Monday, August 22, 2005
Other blogs again
I just realized that I have nothing what so ever in common with most other academic bloggers. In point of fact I am not an academic since I have never held an academic post. It is kind of like being a member of the nobility I gather. You get to put on certain airs. I think this lack of any common ground is the reason for my exclusion from the carnivals and general hostility I have sensed from academic bloggers. Interestingly the really positive feedback I got on my blog entry on the Russian-Koreans did not come from history bloggers. It came from other people. It also came from non-Americans. This is not surprising. My work has always had a much better reception in Europe and the Middle East than in my homeland. Orthodox Americacentric academic thinking is quite narrow and far less open to dissent than scholarship in much of the rest of the world. It seems strange, but I have found that the academic conferences I have attended that had the greatest range of free discussion were in Turkey and Lebanon. In contrast alot of taboos and unwritten parameters shackle free scholastic dialogue in the US.