A reminder to play

Two seemingly unconnected things: My six year old son has taken to referring to himself as his thirteen year old sister's imaginary friend. (I find myself half believing him). And a couple of weeks ago I attended a gathering of Higher Education Scholars. I have previously posted about these events (The spirit of research, Yarning … Continue reading A reminder to play

Beginnings, endings and lifetimes

The past few weeks have reminded me of the importance of rituals to mark beginnings, endings and the lifetimes in between. At work, we have celebrated new jobs and roles, baby showers, reunions, farewells and retirements. Took 50+ contracts & 14 years, but I'm now in a continuing role at the university. Thanks to the … Continue reading Beginnings, endings and lifetimes

Sharing space

Last week I participated in the conference Beyond Mothering Myths? Motherhood in an Age of Neoliberalism and Individualisation. With a partner recovering from foot surgery, children on school holidays and a busy time at work, my attendance was partial and interrupted. Those presentations I did attend were provocative and affecting. Lilia Mantai and I presented … Continue reading Sharing space

Thinking with neoliberalism

I have several books on my wish list at the moment (even as my to-be-read pile grows ever higher): Time and Space in the Neoliberal University, Resisiting Neoliberalism in Higher Education Volume 1 and Volume 2, and Qualitative Inquiry in Neoliberal Times. The term neoliberalism appears more or less everywhere in university circles, but is … Continue reading Thinking with neoliberalism

The edge of knowing

Several times recently I have become aware of the limits of knowledge, and what it isĀ  like to feel uncertain and unknowing. In writing group, I gave feedback on a paper about teaching grammar to young children. Unfortunately, I came of age in an era of Australian education that refused to teach grammatics. The limit … Continue reading The edge of knowing