Vera Axyonova

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pp. 1–8


  • English

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8 pages

1. A Journey to the ‘Self’

From Precarity as Non-belonging to the Search for Common Ground

In this chapter, I regard academic precarity as non-belonging and delve into personalized multi-dimensional non-belonging experiences. Reviewing my journey from home country Kazakhstan to German academia, I raise the issues of otherization and foreignness, asymmetric power relations, and an illusive diversity in Global North universities. While these issues often originate within the academic system, they are exacerbated by a perceived loss of a previous ‘self’ and difficulties in reconciling different ‘realities’ experienced by migrant scholars throughout their lives on the move.


Vera Axyonova

Marie Skłodowska-Curie REWIRE Fellow at University of Vienna