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

Meanwhile on Twitter…

Twitter moves quickly. But I love the way it enables connections with like-minded souls who share resources, writing, opinions and opportunities. For those who are not on Twitter, or who inevitably missed some useful stuff, here are some recent links. 1. Thinkwell have some awesome resources, but they do tend toward titles that sound like you … Continue reading Meanwhile on Twitter…

Research targets: the pirate code for academics

Today I had a short conversation with an early career academic that made me thankful that I decided to start this blog. I enjoyed talking with her - it was our first meeting, and she came across as smart, ambitious and engaging. She is also working at a punishing rate. She told me that six … Continue reading Research targets: the pirate code for academics

Decelerating scheduled time

One of my highlights in 2016 was attending and presenting at the conference Academic Life in the Measured University: In one sense, the ‘measured university’ implies a state of caution, a sense of restraint, blandness, even automation. In another, it establishes a new rationality, offering something of a certainty that academic life and decision-making proceeds … Continue reading Decelerating scheduled time