Back and forth

I love ongoing scholarly conversations that take place in the public sphere. I recently read Les Back's (2016) delightful Academic Diary: Or why higher education still matters which chronicles the seasonal temporalities of thirty years of academic life (with thanks to Tai Peseta for the recommendation). No doubt I will have more posts inspired by … Continue reading Back and forth

What I’m reading

At an early career community of practice meeting this week, we talked about academic writing. I shared some of my favourite blogs and websites: Cecile Badenhorst Doctoral Writing SIG Dynamics of Knowledge Creation Explorations of Style Helen Kara Helen Sword Mind Your Writing Patter Thinkwell We discussed our challenges and, as has happened in past … Continue reading What I’m reading

Learning to listen

I love reading memoirs. I enjoy the intimacy of an encounter with the defining event(s) of someone else's life. I recently read Maggie Nelson's The Argonauts on her experiences of becoming a mother at the same time as her fluidly gendered partner, artist Harry Dodge, underwent surgery and testosterone treatment. As someone who enjoys talking, … Continue reading Learning to listen

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

Reading dystopian fertility fiction for pleasure

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