A really interesting discussion here from Patrick Dunleavy: There are also now some very specific and increasingly influential methods for re-aggregating and re-understanding what whole literatures tell us. ‘Systematic review’ is an especially key approach now across the social sciences,… Read More ›
In the last couple of years, prominent commentators have increasingly claimed there is a crisis of free speech in higher education. Well meaning participants in reasoned debate are apparently unable to move without being accosted by left-wing activists keen to shut them… Read More ›
A great essay by Ethan Zuckerman, which raises the crucial question of infrastructural dependency within the digital university. We can overcome this partly through cultural change (e.g. the importance of a domain of one’s own and boycotting companies like academia.edu) but… Read More ›
In the latest collection of talks from Audrey Watters, The Curse of the Monsters of Educational Technology, she addresses an uncomfortable issue in higher education: the unrealistic claims made about the transformative aspect of university attendance. From loc 397-413: These… Read More ›
Call for participation Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th May 2017 University of the Highlands and Islands, Inverness Campus This two-day symposium arose out of a series of conversations and reflections on the nature of openness within Higher Education. It started… Read More ›
Invitation to edit BSA Journal Work, Employment and Society 2018-2020 Dear colleagues, Work, Employment and Society (WES) is reopening the call for Editors and invites applications from individuals (who would be prepared to work as part of a team) as… Read More ›
A useful briefing document and overview from UCU: https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8483/Update-on-the-Research-Excellence-Framework-REF/pdf/REF_update_Feb17.pdf
Teach-in on Violence in Universities in India In Solidarity with Delhi University Room 227, Mudd Building, Columbia University Sunday, March 5, 2017 3:00 – 4:30 PM On February 22, the teachers and students of Ramjas College in Delhi University were… Read More ›
An interesting video from this year’s conference:
In a recent article on Derivace, Luděk Brož, Tereza Stöckelová and Filip Vostal reflect on the case of Wadim Strielkowski, whose over-enthusiastic game playing was the subject of extensive debate within the Czech academy. There are many factors which have, as a… Read More ›
Well, this is not breaking news. The occupation of the Social Science Faculty of the HU-Berlin started last Wednesday, 18 January, but I only found out about it today. Although I work in an institute which is part of the… Read More ›
This interesting aside in Jamie Woodcock’s superb Working The Phones is worthy of further discussion. From loc 2698: Researchers often attribute a level of importance to their own research that is not shared by others, assuming that because they spend so… Read More ›
A lecture by Helen Kara, author of the excellent Creative Research Methods in the Social Sciences.
In advance of running my first impact and social media workshop on Tuesday in Ghent, I’ve been working through some of the literature on impact. One book that’s proving more thought-provoking than I expected is Achieving Impact in Research by Pam Denicolo. It’s… Read More ›
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The Sociological Review is running an essay competition for early career researchers. See here for more details.
The incorporation of impact into the UK’s Research Excellence Framework (REF) has led to a step change in the way in which much research is now approached in the UK.With a focus on demonstrating the cultural, economic, and social benefits… Read More ›
In 2014 Peter Walsh identified extensive self-plagiarism (as well as some actual plagiarism) in Zygmunt Bauman’s work and made his findings public. He was subject to some remarkable attacks by senior figures (including Brad Evans and Henry Giroux invoking the image… Read More ›
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by Deborah Talbot The Final Report of the Equalities Review, published by Equalities Commission in 2007, reviewed a range of persistent inequalities including those that affect women. It argued that, ‘…new research reveals clearly that there is one factor that… Read More ›
by Yusef Bakkali Life as an academic can be a lonely and alienating calling at the best of times; lots of time spent inside one’s own head reflecting on a world playing out someplace beyond the indiscernible turrets and bulwarks… Read More ›
In this interview, Gary Hall argues that if we are to move to a post-capitalist society, we need to experiment with new ways of being and doing that are based less on ideas of self-centred individualism, competition and celebrity, and… Read More ›
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