Academia as a ‘Toxic’ and ‘Careless’ Culture: Academic Labour, Subjectivity, and the Body

Posted: April 21, 2012 in Academy
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May 4th, 4.30-6.00

University of Leeds, Seminar Room, Beech Grove House

(Beech Grove House is building 33 on the University of Leeds campus map:


Prof. Mary Evans (LSE)

Dr. Sarah Amsler (University of Lincoln)

Dr. Maria Puig de la Bellacasa (University of Leicester)

Dr. Kate Hardy (University of Leeds)


Dr. Maria do Mar Pereira (University of Leeds)

This roundtable brings together feminist scholars from different disciplines and career stages to discuss the embodied and affective experience of academic labour at a time of intense (re)configurations of academic cultures and working practices. We are particularly interested in analysing the ‘toxic’ (Gill, 2010) and ‘careless’ (Lynch, 2010) aspects of those cultures and working practices, and their impact on our experiences of research and teaching, on individual and collective subjectivities, on our bodies and on practices of care (of/for ourselves, others and the community).

This initiative is co-hosted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies (University of Leeds) and the European Network GenderAct (

The event is open and free, and no registration is required.

Before the public roundtable, we will also be hosting a small reading/discussion group with the speakers (from 2.00 ? 4.00). If you would like to attend this event (which is also free), you will need to register by emailing Maria do Mar Pereira at

We hope you can join us for what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking discussion!

The references are to this:

Gill R (2010) ‘Breaking the silence: The hidden injuries of the neoliberal university’. In: RyanFlood R and Gill R (eds.) Secrecy and Silence in the Research Process. London: Routledge,

and this

Lynch, K (2010) ‘Carelessness: A hidden doxa of higher education’. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education 9, no. 1: 54–67.

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