Author Archives: moreliaviridis

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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syria started in libya

the war in syria is on everybodies mind – isis is portrayed to be yet the worst thing human kind has produced in its millenials of violent history, refugees are pouring the consequences of the war into otherwise so happily … Continue reading

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kirkuk – a city’s frontline in the middle east

when i think of kirkuk, i see plastic bags waving in the wind, caught up in barbwire. kirkuk is made up of many walls, protected by barbwire on top. it is there that many lonely plastic bags have been caught; … Continue reading

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