Which university? Which self?

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?

Tea with resistance

This post brings together a host of ideas from previous posts: tea, resistance, complicity and activism. I recently read Richard Hil and Kristen Lyon's article A Post-Neoliberal Academy? in which the authors explore how academic compliance has been a key ingredient in the "neoliberal takeover" of universities. The authors list strategies of resistance that provide a … Continue reading Tea with resistance

Complicity

Like many of you, no doubt, I have been watching The Handmaid's Tale. The first episode includes a scene of (what Atwood called) particicution (combining the words “participation” and “execution”) where the handmaids kill an alleged rapist with their bare hands. I struggled to fall asleep afterwards for thinking about brutality and complicity. So, ever … Continue reading Complicity

Jamming the academic machine

I was awarded my PhD seven years ago. It performed an autoethnographic response to Luce Irigaray's philosophy of sexual difference, transcendence and the mother/daughter relation. Funnily enough, I had cause to revisit some of the ideas from my PhD this week. I listened to a wonderful podcast in the Changing Academic Life series, featuring Ali … Continue reading Jamming the academic machine

Stars = small, targeted acts of resistance

I have mentioned last year's Academic Identities conference in a couple of previous posts - here (on calendars) and here (on anxiety) - so it has certainly had an impact. (It is also on my mind as I start work with an international research group on a social history of the Academic Identities conferences). One … Continue reading Stars = small, targeted acts of resistance