This post was prompted by my agreeing to take on a new leadership role with an estimated workload of one day a week. It was also triggered by a feeling of trepidation when a colleague asked what I was up to at the moment. I made a list of the things I am doing in July … Continue reading When things aren’t slow
I don't consider myself a great planner. I often enjoy unintended outcomes more than the predetermined. I love the happy discoveries of serendipity (even the word is a joy). Here's to creativity sparked by reading, unexpected calls for papers, conferences and conversations with colleagues! A ResearchWhisperer post by Tseen Khoo earlier this year made me … Continue reading Planning and dreaming
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
I have had a wonderful fortnight of writing. This is what I did: I submitted a 400 word abstract for a conference paper, submitted a short journal article (I am lead author with two co-authors), and drafted a longer journal article (also as lead author) to send to two different co-authors next week. I also … Continue reading Writing differently
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
I love the start of a new year. There's something delicious about the beginnings of things - books, semesters, people - don't you think? There's also a lot to love about new year blog posts, and I want to share a few I've read recently that have kept me thinking. 1. On Patter, the wonderful Pat … Continue reading Inspiring aspirations
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?