A year in first lines

The work year is winding down—albeit slowly, with university information day lectures and advising on Saturday, an extended abstract to submit with a co-author, some editorial work and various administrative tasks. I am making peace with tasks left undone and readying to relax into summer. Without my daughter at school, it's a strange transition to … Continue reading A year in first lines

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Immortality (of a sort)

Last week I submitted a teaching module on the Politics of Higher Education (co-authored with Cathy Rytmeister) for peer review. All going well, it should be part of a MOOC (massive open online course, for those outside higher education) next year. This is a predominantly Australian module that explores how history informs the future and … Continue reading Immortality (of a sort)

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

We need (to be) poets

A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to hear Ronald Barnett, emeritus professor of higher education, talk at the University of Sydney. Based on his trilogy of books, he spoke about the university as a feasible utopia in an age of supercomplexity. One of his comments has stayed with me and I have … Continue reading We need (to be) poets