My Inaugural Page

Sept12 2015-1

This is the very first blog I’ve created, so it will take me some time to learn how to use the technology and how to post things here properly.

Let me introduce myself: I am a college professor of Communications and the Humanities (English and American Literature, from an interdisciplinary point of view).  After a serious illness, two complete hip surgeries, and (given my chronic health condition) the very long recovery period after each of them, I am now on Long Term Disability and will probably not be able to return to my former teaching position even on a part-time basis.  What does remain possible for me is research and writing, i.e. the creative and scholarly work I can do at my own pace.

I’m so committed to universalism (and, naturally, the Project of the Enlightenment, too) that I regularly forget to start by mentioning the basic biographical details about myself.  So, here it goes: I was born in a country that no longer exists, have to date lived on three different continents, and am proud to be (also) a citizen of Canada, a naturalized Canadian.  One last, possibly pertinent, detail: I am, at it happens, a female of the human species.  I mention this as I have frequently been mistaken for a male of the species even in situations in which my photo could quite clearly have indicated otherwise.  My Facebook page appears under my former married name (Tumir).  I also post on Google+ as Vaska X Tumir MA.

I intend to use this blog for several purposes:

  1. As a portal for the final preparation of the special issue of Pynchon Notes devoted to the Transit of Venus International Pynchon Conference held in Malta in 2004
  2. As a portal for the translation I am working on of Letters from Two Sarajevos
  3. As a portal for my creative writing projects, starting with my poetry
  4. As a place where I can post my observations and thoughts about the world of international politics, which, at this juncture in time, is reaching a crisis of epochal dimensions in my view

Eventually, I may even post some of my work on these future projects:

  1. A new, feminist, universalist Minima Moralia.  I don’t have a title for it yet, so this borrowed work-in-progress-title will have to do for now (with all due respect and acknowledgements to Theodor Adorno, of course).
  2. A much longer work I do have a title for: A Phenomenology of Being.  (This title is hereby/henceforth reserved for my exclusive use.)

These last two projects, will take time and I won’t be posting any materials towards them for at least a year (and probably quite a bit more).


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23 thoughts on “My Inaugural Page”

  1. Nice to “meet” you Vaska, I look forward to reading your posts.
    Such important work, we slaves finally seem to be nearing the stage of exiting our chrysalis.


    1. That’s one scary photo there, Doug. And yes, we’re all slaves to one thing or another. Transformation into the free butterfly state takes a lot of effort, quite a bit of courage, and time — even though it often looks very, very easy. I also like being human, and that’s what I intend to remain.

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  2. Hi Vaska,

    Just yesterday I commented on Offguardian about you. I loved your comments on Syria and on Ukraine in the Guardian.
    I did a bit of research about a year ago, and I did find you on a Canadian website which listed you as a professor. The reason I did that because I knew that this person must be of high intelligence.
    I am originally from Hungary, now live in Australia. I have a business degree (majored in accounting), but I don’t work in it, I have a little business.

    Keep a the good work Vaska. If we had more people like you, the world would be a much better place.

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    1. Thank you, Peter, and thank you for getting in touch! I used to read your comments on CiF, The UK Guardian’s pages open to readers’ comments, with great pleasure and admiration. They gave me encouragement to keep going. I haven’t been posting much on CiF lately but will certainly return as a reader/commenter there. Please do keep writing your comments, too, beacuse we need every single voice for peace there is these days!

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  3. Dear Vaska:
    I saw that you “liked” one of my comments on OffGuardian. I appreciate that, and I came to check out your blog. Nice work. I like what you are trying to do, and I appreciate your humanism and intellectuality!

    Just by coincidence, I “inaugurated” my own blog this past weekend, here is the link. I spent most of the weekend tinkering with it and experimenting with different formats, etc.

    My concept is very simple: I saw a need to bring more of the Russian-language press to English-speaking readers. I do some full-out translations, but mostly just summaries. I try to keep the tone light and a bit gossipy, while not being coy about my own political slant. I hope you will check it out and let me know what you think!

    Best wishes.


    1. Thank you. [It’s a historical crime, almost on par with what the empire’s done to Iraq, and all we can do is make sure the record is set straight for the good of the future.]

      I’ve neglected the blog terribly, I’m afraid. The plan is to get back to it in a few weeks and do something to revive it. I see that you’re following our postings on Off-Guardian; your comments are always welcome! Looking forward to reading your work.

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  4. i’m intrigued – you sound genuine, passionate, intelligent, and committed; and these are strong cards in the deck. I hope to find the wherewithal (aka attention span) to follow your progress.


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