Take a break

A reminder to myself that might be helpful to you: take a break. For inspiration, I read Robert Dessaix's The Pleasures of Leisure. (I picked up a copy for $3 at the local Vinnies; in pristine, unread condition, it is inscribed with a message of congratulations for "twenty years of unswerving, faithful service"). Dessaix acknowledges … Continue reading Take a break

Writing in company at home

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a writing retreat at home with former colleagues and current co-authors Lilia Mantai and Vanessa Fredericks. We are finalising a journal article on time pressures for PhD candidates and early career academics. The retreat immersed us in writing away from the interruptions of the office. Planning and writing … Continue reading Writing in company at home

On this side

I've enjoyed reading recent blog posts on how to say 'no' in academic work contexts from Research Whisperer Tseen Khoo ('Leveling up in saying no') and Conference Inference's James Burford ('Saying no to conference opportunities'). Saying no is invaluable, and I liked the intentionality Tseen and James demonstrate. Our time and energy are finite, even … Continue reading On this side

Wearing academic life

The prompt for my recent Making ShiFt Happen panel discussion with Catherine Manathunga and Janet Hope was: Reimagining academia ... Like [the pleasure of wearing] a loose-fitting garment – finding liberating and enabling ways to wear an academic life During the session I spoke of my maternal grandmother, a dress-maker who created garments for my … Continue reading Wearing academic life

A to-do side list

I am at Sydney Airport awaiting a flight to Melbourne for a few days of thinking and writing together with the Academic Identities project team. I am committing my waiting and commuting time to tasks that are never achieved at work. This list is far too ambitious for a 90 minute flight to Melbourne, but … Continue reading A to-do side list