Sama Khosravi Ooryad

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Page Range

pp. 201–212


  • English

Print Length

12 pages

20. Inside the Migrant Academic’s Body

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