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Seminar Series - Raking up the past of academic work

Date: 20 February 2013 Time: 12.30 - 2.00 p.m.

Venue: B.89 County South

Dr Janice Malcolm

Director, Centre for the Study of Higher Education, University of Kent

Raking up the past of academic work

This seminar reviews a study currently in progress, which attempts to combine a sociomaterial sensibility with methods borrowed from oral history and visual sociology. I am interested in exploring the value of a sociomaterial perspective (Fenwick et al, 2011) in understanding how academic work is negotiated, experienced and enacted both within universities and within disciplinary communities, by academics and by other actors. At the same time I want to build a more nuanced picture of historical change in the daily experience of academic work over the past 40 years (Tight, 2010) - in effect, reconstructing the experience of work from a distance in time. The focus here will be on this 'recent-historical' strand of the study, illustrating how methodological choices have played out in the practice of conducting the research, and considering the value of the data generated.

Fenwick, T., Edwards, R. & Sawchuk, P. (2011) Emerging Approaches to Educational Research: Tracing the Sociomaterial. London: Routledge

Tight, M (2010) 'The golden age of academe: myth or memory?' British Journal of Educational Studies, 58,1: 105-116


Who can attend: Anyone


Further information

Organising departments and research centres: Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation, Educational Research


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