Academia

Can Brands be Intellectuals?

As an academic, you are a brand not only as a matter of choice, but, increasingly, due to powerful institutional imperatives that are becoming harder and harder to ignore.

7 years ago
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Liberal Arts: Still Valuable

Emory’s recent decision to shut down or suspend various academic departments and programs has rightly generated campus-wide and national attention.

7 years ago
280

And Then There Were No Books

When the customs agent started to smile, I knew that things would go badly indeed. He told me that my books would not be allowed into the country, unless I paid a fine of 50 per cent of their current price (a lot of money, and more than I could possibly afford).

7 years ago
244

Showmanship and The Entrepreneurial University

The dominance of form over substance in the academic labour market has become so unforgiving that small flaws may invalidate a candidate´s presentation of self. You certainly can do the job, but you just don´t look the part.

8 years ago
168

Academic Blogging

Technology has the potential to share knowledge both further and faster. The 2012 THE Knowledge Exchange / Transfer Initiative of the Year was recently won by LSE for a series of academic blogs, and the managing editors share their thoughts with us about the state, impact, and future of academic blogging

8 years ago
417

The Politics of Dissent

Recently, The Independent published a brief piece on the ‘slave-like’ working conditions of PhD students at UK universities. This sounds dramatic, but it’s hardly news – the problem has been around for years. The question arises why dissent did not emerge earlier and more forcefully.

8 years ago
340

Using Racism in the (International) Seminar Room

Over the last ten years I have encountered a range of racist discourse in the teaching environment.The first often emanates from international students who inadvertently make inaccurate generalisations based on racial difference. The second is formed within the seminar room, and emanates from British students towards international students.

8 years ago
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