Sama Khosravi Ooryad

Published On


Page Range

pp. 201–212


  • English

Print Length

12 pages

20. Inside the Migrant Academic’s Body

Strategic Outsider within Toxic Substructures

This chapter reflects on my experiences as an early researcher of colour in Dutch academia and in confronting post-graduation challenges. I recount some exclusionary moments that compelled me to realize my own positionality as a ‘strategic outsider’. With the help of previous thinkers who have also felt like outsiders and subsequently theorized ways to navigate ‘outsideness,’ I share examples from my time as a GEMMA student in the Netherlands to illustrate how and why I perceive a need to be constantly alert to exclusionary moments as well as critical of numerous toxicities that any individual in a situation like mine might encounter within and beyond Western academia.


Sama Khosravi Ooryad

Marie Skłodowska Curie (MSCA-)PhD candidate at University of Gothenburg