Symposium: Anxiety and Work in the Accelerated Academy

Friday September 23rd at the University of Warwick, 9:30am to 6:00pm

The culture and organisation of knowledge production are undergoing dramatic transformations.

Neo-managerialist models for the management of research and teaching, the expansion of audit and academic rankings, and the recasting of universities as service providers and students as consumers are just several of the main features of the ongoing marketisation of science, higher education and academia. Further important structural changes include the casualisation of academic labour and the “acceleration” of academic life.

These transformations concern the mathematical, natural and social sciences and humanities in equal measure, if perhaps in different ways. The careers, working lives and identities of scholars, researchers and higher education teachers are all affected.

In this symposium, we bring together international and UK-based scholars who study science, higher education and academia. We focus on a particular aspect of neoliberal academia, namely its anxiety-inducing environment – not as an object in itself, but as a symptom of what Ros Gill called “the hidden injuries of neoliberal academia” and of the need for meaningful change. We will discuss what is happening to the work, careers, lives, identities and epistemic communities of scientists, while the scientific institutions are changing.

We invite everyone interested in issues of work, labour and employment in the sciences and academia – scholars, students, practitioners, administrators – to join the symposium and take part in the discussions.

Speakers:

Liz Morrish – Metrics, Performance Management and the Anxious University
With responses by Gurminder K. Bhambra & Maria Ivancheva

Maggie O’Neill – Pace, Space and Well-Being: Containing Anxiety in the University
With responses by Vik Loveday & TBC

Filip Vostal – Beyond the dichotomy of slow and fast academia: On temporal multidimensionality of science
With responses by Mark Carrigan & Milena Kremakova

Each speaker will talk for thirty minutes, with responses of fifteen minutes each, before an hour’s open discussion.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/symposium-anxiety-and-work-in-the-accelerated-academy-tickets-26830825722

4 Comments

  1. Hi Mark – do you know if there is any financial support for those of us in the skint academic precaritat that would like to come but cant afford the likely travel expenditure at all? I’d like to come down from Glasgow, and can probably find someone to crash with on the Thursday night

    All best

    G

    Work like you don’t need money Love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no-one’s watching

    “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of

    the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women

    deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

    Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

    ________________________________

  2. HI Mark – wondering if there any financial support for those of us that would love to make this, but would be struggling to do so financially?

    Allbest

    G

    Work like you don’t need money Love like you’ve never been hurt and dance like no-one’s watching

    “Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate integration of the younger generation into the logic of

    the present system and bring about conformity or it becomes the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women

    deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.”

    Paulo Freire (Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

    ________________________________

    1. Hi sorry if you didn’t see my reply to your previous question – we’ve used all the funding to make the event free & we have a limited budget unfortunately.

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