Chubb, Watermeyer and Wakeling’s evocatively titled article Fear and Loathing in the Academy describes an aspect of university life that will be familiar to many. With a lively turn of phrase, they explore emotional responses to the research impact agenda in the UK and Australia: The emotional state of academic labour ... [is] frequently portrayed … Continue reading Living academia
Over the weekend I read the delightful book The Art of Frugal Hedonism by Annie Raser-Rowland and Adam Grubb. Essentially a list of strategies for spending less money while enjoying life, it was the juxtaposition of frugal hedonism that grabbed me and the quirky tone that kept me reading. (Here's a great podcast conversation with … Continue reading Frugal hedonism for academics
Photo: John Spencer for NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. I am not very good at making (or keeping) new year's resolutions. Last year, I wanted to feel optimistic, calm and confident in most areas of my life, and instead I felt pretty bad. This year I can't recapture the blithe thinking that I … Continue reading Questions for 2018
Last post I promised more on acts of kindness that have the potential to change academia from a place marked by undercare to one that is nurturing (especially at times when people are not entirely productive or unencumbered). Here goes. Dancing spider orchid (Caladenia discoidea), photo: Mark Clements, CSIRO I attended a panel discussion entitled Life: … Continue reading Nurturing academic orchids
I mentioned in my last post my dream of becoming a mermaid. I even wrote about it in my PhD thesis: In Sydney, the summer I am twelve years old is extremely hot, over 35°C on many days. There are two girls, younger than I, living around the corner — and they have a swimming … Continue reading Floating
"Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways" - why this byline for a blog on slow academia? The phrase, as you may know, comes from Proverbs 6:6. The context is an exhortation against indolence: Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, … Continue reading Lazy ants win!