I have written about the importance of finding like-minded souls to help navigate academia. My previous posts can be summed up as how I find my people and why I need them. The ideas here are drawn from a book chapter I co-authored with colleagues on writing as women in higher education. I had occasion … Continue reading Intimacy
Gosh, the beginning of semester is a busy time, even for a slow academic. This post comes to you late, and feels a bit rough, but 'done is better than perfect'. There have been some great tweets about the privilege of slow academia in the last couple of weeks: I would love to be a … Continue reading Slow privilege
You may have seen the I Am Anxiety advertisements from beyondblue on television or in print. Watch with caution as it induces anxiety very effectively: Stills from this video were on posters at bus stops near my university last year. Every time I saw one - "I am the tightening of your chest" - I … Continue reading Contagious anxiety
Colleagues and I have a new paper out: Redefining ‘early career’ in academia: a collective narrative approach.* This is a paper I am proud of and, perhaps not coincidentally, it is one that has taken many years from the initial research conversations to this publication. In brief, we want to redefine early career to encompass … Continue reading Redefining early career
I spent part of this week - my final working week for the year - at the Macquarie Minds showcase. I wasn't able to attend all sessions but those I did proved thought-provoking. Listening to these academics it was easy to see why they are at the top of their game: they are passionate, they communicate … Continue reading Career pathways
Much of what I want to say here will be expanded in future posts, but I have to start with something. When my daughter was born ten years ago - as an aside, my having a ten year old child seems unlikely since I have not aged ten years since - I was a part-time … Continue reading Do casualisation and slow academia mix?