Speaker: Dr Mark Carrigan, University of Warwick & The Sociological Review
With Response from Dr Darren Nixon, Sociology at Leeds Beckett University
In recent years, we’ve begun to see social media move from the periphery to the mainstream of academic practice. But what does this mean for academic labour? While much of the discussion concerns the possibilities for scholarly communication, what about the possibilities for an expansion of managerial control? Social media might vastly extend the range of communicative options available to academics, but does it similarly expand the expectations placed upon academics to communicate? What does academic freedom mean in a communications environment where academics can both engage with and potentially be harassed by, larger audience than have ever previously been the case. These are amongst the questions this talk will address, drawing on recent work on the acceleration of higher education to consider the implications of social media for academic labour.