditor where I need to clarify my example. That's my only actually substantial revision I need to make. Bless the copyeditor for making sure we are readable.

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a gazillion tasks and procrastination 

I found out my copy of the dissertation doesn't include the ProQuest page which gets inserted by the monopoly, so I downloaded the ProQuest version, that was a wild ride actually. And now I've got one more thing to read before I call it a night.

I also procrastinated a ton.

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a gazillion tasks and procrastination 

Today in my gazillion task day: I reviewed the copyeditors comments, but there's more of that tomorrow. I dug up a DOI that doesn't work, because the publisher fucked it up, now replaced with URL which the DOI should've linked to. Emails: skipped some, scheduled some.

Eco, Libraries, Teachers, Essential workers, Heroism, and Ur-Fascism 

Whenever I see reopening calls for librarians or teachers to be heroes, I think of Eco's essay on Ur-Fascism.

"In such a perspective everybody is educated to become a hero. In every mythology the hero is an exceptional being, but in Ur-Fascist ideology, heroism is the norm. This cult of heroism is strictly linked with the cult of death."

My copyedits are back, and three of them are "you cited x, but forgot them in Bibliography, please correct this." Embarrassing.

venting about established academics punching down 

He also tweeted about job interviews and said scholars working with continental theory (with scare-quotes) degrades their ability to think, write, and speak clearly. I tell you this group of dominant academics gatekeeping Islamic studies just look like they can't read Foucault and queer theory and are salty about it.

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venting about established academics punching down 

yesterday a "prominent" Islamic studies academic showed his ass complaining about the new generation of Islamic studies scholars make use of new theory (his examples were Foucault and Queer theory, lol) and can't read Classical Arabic primary sources. His dumbass looked like he doesn't know what to do with scholarship outside his subfield which is traditionally dominant in Islamic studies (the canons of Islamic mysticism, law, and theology).

Thinking about how I should include in my future book version of my dissertation a warning to those established academics who are gonna hem and haw at my use of ze/hir and they/them in a translation of a "classical" text.

Today's sf story podcast is P.H. Lee's "Distant Stars" and this exchange would resonate with academics on the terrible job market:

“It was a good job! Tenure track!”

“It’s a shit job and I wasn’t going to get it. Do you know who gets tenure track jobs? Straight guys from Princeton named Chet!”

clarkesworldmagazine.com/lee_0

@saqeram I keep track of words added to the papers I am working on by periodically copying the word count to a file with a date stamp. I also keep track of which papers I worked on each day. I could easily check how many words I added in a week/month but I have never done it. I don't usually have word count targets for myself, except that in my field 8000 words is a good target to aim for.

@saqeram My office mate targets 500 words a day, at least most days. I think he just used the word count in his word processor.

My goals tend to be more specific to the task. I use Todoist to keep track of project-specific tasks, but shy away from word counts.

@saqeram My process (if I can dignify it with such a word) is to scribble in a notebook first and then revisit those notes, typing them up and revising as I go. This way, I don't stress about getting details of phrasing and such correct on the first try, because I know I'll be checking everything at least once. This goes for my academic writing (physics) as well as what I do for fun; I tried keeping separate notebooks for different projects, but it turned out to be much easier to separate them at the electronic stage instead. I don't keep track of word counts, unless I'm writing something where a minimum or maximum is imposed.

No free view? No review! Join us in our boycott of closed-access journals. #NoFreeViewNoReview nofreeviewnoreview.org/

Writers/Academics, how do y'all tally your daily/weekly/monthly word count? Do you use an app? Do you journal it?

COVID, university planning 

My campus is taking about having faculty wear face shields and full PPE while in the classroom in the Fall. I personally am looking forward to lecturing to a fogged up face shield.

Queer coffee shops, queer bakeries, queer bookstores, queer grocery stores, queer literally everything.

Tired of the only queer spaces being bars, adding to the idea that all queer people are evil sexual deviants that should be avoided.

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