Having finished Playing Beattie Bow (1980) and Anne of Green Gables (1908), my daughter and I are now reading Natalie Bobbitt's Tuck Everlasting (1976), an American novel the explores the idea of immortality. Reading two American books in a row was unintentional, but enjoyable for the conversational idiosyncracies such as starting every sentence with 'Well … Continue reading Vampires or zombies
It is hard to write this week. The words come sluggishly and feel awkward. Nonetheless I have several writing tasks to complete—a module for a teaching development online course, a workshop on academic integrity—and dozens of works in progress. At the top of the list is a plan for two new research projects … Continue reading Uncertainty
I've been thinking about my approach to teaching lately. Several things have prompted this: I was recently awarded Senior Fellowship of the UK's Higher Education Academy (which involved writing a reflective teaching philosophy), and I am co-editing a special issue of Australian Universities' Review on activism and the academy (with teaching as activist practice a … Continue reading Teaching and mortality
I was sick for most of the holidays. In the space of a week, I had two visits to hospital, three visits to the GP, four lots of blood tests and four prescription medications. I am slowly on the mend. Turns out I had two different viruses and reactive arthritis. It was, by turns, messy, … Continue reading Vulnerability
In a recent post I mentioned my daughter's epilepsy and my implanted neurostimulator for pain management. I write about these experiences, among others, in a newly published book chapter in Being an Early Career Feminist Academic. Look at this lovely cover: You can read the Times Higher Education review here: It is sad that this … Continue reading Cathartic writing
Last week I listened to Kate Harris, CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia, present on courageous leadership to a group of early career academics. She shared this image (from startwithwhy) and asked people to think about why they do the work they do: Kate made herself vulnerable and shared her purpose, motivation and inspiration. Her … Continue reading Why slow?