Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Mmm... ethical.

Overheard, two profs talking:

"We still need a PhD student to do fieldwork on [language]."

"Wait, which one's that?"

"That's the South American one. You know, the rainforest one with the really interesting verb suffixes."

"The one where every fieldworker who's ever gone there has been beaten to a pulp, raped and/or killed?"

"Yeah, that's right. So, anyway, we need to put out the advertisement soon."

"Do we have to tell them about the killings?"

"Well, maybe we just say something like, 'PhD project in exciting jungle location. Necessary prerequisites: Masters or honours degree in linguistics. Preferred: working knowledge of Spanish, previous fieldwork experience, strong martial arts background.'"


RageyOne said...

Yeah, not so much ethical at all. :(

Anonymous said...

Ahahaha... "the South American one"... wow. As a language/lit. doctoral student, this especially concerns me. Especially because I possess no martial arts training. :)

Anonymous said...


Psych Post Doc said...

Wow, can you warn any student who applies? Yikes.

Bardiac said...

Oddly, if people find out, they'll encourage all their fellow grad students and new phuds to apply in hopes of clearing out the job market a bit. :/

Breena Ronan said...

Wow! Really? That's horrible. :(