Friday, February 16, 2018

Kurds in the USSR

My article Kurds in the USSR, 1917-1956 is now up on my page. You can access it here. 

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Thank God it is Finally Thursday

I am very glad that the work week will finally becoming to an end today. I have classes from 8:00 am to 11:30 am and then Kurdish class at 4:30-5:30. But, I do not have to go to Baghdad this weekend so I at least have a short break to rest.

Wednesday, February 07, 2018

This Morning

It is now 8:30 am and I have been at work for one hour and twenty minutes. During that time I have accomplished three things. Two of them are routine matters relating to teaching. The third thing was revising a syllabus for a proposed course on the history of the USSR. This is proving to take a lot longer and a lot more revision than I initially anticipated. Fortunately, I haven't had to take anything out yet. I have just had to add stuff. Everybody else so far seems to want me to put more emphasis on international relations and geopolitics. I suspect this is because history itself as a discipline is extremely devalued in the region compared to IR.

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

New Publication on Germans from Kazakhstan and Central Asia

My article, "Forced Labor in a Socialist State: Ethnic Germans from Kazakhstan and Central Asia in the Labor Army, 1941-1957" will be appearing in The Journal of International Crimes and History next month.

Saturday, February 03, 2018

Iraqi Visa Obtained

I got back from Baghdad with an Iraqi visa. The trip is exhausting due mainly to the huge number of security checks in both Sulaimani and Baghdad. It is easy to get into Sulaimani, but hard to get out. Likewise with Baghdad.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Random accomplishments of the week

This week I finished revising another journal article that will hopefully be published soon. I also submitted another journal article to a big name journal. I have no idea how that one will fare. I just hope it gets sent out to peer review.

Saturday, I have to go to Baghdad to pick up my Iraqi visa. Sunday I give my first test as opposed to quiz of the semester. I gave my first quiz on Tuesday. I haven't graded it yet.

A German academic currently working in the UK contacted me about Russian-Germans in Kazakhstan this week.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

The end of the first week of the semester

Today at 11:30 am I finished the first week of the semester. Having a TA to take roll is great. It looks like it will end all of the hassle associated with the this task. Already there are some people burning through their eight allotted absences before they receive an F.

I really like the schedule of only having classes 8 am to 11:30 am Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursdays. It means I finish before lunch and get everything over fast. It also means I have all Monday and Wednesday to do other things. This week I got all the revisions including redoing all the footnotes as in-text citations done for a journal article which will come out in June. That means I can probably get the same schedule next semester as well since priority in scheduling is given to those that have a peer reviewed publication in the previous semester.