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My career so far has taken me to a fairly wide range of places, and this has allowed me to experience a wide range of approaches to sociology and social science. In my blog, I reflect on this diversity and its implications for the future of the discipline. Over the last few years, I have also become interested in exploring the contours of academic life under neoliberal hegemony. Far-reaching transformations are taking place at universities around the world, in terms of organisational structures, patterns of authority, and forms of intellectual activity. With my posts, I hope to draw attention to some of these transformations.More about Daniel Nehring...
By Daniel Nehring | Published: February 26, 2015
In the the concluding piece of his three-article look at academic labor in the UK in the wake of Marina Warner’s departure from Essex, Daniel Nehring asks if the conservative turn in education is driven...
By Daniel Nehring | Published: February 11, 2015
The organization of British universities in changing, affecting not only the education provided but the circumstances of of those who labor there. Adapting to this required dialogue, says Daniel Nehring, and not invective.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: January 23, 2015
The rich and diverse ways in which students and scholars of diverse national and cultural origins collaborate at British universities, argues Daniel Nehring, belie the economic reductionism currently fashionable in public debates about higher...
By Daniel Nehring | Published: December 16, 2014
'I did not contemplate the possibility that academics might rewarded for years of study, teaching, hard work with a no-obligations, no-guaranteed-income employment contract,' says Daniel Nehring. And yet with zero-hour contracts entering academe, that un-reality...
By Daniel Nehring | Published: December 1, 2014
South Korea's educational edifice has been praised near and far. But after a year spent among attentive and excellent students, Daniel Nehring wonders if the 'pressure cooker' apsects of the system aren't sowing the seeds...
By Daniel Nehring | Published: November 3, 2014
What does happen happens when lecturers are ranked? Daniel Nehring offers some thoughts on the uses and misuses of student evaluations
By Daniel Nehring | Published: August 20, 2014
Why does it matter whether you study or work at the sociology department that comes first, 12th or 89th in a ranking? Why does it matter whether the journal you publish in is included and...
By Daniel Nehring | Published: June 25, 2014
Just as scholarship now is more and more about the generation of economic benefits, for many studying is now less about 'reading for a degree' than about 'getting a degree,' suggests Daniel Nehring.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: April 20, 2014
'It's not what you know but who you know' is a trope that's common in many careers but which the academy often claims to avoid. Except that in many cases it doesn't.
By Daniel Nehring | Published: March 13, 2014
How does the experience of impermanent, precarious employment on the margins of academia affect young scholars’ ability to engage in creative labor? Is such creative labor still possible?
By Daniel Nehring | Published: February 22, 2014
The story of a young German academic who followed the agreed-upon career path only to find the roadsigns don't always lead to where they indicate.