Category Archives: Universities

The End of Term 2

The Maynooth and Dublin events were the last of a sequence of talks. Over this term I also gave talks in London (SOAS, IHR, British Library), Durham, Oslo, and Kingston. Often invitations grew after acceptance – come to give a seminar, but also … Continue reading

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Why I prioritise writing books over articles, even in an era of research assessment

There is a widespread perception that the UK higher education system emphasises quantity over quality in terms of publications, and that there is a constant need to write and submit journal articles. Yet in a six or seven-year research cycle, … Continue reading

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Three useful pieces of writing and other academic advice

‘How to make writing in the humanities less lonely‘ – Times Higher Education ‘The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation‘ – Chronicle Vitae ‘Impostor Syndrome Is Definitely a Thing‘ – The Chronicle of Higher Education   There are lots more collected at Writing and … Continue reading

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The Slow Professor movement: reclaiming the intellectual life of the university

The Slow Professor movement: reclaiming the intellectual life of the university – radio interview with Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber on The Sunday Edition. More on the book here. //www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=879028291614 Some related links – How many hours a week should academics … Continue reading

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The Challenges of Research Assessment – report on the REF 2014

‘The Challenges of Research Assessment‘ – report on the REF 2014. News report in the THE here.  

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Visiting scholar, ACCESS Europe, University of Amsterdam

I’ll be spending several weeks between April and June 2017 as a visiting scholar at ACCESS Europe at the University of Amsterdam. ACCESS is the Amsterdam Centre for Contemporary European Studies. While there I will be giving a public lecture, leading a PhD reading seminar on … Continue reading

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The right to have visiting rights- Seyla Benhabib and her visit to the UK

The right to have visiting rights– The story of Seyla Benhabib and her visit to the UK. There’s a small but telling irony behind an important lecture at Cambridge tomorrow evening (Monday, 13 February) on migrants, refugees, and “the right … Continue reading

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The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting at the LSE blog

The importance of being REF-able: academic writing under pressure from a culture of counting at the LSE blog. Some interesting discussion, not least because it puts the emphasis on the (perceived) quality of publications, not the absolute quantity.  

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Delete your academia.edu account… (there are other ways to share your work)

Last night I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – I deleted my academia.edu account. A post by Kris Olds on Twitter linking to this story in Forbes was the spur. I have a page on … Continue reading

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Notes on Academic Productivity at OrgTheory

Some notes on Academic Productivity at OrgTheory – via The Sociological Imagination. I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of scholars who, by any conventional standard, are very productive and they aren’t stuffing the CV with obscure publications. And I’ve … Continue reading

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