This is not the post I had planned to write. Last Monday, my daughter (who is epileptic) had a seven minute seizure on the way to school. We knew her seizures were escalating, but we expected a simple increase in medication, approved by her neurologist via email, would resolve them (as has happened in the … Continue reading What matters
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)
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
It is the beginning of a new school year across Australia. Navigating primary school with my daughter - who is in her second week of Year 5 (upper primary) - has been a learning experience for everyone. School has not been an easy fit for her. The title for this post comes from a conversation … Continue reading Unusual archetypes
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
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
In a recent post I mentioned my daughter's epilepsy and my implanted neurostimulator for pain management. I write about these experiences, among others, in a newly published book chapter in Being an Early Career Feminist Academic. Look at this lovely cover: You can read the Times Higher Education review here: It is sad that this … Continue reading Cathartic writing
Having discussed my (lack of) hobbies, I thought I could get away with a non-academic post and would like to share details of the prolific reading habit I mentioned. When I graduated from my PhD six years ago, I vowed that I would read more. I love reading and missed reading complex fiction during my … Continue reading Reading dystopian fertility fiction for pleasure
Last week I listened to Kate Harris, CEO of Good Environmental Choice Australia, present on courageous leadership to a group of early career academics. She shared this image (from startwithwhy) and asked people to think about why they do the work they do: Kate made herself vulnerable and shared her purpose, motivation and inspiration. Her … Continue reading Why slow?
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?