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Hello folks.

I guess I'm also coming over from Tumblr. Been thinking about switching over to Mastodon for a long time but never got around to it.

I'm a literature grad student in Quebec, Canada. I'm currently writing a thesis on medieval French romances, specifically the continuations of Chrétien de Troyes' Conte du Graal. French is my first language.

the thickness of this stack of flashcards... appalling Show more

Progress Show more

My student union is planning a literal tea party this Wednesday. Time to pull everyone to the dark side of tea: gongfu brewing and loose leaf... 😂

Thoughts on Oh No! Ross and Carrie and Flat Earth Show more

Thoughts on Oh No! Ross and Carrie and Flat Earth Show more

If your alien race is genderless, by default nonbinary, its not really good or accurate representation.

Nbs are so important bc were diverging from the imposed gender binary. Imposing a single gender as a species standard isnt any better.

New Mastodon contest:

Who can be the most wholesome?

What a good day! Show more

Today's tea is Wu Yi rock oolong from Yunnan Sourcing. My boyfriend like it a lot, which I didn't expect.

Every one of you is precious and wonderful and unique and necessary and deserving of life and love and peace.

Anything your brain does to try to convince you otherwise is a mean trick.

Please try to remember this. Remember it unceasingly.

I went to a tea lounge with a friend last week yeeee

Vulgarity in scholarly articles about Rabelais Show more

Don’t you just like it when you get to call out old scholars on their normative bullshit? Show more

Reminder to all users: Your worth is not determined by whatever you got done or didn't get done this week

Also my university grants got revised with a small bonus for next year 😊

4) When actually writing (or whatever) you may have to dive back in -- be specific about what you need here!
5) Keep a 'for later' pile/file. (It's OK if you never actually go back to it, too.)

Not to say that is always works, but it helps.

@ratking 1) Accept that you will NEVER be able to read, or even find, everything on a topic.
2) Come up with some idea of what a "good enough" knowledge of the topic might look like. Obviously, this is going to take some research! (Danger! Danger!) You might have to revise this, but it gives you a framework to start with.
3) Stop when things are feeling familiar. You've already read something like this before. That's enough for now.


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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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