I mentioned in my last post my dream of becoming a mermaid. I even wrote about it in my PhD thesis: In Sydney, the summer I am twelve years old is extremely hot, over 35°C on many days. There are two girls, younger than I, living around the corner — and they have a swimming … Continue reading Floating
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
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
I've been thinking about my approach to teaching lately. Several things have prompted this: I was recently awarded Senior Fellowship of the UK's Higher Education Academy (which involved writing a reflective teaching philosophy), and I am co-editing a special issue of Australian Universities' Review on activism and the academy (with teaching as activist practice a … Continue reading Teaching and mortality
I have posted a lot on the benefits of slow academia for individuals and their families, especially for mental and physical health. But how do institutions benefit from slow academia? Universities are knotty organisations. On the one hand, they are what Lutz (1982) calls "organized anarchies". Collegial governance and distributed leadership are valued, as are … Continue reading Why slow (for organisations)
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
While I was doing my PhD, I used to dread being asked about my hobbies, mostly because I didn't have any. I still don't have any hobbies, but I have lots of other things: (in no particular order) a 3 day a week academic job, two children (10 and 3), a partner, a house and … Continue reading What are your hobbies?
My initial idea for this post was to link to lots of reading on slow academia. Without thinking, I was going to offer "a quick glance" or a "skim-read" or a "brief rundown" of my favourite blog posts about slow academia. But, no, I want to resist such rushed thinking here. These ideas deserve contemplation, … Continue reading Some slow reading