Author Archives: moreliaviridis

studying the post-merger integration of the kurdish peshmerga – a description of the motivation and goals of my research

in an effort to be open and transparent about my research in kurdistan, i decided to write this blog to describe the motivations and goals of my phd research for anyone and everyone who wants to inquire on my work. … Continue reading

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Welcome back to Erbil – a lifestyle blog

it has been a while since i last visited erbil – the capital city of the kurdish federal region in the north of iraq which is lovingly referred to as “kurdistan”. the last time i spent some time in the … Continue reading

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4students: three tips on methodology

when it comes to research, my belief system is built on three cornerstones: (truly) ‘objective’ research does not exist – we can only aim at getting as close as possible to it by limiting our human fault lines. everybody is … Continue reading

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the difficulty of staying neutral

the more i am faced with writing my phd, the more i notice a seemingly insurmountable challenge: remaining neutral in my writing. it is no secret that words carry meaning – sometimes explicitly, sometimes implicitly, sometimes the meaning has changed … Continue reading

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can there ever be no war?

recently, i was asked whether we can stop all wars. for me, this is a (surprisingly) easy question to answer: all wars, for ever, you can not stop. however, it’s not quite as grim and fatalistic as you might think … Continue reading

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from 100 to 0 in less than a day – on life transitions

having worked a solid 40-60 hour week for the past three years, my phd was resting in a state of suspended animation. since monday, however, i am faced with the pleasure and challenge to return to academia full time in … Continue reading

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paraphrasing macklemore: same god

when she was raised in the free world, people told her she was muslim, cause she wanted to wear a scarf, to cover her head from the cold stares, she told her ma’, tears rushing down her face, she’s like, girl … Continue reading

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