The first day of the JASELE conference in Nagoya has finished. Great to be there with all my fellow postgraduates, teachers, colleagues and friends. Heard some good talks and as usual I learnt a lot.

But I am ashamed to say that I still feel like the outsider when it comes to conferences. I don’t feel like I am part of it. I don’t feel academic enough.

Just when will this feeling end I do not know but I hope it will be soon. Perhaps it will never end. But I guess the only way is to attend and participate in more conferences, learn to be part of the discourse community and immerse myself in the academic culture.

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Language teacher and researcher. Object Philosopher. Buddhist.

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