Reflections on teaching and learning

Posted on Sep 13, 2012 in Everyday Life, Ordinary Madness of Academia

Hi, my name is Anne and I am a researcher an educator. Of course, I’m both. But the reason I work at a university instead of doing research somewhere else is because I love teaching. Not every moment of it, for sure, but my best moments with students have been amongst the best moments of […]

Upcoming conferences

I’ve put in two conference abstracts this week: the first one below for the ASAANZ conference on Anthropology & Imagination in Wellington, and the second for the CSAA conference on Materialities: Economies, Empiricism & Things in Sydney, both in December. The Possibilities of a Fantastic Ethnography Anthropologists have long grappled with questions of empiricism, cultural […]

In praise of academic tactics

Posted on May 14, 2012 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

If you’re an early career research you should read Mel Gregg’s recent post, “In praise of strategic complacency.” (Seriously, no matter what anyone says–and you’ll hear it even more if you’re a woman–it’s NOT selfish to figure out what you need to do to take care of yourself and your career. I didn’t learn this […]

The affective politics of academic labour

Posted on May 7, 2012 in Ordinary Madness of Academia

Last week I read Rosalind Gill’s “Breaking the silence: The hidden injuries of the neoliberal university” (pdf) and it continues to weigh heavily on my mind and spirit. The chapter starts with a conversation between academic colleagues that “speaks of many things: exhaustion, stress, overload, insomnia, anxiety, shame, aggression, hurt, guilt and feelings of out-of-placeness, […]

Teaching: Cultures of Design, Or Design and Everyday Life

This is my third year teaching in the southern hemisphere and it still feels strange to be kicking off the academic year in March! I teach one third-year course this trimester, called Cultures of Design–but if I could rename it, I’d call it Design and Everyday Life. Here are the highlights: Course description Original and […]

Call for Applications: Masters Scholarship – MDI Programme, School of Design

History or background of award A scholarship, supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, is available for a Master’s student to work in the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington, in Wellington, New Zealand. This fully-funded 2 year position in the new Master of Design Innovation programme supports Dr Anne […]

The revolution is not over yet

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 in Everyday Life, Ordinary Madness of Academia

I generally keep up on news and research on women in academia, regularly speak with female colleagues and mentors about issues that affect university women, and keep a notebook of critical reflections on my own experience as a female academic. But I’ve been thinking a lot more about these things since reading a couple of […]

Read, write, publish

I love Dr Inger Mewburn‘s The Thesis Whisperer blog. When I was doing my PhD there was nothing like it, and although it tends to focus on thesis writing I think it’s equally relevant for early career academics who still have a lot of reading, writing and publishing to get done. Take this excellent advice […]

On research, leadership and mentoring

This week’s RunningHot! conference was the best overview of the interests and concerns of NZ’s research community I’ve received since moving to Wellington almost a year ago. I learned about some fascinating research initiatives, met some wonderful people and got a much better sense of how things work. I went back to work today with […]

Running Hot 2010: Enhancing Value

The final session of the conference was called “Enhancing Value,” and began with a group discussion to “identify lessons learnt during the conference, and identify the challenges and opportunities confronting a new generation of researchers.” Helen Anderson began with the incredibly refreshing perspective that new researchers may not be brave or bold enough to ask […]