elisa freschi

I hold a degree in Philosophy and a PhD in Sanskrit. I am currently at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and I have published books (Brill, Peter Lang forthcoming), book chapters and articles on various topics of Sanskrit (and) philosophy. I have been invited to speak at several conferences and I organized many myself. I enjoy discussing and am grateful for honest criticisms.

To see my collaborative projects, check this webpage: http://asiatica.wikispaces.com

I always answer to queries, either privately or through the blog. (I would appreciate if someone would thank me afterwards, though!)

Why are there so few women in the blogosphere?

What should or could one do to enhance the participation of women to the blogosphere, especially in the blogosphere dealing with Indian philosophy?In case you think that the appropriate answer is "nothing", you are in good company. I myself used to think that the blogosphere is open enough to everyone and that participating to it is just everyone's personal decision, no special policies needed. Furthermore, personally I never asked for any special treatment because of being a woman. I just want to be considered a human being and not a "special case", in need of protection....more

What works and what does not work in a (traditional) conference? Dos and Donts

What works and what does not work in a (traditional) conference? This is my personal list: DON'TS:...more

The sad destiny of women in Academia

What is it like to be a women in Academia? Do you also encounter an a priori lack of esteem only due to your X-chromosome?...more

Should you publish your article now?

Is the article ready, or does it need further revision? After having been working for weeks/months on it, one is often no longer in the position to say whether it is "ripe" enough to be sent in the world. In the best cases, one has thoughtful readers one can send one's draft to. If it meets their approval, it is ready. But in some cases, the opinions of the test-readers might significantly diverge (from "it is innovative" to "I don't understand anything in it"). Furthermore, how does one know whether it is time to send the article to one's test-readers? ...more

Not enough women in the Academia? A further reason why

Yesterday I attended my first conference-planning meeting at my home institution.When shall Z, a reknowned scholar, speak? Between 6 and 8 pm. A discussion will follow and a dinner will follow the discussion."Why so late?", I asked, given that there is no way I can not be at home at 6 pm on a Tuesday night."So that everyone may attend", was the general answer."Everyone" just means "everyone like us", i.e., a (preferably single) man, with no family duties....more

A list of dislikes in (scholarly) presentations

We all now that reading is just not acceptable in conferences (it is boring and uninformative).Now, I would like to address the opposite risk: the speaker who has attended a class on public speaking and believes that s/he has most of all to be entertaining. I know, in each book and website about how to reach the next level in your presentations and/or blogposts and/or in your speaking skills, you will read that you have to tell stories, be personal, use images. However, if you are like me, you might instead agree with what follows: ...more
A further update: avoid the genre "10 lessons about X from Felix ...more