Planning and dreaming

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

Ideal academics (and the women behind them)

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)

Academic/ woman/ carer

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

Research targets: the pirate code for academics

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

Decelerating scheduled time

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

Welcome to the Slow Academic

Are you pressed for time? Are you working at an increasingly frenetic pace? Do you feel “frenzied, fatigued and malcontent” (Acker & Armenti, 2004)? Do you laugh maniacally when people ask you about your work-life balance? Is your academic success valued and measured by your busyness, productivity, efficiency? Slow down. That is the counter-intuitive message of … Continue reading Welcome to the Slow Academic