Africa has immense diversity of culture, and with this comes a vast and varied knowledge of astronomy. Countries in Northern Africa have a different view of the sky than those in the southern hemisphere, making Africa the continent with the widest-spanning view of the night sky.
While many students may never venture south of the Meadows to the King’s Buildings, some might say that the same inequalities in academia persist or are even greater on Edinburgh University’s second biggest campus. In this interview with Rosalyn Pearson, a 3rd year PhD student in the School of Physics and Astronomy, I discuss what it’s like to be a non-binary woman in a department comprised of (almost) solely cisgender heterosexual white men.
In this interview I phoned Beth Biller, a lecturer in the Institute for Astronomy within the School of Physics and Astronomy, to discuss how her identity as a woman has impacted her research in the peer-review process, the history of women in astronomy, and what it’s like to be an openly queer academic.