Mihnea Tănăsescu

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Page Range

pp. 21–30


  • English

Print Length

10 pages

3. Unlearning

How are migrant academics trained to think of their own place within the profession and the society writ large? The essay explores this question, from a first-person perspective, and proposes that allegiance to one origin, and to one disciplinary model, is routinely requested, performed, and internalized. Consequently, finding one’s own way must pass through a continuous process of unlearning. Being a good academic, just like being a good migrant, is a weight to be slowly chipped away, until one becomes light enough to walk upright.


Mihnea Tănăsescu

Research Fellow at University of Mons
Associate Researcher at Vrije Universiteit Brussel