Grim tales: Meetings, matterings and moments of silencing and frustration in everyday academic life

TAYLOR, Carol A, GANNON, Susanne, ADAMS, Gill, DONAGHUE, Helen, HANNAM-SWAIN, Stephanie, HARRIS-EVANS, Jean, HEALEY, Joan and MOORE, Patricia (2019). Grim tales: Meetings, matterings and moments of silencing and frustration in everyday academic life. International Journal of Educational Research, 99, p. 101513.

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Abstract

Universities are dominated by marketisation, individualisation and competition, forces inimical to individual flourishing and collaborative endeavours. This article presents four stories from a collective biography workshop in which a group of women academics explored everyday moments in their university lives. The stories are grim tales of damage, silencing, frustration and cynicism, whose affects continue to reverberate. The article makes two contributions to higher education research. One, its focus on mundane moments offers insights into embodied dynamics of gender, power and affect within the neoliberal university. Two, it demonstrates how collective biography as a feminist methodology can mobilise increased awareness of shared experiences and, thereby, enable participants to work together to recognise and contest the affective grimness of their workplaces.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education; 13 Education
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijer.2019.101513
Page Range: p. 101513
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2019 13:12
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2019 10:30
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25496

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