Academics: what are they exactly? For those who have gone on to PhDs, the assumption is that you will get a position teaching or researching in a university. But, like most assumptions, it can be quite wrong. Not everyone who gets a PhD (or any other post-secondary degree) chooses to stay in academia. And–just as important–some who do scholarly research are not PhDs. The story is bigger, and there is more to tell.
Welcome to the Rogue Scholar Salon. These days, salon brings to mind hair-dryers, but I mean it in terms of the intellectual community of independent scholars popular in 18th century France and England. There was once a time when intelligence required no niche. In this part of the blog, I host my friends and colleagues (many of whom will be cross-listed with the Dose) who have stepped away from traditional academic careers (#altac) or who have otherwise engaged the life of the mind without the usual trappings. Perhaps, in the progress of our intellectual development, the niche idea of scholarship is once more a dying beast. Inter-disciplinarity is the way of the future, even though individual scholars are making the change much quicker than the lumbering systems of which we are part. In general, these intrepid folk have stories to tell… stories about the way life, interests, aptitude and luck brought them to their chosen paths. You can find out more about them here,with the attendant ‘seal of approval.’
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