Slow Scholarship

I wanted to share this post on Slow Scholarship as it struck me as deeply important. Even more so in light of the recent announcement that the Turnbull government is emphasising ‘commercialisation’ of research  as a key measure of allocating University funding. 

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Like the Slow Food Movement, we should consider Slow Scholarship 

“the article develops a feminist ethics of care that challenges the isolating effects and embodied work conditions inherent to the increasing demands placed on academics within the neoliberal university.”

https://www.uowblogs.com/ausccer/2015/05/01/reflections-from-aag-2015-on-the-notion-of-slow-scholarship/?sbe-widgetadd=true

This post resonates with me on many levels and I wondered how it might inform my practice in the final years of my PhD?

I recently attended a Women@Uni workshop and there was some emphasis on academic activities outside of your actual research. I did many of these type of activities in the first years of my PhD and found them enjoyable and rewarding. But after a few years, I felt that I had possibly disadvantaged myself because these activities don’t count for squat in the competitive world of actually getting an academic job after the PhD.

Please read the blog and tell me what you think.

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About Sarina Kilham

I'm a Doctoral Researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney. Trained as a social scientist and with a Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, I'm interested in farmer's experiences of growing feedstock for biodiesel production. My research has focused on biodiesel production in Brazil and Timor-Leste. Also on Twitter @sarinakilham and blogging at thequalitativeresearcher.net
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