This post was inspired by a recent tweet from Lilia Mantai: My (almost) 3.5yr old sees a pen on the dining table & goes: Who's drawing Mummy? Me: Me, Mummy's been writing. He: Why? Me: Mummy writes down ideas. He: Why? Me: That's Mummy's job, she thinks, she writes and ... He: Yesterday, I saw … Continue reading Learning about dragons
Greetings from Japan! I spent three days last week at the 6th International Academic Identities Conference at the University of Hiroshima. The theme was The Peaceful University: aspirations for academic futures – compassion, generosity, imagination, and creation. This post offers impressions of the conference, its location, the theme and the presentations. The theme was described as … Continue reading Impressions from the peaceful university
My presentation at the recent HERDSA conference was entitled Peer review of teaching: A showcase of messy practice. My co-author Rod Lane and I are redeveloping it as a book chapter, in which we will share our learning about the risks and complexities of ‘insider research’ (or researching practices within one’s own institution). Presenting about an … Continue reading Universities as utopias
Barbara Grant’s keynote from HERDSA has been haunting me. It was a pleasure to listen to, and has rewarded slow consideration. Entitled A Thousand Tiny Universities, Barbara challenged the audience to think about ourselves, our universities, hope and the future. In writing this post, I am relying on memory, my sketchy notes and some brief … Continue reading Which university? Which self?
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to hear Ronald Barnett, emeritus professor of higher education, talk at the University of Sydney. Based on his trilogy of books, he spoke about the university as a feasible utopia in an age of supercomplexity. One of his comments has stayed with me and I have … Continue reading We need (to be) poets