Teaching and mortality

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

Why slow (for organisations)

I have posted a lot on the benefits of slow academia for individuals and their families, especially for mental and physical health. But how do institutions benefit from slow academia? Universities are knotty organisations. On the one hand, they are what Lutz (1982) calls "organized anarchies". Collegial governance and distributed leadership are valued, as are … Continue reading Why slow (for organisations)

Ideal academics (and the women behind them)

A highlight of the week on Twitter has been the hashtag from @bruceholsinger #thanksfortyping which reveals the contributions of anonymous wives to the research of male academics: A peek at an archive of women's academic labor: wives thanked for typing their husbands' manuscripts. 1/5 #ThanksForTyping @TheMedievalDrK pic.twitter.com/yAf03lsweg — Bruce Holsinger (@bruceholsinger) March 25, 2017 This … Continue reading Ideal academics (and the women behind them)

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

Academic/ woman/ carer

I love International Women's Day. (Being a slow academic, I can get away with this post being two days late, right?) It combines exciting bookish announcements - especially the Stella Prize shortlist for Australian women's writing, which I read every year - and great conversations with daughters: Explaining #IWD to my 5y.old daughter. "That's such a good … Continue reading Academic/ woman/ carer

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

How (not) to do a PhD

My colleague, PhD candidate and friend Lilia Mantai has recently submitted her PhD (on time) and received a Faculty Highly Commended award for her achievements as an HDR student. Last year, we gave a keynote at the Western Sydney University entitled: PhD Student: Doing, Being and Moving On. Some of this post is drawn from … Continue reading How (not) to do a PhD