Hack is an interesting word. Both verb and noun, it contains multiple (seemingly contradictory) meanings: to cut, notch, slice, chop, or sever to damage or injure by crude, harsh, or insensitive treatment; mutilate; mangle to deal or cope with; handle to circumvent security and break into (a network, computer, file, etc.) to make use of … Continue reading Hacking academia
This week is Bluestocking Week, organised by the National Tertiary Education Union to celebrate women's achievements in education. You can read more about it here. 'Bluestocking' was originally a derogatory term to describe intellectual or literary woman, as Jeannie Rea writes: The term originates from the latter part of the 18th century as women started … Continue reading Celebrating bluestockings
Lately the kids and I have been listening to the soundtrack to Matilda: the Musical, and we've been humming or singing one song more or less continuously: Naughty. We're told we have to do what we're told but, surely, sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty. Just because you find that life's not … Continue reading Naughty
This week colleagues and I submitted a journal article. Collectively and individually, we did a lot of reading. The following papers will prove important for future writing, but they didn't make it into the list of citations this time. The process of writing together sent the paper in new directions. I was inspired by educational … Continue reading Reading and wondering
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?
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